15 days in Crete Itinerary

15 days in Crete Itinerary

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15 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Athens
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Chania Town
— 5 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Rethymnon
— 4 nights
Bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Hersonissos
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Athens

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chania Venetian Lighthouse and Firkas Fortress. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedral of Eisodion tis Theotokou and Archaeological Site of Azoires. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chania Town: The Ancient City Lissos (in Sougia), Vaulted Tomb (in Maleme) and Cave of the Holy Fathers (in Azogires). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Panagia Of The Two Rocks, explore the ancient world of Venetian Wells, and learn about winemaking at Manousakis Winery.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Chania Town trip tool .

Athens to Chania Town is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or ride a ferry. In February, daily temperatures in Chania Town can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Fri) before leaving for Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Maleme, Souda, The Ancient City Lissos, Agios Georgios Byzantine Church, Archaeological Site of Azoires
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Souda Bay War Cemetery ©
Souda Bay War Cemetery
Kastro Gramvoussas ©
Kastro Gramvoussas
Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera ©

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Church of the Five Virgins and Monastery of Panagia Chalevi. Get some cultural insight at Moni Odigitrias and Four Martyrs Church. Explore Rethymnon's surroundings by going to Folk Museum of Spili (in Spili), Museum of Cretan Ethnology (in Heraklion) and Museum of Ancient Eleutherna (in Eletherna). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Monastery Arsaniou, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monastery of Arkadi, steep yourself in history at Minoiko Nekrotafeio Armenon, and see the interesting displays at War Museum Askifou.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rethymnon tour app .

Traveling by bus from Chania Town to Rethymnon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in February, and nighttime lows around 9°C. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

War Museum Askifou, Moni Odigitrias, Museum of Cretan Ethnology, The Monastery Arsaniou, Folk Museum of Spili
Highlights from your plan
Four Martyrs Church ©
Four Martyrs Church
Church of the Five Virgins ©
Church of the Five Virgins
Moni Odigitrias ©
Moni Odigitrias

5
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.
The Palace of Knossos and The Church of Agia Aikaterini will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Cathedral of St. Minas and Roman Archaeological Remains. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hersonissos: House of Vrahassi Folk Exhibition (in Vrachasi), Church and the Museum of St. Aikaterini (in Heraklion) and Monastery of Kremasta (in Neapoli). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Agios Georgios Monastery, and stop by Luxurious Furs.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hersonissos trip maker app .

You can drive from Rethymnon to Hersonissos in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Heraklion, Agios Nikolaos, House of Vrahassi Folk Exhibition, Monastery of Panagia Gouverniotissa, Kazantzakis Museum
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Winery Stilianou ©
Winery Stilianou
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Agios Georgios Monastery ©
Agios Georgios Monastery

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