11 days in Greece Itinerary

11 days in Greece Itinerary

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11 days in Greece Itinerary

Washington DC
+3
subway + bus + Fly + bus:  23​h 45​min
Chania Town
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 15​min
Elafonissi
— 1 night
bus + Fly + bus:  9​h 45​min
Agios Nikolaos
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
Heraklion
— 1 night
ferry:  2​h
Kamari
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
Washington DC

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Balos Beach and Lagoon and Kalathas Beach. Manousakis Winery and Old Venetian Harbor are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chania Town: Olive Tree Museum of Vouves (in Vouves), Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa) and Afrata Beach (in Platanias). Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Firkas Fortress, examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada).

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Chania Town tour planner.

Washington DC, USA to Chania Town is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Washington DC to Chania Town due to the time zone difference. May in Chania Town sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kalathas Beach, Souda Bay War Cemetery, Kastro Gramvoussas, Manousakis Winery, Balos Lagoon
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Old Venetian Harbor
Balos Lagoon
Manousakis Winery

1
day
Elafonissi

Located just off Crete's southwestern corner, Elafonissi offers an alternative vacation idea for those looking to avoid the larger, more crowded Greek islands.
On the 10th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Chryssoskalitissa Monastery and then kick back and relax at Elafonissi Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Elafonissi vacation planner.

Traveling by bus from Chania Town to Elafonissi takes 2.5 hours. May in Elafonissi sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Agios Nikolaos.

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Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Elafonissi Beach
Chryssoskalitissa Monastery

1
day
Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos or Aghios Nikolaos is a coastal town on the Greek island of Crete, lying east of the island's capital Heraklion, north of the town of Ierapetra and west of the town of Sitia. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from Elafonissi to Agios Nikolaos in 10 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Agios Nikolaos can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Heraklion.

Things to do in Agios Nikolaos

Adventure Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling

few
hours
Heraklion

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.
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Drive from Agios Nikolaos to Heraklion in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow time for the ferry ride to Kamari.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Wineries
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2
days
Kamari

Kamari is a coastal village on the southeastern part of the Aegean island of Santorini, Greece, in the Cyclades archipelago with a population of approx. On the 12th (Fri), learn about winemaking at Venetsanos Winery. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, then explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, and then stroll through Perissa Black Sand Beach.

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Ride a ferry from Heraklion to Kamari in 2 hours. In May in Kamari, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kamari

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, Perivolos, Venetsanos Winery, Perissa Black Sand Beach
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Red Beach
Perivolos
Akrotiri