10 days in Crete Itinerary

10 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete journey planner

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Shuttle to Bologna, Fly to Chania Town
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Chania Town
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rethymnon
— 1 night
Drive
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Matala
— 2 nights
Drive
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Agios Nikolaos
— 1 night
Fly to Verona, Train to Rimini

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Chania Town

— 3 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.
Relax by the water at Elafonissi Beach and Marathi Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Falassarna Beach and Kalathas Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chania Town: Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa) and Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum, do a tasting at Karavitakis Emmanouil, and explore the different monuments and memorials at German Military Cemetery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Chania Town day trip planner.

Rimini, Italy to Chania Town is an approximately 7-hour combination of shuttle and flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Rimini to Chania Town is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 13:

Rethymnon

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Kalivaki Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Georgioupolis Beach, and then explore the activities along Lake Kournas. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town and then enjoy the sand and surf at Damoni Beach.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Rethymnon trip itinerary site.

Drive from Chania Town to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Rethymnon can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Matala.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:

Matala

— 2 nights
A low-key tourist resort known for its ancient cliffside caves, Matala boasts a rich history that spans over 2,000 years.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): stroll through Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos), stop by Goods of the Ground, then get a taste of the local shopping with Moozart Wood Art Shop, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Matala Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Matala trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Rethymnon to Matala in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Agios Nikolaos.

Things to do in Matala

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 17:

Agios Nikolaos

— 1 night
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 17th (Tue): observe the fascinating underwater world at CRETAquarium, then see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, and then kick back and relax at Stalis Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Municipal Beach Kitroplatia and then stop by Eklektos Bookshop.

Before you visit Agios Nikolaos, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Matala to Agios Nikolaos in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August in Agios Nikolaos, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Agios Nikolaos

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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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.