11 days in Crete Itinerary

11 days in Crete Itinerary

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1
Chania Town
— 3 nights
2
Rethymnon
— 1 night
3
Matala
— 2 nights
4
Agios Nikolaos
— 1 night
5
Heraklion
— 2 nights

3
nights
Chania Town

Chania Town ©
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
You'll get in some beach time at Agii Apostoli Beach and Nea Chora Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Iguana Beach and Cathedral of Eisodion tis Theotokou. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Kalathas Beach, examine the collection at MINOAN'S WORLD, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and make a trip to Old Venetian Harbor.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Chania Town trip planner.

Heraklion to Chania Town is an approximately 2-hour shuttle ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In August in Chania Town, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Kalathas Beach, Manousakis Winery
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Agii Apostoli Beach ©
Agii Apostoli Beach
Manousakis Winery ©
Manousakis Winery
Kalathas Beach ©
Kalathas Beach

1
night
Rethymnon

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 12th (Wed), steep yourself in history at The Venetian Fortezza, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Four Martyrs Church, admire the masterpieces at Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop, then wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally appreciate the history behind Symbol of Rethymnon City. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Karavostasi Beach, then kick back and relax at Livadi Beach, and then kick back and relax at Baja Beach Club.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rethymnon trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Chania Town to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Rethymnon sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Matala.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Bali
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Spas
Livadi Beach ©
Livadi Beach
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town

2
nights
Matala

Matala ©
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 14th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Moozart Wood Art Shop, Head underground at Matala Caves, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Komos Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos).

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Matala trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Matala takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Matala can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Agios Nikolaos.

Things to do in Matala

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Komos Beach
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Komos Beach ©
Komos Beach
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) ©
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos)
Matala Caves ©
Matala Caves

1
night
Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Vathy Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Ammoudara Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Municipal Beach Kitroplatia, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Votsalo Beach, then stroll through Havanias Beach, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Voulismeni.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Agios Nikolaos trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Matala to Agios Nikolaos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August in Agios Nikolaos, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Heraklion.

Things to do in Agios Nikolaos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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Vathy Beach ©
Vathy Beach
Spas
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Heraklion

Heraklion ©
Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
On the 17th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Agios Mathaios Sinaites, then look for gifts at Irida Family Workshop, then make a trip to Moni Agiou Georgiou Epanosifi, and finally pause for some photo ops at Statue of Eleftherios Venizelos. On your second day here, learn about winemaking at Domaine Paterianakis, head outdoors with Neroulakia Farm, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Heraklion trip planner.

Traveling by car from Agios Nikolaos to Heraklion takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In August, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Neroulakia Farm, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Domaine Paterianakis ©
Domaine Paterianakis
The Natural History Museum of Crete ©
The Natural History Museum of Crete

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