9 days in Crete Itinerary

9 days in Crete Itinerary

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9 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Jerusalem
+2
bus + Fly + shuttle:  7​h 45​min
1
Agios Nikolaos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Chania Town
— 4 nights
3
Matala
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Jerusalem

2
nights
Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Folk Art Museum of Agios Nikolaos as well as Flowers of Crete Day Trips. On the 14th (Sun), examine the collection at Folk Art Museum of Agios Nikolaos, take a memorable excursion with Flowers of Crete Day Trips, then stop by Eklektos Bookshop, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Panagias Keras Church. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Gournia Minoiki Poli, then kick back and relax at Municipal Beach Kitroplatia, and then kick back and relax at Ammoudi Beach.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Agios Nikolaos holiday planner.

Jerusalem, Israel to Agios Nikolaos is an approximately 8-hour flight. Traveling from Jerusalem in May, expect nights in Agios Nikolaos to be a bit warmer, around 18°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Chania Town.

Things to do in Agios Nikolaos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Elounda
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Flowers of Crete ©
Flowers of Crete
Panagias Keras Church ©
Panagias Keras Church
Eklektos Bookshop ©
Eklektos Bookshop

4
nights
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.
You'll explore and learn at Maritime Museum of Crete and Chania Archaeological Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chania Venetian Lighthouse and Ancient Aptera. Change things up with these side-trips from Chania Town: Lake Kournas (in Kournas) and Ilingas (in Sfakia). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Agii Apostoli Beach, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete, and explore the different monuments and memorials at German War Cemetery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Chania Town sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Agios Nikolaos to Chania Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Matala.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Souda, Lake Kournas, St. Nicholas Church, Manousakis Winery, German War Cemetery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church
Agia Marina Beach ©
Agia Marina Beach

2
nights
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 21st (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos), then stop by Goods of the Ground, then enjoy the sand and surf at Matala beach, and finally view the masterpieces at MoozArt - Wood Art Workshop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Phaistos and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kommos Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Matala itinerary builder.

You can drive from Chania Town to Matala in 2.5 hours. May in Matala sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Matala

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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