11 days in Crete Itinerary

11 days in Crete Itinerary

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11 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
1
Chania Town
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Rethymnon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Matala
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Heraklion
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at Chania Venetian Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Seitan Limania Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Chania Town road trip app .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Chania Town is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in July, with highs in Chania Town at 37°C and lows at 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete, Agia Marina Beach, German War Cemetery
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Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete ©
Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete
Scuba & Snorkeling
Agia Marina Beach ©
Agia Marina Beach

2
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.
On the 13th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Church, delve into the distant past at Ancient Aptera, and then get some thrills out on the water with Lottie Watersports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kournas, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sacred Monastery of Arkadi.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rethymnon online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Chania Town to Rethymnon in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Matala.

Things to do in Rethymnon

#Historic Sites, #Tours, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Kournas, Ancient Aptera, St. Nicholas Church
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Lottie Watersports ©
Lottie Watersports
Sacred Monastery of Arkadi ©
Sacred Monastery of Arkadi
Lake Kournas ©
Lake Kournas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos), tour the pleasant surroundings at Matala beach, and then contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Phaistos.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Matala journey planner.

Drive from Rethymnon to Matala in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Heraklion.

Things to do in Matala

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Ancient City of Phaistos
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Matala beach ©
Matala beach
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) ©
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos)
Ancient City of Phaistos ©
Ancient City of Phaistos

5
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Stalis Beach and Acqua Plus Water Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Heraklion: Aposelemis canyon (in Analipsi), Lychnostatis Open Air Museum (in Hersonissos) and Malia Minoan Palace (in Malia). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 19th (Thu) at Star Beach. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, stroll through Fortress Spinalonga, take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and admire the local landmark of Morosini Fountain (Lion's Fountain).

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Heraklion trip planner .

You can drive from Matala to Heraklion in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. July in Heraklion sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

#Theme Parks, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hersonissos, Stalis Beach, Malia Minoan Palace, Aposelemis canyon, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
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The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach

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