31 days in Chania, Santorini & Crete Itinerary

31 days in Chania, Santorini & Crete Itinerary

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Drive to Heraklion International Nikos Kazantzakis Airport, Fly to Chania International Airport, Drive to Chania
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Chania
— 2 nights
Drive to Chania International Airport, Fly to Fira
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Fira
— 1 night
Taxi
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Oia
— 3 nights
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Drive to Santorini, Ferry to Heraklion, Drive to Ierapetra
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Ierapetra
— 1 night
Drive
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Vai
— 2 nights
Drive
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Malia
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Heraklion
— 1 night
Drive
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Matala
— 10 nights
Drive
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Chania Town
— 2 nights
Drive
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Elafonissi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kissamos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Rethymnon
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Chania

— 2 nights
Chania is the second largest city of Crete and the capital of the Chania regional unit. Explore Chania's surroundings by going to Gavalochori (Historical & Folklore Museum of Gavalochori & Venetian Wells) and Kalyves (Callista & Kalyves Beach). It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Etz Hayyim Synagogue.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Chania trip planner.

Heraklion to Chania is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. In November in Chania, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Chania

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Fira

— 1 night
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Dominican Sisters.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Chania to Fira. In November, daytime highs in Fira are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Oia.

Things to do in Fira

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Oia

— 3 nights
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): look for gifts at Eponymo, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, then do a tasting at Domaine Sigalas, and finally view the masterpieces at Mnemossyne Gallery. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Sunset in Oia, make a trip to The Castle of St Nicholas, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Oia trip builder.

Oia is very close to Fira. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in November, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Ierapetra.

Things to do in Oia

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Ierapetra

— 1 night

Bride of the Libyan Sea

Ierapetra, Europe's southernmost city, sits on Crete's southwestern coastline and draws attention with its mild weather and award-winning beaches.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then delve into the distant past at Gournia Minoiki Poli, and then kick back and relax at Koutsounari beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ierapetra journey planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Oia to Ierapetra takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Vai.

Things to do in Ierapetra

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Vai

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Maridati Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Natura Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Vai Beach, and then explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site of Itanos.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Vai online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Ierapetra to Vai in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In November in Vai, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Malia.

Things to do in Vai

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Malia

— 1 night
Located in an area inhabited since Neolithic times, Malia serves as one of Crete's major party zones.
On the 24th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Stalis Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then get a dose of the wild on Buggy Safari Motoxperience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): explore and take pictures at Lassithi Plateau.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Malia trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Vai to Malia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Vai in November: high temperatures in Malia hover around 21°C and lows are around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Heraklion.

Things to do in Malia

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Heraklion

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Crete, kick back and relax at Ligaria Beach, then stroll through Agia Pelagia Beach, and finally test the waters at Thalasso by Aegeo Spas.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Heraklion trip website.

You can drive from Malia to Heraklion in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Malia in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Heraklion, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Matala.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

Matala

— 10 nights
A low-key tourist resort known for its ancient cliffside caves, Matala boasts a rich history that spans over 2,000 years.
You'll get in some beach time at Matala Beach and Agia Galini Beach. Visiting Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) and Ligres Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Matala: Zaros (Vrondisi Monastery & Cave Hermitage of St. Efthimiou), Agia Galini (Icaros & Daedalus Statues & Fishing Day Trip 'Elizabeth') and Kaloi Limenes (Kali Limenes Beach & Agiofarago beach). There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Matala Fish Spa, explore the ancient world of Palace of Faistos, explore the fascinating underground world of Matala Caves, and stroll through Komos Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Matala trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Heraklion to Matala in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Matala are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Matala

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chania Town

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Crete, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Chania. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Agia Marina Beach, stroll through Platania Beach, kick back and relax at Agii Apostoli Beach, enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse of Chania, then take in the exciting artwork at Folklore Museum of Chania, and finally stop by Sandali Love My Shoes.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Chania Town day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Matala to Chania Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. December in Chania Town sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Elafonissi

— 2 nights
Located just off Crete's southwestern corner, Elafonissi offers an alternative vacation idea for those looking to avoid the larger, more crowded Greek islands.
On the 9th (Wed), examine the collection at Museum of platanias and then kick back and relax at Aspri Limni Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Elafonisi Viewpoint, then enjoy the sand and surf at Elafonissi Beach, and then see SurfIsland.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Elafonissi trip builder site.

You can drive from Chania Town to Elafonissi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Elafonissi can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kissamos.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

Kissamos

— 5 nights
A quiet port town situated on Crete's western tip, Kissamos attracts mostly domestic tourists and possesses more of the quintessential Greek feel than livelier resorts strung along the island's coastline.
You'll get in some beach time at Balos Lagoon and Falassarna Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Kisamos Diving Center and Sirikari Gorge - Polyrrinia Trail. Step out of Kissamos to go to Palaiochora and see Paleochora Safari, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of German Military Cemetery, explore the fascinating underground world of Agia Sofia Cave, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. George, and relax in the rural setting at Astrikas Estate Biolea.

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Drive from Elafonissi to Kissamos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Kissamos sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Kissamos

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Rethymnon

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.
To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Rethymnon visit planner.

Traveling by car from Kissamos to Rethymnon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Rethymnon sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 15th (Tue).

Things to do in Rethymnon

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping · Parks

Santorini travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.

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.