12 days in Crete Itinerary

12 days in Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Milan
Fly + Shuttle:  6 h 30 min
1
Agios Nikolaos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Kato Zakros
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Makry-Gialos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Chania Town
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Milan

3
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Agios Georgios Monastery and Agios Nikolaos Church. Explore hidden gems such as Voulisma Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's still lots to do: stroll through Almyros Beach, make a trip to Panagias Keras Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Virgin Mary, and explore the ancient world of Lato.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Agios Nikolaos trip itinerary planner.

Milan, Italy to Agios Nikolaos is an approximately 7- hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Milan to Agios Nikolaos is 1 hour. In August in Agios Nikolaos, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kato Zakros.

Things to do in Agios Nikolaos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lato, Agios Georgios Monastery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Voulisma Beach ©
Voulisma Beach
Agios Georgios Monastery ©
Agios Georgios Monastery

1
night
Kato Zakros

Kato Zakros ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Minoan Palace of Zakros, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kato Zakros Beach, and then stop by Terra Zakros Shop.

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Getting from Agios Nikolaos to Kato Zakros by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Agios Nikolaos in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Kato Zakros, with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Makry-Gialos.

Things to do in Kato Zakros

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Terra Zakros Shop
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Kato Zakros Beach ©
Kato Zakros Beach
Minoan Palace of Zakros ©
Minoan Palace of Zakros
Terra Zakros Shop ©
Terra Zakros Shop

2
nights
Makry-Gialos

Makry-Gialos ©
Makry Gialos is a former municipality in Lasithi, Crete, Greece, with a population 3,894 in 2011. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): stop by Olive. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Lagoufa Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Goudouras Beach, then get to know the fascinating history of Voila, and finally stroll through Paralia Staoysa.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Makry-Gialos tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kato Zakros to Makry-Gialos takes 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Makry-Gialos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sitia, Stavromenos Chapel, Olive, Voila, Late Minoan Settlement of Azorias
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Goudouras Beach ©
Goudouras Beach

4
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Agii Apostoli Beach and Platania Beach. You'll explore and learn at Greek National Football Museum and MINOAN'S WORLD. Venture out of the city with trips to Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa), Kissamos (Kedrodasos Beach & Archaeological Museum of Kissamos) and Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) (in Akrotiri). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Ancient Olive Tree, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, step into the grandiose world of Firkas Fortress, and kick back and relax at Iguana Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Chania Town trip app.

Getting from Makry-Gialos to Chania Town by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Makry-Gialos in August, expect nights in Chania Town to be a bit cooler, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Platanias, Kissamos, Souda Bay War Cemetery, German War Cemetery, Kastro Gramvoussas
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Kastro Gramvoussas ©
Kastro Gramvoussas
Kedrodasos Beach ©
Kedrodasos Beach
Souda Bay War Cemetery ©
Souda Bay War Cemetery

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