12 days in Crete Itinerary

12 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete vacation planner

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Make it your trip
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Hersonissos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rethymnon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Chania Town
— 5 nights
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Hersonissos

— 2 nights
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, then take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and then go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor of Heraklion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): examine the collection at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, then kick back and relax at Stalis Beach, and then try for a hole-in-one at Sissi Mini Golf.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hersonissos trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Hersonissos is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from London to Hersonissos, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in August, expect Hersonissos to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Rethymnon

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Off-Road Tours and Spas. Change things up with these side-trips from Rethymnon: Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) (in Matala), Palace of Faistos (in Sivas) and Agia Marina Donkey Rescue Sanctuary (in Mires). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Skinaria Beach, visit Rethymnon Old Town, make a trip to Moschea Neratze, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rethymnon holiday site.

You can drive from Hersonissos to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Rethymnon can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Greek National Football Museum and Agii Apostoli Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Chania Town: Kedrodasos Beach (in Kissamos), Ancient Olive Tree (in Vouves) and Elafonissi (Elafonissi Beach & Elafonisi Viewpoint). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Seitan Limania Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), don't miss a visit to Lighthouse, and learn about all things military at War Shelter of Platanias.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Chania Town tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Rethymnon to Chania Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Chania Town can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

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.