15 days in Crete Itinerary

15 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete tour itinerary planner
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Kissamos
— 5 nights
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Rethymnon
— 5 nights
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Hersonissos
— 4 nights
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Kissamos — 5 nights

A quiet port town situated on Crete's western tip, Kissamos attracts mostly domestic tourists and possesses more of the quintessential Greek feel than livelier resorts strung along the island's coastline.
Kids will enjoy Elafonissi Beach and Royal Octopus DIVE CENTER. Change things up with these side-trips from Kissamos: Church of the Ascension (in Kandanos), Elafonisi Viewpoint (in Elafonissi) and Chryssoskalitissa Monastery (in Moni Chrisoskalitissis). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Balos Lagoon, cruise along Cretan Mountain Jeep Safari, stop by Sklopa, and experience rural life at Astrikas Estate Biolea.

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Gdansk, Poland to Kissamos is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Gdansk to Kissamos due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Gdansk in July, with highs in Kissamos at 37°C and lows at 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rethymnon.
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Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Side Trips

Rethymnon — 5 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Rethymnon Old Town and Monastery of Arkadi. Change things up with these side-trips from Rethymnon: Souda (Souda Bay War Cemetery & Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera), Lake Kournas (in Kournas) and Aqua Creta Limnoupolis (in Varipetro). Spend the 19th (Tue) exploring nature at Samaria Gorge National Park. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, experience rural life at Paraschakis Olive Oil - Crete, see Off-Road Tours, and explore the world behind art at Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop.

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Getting from Kissamos to Rethymnon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hersonissos.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Theme Parks
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Hersonissos — 4 nights

Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Kids will enjoy The Palace of Knossos and Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hersonissos: Elounda (Spinalonga (Kalydon) & Fishing Charters & Tours), Heraklion (Delight Jewellery, The Natural History Museum of Crete, &more) and Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos). There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at CRETAquarium, cool off at Watercity Waterpark Themed Park, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Aegeo Spas.

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You can drive from Rethymnon to Hersonissos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Rethymnon in July: highs in Hersonissos hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 24°C. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
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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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