14 days in Crete Itinerary

14 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete visit planner
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Make it your trip
Fly
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Chania Town
— 6 nights
Drive
2
Rethymnon
— 2 nights
Shuttle
3
Heraklion
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Hersonissos
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Chania Town
— 1 night
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Chania Town — 6 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lighthouse of Chania and Royal Octopus DIVE CENTER. Imbros Gorge and Manousakis Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chania Town: Ancient Olive Tree (in Vouves), Frangokastello Beach (in Frangokastello) and Akrotiri (Seitan Limania Beach & Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada)). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Agii Apostoli Beach, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Chania, stroll through Agia Marina Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Chania Town travel planner.

Athens to Chania Town is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Chania Town can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rethymnon.
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Rethymnon — 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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Rethymno, then explore the world behind art at Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Four Martyrs Church, and finally zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum of Crete, then pause for some photo ops at Symbol of Rethymnon City, then see the interesting displays at Chromonastiri Military Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Gorge of Mili.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rethymnon route maker site.

Drive from Chania Town to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to catch the shuttle to Heraklion.
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Heraklion — 2 nights

Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get curious at Kotsanas Museum, visit Other, and then discover the deep blue sea with Diver's Club Crete. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, learn about winemaking at Domaine Paterianakis, and then learn about winemaking at Winery Stilianou.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Heraklion online tour planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Rethymnon to Heraklion takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Heraklion are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hersonissos.
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Hersonissos — 2 nights

Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
On the 14th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Agios Georgios Monastery, then delve into the distant past at Archaia Poli Tis Lato, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Virgin Mary, and finally browse the exhibits of Maria Sanoudaki Ceramic - Art Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Piskopiano Museum of Rural Life, get interesting insight from Coral Diving Crete, and then explore the stunning scenery at Aposelemis canyon.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Hersonissos itinerary site.

Hersonissos is just a short distance from Heraklion. Expect little chillier evenings in Hersonissos when traveling from Heraklion in October, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Chania Town.
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Chania Town — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Chania Town trip planner.

You can drive from Hersonissos to Chania Town in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Crete travel guide

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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.
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