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The Ultimate Chania, Crete 5-Day Itinerary 2024

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If you are planning on a trip to Greece this year, and you want to plan a trip to one of the Greek Islands, then this is the best place to start. Crete is different from many of the other islands and this guide will give you all the information you need to stay planning your next itinerary.

You will find everything from hotel recommendations, best activities in the region and throw in some hidden gems.

Are you questioning what there is to do on the island of Crete? With so many Greek Islands, are you wondering, “Is Chania, Crete worth visiting?” Would you like to know more about Crete? Are you asking, “What is Chania Crete known for?” lastly are you trying to figure out How many days you need in Chania?

Well, this article is to answer all of those questions before you book your amazing trip to the largest island in Greece and the reasons why Crete should be on your bucket list for Summer 2024. Let’s start by answering the question,” How many days to stay?” well, to be honest, you could stay for weeks and never get bored, but this itinerary of five days will allow you the luxury of touching on the best of what Chania has to offer. 

5 day itinerary chania

Five Day Chania Itinerary

Day one: Arrival in Chania and wandering around The Old Venetian Port

Evening: you can ride a horse and carriage around the old town area and then have dinner at one of the restaurants overlooking the lighthouse. It is an early night, as you have a big day ahead tomorrow. 

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Day two: Day trip to Elafonisi Island

With its crystalline turquoise waters and shimmering pink sands, your day will be spent exploring, swimming and enjoying the beautiful beaches that make this one of the prettiest pink sand beaches in the world.

Evening: Arriving late tonight from your day trip will leave you hungry, but not to worry, you will have time to grab a bite at many of the restaurants around the old town, it is Europe, after all, and people eat late here – try a Gyros by the harbour front for an authentic greek meal.

Elafonisi island
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Day Three: Exploring nature

Today will depend on your fitness level. You have a few choices. 

  1. For those who love to hike, You can choose a guided hiking experience that will see you hike the Samaria Gorge; for hiking enthusiasts, the Samaria Gorge is a stunning natural gorge offering breathtaking views of towering cliffs, lush vegetation, and crystal-clear turquoise waters. Along the way, you will not only be able to see mountain goats see beautiful lush greenery but also learn a little bit about the history of this area.
  2. Wanting to explore the hillsides but do not really want to hike, then try the Little fun trains trip to Therisos Gorge, where you will spend your day viewing the hilltops via a (yes, you guessed it) a little fun train. Stop by an olive factory where you will learn what can be produced from the many olive trees in the region, stop for lunch in a quaint little town and then head back to Chania, all within 3.5 hours. There are many other tours to can choose from here.

Evening: Tonight, you will head out to West Crete to neighbouring Kertos Beach, where you can sit on the water’s edge and dine at one of the many restaurants. I highly recommend Kertos Seafood for some delicious calamari and a traditional Cretan salad.

SIDE NOTE. You won’t regret the view if you can get there by sunset.

Little fun train chania

Day Four: A day trip to Rethymno

Today you have two options; once you have caught the local bus to Rethymno, (you can purchase a ticket straight a the bus terminal). 

Rethymno Chania

Day five: Vineyards and Olive Oil Tasting

Olive oil tasting Chania

Hotel Recommendations 

Porto Veneziano Hotel 

Samaria Hotel 

Samaria Hotel Chania

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