10 days in Crete Itinerary

10 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete trip itinerary builder

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Fly
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Heraklion
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Agia Galini
— 1 night
Drive
3
Plakias
Drive
4
Chania Town
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Rethymnon
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Heraklion
— 1 day
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Heraklion

— 2 nights
Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos and then relax and rejuvenate at Aegeo Spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, look for gifts at Nerium Oleander, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, then take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Crete, and finally learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Heraklion travel route tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Heraklion is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Heraklion due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in September, with highs in Heraklion at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Agia Galini.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:

Agia Galini

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Palace of Faistos, kick back and relax at Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos), and then enjoy the sand and surf at Matala Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Agia Galini attractions tool.

Getting from Heraklion to Agia Galini by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Plakias.

Things to do in Agia Galini

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 27 — 28:

Plakias

Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Plakias Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Plakias online day trip planner.

Drive from Agia Galini to Plakias in an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Plakias

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 29:
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Chania Town

— 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chania Town: Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia), Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos) and Falassarna Beach (in Falassarna). Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Chania Town online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Plakias to Chania Town in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. September in Chania Town sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 1:

Rethymnon

— 3 nights
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, then take a leisurely stroll along Old Venetian Harbour of Rethymno, then steep yourself in history at The Venetian Fortezza, and finally get engrossed in the history at Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monastery of Arkadi and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rethymnon tour itinerary website.

You can drive from Chania Town to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to catch the shuttle to Heraklion.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 4:

Heraklion

— 1 day
On the 4th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Castello del Molo (Koules), then ponder the design of Morosini Fountain (Lion's Fountain), and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at CRETAquarium.

To plan Heraklion vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Rethymnon to Heraklion by shuttle takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 5:

Crete travel guide

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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.