9 days in Spain, Croatian Islands & Crete Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly to Split, Ferry to Hvar
Hvar, Croatia
— 1 night
Ferry to Split, Fly to Chania Town
Chania Town, Greece
— 3 nights


Madrid, Spain — 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take a stroll through La Latina, admire the masterpieces at Museo Cerralbo, then take an in-depth tour of Naval Museum, and finally savor the flavors at Food & Drink. On the next day, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande, admire the masterpieces at Museo Lazaro Galdiano, admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla, then admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum of Spain, and finally pause for some photo ops at Puerta de Alcala.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid tour itinerary planner.

Santiago, Chile to Madrid is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Santiago to Madrid. In October, daytime highs in Madrid are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Barcelona.
Museums · Tours · Wineries · Neighborhoods

Barcelona, Spain — 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take a stroll through Barri de Gracia, admire the striking features of Casa Vicens, then get to know the fascinating history of Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Ciutat Vella, then take a stroll through El Born, then examine the collection at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC, and finally explore the galleries of Joan Miro Foundation.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona visit planner.

You can fly from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Barcelona when traveling from Madrid in October, with lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Hvar.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Hvar, Croatia — 1 night

Croatian St. Tropez

The Croatian island of Hvar serves as a picturesque location for a Mediterranean holiday, with a range of offerings from quiet coves to a lively medieval town.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Spanish Fortress.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Hvar holiday planner.

Getting from Barcelona to Hvar by combination of flight and ferry takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Hvar can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Chania Town.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, then kick back and relax at Agia Marina Beach, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally stroll through Old Venetian Harbor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Mon): learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Crete, then make a trip to Lighthouse of Chania, then explore the activities along Lake Kournas, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Church.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Chania Town itinerary planner.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Hvar to Chania Town in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hvar to Chania Town due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Spain travel guide

Beaches · Nightlife · Architectural Buildings
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Crete travel guide

Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
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.