14 days in Crete Itinerary

14 days in Crete Itinerary

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Start: Zurich
Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
Chania Town
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Plakias
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Matala
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Hersonissos
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Zurich

4
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.
Visit Seitan Limania Beach and Iguana Beach for some beach relaxation. Discover out-of-the-way places like Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete and Lighthouse. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Agii Apostoli Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Platania Beach, and get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Chania.

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 do a combination of train and bus; or take a 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

Side Trips

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

5
nights
Plakias

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

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 take a bus; or take a shuttle. 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

Side Trips

Rethymnon, Sfakia, Lake Kournas, Glika Nera Beach, The Lion Fountains
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Frangokastello Beach ©
Frangokastello Beach
Skinaria Beach ©
Skinaria Beach
Damnoni Beach ©
Damnoni Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos), thentake 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 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a 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

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Palace of Faistos, Komos Beach
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Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) ©
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos)
Komos Beach ©
Komos Beach
Palace of Faistos ©
Palace of Faistos

3
nights
Hersonissos

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: Stalis Beach and Voulisma Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Lychnostatis Open Air Museum and Eklektos Bookshop. Go for a jaunt from Hersonissos to Agios Nikolaos to see Lake Voulismeni about 38 minutes away. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 13th (Wed) at Star Beach. It doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hersonissos route planner.

You can drive from Matala to Hersonissos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Hersonissos when traveling from Matala in September, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Agios Nikolaos, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Eklektos Bookshop, Stalis Beach
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Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach
Voulisma Beach ©
Voulisma Beach
Eklektos Bookshop ©
Eklektos Bookshop

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