8 days in Crete Itinerary

8 days in Crete Itinerary

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8 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Chania Town
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Matala
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Rethymnon
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: London

3
nights
Chania Town

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Agii Apostoli Beach and Seitan Limania Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kastro Gramvoussas and Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada). Step out of Chania Town to go to Kissamos and see Ekklisia Ioannis Prodromes, which is approximately 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at German War Cemetery, enjoy the sea views from Chania Venetian Lighthouse, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Chania Town trip itinerary builder website .

London, UK to Chania Town is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from London to Chania Town, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, Chania Town is somewhat warmer than London - with highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Matala.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Souda, Kastro Gramvoussas, German War Cemetery, Ekklisia Ioannis Prodromes
Highlights from your plan
Souda Bay War Cemetery ©
Souda Bay War Cemetery
Off-Road Tours
Manousakis Winery ©
Manousakis Winery

1
night
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 2nd (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Komos Beach, delve into the distant past at Palace of Faistos, and then kick back and relax at Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos).

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Matala trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Chania Town to Matala in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Matala can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Matala

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Palace of Faistos, Komos Beach
Highlights from your plan
Komos Beach ©
Komos Beach
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) ©
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos)
Palace of Faistos ©
Palace of Faistos

3
nights
Rethymnon

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Frangokastello Beach and Skinaria Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Nicholas Church and Minoiko Nekrotafeio Armenon. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rethymnon: Damnoni Beach (in Plakias), Karavostasi Beach (in Bali) and Reptisland (in Melidoni). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery Savvathiana and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rethymnon online travel route planner .

You can drive from Matala to Rethymnon in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Rethymnon are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plakias, St. Nicholas Church, Karavostasi Beach, Frangokastello Beach, Minoiko Nekrotafeio Armenon
Highlights from your plan
Damnoni Beach ©
Damnoni Beach
Reptisland ©
Reptisland
Skinaria Beach ©
Skinaria Beach

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