9 days in Crete Itinerary

9 days in Crete Itinerary

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Chania Town
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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.
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If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiports are Chania International Airport, Heraklion International Nikos Kazantzakis Airport and Santorini Airport. July in Rethymnon sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 25°C at night. You will leave for Chania Town on the 19th (Tue).
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Chania Town — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then stroll through Old Venetian Harbor. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of Crete, then stroll through Agia Marina Beach, then see the interesting displays at Greek National Football Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Chania.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Chania Town travel planning website.

You can drive from Rethymnon to Chania Town in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Chania Town are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kissamos.
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Kissamos — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): experience rural life at Astrikas Estate Biolea, see some colorful creatures with Royal Octopus DIVE CENTER, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Falassarna Beach. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Kastro Gramvoussas, then stroll through Balos Lagoon, and then look for gifts at Sklopa.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kissamos attractions app.

Getting from Chania Town to Kissamos by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Elafonissi.
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Side Trips

Elafonissi — 2 nights

Located just off Crete's southwestern corner, Elafonissi offers an alternative vacation idea for those looking to avoid the larger, more crowded Greek islands.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): head outdoors with Deliana Gorge and then see the interesting displays at Museum of platanias. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Aspri Limni Beach, trek along Elafonisi Viewpoint, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elafonissi Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Elafonissi tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Kissamos to Elafonissi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rethymnon.
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Rethymnon — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum and then delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Symbol of Rethymnon City, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Arkadi, then explore the activities along Lake Kournas, and finally contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rethymnon holiday planning site.

You can drive from Elafonissi to Rethymnon in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
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Crete travel guide

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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.