26 days in Athens, Chania & Crete Itinerary

26 days in Athens, Chania & Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Athens
— Few hours
2
Chania
— 4 nights
3
Athens
— 2 nights
4
Elafonissi
— 3 nights
5
Knosos
— 3 nights
6
Hersonissos
— 2 nights
7
Rethymnon
— 3 nights
8
Agios Nikolaos
— 3 nights
9
Archanes
— 1 night
10
Chania Town
— 3 nights

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hours
Athens

Athens
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Athens trip planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Athens is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Ottawa to Athens. While traveling from Ottawa, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Athens, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. On the 13th (Sat), you'll travel to Chania.

Things to do in Athens

Tours Outdoors Nightlife
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 14:

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nights
Chania

Chania ©
Chania is the second largest city of Crete and the capital of the Chania regional unit. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Balos Lagoon.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Chania trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Athens to Chania takes 9.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in April, and nighttime lows around °C. On the 17th (Wed), you're off to Athens.

Things to do in Chania

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Balos Lagoon
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 17:
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Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon

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Athens

Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Hephaestus will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore National Archaeological Museum and Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments. Enjoy Athens some more: wander the streets of Monastiraki, pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Athens journey planning app.

Getting from Chania to Athens by car takes about 9.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 19:
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum
Benaki Museum ©
Benaki Museum

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Elafonissi

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.
You've now added Elafonissi Beach to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Agia Kiriaki Church, thenmake a trip to Kandanos War Memorial, thenget outside with Deliana Gorge, and finally don't miss a visit to Chryssoskalitissa Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Aspri Limni Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Elafonissi Beach, and then stroll through Elafonisi Viewpoint.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Elafonissi vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Athens to Elafonissi in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. April in Elafonissi sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. On the 22nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Knosos.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Agia Kiriaki Church, Agia Sofia Cave, Kandanos War Memorial, Deliana Gorge, Chryssoskalitissa Monastery
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Aspri Limni Beach ©
Aspri Limni Beach
Agia Kiriaki Church ©
Agia Kiriaki Church

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nights
Knosos

Knosos ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rouvas Gorge (Agiou Nikolaou) as well as Finikia Horseriding. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Rouvas Gorge (Agiou Nikolaou), delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, thensurround yourself with nature on Finikia Horseriding, and finally learn about winemaking at Winery Stilianou. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Moni Palianis, relax in the rural setting at Neroulakia Farm, thendo a tasting at Tamiolakis Winery, and finally examine the collection at Kazantzakis Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Knosos driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Elafonissi to Knosos in 3.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Knosos are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Knosos

Wildlife Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Tamiolakis Winery, Kazantzakis Museum, Winery Stilianou, Neroulakia Farm, Idols Art
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 25:
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Finikia Horseriding ©
Finikia Horseriding
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Winery Stilianou ©
Winery Stilianou

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Hersonissos

Hersonissos ©
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
You've now added Cycling Creta to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): pedal to the sights with Cycling Creta and then kick back and relax at Stalis Beach. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, thenstep off the mainland to explore Fortress Spinalonga, thenexplore the activities along Lake Voulismeni, and finally delve into the distant past at Malia Minoan Palace.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hersonissos day trip planning tool.

Hersonissos is very close to Knosos. Traveling from Knosos in April, expect slightly colder with lows of °C in Hersonissos. On the 27th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Lake Voulismeni, Stalis Beach, Fortress Spinalonga, Malia Minoan Palace
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach
Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Cycling Creta ©
Cycling Creta

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Rethymnon

Rethymnon ©
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.
You've now added Rethymnon Old Town to your itinerary. On the 28th (Sun), make a trip to Monastery of Arkadi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Christ and St. Gedeon, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Reptisland, and finally wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse, thenlearn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Crete, and then kick back and relax at Preveli Beach.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rethymnon travel app.

You can drive from Hersonissos to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Rethymnon are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Agios Nikolaos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Chania Town, Preveli Beach, Monastery of Christ and St. Gedeon, Lake Kournas, Reptisland
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Reptisland ©
Reptisland
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi

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Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos ©
A tour of Agios Nikolaos leads visitors through charming neighborhoods with white washed houses, squares with taverns, steep pedestrian streets, and sea as a backdrop, ideal for exploration on foot.
Elena on Crete has been added to your itinerary. On the 30th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Lato and then make a trip to Panagias Keras Church. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Agios Nikolaos, browse the fresh offerings at Agios Nikolaos Wednesday Market, and then take in the local highlights with Elena on Crete.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Agios Nikolaos trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Rethymnon to Agios Nikolaos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Rethymnon in April, plan for little chillier nights in Agios Nikolaos, with lows around °C. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll travel to Archanes.

Things to do in Agios Nikolaos

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Elounda, Lato
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 3:
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Elounda Beach ©
Elounda Beach
Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Lato ©
Lato

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night
Archanes

Archanes ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ecologiko Parko Giouchta. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Ecologiko Parko Giouchta.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Archanes driving holiday planner.

Drive from Agios Nikolaos to Archanes in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Chania Town.

Things to do in Archanes

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Kazantzakis Museum, Winery Stilianou, Moni Palianis
Find places to stay May 3 — 4:
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Winery Stilianou ©
Winery Stilianou
Kazantzakis Museum ©
Kazantzakis Museum
Moni Palianis ©
Moni Palianis

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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.
Chania Wine Tours has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, thenmake a trip to Old Venetian Harbor, and then see the interesting displays at Greek National Football Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Crete, visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse, don't miss a visit to Firkas Fortress, thenadmire the masterpieces at Folklore Museum of Chania, and finally awaken your taste buds at Chania Wine Tours.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Chania Town travel planning website.

Drive from Archanes to Chania Town in 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Tours Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Manousakis Winery, German War Cemetery
Find places to stay May 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Greek National Football Museum ©
Greek National Football Museum
Manousakis Winery ©
Manousakis Winery
Maritime Museum of Crete ©
Maritime Museum of Crete

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