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Crete, Santorini and Athens

Hi, my husband and I will visit Greece, travel to Crete, Santorini and Athens next September.

We will arrive in Heraklion on Sept. 21 in the evening and sleep there for a night. We will rent a car.

Next day, we will visit Knossos and then we would like to stay in a hotel on a beach between Matala and Hora Skafion for a couple of days.

We would also like to stay a few days in the old Chania, walk the Samaria Gorge and also see Elafonissi.

Is this OK for number of days we will be there and where should we stay? We thought about hotels 3 or 4 star.

We will take a ferry for Santorini on Sept. 29 in the morning from Heraklion, stay in Santorini for 3 days and then go to Athens for a few days.

Thank you in advance for your ideas.

Louise, Canada

Yiasas Louise, we are very happy to give you some Greece travel information for your trip below.

Heraklion is not the most pleasant town for a quick stopover. It lost much of its architecture due to bombing in the second World War and the history and character that is there requires a little time to discover.

For this reason we recommend staying in a lovely rural village – Arhanes – which is very convenient to Heraklion airport (17 km).

We also recommend this because of the lovely restored mansion which is so characteristic of Crete and gives an immediate relaxation – Arhontiko Studio. It is only 9 km from Knossos and allows for an early start to beat the crowds.

So we suggest this for your first and last nights. However if you do not want to stay in the same place twice we suggest the Lato Hotel in Heraklion town, this gives an opportunity to see the Archaeological Museum, one of the finest in Greece. This hotel is also close to the port where you will leave for Santorini.

Matala Beach, Crete (image by Shadowgate)

Between Matala and Chora Sfakion you may choose many nice beaches. We suggest Matala itself, Plakias or Frangokastello.

From Plakias it would be a 78 km drive to Chania and we suggest staying in the old town. From Chania you can visit Elafonisi in one day and also Samaria Gorge in one day.

We suggest you take a day tour for the Samaria Gorge due to the logistics – it is a one way walk with a return ferry ride – it is much easier to do with an organised provider.

In this way too you have a beautiful accommodation in the old town of Chania to return to in the evenings. Further below are links for Greece travel information.

Day One – 21st Sept
Arrive Heraklion airport
Transfer to accommodation or pick up hire car and drive to accommodation
Stay Arhanes
Stay at the restored mansion Arhontiko Studios

Day Two – 22nd Sept
Drive to Matala 70 km
Visit Phaistos and or Gortyna on the way
Relax at beach
Stay Matala
Stay at the family run Iliaki Pension

Day Three – 23rd Sept
Drive to Plakias 73 km
Relax at beach
Stay Plakias
Thalassa House Apartments

Day Four – 24th Sept
Relax at beach
Stay Plakias
Thalassa House Apartments

Day Five – 25th Sept
Drive to Chania 76 km
Enjoy the old town
Stay Chania
Madonna Studios

Day Six – 26th Sept
Day tour to Samaria or Elafonisi
Stay Chania
Madonna Studios

Day Seven – 27th Sept
Day tour to Samaria or Elafonisi
Stay Chania
Madonna Studios

Day Eight

– 28th Sept
Drive from Chania to Heraklion 140 km
Stay Arhanes
Arhontiko Studios

Stay Heraklion
Hotel Lato

Day Nine – 29th Sept
Depart from Heraklion early

Greece Travel Information

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