11 days in Crete Itinerary

11 days in Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

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), Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos) and Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos and kick back and relax at Matala beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Hersonissos holiday maker.

London, UK to Hersonissos is an approximately 7.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 2 hours. Traveling from London in July, things will get a bit warmer in Hersonissos: highs are around 34°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Lake Voulismeni, Matala beach, Fortress Spinalonga
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Matala beach ©
Matala beach

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tsikalario cretan ceramics. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rethymnon: Reptisland (in Melidoni), St. Nicholas Church (in Georgioupolis) and Frangokastello Beach (in Frangokastello). There's still lots to do: stop by Rethymnon Old Town, don't miss a visit to Rimondi Fountain, enjoy the sand and surf at Georgioupolis Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at The Holy Monastery of Preveli.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rethymnon travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Hersonissos to Rethymnon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Rethymnon sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Reptisland, St. Nicholas Church, Frangokastello Beach, Lake Kournas, Georgioupolis Beach
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
Lake Kournas ©
Lake Kournas
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Chania Town: Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa), Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos) and Elafonissi Beach (in Elafonissi). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of 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 make a splash at Aqua Creta Limnoupolis.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Chania Town driving holiday app.

You can take a bus from Rethymnon to Chania Town in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In August, daily temperatures in Chania Town can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

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