2 women traveling to Greece for 1st time from Newark (EWR) for appx. 8 days. Leaning towards arriving into Chania @ 5:50 p.m. on Friday evening, Oct. 7th after 13 hour flight. We fly out of Chania the following Sat., Oct. 15th @ 5:55 p.m.
Would like to visit Crete, Chania & Santorini. Willing to rent a car. Interested in seeing some beaches (thinking Elafonissi Beach for sure), Old Venetain Harbor, the wine & olive oil tasting tour, at least one Gorge, Rethymnon Old Town, & possibly the 7 villages of Apokoronas.
Is this realistic to think that we can enjoy seeing all of the above in an 8 day period of time? and if so, can someone recommend the best way to navigate this as our game plan or is it too far fetched to manage in this short period of time?
Our main goal is to visit small quaint towns, eat at local tavernas, see breathtaking views and maybe low key hiking, some relaxation on beaches and visit Santorini for at least a short time.
We found a cute cottage in Paleochora and wondered if this could be a good central location to stay and be able to do the things mentioned above.
Would taking a ferry or driving be better to go from place to place or would driving be the better option? I read that the drive from Chania to Theriso passes through dramatic landscape of the Gorge and then takes you to a town called Zorvas where you can hike into the mountains. Mentions taking that road to Meskla and how impressive the views driving to Zourva are and that it can be done in a loop only taking 90+ minutes with a break for lunch and a walk. This sounds amazing!!
Is the driving manageable and rental car GPS realiable? We are adventurous but want to be realistic in our planning process.
I am about to lock in airfare b/c of the fantastic price ($746 roundtrip pp) but really need advice as to whether flying into Chania is our best option and renting car from airport to adventure around is as well before we lock in anything for certain due to non-refundable options we may choose.
Any and all advice is welcome!! So glad to have found this forum and look forward to hearing feedback. Thank You!