17 days in Amsterdam & Crete Itinerary

17 days in Amsterdam & Crete Itinerary

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17 days in Amsterdam & Crete Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Chania Town, Greece
— 7 nights
Shuttle:  2​h
3
Heraklion, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Dhaka City, Bangladesh

3
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Flying Dutch Boats, KINboat, Amsterdam Boat Experience, and other attractions. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, get your game on at Museumphoto, make a trip to Royal Palace Amsterdam, and explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Amsterdam trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Dublin, Ireland to Amsterdam is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. In January in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Tours Outdoors Transportation
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Vondelpark ©
Vondelpark

7
nights
Chania Town, Greece

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rethymnon (Rethymnon Old Town, Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, & more), Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) (in Akrotiri) and Elafonissi Beach (in Elafonissi). The adventure continues: take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Crete, examine the collection at Byzantine/Post-Byzantine Collection, and get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Chania.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Chania Town sightseeing planning tool .

Fly from Amsterdam to Chania Town in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in January; daily highs in Chania Town reach 16°C and lows reach 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the shuttle to Heraklion.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Souda, Rethymnon, Kissamos, Maleme, Lake Kournas
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Greek National Football Museum ©
Greek National Football Museum
Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor
Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach

5
nights
Heraklion, Greece

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.
Explore Heraklion's surroundings by going to Matala beach (in Matala), Kazantzakis Museum (in Myrtia) and Kazani Zargianakis Distillery (in Prinias). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, meet the residents at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, and make a trip to Archeologikos Choros Tilissos.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Heraklion tour itinerary builder .

Take a shuttle from Chania Town to Heraklion in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Heraklion, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kazantzakis Museum, Karfi, Reptisland, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Matala beach
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
Kazantzakis Museum ©
Kazantzakis Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos

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