10 days in Crete Itinerary

10 days in Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Train + Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
Chania Town
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Rethymnon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Hersonissos
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  7 h 15 min
End: London

4
nights
Chania Town

Chania Town ©
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chania Town: Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa), Elafonissi Beach (in Elafonissi) and Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Samaria Gorge National Park, explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery, go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, and see the interesting displays at Greek National Football Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Chania Town online tour planner.

London, UK to Chania Town is an approximately 7.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train, bus, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from London to Chania Town, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, Chania Town is somewhat warmer than London - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kastro Gramvoussas, Elafonissi Beach, Balos Lagoon, Souda Bay War Cemetery, German War Cemetery
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Samaria Gorge National Park ©
Samaria Gorge National Park

2
nights
Rethymnon

Rethymnon ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, pause for some serene contemplation at Monastery of Arkadi, then look for all kinds of wild species at Reptisland, and finally relax in the rural setting at Paraschakis Olive Oil - Crete. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kournas, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Georgioupolis Beach, and then steep yourself in history at The Venetian Fortezza.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rethymnon driving holiday planner.

Take a bus from Chania Town to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in Rethymnon, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Reptisland, Lake Kournas, Georgioupolis Beach
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
Lake Kournas ©
Lake Kournas
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi

3
nights
Hersonissos

Hersonissos ©
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Explore Hersonissos' surroundings by going to Heraklion Archaeological Museum (in Heraklion), Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda) and Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos, enjoy the sand and surf at Matala beach, examine the collection at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hersonissos trip planner.

You can drive from Rethymnon to Hersonissos in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Hersonissos are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Heraklion, Matala beach, The Palace of Knossos, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Fortress Spinalonga
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos

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