13 days in Crete Itinerary

13 days in Crete Itinerary

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13 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  31​h
1
Chania Town
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Hersonissos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Rethymnon
— 3 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Auckland

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.
Explore Chania Town's surroundings by going to Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) (in Akrotiri), Elafonissi Beach (in Elafonissi) and Kissamos (Balos Lagoon & To Kaniski). There's lots more to do: go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, kick back and relax at Falassarna Beach, experience rural life at Astrikas Estate Biolea, and explore the different monuments and memorials at German War Cemetery.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Chania Town trip itinerary site .

Auckland, New Zealand to Chania Town is an approximately 31-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Eastern European Time is minus 10 hours. When traveling from Auckland in June, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Chania Town: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kissamos, Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), Elafonissi Beach, Souda Bay War Cemetery, Samaria Gorge National Park
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Elafonissi  Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hersonissos: Winery Stilianou (in Kounavi), Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos) and Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos, observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, stop by Traditional Store, and get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hersonissos planner .

Traveling by car from Chania Town to Hersonissos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Hersonissos can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Heraklion, The Palace of Knossos, Folklore Museum of Gouves, 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

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.
On the 21st (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Arkadi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church, then take an in-depth tour of Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, and finally take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town. Keep things going the next day: stop by Athos Workshop, look for all kinds of wild species at Reptisland, then experience rural life at Paraschakis Olive Oil - Crete, then explore the activities along Lake Kournas, and finally steep yourself in history at The Venetian Fortezza.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Rethymnon trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Hersonissos to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Rethymnon, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Reptisland, Athos Workshop, St. Nicholas Church, Lake Kournas
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi

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