14 days in Crete Itinerary

14 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete Trip Planner

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Make it your trip
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Chania Town
— 4 nights
Drive
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Plakias
— 5 nights
Drive
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Matala
— 1 night
Drive
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Hersonissos
— 3 nights
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Chania Town

— 4 nights
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Visit Seitan Limania Beach and Agii Apostoli Beach for some beach relaxation. Discover out-of-the-way places like Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete and Maritime Museum of Crete. There's much more to do: enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse of Chania, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Chania, and enjoy the sand and surf at Iguana Beach.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Chania Town sightseeing planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Chania Town is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Zurich in August; daily highs in Chania Town reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Plakias.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Plakias

— 5 nights
Explore hidden gems such as Preveli Beach and Plakias Beach. Visit Frangokastello Beach and Ilingas for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Glika Nera Beach (in Sfakia), Rethymnon (Monastery of Arkadi, Old Venetian Harbour of Rethymno, &more) and Lake Kournas (in Kournas).

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Plakias online day trip planner.

You can drive from Chania Town to Plakias in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. September in Plakias sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Matala.

Things to do in Plakias

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 9:

Matala

— 1 night
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 9th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos), then take in the exciting artwork at Moozart Wood Art Shop, and then kick back and relax at Matala beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Komos Beach and then explore the ancient world of Palace of Faistos.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Matala online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Plakias to Matala in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. September in Matala sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Matala

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 10:

Hersonissos

— 3 nights
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 Lychnostatis Open Air Museum and Star Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Hersonissos: Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos) and Eklektos Bookshop (in Elounda). There's more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Cretaquarium.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hersonissos trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Matala to Hersonissos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Matala in September since evenings lows in Hersonissos dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 13:

Crete travel guide

4.3
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.