12 days in Crete Itinerary

12 days in Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Reykjavik
Fly:  11 h 15 min
1
Hersonissos
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Rethymnon
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Chania Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  11 h 15 min
End: Reykjavik

4
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.
Visit The Palace of Knossos and Fortress Spinalonga for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Heraklion Archaeological Museum and The Natural History Museum of Crete. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hersonissos: Agios Nikolaos (Lake Voulismeni & Gournia Minoiki Poli), Kazantzakis Museum (in Myrtia) and Winery Stilianou (in Kounavi). There's much more to do: look for gifts at Luxurious Furs, observe the fascinating underwater world at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, examine the collection at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus.

Before you visit Hersonissos, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Reykjavik, Iceland to Hersonissos is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Reykjavik to Hersonissos is 2 hours. Traveling from Reykjavik in June, expect nights in Hersonissos to be a bit warmer, around 20°C, while days are much warmer, around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Heraklion, Agios Nikolaos, Kazantzakis Museum, The Palace of Knossos, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Rethymnon Old Town and The Venetian Fortezza. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Botano Cretan Mountain Herbs and Kerameion Georgios Dalamvelas. Step out of Rethymnon with an excursion to Reptisland in Melidoni--about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Monastery of Arkadi, view the masterpieces at Terzisart, browse the exhibits of Artifacts by Omodamos, and pause for some serene contemplation at The Holy Monastery of Preveli.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rethymnon trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Hersonissos to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Rethymnon sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Reptisland, Botano Cretan Mountain Herbs, Kerameion Georgios Dalamvelas
Highlights from your plan
Botano Cretan Mountain Herbs ©
Botano Cretan Mountain Herbs
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
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.
Visit Souda Bay War Cemetery and Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Imbros Gorge and Maritime Museum of Crete. Get out of town with these interesting Chania Town side-trips: Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) (in Akrotiri), Elafonissi Beach (in Elafonissi) and Apostolakis Handmade Ceramics (in Maleme). Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse, explore the different monuments and memorials at German War Cemetery, and do a tasting at Manousakis Winery.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Chania Town trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Chania Town takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Souda, Maleme, Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), Elafonissi Beach, Imbros Gorge
Highlights from your plan
Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Souda Bay War Cemetery ©
Souda Bay War Cemetery
Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera ©
Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera

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