11 days in Chania & Crete Itinerary

11 days in Chania & Crete Itinerary

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Chania
— 1 night
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Rethymnon
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Hersonissos
— 1 night
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Elounda
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Agios Nikolaos
— 1 night
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Palaikastron
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Kato Zakros
— 1 night
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Ierapetra
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Mirtos
— 1 night
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Matala
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Agia Galini
— 1 night
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Elafonissi
— 1 night
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Falassarna
— 1 night
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Chania
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Chania

— 1 night
Chania is the second largest city of Crete and the capital of the Chania regional unit. To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Chania planning tool.

Bari, Italy to Chania is an approximately 24.5-hour car ride. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Bari in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Chania, with lows around 23°C. You'll set off for Rethymnon on the 30th (Thu).

Things to do in Chania

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 29 — 30:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): stop by Rethymnon Old Town.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rethymnon online visit planner.

Drive from Chania to Rethymnon in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Rethymnon sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 1:
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Hersonissos

— 1 night
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
On the 30th (Thu), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre and then stop by The Bronze - Kelesis Yannis.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hersonissos trip planner.

Getting from Rethymnon to Hersonissos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. September in Hersonissos sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Elounda.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 1:

Elounda

Long a sleepy fishing settlement on Crete's northern coastline, Elounda today serves as a major travel destination, drawing vacationers with a blend of unspoiled natural scenery and luxury resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): stop by Eklektos Bookshop.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Elounda using our trip planner.

You can drive from Hersonissos to Elounda in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Hersonissos in October, Elounda is a bit warmer at night with lows of 21°C. On the 1st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Agios Nikolaos.

Things to do in Elounda

Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 2:
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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 1st (Fri): make a trip to Panagias Keras Church, then experience rural life at Cretan Olive Oil Farm, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Voulismeni.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Agios Nikolaos trip itinerary maker site.

Agios Nikolaos is just a short distance from Elounda. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Elounda in October since evenings lows in Agios Nikolaos dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Palaikastron.

Things to do in Agios Nikolaos

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 2:

Palaikastron

For traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Palaikastron trip planner.

Drive from Agios Nikolaos to Palaikastron in 2 hours. Traveling from Agios Nikolaos in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Palaikastron, with lows of 22°C. You will leave for Kato Zakros on the 2nd (Sat).

Things to do in Palaikastron

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 3:

Kato Zakros

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): explore the stunning scenery at Gorge of the Dead.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kato Zakros day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Palaikastron to Kato Zakros takes an hour. In October, daytime highs in Kato Zakros are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ierapetra.

Things to do in Kato Zakros

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 3:

Ierapetra

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.
For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ierapetra day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Kato Zakros to Ierapetra takes 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 21°C. You'll set off for Mirtos on the 3rd (Sun).

Things to do in Ierapetra

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 4:

Mirtos

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): head outdoors with Sarakina Gorges.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Mirtos route planner.

Mirtos is just a stone's throw from Ierapetra. Traveling from Ierapetra in October, Mirtos is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Matala.

Things to do in Mirtos

Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 4:
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Matala

A low-key tourist resort known for its ancient cliffside caves, Matala boasts a rich history that spans over 2,000 years.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Palace of Faistos.

Find out how to plan Matala trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Mirtos to Matala takes 2 hours. Traveling from Mirtos in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Matala, with lows of 20°C. On the 4th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Agia Galini.

Things to do in Matala

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 5:
Highlights from your trip

Agia Galini

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): ponder the design of The Lion Fountains and then kick back and relax at Agia Galini Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Agia Galini tour itinerary maker website.

Drive from Matala to Agia Galini in an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Agia Galini

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 5:

Elafonissi

— 1 night
Located just off Crete's southwestern corner, Elafonissi offers an alternative vacation idea for those looking to avoid the larger, more crowded Greek islands.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Elafonisi Viewpoint, then stroll through Elafonissi Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Chryssoskalitissa Monastery.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Elafonissi travel route planning app.

Traveling by car from Agia Galini to Elafonissi takes 3.5 hours. In October in Elafonissi, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Falassarna.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 6:

Falassarna

— 1 night
The ancient harbor town of Falassarna, once an independent city-state, today represents one of Crete's quieter resorts, drawing mostly day-trippers from the nearby town of Chania.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with Falassarna Diving and then enjoy the sand and surf at Falassarna Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Falassarna travel planner.

Traveling by car from Elafonissi to Falassarna takes 1.5 hours. In October in Falassarna, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chania.

Things to do in Falassarna

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 7:

Chania

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): stroll through Kiani Akti, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kalyves Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): make a trip to Etz Hayyim Synagogue and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sougia Beach.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Chania trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Falassarna to Chania takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 9th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Chania

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 9:

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.