11 days in Crete Itinerary

11 days in Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Nakhchivan
Fly + Drive:  15 h 15 min
1
Hersonissos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Rethymnon
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
3
Chania Town
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Nakhchivan

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Palace of Knossos and Fortress Spinalonga. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like The Natural History Museum of Crete and Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hersonissos: Botano Cretan Mountain Herbs (in Kouses), Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos) and Heraklion Archaeological Museum (in Heraklion). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, examine the collection at Kazantzakis Museum, and do a tasting at Winery Stilianou.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hersonissos trip app.

Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan to Hersonissos is an approximately 15.5- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Azerbaijan Standard Time (AZT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Hersonissos can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Heraklion, Botano Cretan Mountain Herbs, Fortress Spinalonga, Kazantzakis Museum, The Palace of Knossos
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

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 (Mon): steep yourself in history at The Venetian Fortezza, view the masterpieces at Artifacts by Omodamos, wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, then pause for some serene contemplation at Four Martyrs Church, and finally view the masterpieces at Maxis Traditional cafe and Handmade Ceramic Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop, view the masterpieces at Terzisart, get engrossed in the history at Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, then view the masterpieces at Kerameion Georgios Dalamvelas, and finally identify plant and animal life at Reptisland.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rethymnon trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hersonissos to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Rethymnon can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Maxis Traditional cafe and Handmade Ceramic Shop, Kerameion Georgios Dalamvelas, Reptisland
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
The Venetian Fortezza ©
The Venetian Fortezza

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Omen Art Gallery-Art Shop and Apostolakis Handmade Ceramics. Let the collections at Greek National Football Museum and MINOAN'S WORLD capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Chania Town: Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos), Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia) and Elafonissi (Elafonissi Beach & Elafonisi Viewpoint). There's much more to do: learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Crete, enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse, learn about winemaking at Manousakis Winery, and look for gifts at Emmanuel Jewellery.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Chania Town trip builder tool.

Traveling by bus from Rethymnon to Chania Town takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April in Chania Town, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Elafonissi, Apostolakis Handmade Ceramics, Balos Lagoon, Samaria Gorge National Park, Manousakis Winery
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Samaria Gorge National Park ©
Samaria Gorge National Park

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