11 days in Crete Itinerary

11 days in Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Corfu Town, Corfu
Fly + Shuttle:  4 h 30 min
1
Chania Town
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Rethymnon
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Hersonissos
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: Corfu Town, Corfu

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chania Town: Ancient Olive Tree (in Vouves), Elafonissi Beach (in Elafonissi) and Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Samaria Gorge National Park, go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, explore the historical opulence of Kastro Gramvoussas, and see the interesting displays at MINOAN'S WORLD.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Chania Town road trip planning site.

Corfu Town to Chania Town is an approximately 4.5- hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ancient Olive Tree, Elafonissi Beach, Balos Lagoon, Kastro Gramvoussas, Samaria Gorge National Park
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Samaria Gorge National Park ©
Samaria Gorge National Park

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rethymnon: Kournas (Mandali Local Products and More & Lake Kournas), Frangokastello Beach (in Frangokastello) and Reptisland (in Melidoni). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, enjoy the sand and surf at Georgioupolis Beach, head outdoors with Piges Argiroupolis, and steep yourself in history at The Venetian Fortezza.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rethymnon trip itinerary website.

You can take a bus from Chania Town to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In July in Rethymnon, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Kournas, Crete, Frangokastello Beach, Reptisland
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda), Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos) and Heraklion (Heraklion Archaeological Museum & The Natural History Museum of Crete). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, and examine the collection at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hersonissos day trip planning app.

You can drive from Rethymnon to Hersonissos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Rethymnon in July, plan for little chillier days in Hersonissos, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

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

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