21 days in Athens, Chania & Crete Itinerary

21 days in Athens, Chania & Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Greece vacation planner

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Athens
Drive
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Chania
Drive
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Agia Galini
— 3 nights
Drive
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Analipsi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Agios Nikolaos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rethymnon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kalyves
— 9 nights
Drive
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Chania Town
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Athens

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens day trip website.

Portland, USA to Athens is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 10 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Portland in August; daily highs in Athens reach 92°F and lows reach 77°F. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Chania.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Chania

Chania is the second largest city of Crete and the capital of the Chania regional unit. To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Chania journey builder site.

You can drive from Athens to Chania in 9.5 hours. Traveling from Athens in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Chania, with lows around 72°F. You will leave for Agia Galini on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in Chania

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Agia Galini

— 3 nights
On the 31st (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Preveli Beach, see what you can catch with Fishing Day Trip 'Elizabeth', then kick back and relax at Agia Galini Beach, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Agia Galini-Massage Wellness Services. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos), enjoy the sand and surf at Matala Beach, and then delve into the distant past at Palace of Faistos.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Agia Galini travel route builder website.

Traveling by car from Chania to Agia Galini takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Agia Galini sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Analipsi.

Things to do in Agia Galini

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Analipsi

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): kick back and relax at Goudouras Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mazida Ammos Beach, then Head underground at Vreiko Cave, and finally stop by Olive. Keep things going the next day: take in breathtaking views at Farangi Perivolakion, don't miss a visit to Azorias Ancient Olive Tree, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stavromenos Chapel.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Analipsi trip app.

Drive from Agia Galini to Analipsi in 3 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Agios Nikolaos.

Things to do in Analipsi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Agios Nikolaos

— 2 nights
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.
Agios Nikolaos is known for beaches, nature, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Fortress Spinalonga, explore the ancient world of Gournia Minoiki Poli, enjoy the sand and surf at Ammoudi Beach, and look for gifts at Elia Traditional Products.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Agios Nikolaos trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Analipsi to Agios Nikolaos in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Analipsi in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Agios Nikolaos, with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Agios Nikolaos

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · 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.
Take a break from Rethymnon with a short trip to Lake Kournas in Kournas, about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, take a leisurely stroll along Old Venetian Harbour of Rethymno, steep yourself in history at The Venetian Fortezza, and relax in the rural setting at Paraschakis Olive Oil - Crete.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rethymnon online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Agios Nikolaos to Rethymnon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Rethymnon are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kalyves.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Kalyves

— 9 nights
Kalyves is a large village in Crete, Greece, the main village in the municipal unit of Armenoi. Get out of town with these interesting Kalyves side-trips: War Museum Askifou (in Askifou), Loutro (Koules Of Loutro, Marmara Beach, &more) and Sfakia (Samaria Gorge National Park & Ilingas). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Imbros Gorge, enjoy the sand and surf at Seitan Limania Beach, delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, and stroll through Marathi Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kalyves vacation planner.

You can drive from Rethymnon to Kalyves in an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Kalyves

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Chania.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Chania Town driving holiday site.

Chania Town is just a stone's throw from Kalyves. In September, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 68°F. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Museums
Highlights from your trip

Crete travel guide

4.3
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.

Chania Prefecture travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Marinas · National Parks
Covering Crete's western section, Chania prefecture features some of the island's least spoiled natural areas, as well as its only freshwater lake. Most tourists concentrate on the prefecture's namesake capital, overlooking the dramatic landscapes of the region's sprawling national park. Designated as one of UNESCO's biosphere reserves, the park contains a rugged gorge known for sheltering many endemic plant species and providing a much-needed refuge for the rare kri-kri goat. Test your best hiking shoes by exploring this nature lover's paradise on day trips from the town of Chania, or settle in one of the nearby villages and spend your vacation touring the island's less-frequented southwestern shore.