12 days in Crete Itinerary

12 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete trip planner

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Fly to Heraklion International Nikos Kazantzakis Airport, Drive to Malia
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Malia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Matala
— 1 night
Drive
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Rethymnon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chania Town
— 4 nights
Drive to Chania International Airport, Fly to Katowice International Airport

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Malia

— 3 nights
Located in an area inhabited since Neolithic times, Malia serves as one of Crete's major party zones.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Stalis Beach and Finikia Horseriding. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Malia: Agios Nikolaos (Almyros Beach & Cretan Olive Oil Farm) and Heraklion (Church of Saint Titus & The Natural History Museum of Crete). There's still lots to do: see Safari Club Crete, get in on the family fun at Labyrinth Theme Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Milatos Cave, and tour in style with Happy Train Sissi.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Malia road trip app.

Katowice, Poland to Malia is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Katowice to Malia. Traveling from Katowice in July, expect Malia to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Matala.

Things to do in Malia

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Matala

— 1 night
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 31st (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Panagia, explore the ancient world of Palace of Faistos, then kick back and relax at Komos Beach, then Head underground at Matala Caves, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos).

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Matala using our trip planner.

You can drive from Malia to Matala in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. In July in Matala, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Matala

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rethymnon

— 3 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Off-Road Tours and Skinaria Beach. Explore Rethymnon's surroundings by going to Melidoni (Reptisland & Melidoni Cave), St. Anthony Gorge (Gorge of Patsos) (in Patsos) and Plakias (Kourtaliotiko Gorge & Damnoni Beach). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church, and experience rural life at Paraschakis Olive Oil - Crete.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rethymnon online trip planner.

You can drive from Matala to Rethymnon in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. July in Rethymnon sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Chania Town

— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Greek National Football Museum and Agii Apostoli Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Chania Town side-trips: Kissamos (Archaeological Museum of Kissamos & Kedrodasos Beach), Akrotiri (Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) & Seitan Limania Beach) and Astrikas Estate Biolea (in Astrikas). There's much more to do: glide peacefully along the water with SUP in Crete, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete, don't miss a visit to Lighthouse, and see the interesting displays at MINOAN'S WORLD.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Chania Town tour planner.

Getting from Rethymnon to Chania Town by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Chania Town are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

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.