14 days in Crete Itinerary

14 days in Crete Itinerary

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14 days in Crete Itinerary

Zurich
Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
Chania Town
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Plakias
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Matala
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Hersonissos
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
Zurich

3
days
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Agii Apostoli Beach and Iguana Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Agia Marina Beach and Platania Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Seitan Limania Beach in Akrotiri (about 34 minutes away). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete, visit a coastal fixture at Chania Venetian Lighthouse, brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of Crete, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews and more tourist information, refer to the Chania Town travel planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Chania Town is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Chania Town due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Zurich in August; daily highs in Chania Town reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Plakias.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Agia Marina Beach, Seitan Limania Beach, Platania Beach, Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete
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Agii Apostoli Beach
Iguana Beach

5
days
Plakias

Explore hidden gems such as Skinaria Beach and Preveli Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Frangokastello Beach and Plakias Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Plakias: The Lion Fountain (in Spili), Rethymnon (Sacred Monastery of Arkadi, Venetian Harbour, & more) and Sfakia (Glika Nera Beach & Ilingas).

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Plakias travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Chania Town to Plakias in 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Matala.

Things to do in Plakias

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Rethymnon, The Lion Fountain, Ilingas, Frangokastello Beach, Lake Kournas
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Skinaria Beach
Preveli Beach
Frangokastello Beach

2
days
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 9th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos), take in the exciting artwork at MoozArt - Wood Art Workshop, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Matala beach. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Kommos Beach and then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Phaistos.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Matala vacation builder.

You can drive from Plakias to Matala in 2 hours. In September in Matala, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Matala

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

3
days
Hersonissos

Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
We've included these beaches for you: Voulisma Beach and Stalis Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Lake Voulismeni and Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos. Step out of Hersonissos with an excursion to Eklektos Bookshop in Elounda--about 48 minutes away. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 13th (Wed) at Star Beach. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hersonissos itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Matala to Hersonissos takes 2 hours. In September in Hersonissos, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Eklektos Bookshop, Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos, Voulisma Beach, Stalis Beach, Lake Voulismeni
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Stalis Beach
Voulisma Beach
Lake Voulismeni

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