10 days in Crete Itinerary

10 days in Crete Itinerary

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10 days in Crete Itinerary

Washington DC
+3
subway + bus + Fly + bus:  23​h 45​min
Chania Town
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Matala
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Heraklion
— 1 night
Fly:  22​h 30​min
Washington DC

4
days
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Agia Marina Beach and Seitan Limania Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Agios Nikolaos Church and German War Cemetery. Go for a jaunt from Chania Town to Kournas to see Lake Kournas about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Agii Apostoli Beach, learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Crete, visit a coastal fixture at Chania Venetian Lighthouse, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Chania Town sightseeing planner.

Washington DC, USA to Chania Town is an approximately 24-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Chania Town, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Matala.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lake Kournas, Manousakis Winery, Agia Marina Beach, Chrissi Akti Beach, Seitan Limania Beach
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Agii Apostoli Beach ©
Agii Apostoli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Lake Kournas ©
Lake Kournas

2
days
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 11th (Thu): view the masterpieces at MoozArt - Wood Art Workshop, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kommos Beach, and then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Phaistos. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Matala beach, then look for gifts at Goods of the Ground, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos).

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Matala holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Chania Town to Matala takes 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Matala can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Matala

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ancient City of Phaistos, Komos Beach
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Matala beach ©
Matala beach
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) ©
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos)
Ancient City of Phaistos ©
Ancient City of Phaistos

2
days
Heraklion

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos, admire the masterpieces at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Minas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, explore the ancient world of Malia Minoan Palace, then see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Stalis Beach.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Heraklion trip generator.

Getting from Matala to Heraklion by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Heraklion are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Malia Minoan Palace, Stalis Beach, Lychnostatis Open Air Museum
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The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

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