18 days in Crete Itinerary

18 days in Crete Itinerary

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18 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Salzburg
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
Hersonissos
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Rethymnon
— 7 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
3
Chania Town
— 6 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Salzburg

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Matala beach and The Natural History Museum of Crete. You'll explore and learn at Heraklion Archaeological Museum and Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete. Explore Hersonissos' surroundings by going to Heraklion (Nerium Oleander & Church of Saint Titus), Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos) and Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda). There's much more to do: stroll through Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos), delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, enjoy the sand and surf at Stalis Beach, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Hersonissos visit planning app .

Salzburg, Austria to Hersonissos is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Salzburg in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Hersonissos: highs are around 32°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Heraklion, Matala, Fortress Spinalonga, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, The Palace of Knossos
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach

7
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Palace of Faistos and The Holy Monastery of Preveli. Get outdoors at Imbros Gorge and Karavostasi Beach. Explore Rethymnon's surroundings by going to St. Nicholas Church (in Georgioupolis), Frangokastello Beach (in Frangokastello) and Lake Kournas (in Kournas). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Damnoni Beach, kick back and relax at Triopetra Beach, identify plant and animal life at Reptisland, and wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rethymnon driving holiday planning site .

Traveling by car from Hersonissos to Rethymnon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plakias, Komos Beach, Museum of Cretan Ethnology, Reptisland, Marmara Beach
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St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church
Skinaria Beach ©
Skinaria Beach
Palace of Faistos ©
Palace of Faistos

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chania Venetian Lighthouse and Scuba & Snorkeling. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kastro Gramvoussas and Archaeological Museum of Chania. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chania Town: Akrotiri (Seitan Limania Beach & Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada)), Elafonissi Beach (in Elafonissi) and Kissamos (Kedrodasos Beach & Balos Lagoon). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery, enjoy the sand and surf at Gialiskari beach, and examine the collection at MINOAN'S WORLD.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Chania Town trip itinerary maker site .

You can take a bus from Rethymnon to Chania Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Souda, Kissamos, Maleme, Akrotiri, Gialiskari beach
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Kedrodasos Beach ©
Kedrodasos Beach
Agii Apostoli Beach ©
Agii Apostoli Beach

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