15 days in Crete & Santorini Itinerary

15 days in Crete & Santorini Itinerary

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Rethymnon
— 3 nights
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Hersonissos
— 4 nights
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Fira
— 7 nights

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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.
Visit The Venetian Fortezza and Four Martyrs Church for their historical value. Kids will enjoy Rethymnon Old Town and Monastery of Arkadi. Change things up with these side-trips from Rethymnon: Reptisland (in Melidoni), Georgioupolis Safari (in Georgioupolis) and Lake Kournas (in Kournas). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, explore the different monuments and memorials at German War Cemetery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Panagia Chalevi.

To see reviews and tourist information, read our Rethymnon itinerary maker app.

Hamburg, Germany to Rethymnon is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Hamburg to Rethymnon, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hamburg in October: high temperatures in Rethymnon hover around 28°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi
Souda Bay War Cemetery ©
Souda Bay War Cemetery

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Hersonissos

Hersonissos ©
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Popular historic sites such as The Palace of Knossos and Panagias Keras Church are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fortress Spinalonga and Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hersonissos: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Elounda), Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos) and The Natural History Museum of Crete (in Heraklion). The adventure continues: do some rugged touring at Buggy Safari Motoxperience, meet the residents at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, examine the collection at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, and look for gifts at Rebekka store.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hersonissos route planner.

You can drive from Rethymnon to Hersonissos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October in Hersonissos, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

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Fira

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Relax by the water at Kamari Beach and Perissa Black Sand Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Akrotiri and Ekklisia Panagia Platsani. Step out of Fira to go to Akrotiri and see La Ponta, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Skaros Rock, make a trip to Sunset in Oia, and explore the ancient world of Ancient Thera.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Fira sightseeing planning website.

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Hersonissos to Fira in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Hersonissos in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in Fira. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fira

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Kamari Beach ©
Kamari Beach
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

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