22 days in Heraklion Prefecture, Santorini & Chania Itinerary

22 days in Heraklion Prefecture, Santorini & Chania Itinerary

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Heraklion
— 5 nights
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Matala
— 2 nights
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Oia
— 8 nights
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Vlychada
— 4 nights
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Chania
— 1 night

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cathedral of St. Minas and Douloufakis Winery. Visit The Palace of Knossos and Church of Agios Mathaios Sinaites for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Heraklion: Moni Palianis (in Venerato) and Neroulakia Farm (in Stironas). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Lyrarakis Winery, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Heraklion attractions planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Heraklion is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Heraklion. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Brussels in July, with highs in Heraklion at 34°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Matala.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Ligaria Beach, Winery Stilianou, Moni Palianis, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Winery Stilianou ©
Winery Stilianou

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Matala

Matala ©
A low-key tourist resort known for its ancient cliffside caves, Matala boasts a rich history that spans over 2,000 years.
On the 17th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Komos Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Moni Odigitrias, and then kick back and relax at Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos). Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Kalamaki Beach and then get outside with Agio Farago (Gorge of Saints).

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Matala road trip planner.

You can drive from Heraklion to Matala in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Matala can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Oia.

Things to do in Matala

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Kalamaki Beach, Komos Beach, Moni Odigitrias
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Komos Beach ©
Komos Beach
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) ©
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos)
Agio Farago (Gorge of Saints) ©
Agio Farago (Gorge of Saints)

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Oia

Oia ©
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Akrotiri and Ancient Thera will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos and The Castle of St Nicholas. Explore Oia's surroundings by going to Perissa (Perissa Black Sand Beach & Scuba & Snorkeling), Kamari Beach (in Kamari) and Red Beach (in Akrotiri). Next up on the itinerary: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Perivolos, do a tasting at Domaine Sigalas, and make a trip to Sunset in Oia.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Oia travel planning website.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Matala to Oia takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Oia can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Vlychada.

Things to do in Oia

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Fira, Santorini, Perissa, Kamari, Megalochori
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Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Perivolos ©
Perivolos
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri

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Vlychada

Vlychada ©
Explore hidden gems such as Vlychada Beach and Tomato Industrial Museum, D.Nomikos. Visit Castelli of Emporio and Windmills of Emporio for their historical value.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Vlychada road trip planning app.

Getting from Oia to Vlychada by car takes about an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Vlychada can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Chania.

Things to do in Vlychada

Outdoors · Tours · Transportation

Side Trips

Santorini, Emporio, Monastery of Profitis Ilias
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Vlychada Beach ©
Vlychada Beach
Captain George Santorini Yachting ©
Captain George Santorini Yachting
Monastery of Profitis Ilias ©
Monastery of Profitis Ilias

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Chania

Chania ©
Chania is the second largest city of Crete and the capital of the Chania regional unit. Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): don't miss a visit to Etz Hayyim Synagogue.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Chania online itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Vlychada to Chania. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. On the 1st (Thu), you're off to home.
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Etz Hayyim Synagogue ©
Etz Hayyim Synagogue

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