Escape to Athens and Greece's gorgeous islands with this laid-back itinerary. See the sights and sample some of the city's best street food in the capital, and then set sail for the Cyclades. Stop in Tinos, a hidden gem with a vibrant artisan community and rich religious history, before heading to neighboring Mykonos. There you'll enjoy an authentic farm-to-table meal with the locals. Make your way to the incredibly photogenic Santorini for some beach time and a cruise around its volcanic caldera. Then head to Crete for more fabulous beaches and some time in and around the Venetian city of Chania. Visit some historic Cretan villages before ending your journey.
- Start at the Municipal Market of Chania, where you can try some of the local products. Then stroll through the Municipal Gardens and make your way into the center of the old town. Here you'll enjoy a first glimpse of the city's preserved streets and characteristic buildings that make it so special.
- Continue toward the old port and enjoy the breeze off the Aegean Sea. Chania's famed Venetian Harbor features impressive seafront residences and buildings (some working as boutique hotels), an old mosque, and a lighthouse. Find your favorite spot to take a break and relax with a refreshing drink before exploring Chania's off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods.
- The districts of Topanas, Splantzia, Kolombo, and Kasteli all offer panoramic views of the harbor, traditional Cretan taverns, and grand buildings. If you prefer to ditch any crowds, wander a bit further into the Halepa and Tabakaria neighborhoods. Here you'll discover more authentic Cretan communities and seafront taverns for dinner.
- For incredible views away from the city, head to the Venizelos Tombs atop Prophet Ilias Hill. Here you'll find the Venizelos family's graves, including that of Eleftherios Venizelos, a respected politician and former Prime Minister of Greece. This historic spot sits above Chania, offering a peaceful setting and sprawling scenery out into the sea.
Itineraries with A Free Evening in Chania
Dive deep into the Cretan lifestyle—specifically the far west region of Chania—with this unique 9-day itinerary. You'll experience loads of culture and scenery as you explore the island's historic villages, food scene, and archaeological ruins, complete with walking tours, cooking lessons, and guided day trips both through the city and surrounding countryside.
This two-week itinerary gives you and your school-aged children plenty of time to get their hands on Greek cultural activities in Athens and the major cities of Crete. Start in Athens, where you can paint the Parthenon and exercise like an Olympian at the Panathenaic Stadium. You'll fly to Crete, where you'll participate in mosaic-making workshops, archaeological adventures, and botanical treasure hunts, alongside plenty of time to wander at your own pace or relax on the beach.