14 days in Crete Itinerary

14 days in Crete Itinerary

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14 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Chania Town
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Hersonissos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Rethymnon
— 5 nights
Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Chicago

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Chania Venetian Lighthouse and Kastro Gramvoussas. Shop till you drop at Omen Art Gallery-Art Shop and Apostolakis Handmade Ceramics. Explore Chania Town's surroundings by going to Elafonissi Beach (in Elafonissi), Seitan Limania Beach (in Akrotiri) and Kissamos (Balos Lagoon & Kedrodasos Beach). There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Crete, kick back and relax at Agii Apostoli Beach, see the interesting displays at Greek National Football Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Chania Town online trip planner .

Chicago, USA to Chania Town is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 8 hours. Traveling from Chicago in May, expect Chania Town to be somewhat warmer, temps between 77°F and 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kissamos, Maleme, Akrotiri, Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, Kastro Gramvoussas
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Agii Apostoli Beach ©
Agii Apostoli Beach
Kedrodasos Beach ©
Kedrodasos Beach
Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach

2
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.
On the 31st (Sun), head off the coast to Fortress Spinalonga, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Voulismeni, and then kick back and relax at Stalis Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, and then get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hersonissos trip app .

Drive from Chania Town to Hersonissos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Chania Town in May since evenings lows in Hersonissos dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Lake Voulismeni, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, The Palace of Knossos, Fortress Spinalonga, Stalis Beach
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos

5
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Botano Cretan Mountain Herbs and Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop. Get some historical perspective at Palace of Faistos and Minoiko Nekrotafeio Armenon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rethymnon: St. Nicholas Church (in Georgioupolis), Frangokastello Beach (in Frangokastello) and War Museum Askifou (in Askifou). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Matala beach, pause for some serene contemplation at The Holy Monastery of Preveli, kick back and relax at Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos), and explore the striking landscape at Imbros Gorge.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rethymnon tour website .

You can drive from Hersonissos to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Rethymnon can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Matala, Minoiko Nekrotafeio Armenon, Folk Museum of Spili, Imbros Gorge, Frangokastello Beach
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St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church
Reptisland ©
Reptisland
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) ©
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos)

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