17 days in Malta & Greece Itinerary

17 days in Malta & Greece Itinerary

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Valletta, Malta
— 2 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
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Rethymnon, Greece
— 2 nights
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Chania Town, Greece
— 3 nights
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Valletta, Malta
— 4 nights
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Valletta, Malta

— 2 nights

Most Proud

Malta's capital city, Valletta preserves most of its medieval architecture, built in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Knights Hospitaller, once a powerful military order.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Saluting Battery and Vittoriosa Waterfront - Birgu Waterfront. Explore hidden gems such as Fort St Elmo - National War Museum and St. Francis' Church Valletta. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, admire the striking features of Il-Berga ta' Kastilja, brush up on your military savvy at Fortifications Interpretation Centre - Fortifications Interpretation Centre, and appreciate the history behind Les Gavroches.

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New York City, USA to Valletta is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Valletta, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in May, expect nights in Valletta to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Valletta

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 21 — 23:

Athens, Greece

— 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Visit Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Hephaestus for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Anafiotika and Ancient Agora of Athens. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Temple of Athena Nike, wander the streets of Plaka, explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus, and take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum.

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Fly from Valletta to Athens in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. May in Athens sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay May 23 — 27:

Rethymnon, Greece

— 2 nights
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
Relax by the water at Kalivaki Beach and Damoni Beach. Rethymnon Old Town and Contemporary Art Museum of Crete are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rethymnon: Kourtaliotiko Gorge (in Plakias) and Winery Dourakis (in Alikampos). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, explore the stunning scenery at Kotsifou Canyon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Four Martyrs Church, and admire the masterpieces at Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop.

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Fly from Athens to Rethymnon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. May in Rethymnon sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 27 — 29:

Chania Town, Greece

— 3 nights
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Lighthouse and Manousakis Winery. Explore hidden gems such as German Military Cemetery and MINOAN'S WORLD. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chania Town: Ancient Olive Tree (in Vouves), Cretan Brewery S.A. (in Platanias) and Kissamos (Strata Tours & Archaeological Museum of Kissamos). There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Crete, stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), and see the interesting displays at Museum-Residence of Eleftherios Venizelos.

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Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Chania Town takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Chania Town are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Valletta.

Things to do in Chania Town

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 1:

Valletta, Malta

— 4 nights

Most Proud

Step off the beaten path and head to Lascaris War Rooms and Parrocca San Pawl Nawfragu. Visit St. John's Co-Cathedral and Casa Bernard for their historical value. See even more of Valletta: examine the collection at Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, brush up on your military savvy at Grandmaster's Palace, and appreciate the history behind Mdina Main Gate - Baroque gateway.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Valletta trip planning site.

You can fly from Chania Town to Valletta in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Chania Town to Valletta is minus 1 hour. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Valletta

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 5:

Malta travel guide

3.9
Historic Walking Areas · Sacred & Religious Sites · Gardens
Land of Honey
Aside from the crystal azure waters and the soft sandy beaches in Malta, there is more ancient, medieval, and Baroque architecture here than most visitors have time for. Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation spent people-watching and sun-bathing or a history lesson filled with fortified cities and catacombs, Malta lets you hop from island to island with a plethora of options. And with so much coastline wherever you are in Malta, opportunities for water sports abound, including snorkeling and diving. Despite the thriving tourism, many areas feel uncrowded due to lack of residency, leaving you space to enjoy the sun and sea at your own pace.

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

Crete travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Ruins · Islands
Great Island
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete offers travelers more than just sun, sea, and sand. Famed for its warm hospitality, outstanding infrastructure, and contrasting landscapes, the island represents one of the world's richest areas in terms of history and culture. Crete burst onto the world scene over 4,000 years ago, when it served as the center of the Minoan civilization, one of Europe's earliest organized societies. Despite the island's wealth of developed beaches, the traces of the mysterious and enchanting Minoan empire remain Crete's top attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world. The island capital Heraklion provides an ideal base for exploring a renowned Minoan palace complex, the site of Europe's oldest city.