16 days in Crete Itinerary

16 days in Crete Itinerary

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16 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Omaha
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Chania Town
— 5 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Rethymnon
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Hersonissos
— 5 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Omaha

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Chania Town side-trips: Elafonissi Beach (in Elafonissi), Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) (in Akrotiri) and Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos). The adventure continues: take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, experience rural life at Astrikas Estate Biolea, learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Crete, and visit a coastal fixture at Chania Venetian Lighthouse.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Chania Town journey planner.

Omaha, USA to Chania Town is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Omaha to Chania Town due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Omaha in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 72°F in Chania Town. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Souda, Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), Falassarna Beach, Balos Lagoon, German War Cemetery
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon

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.
Explore Rethymnon's surroundings by going to Reptisland (in Melidoni), Lake Kournas (in Kournas) and Frangokastello Beach (in Frangokastello). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, take in the dramatic natural features at Imbros Gorge, steep yourself in history at The Venetian Fortezza, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rethymnon trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Chania Town to Rethymnon by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

St. Nicholas Church, Imbros Gorge, Lake Kournas, Reptisland, Frangokastello Beach
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hersonissos side-trips: Winery Stilianou (in Kounavi), Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda) and Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos). Spend a day of island exploring on the 10th (Thu) at Chrissi Island. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos, take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, and get engrossed in the history at Folklore Museum of Gouves.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hersonissos trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Rethymnon to Hersonissos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Heraklion, Snail Farm and Fun, The Palace of Knossos, Folklore Museum of Gouves, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

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