11 days in Crete Itinerary

11 days in Crete Itinerary

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Hersonissos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rethymnon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chania Town
— 5 nights
Drive to Chania International Airport, Fly to Newark

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Hersonissos

— 3 nights
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hersonissos: Heraklion (The Natural History Museum of Crete, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, &more), Agios Nikolaos (Lake Voulismeni & Archaeological Museum of Agios Nikolaos) and Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos, observe the fascinating underwater world at Cretaquarium, meet the residents at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, and experience rural life at Snail Farm and Fun.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hersonissos trip builder site.

Newark, USA to Hersonissos is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Hersonissos is 7 hours. In August, daytime highs in Hersonissos are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): steep yourself in history at The Venetian Fortezza, then wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, and then see Off-Road Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Margarites Gorge, stroll through Reptisland, and then don't miss a visit to Monastery of Arkadi.

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

Getting from Hersonissos to Rethymnon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Chania Town

— 5 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.
Explore Chania Town's surroundings by going to Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa), Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos) and Elafonissi (Elafonisi Viewpoint & Elafonissi Beach). Spend the 8th (Wed) exploring nature at Samaria Gorge National Park. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, look for gifts at Ira Jewellery Platanias, examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum, and stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Chania Town trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Chania Town takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Chania Town, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Crete travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Islands
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.