12 days in Crete Itinerary

12 days in Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Nakhchivan
Fly + Drive:  15 h 30 min
1
Chania Town
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Rethymnon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Matala
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Hersonissos
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Nakhchivan

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Elafonissi Beach and Balos Lagoon. Head to Omen Art Gallery-Art Shop and Municipal Market of Chanifor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Chania Town: Church of St. George (in Kavousi), Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) (in Akrotiri) and Elafonisi Viewpoint (in Elafonissi). The adventure continues: go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, look for gifts at Emmanuel Jewellery, stroll the grounds of German War Cemetery, and examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Chania Town trip itinerary planning tool.

Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan to Chania Town is an approximately 15.5- hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Nakhchivan to Chania Town, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Nakhchivan in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Chania Town, with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Elafonissi, Maleme, Balos Lagoon, Mythos Art Gallery and Ceramics, Church of St. George
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Emmanuel Jewellery ©
Emmanuel Jewellery

2
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.
On the 6th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Panagia Chalevi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Arkadi, stop by Olive Wood Traditional Workshop, then wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Artifacts by Omodamos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop, take in the exciting artwork at Terzisart, see the interesting displays at Contemporary Art Museum of Crete, then identify plant and animal life at Reptisland, then explore the galleries of Kerameion Georgios Dalamvelas, and finally relax in the rural setting at Paraschakis Olive Oil - Crete.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rethymnon online trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Chania Town to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. April in Rethymnon sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Matala.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Olive Wood Traditional Workshop, Kerameion Georgios Dalamvelas, Reptisland
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi
Olive Wood Traditional Workshop ©
Olive Wood Traditional Workshop

1
night
Matala

Matala ©
A low-key tourist resort known for its ancient cliffside caves, Matala boasts a rich history that spans over 2,000 years.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): experience rural life at Agia Marina Donkey Rescue Sanctuary, look for gifts at Botano Cretan Mountain Herbs, then explore the ancient world of Palace of Faistos, and finally stroll through Matala beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Matala attractions planning tool.

Getting from Rethymnon to Matala by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Matala

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Botano Cretan Mountain Herbs, Palace of Faistos, Agia Marina Donkey Rescue Sanctuary
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Matala beach ©
Matala beach
Botano Cretan Mountain Herbs ©
Botano Cretan Mountain Herbs
Palace of Faistos ©
Palace of Faistos

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.
For shopping fun, head to Vassiliki's Herb Broidery or Irida Family Workshop. Attractions like The Palace of Knossos and Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Agios Nikolaos (Archaeological Museum of Agios Nikolaos & Panagias Keras Church), Elounda (Fortress Spinalonga & Spas) and Heraklion (The Natural History Museum of Crete, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, &more). The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hersonissos trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Matala to Hersonissos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Hersonissos when traveling from Matala in April, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Heraklion, Agios Nikolaos, Elounda, The Palace of Knossos, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
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Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga

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