9 days in Thessaloniki & Crete Itinerary

9 days in Thessaloniki & Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Serres
Drive:  1 h
1
Thessaloniki
— Few hours
Fly:  2 h
2
Chania Town
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Rethymnon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Heraklion
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
5
Agios Nikolaos
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
6
Heraklion
— Few hours
Fly:  2 h
7
Thessaloniki
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
End: Serres

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Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki
A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Thessaloniki trip itinerary planner.

Serres to Thessaloniki is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. On the 17th (Fri), you'll travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Nightlife Outdoors Tours

4
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Elafonissi Beach, Seitan Limania Beach, Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete, and other attractions. Step out of Chania Town to go to Sfakia and see Samaria Gorge National Park, which is approximately 1h 20 min away.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Chania Town travel route planner.

You can fly from Thessaloniki to Chania Town in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete, Balos Lagoon, Seitan Limania Beach, Elafonissi Beach, Falassarna Beach
Highlights from your plan
Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Samaria Gorge National Park ©
Samaria Gorge National Park

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rethymnon Old Town, Preveli Beach and Frangokastello Beach. On the 21st (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Frangokastello Beach and then wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Preveli Beach and then wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rethymnon itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chania Town to Rethymnon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Rethymnon are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Thu) before leaving for Heraklion.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Neighborhoods Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Preveli Beach, Frangokastello Beach
Highlights from your plan
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Frangokastello Beach ©
Frangokastello Beach

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Matala beach.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Heraklion attractions planner.

You can take a shuttle from Rethymnon to Heraklion in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Fri) before leaving for Agios Nikolaos.

Things to do in Heraklion

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Matala beach
Highlights from your plan
Matala beach ©
Matala beach
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

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night
Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, thenexplore the activities along Lake Voulismeni, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fortress Spinalonga.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Agios Nikolaos trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Heraklion to Agios Nikolaos in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Heraklion.

Things to do in Agios Nikolaos

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Fortress Spinalonga
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
Lake Voulismeni ©
Lake Voulismeni

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Heraklion

Heraklion
For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Heraklion travel planning tool.

Traveling by car from Agios Nikolaos to Heraklion takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Heraklion

Tours Outdoors Parks

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Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki
For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Thessaloniki online attractions planner.

Fly from Heraklion to Thessaloniki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Heraklion in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Thessaloniki, with lows of 23°C. You'll set off for home on the 25th (Sat).

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Nightlife Outdoors Tours

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