15 days in Heraklion, Plakias & Chania Prefecture Itinerary

15 days in Heraklion, Plakias & Chania Prefecture Itinerary

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15 days in Heraklion, Plakias & Chania Prefecture Itinerary

Amsterdam
Fly:  6​h
Heraklion
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
Plakias
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Chania Town
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
Amsterdam

7
days
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.
Popular historic sites such as Malia Minoan Palace and Agia Irini Monastery at Kroussonas are in your itinerary. Visiting Stalis Beach and Lake Voulismeni will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Heraklion: Vrondisi Monastery (in Zaros), Mires (Agia Marina Donkey Rescue Sanctuary & Monastery Panagia Kaliviani) and Spinalonga (Kalydon) (in Elounda). Spend the 25th (Tue) exploring the striking scenery along Lassithi Plateau. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, contemplate the waterfront views at Mirabello Bay, look for gifts at Votania Pure Herbs of Crete, and contemplate the long history of Venetian Walls and Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Heraklion travel planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Heraklion is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Heraklion is 1 hour. Traveling from Amsterdam in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Heraklion: highs are around 23°C and lows about 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Plakias.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Agios Nikolaos, Mires, Fortress Spinalonga, Milatos Cave, Vrondisi Monastery
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Stalis Beach
Lake Voulismeni
Lassithi Plateau

5
days
Plakias

Step out of the city life by going to Matala beach and Lake Kournas. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ancient City of Phaistos and Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos). Change things up with these side-trips from Plakias: Matala (Goods of the Ground & MoozArt - Wood Art Workshop), Ilingas (in Sfakia) and Spili (Folk Museum of Spili & Church of Spili).

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Plakias trip planner.

Traveling by car from Heraklion to Plakias takes 2 hours. In April in Plakias, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Plakias

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Matala, Spili, Imbros Gorge, Lake Kournas, Ancient City of Phaistos
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Matala beach
Preveli Beach
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos)

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Agii Apostoli Beach. Visit Agia Marina Beach and Seitan Limania Beach for some beach relaxation. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sea views from Chania Venetian Lighthouse, stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Eisodion tis Theotokou, and explore the ancient world of Ancient Aptera.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Chania Town trip builder.

Drive from Plakias to Chania Town in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Souda, Manousakis Winery, Agia Marina Beach, German War Cemetery, Seitan Limania Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Agii Apostoli Beach
Ancient Aptera

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