21 days in Athens, Chania & Crete Itinerary

21 days in Athens, Chania & Crete Itinerary

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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.
On the 9th (Wed), pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Athens trip itinerary builder app.

Portland, USA to Athens is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Portland to Athens due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Portland in June: high temperatures in Athens hover around 35°C and lows are around 24°C. On the 9th (Wed), 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. For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Chania itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Athens to Chania takes 9.5 hours. June in Chania sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. On the 9th (Wed), you're off to Agia Galini.

Things to do in Chania

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Agia Galini

— 3 nights
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): stroll through Preveli Beach, head outdoors with Fishing Day Trip 'Elizabeth', then kick back and relax at Agia Galini Beach, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Agia Galini-Massage Wellness Services. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos), kick back and relax at Matala Beach, and then delve into the distant past at Palace of Faistos.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Agia Galini trip planner.

Getting from Chania to Agia Galini by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In June, daytime highs in Agia Galini are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Analipsi.

Things to do in Agia Galini

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Analipsi

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Goudouras Beach, then kick back and relax at Mazida Ammos Beach, then Head underground at Vreiko Cave, and finally stop by Olive. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the stunning scenery at Farangi Perivolakion, then don't miss a visit to Azorias Ancient Olive Tree, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stavromenos Chapel.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Analipsi road trip app.

You can drive from Agia Galini to Analipsi in 3 hours. Traveling from Agia Galini in June, Analipsi is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can 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: step off the mainland to explore Fortress Spinalonga, indulge in some personalized pampering at Aegeo Spas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Panagias Keras Church, and get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Agios Nikolaos.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Agios Nikolaos route maker tool.

You can drive from Analipsi to Agios Nikolaos in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Analipsi in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 20°C in Agios Nikolaos. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car 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. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, see Off-Road Tours, look for gifts at Greek Shop, and get engrossed in the history at Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rethymnon online travel route 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 June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) 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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kalyves: Sfakia (Samaria Gorge National Park & Ilingas), Loutro (Koules Of Loutro, Marmara Beach, &more) and War Museum Askifou (in Askifou). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Imbros Gorge, delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, learn about winemaking at Winery Dourakis, and kick back and relax at Georgioupolis Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kalyves travel route site.

Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Kalyves takes an hour. In June, daytime highs in Kalyves are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car 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 28th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Chania.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Chania Town trip builder site.

Chania Town is very close to Kalyves. In June, daytime highs in Chania Town are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Museums
Highlights from your trip

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.