12 days in Crete Itinerary

12 days in Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Paris
Fly + Shuttle:  8 h 15 min
1
Chania Town
— 5 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Rethymnon
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Hersonissos
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Paris

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chania Town: Elafonissi Beach (in Elafonissi), Kissamos (To Pantopolion & Balos Lagoon) and Astrikas Estate Biolea (in Astrikas). And it doesn't end there: go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, examine the collection at MINOAN'S WORLD, stroll the grounds of German War Cemetery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada).

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Chania Town online day trip planner.

Paris, France to Chania Town is an approximately 8.5- hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in August, with highs in Chania Town at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kissamos, Souda, Astrikas Estate Biolea, Elafonissi Beach, German War Cemetery
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rethymnon: Reptisland (in Melidoni), St. Nicholas Church (in Georgioupolis) and Lake Kournas (in Kournas). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, get engrossed in the history at Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, pause for some serene contemplation at The Holy Monastery of Preveli, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Arkadi.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rethymnon road trip planning app.

You can 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 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Reptisland, St. Nicholas Church, Lake Kournas, Frangokastello Beach, Plakias Beach
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hersonissos side-trips: Heraklion (Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Church of Saint Titus, &more), Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda) and Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, learn about winemaking at Winery Stilianou, get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hersonissos trip planner.

You can drive from Rethymnon to Hersonissos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Hersonissos are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Heraklion, The Palace of Knossos, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Fortress Spinalonga, Winery Stilianou
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

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