9 days in Crete Itinerary

9 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete travel planner
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Make it your trip
Fly
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Chania Town
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Rethymnon
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Hersonissos
— 2 nights
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Chania Town — 4 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Lighthouse of Chania and MINOAN'S WORLD. Step off the beaten path and head to Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete and Agii Apostoli Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Chania Town side-trips: Astrikas Estate Biolea (in Astrikas), Akrotiri (Seitan Limania Beach & Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada)) and Marathi Beach (in Marathi). And it doesn't end there: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, kick back and relax at Agia Marina Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at German Military Cemetery, and learn about winemaking at Manousakis Winery.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Chania Town trip 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 July, daytime highs in Chania Town are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can 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 3rd (Wed): kick back and relax at Spiaggia Amoudy, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Holy Monastery of Preveli, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plakias Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Rethymno Beach, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then take a leisurely stroll along Old Venetian Harbour of Rethymno.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rethymnon trip maker.

You can drive from Chania Town to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Rethymnon are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, kick back and relax at Stalis Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Potamos Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor of Heraklion, kick back and relax at Ligaria Beach, then step into the grandiose world of Castello del Molo (Koules), and finally relax and rejuvenate at Aegeo Spas.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hersonissos vacation planner.

You can drive from Rethymnon to Hersonissos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
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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.
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