10 days in Crete Itinerary

10 days in Crete Itinerary

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Shuttle to Bologna, Fly to Chania Town
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Chania Town
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rethymnon
— 1 night
Drive
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Matala
— 2 nights
Drive
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Agios Nikolaos
— 1 night
Fly to Verona, Train to Rimini

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Chania Town

— 3 nights
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Manousakis Winery and German Military Cemetery. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Elafonissi Beach and Marathi Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chania Town: Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa), Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos) and Falassarna Beach (in Falassarna). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum, learn about winemaking at Karavitakis Emmanouil, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kalathas Beach.

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Rimini, Italy to Chania Town is an approximately 7-hour combination of shuttle and flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rimini to Chania Town due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trips

Rethymnon

— 1 night
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
On the 5th (Sat), kick back and relax at Kalivaki Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Georgioupolis Beach, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kournas. On the next day, visit Rethymnon Old Town and then kick back and relax at Damoni Beach.

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Drive from Chania Town to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Rethymnon are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Matala.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Matala

— 2 nights
A low-key tourist resort known for its ancient cliffside caves, Matala boasts a rich history that spans over 2,000 years.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos), look for gifts at Goods of the Ground, then take in the exciting artwork at Moozart Wood Art Shop, and finally kick back and relax at Matala beach.

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Drive from Rethymnon to Matala in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Agios Nikolaos.

Things to do in Matala

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Agios Nikolaos

— 1 night
A tour of Agios Nikolaos leads visitors through charming neighborhoods with white washed houses, squares with taverns, steep pedestrian streets, and sea as a backdrop, ideal for exploration on foot.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cretaquarium, then see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, and then kick back and relax at Stalis Beach. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Municipal Beach Kitroplatia and then stop by Eklektos Bookshop.

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You can drive from Matala to Agios Nikolaos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Agios Nikolaos

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Crete travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Islands
Great Island
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete offers travelers more than just sun, sea, and sand. Famed for its warm hospitality, outstanding infrastructure, and contrasting landscapes, the island represents one of the world's richest areas in terms of history and culture. Crete burst onto the world scene over 4,000 years ago, when it served as the center of the Minoan civilization, one of Europe's earliest organized societies. Despite the island's wealth of developed beaches, the traces of the mysterious and enchanting Minoan empire remain Crete's top attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world. The island capital Heraklion provides an ideal base for exploring a renowned Minoan palace complex, the site of Europe's oldest city.