5 days in Crete Itinerary

5 days in Crete Itinerary

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5 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
1
Chania Town
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Matala
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Agios Nikolaos
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Zurich

1
night
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 16th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Church.

Plan trip to Chania Town with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Zurich, Switzerland to Chania Town is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Chania Town is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in July: high temperatures in Chania Town hover around 37°C and lows are around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Matala.

Things to do in Chania Town

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Agia Marina Beach, St. Nicholas Church
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Agia Marina Beach ©
Agia Marina Beach
Agii Apostoli Beach ©
Agii Apostoli Beach
St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church

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 18th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Phaistos, tour the pleasant surroundings at Matala beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos).

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Matala travel route planning site .

Traveling by car from Chania Town to Matala takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Agios Nikolaos.

Things to do in Matala

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos ©
On the 19th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Panagias Keras Church, then examine the collection at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Stalis Beach, and finally explore the activities along Lake Voulismeni. On the next day, stop by Eklektos Bookshop and then enjoy the sand and surf at Voulisma Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Agios Nikolaos online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Matala to Agios Nikolaos in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Agios Nikolaos are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Agios Nikolaos

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Eklektos Bookshop, Stalis Beach, Lychnostatis Open Air Museum
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Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach
Voulisma Beach ©
Voulisma Beach
Lake Voulismeni ©
Lake Voulismeni

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