13 days in Greece Itinerary

13 days in Greece Itinerary

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13 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Heraklion
1
Heraklion
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Margarites
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Matala
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Galini
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Kato Metochi
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
6
Kato Gouves
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
End: Heraklion

4
nights
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.
You've added Pottery Workshop, Inspira, Efantasy.gr, and other attractions to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Heraklion Archaeological Museum and The Palace of Knossos. Museum-lovers will get to explore Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete and The Natural History Museum of Crete. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Heraklion: Agios Georgios Monastery (in Selinari), Elounda (Maria & Vangelis - Unique Handmade Creations & Fortress Spinalonga) and Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Preveli Beach, take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Heraklion day trip planning website .

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major airports are Heraklion International Nikos Kazantzakis Airport, Chania International Airport and Santorini Airport. In October, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Margarites.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Elounda, Preveli Beach, Agios Georgios Monastery, Lake Voulismeni, The Palace of Knossos
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga

1
night
Margarites

Margarites ©
You've now added Ea Ceramic Studio to your itinerary. On the 23rd (Tue), delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Thronos, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Ancient Eleutherna, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Monastery Arsaniou, and finally learn and have fun at Ea Ceramic Studio.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Margarites road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Heraklion to Margarites takes 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Margarites can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Galini.

Things to do in Margarites

Fun & Games Shopping Classes

Side Trips

The Monastery Arsaniou, Museum of Ancient Eleutherna
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Ea Ceramic Studio ©
Ea Ceramic Studio
The Monastery Arsaniou ©
The Monastery Arsaniou
Museum of Ancient Eleutherna ©
Museum of Ancient Eleutherna

2
nights
Matala

Matala ©
A low-key tourist resort known for its ancient cliffside caves, Matala boasts a rich history that spans over 2,000 years.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Agio Farago (Gorge of Saints). On the 24th (Wed), kick back and relax at Matala beach, look for gifts at Prisma, and then stroll through Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos). On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Agio Farago (Gorge of Saints), look for gifts at Botano Cretan Mountain Herbs, and then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Phaistos.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Matala trip planner .

You can drive from Margarites to Matala in 2 hours. In October in Matala, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Galini.

Things to do in Matala

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Palace of Faistos, Botano Cretan Mountain Herbs
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Matala beach ©
Matala beach
Palace of Faistos ©
Palace of Faistos
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) ©
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos)

1
night
Galini

Galini ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): kick back and relax at Makrigialos Beach and then stop by Nostimon.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Galini online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Matala to Galini in 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Galini can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kato Metochi.

Things to do in Galini

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Nostimon, Makrigialos Beach
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Nostimon ©
Nostimon

2
nights
Kato Metochi

Kato Metochi ©
You've now added Monastery of Panagia Vidiani to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): examine the collection at Piskopiano Museum of Rural Life, then stop by Family Pitarokilis, and then contemplate the long history of Diktaio Andro.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kato Metochi online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Galini to Kato Metochi takes 2 hours. Traveling from Galini in October, expect little chillier with lows of 17°C in Kato Metochi. On the 28th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kato Gouves.

Things to do in Kato Metochi

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Psichro, Sfendili, Piskopiano Museum of Rural Life
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Monastery of Panagia Vidiani ©
Monastery of Panagia Vidiani
Sfendili ©
Sfendili

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Kato Gouves

Kato Gouves ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Folklore Museum of Gouves. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): look for gifts at Kristina Boutique and then enjoy the sand and surf at Analipsi Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at The Bronze - Kelesis Yannis.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kato Gouves trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Kato Metochi to Kato Gouves in an hour. In October in Kato Gouves, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 20°C at night. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Kato Gouves

Shopping Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Hersonissos
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The Bronze - Kelesis Yannis ©
The Bronze - Kelesis Yannis
Folklore Museum of Gouves ©
Folklore Museum of Gouves

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