18 days in Crete Itinerary

18 days in Crete Itinerary

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18 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  15 h
1
Chania Town
— 6 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Rethymnon
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Hersonissos
— 6 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: Dublin

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.
Get in touch with nature at Elafonissi Beach and Samaria Gorge National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chania Town: Falassarna Beach (in Falassarna), Elafonisi Viewpoint (in Elafonissi) and Kissamos (To Kaniski & Balos Lagoon). And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, enjoy the sand and surf at Agia Marina Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Chania Venetian Lighthouse, and explore the different monuments and memorials at German War Cemetery.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Chania Town road trip tool .

Dublin, Ireland to Chania Town is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Dublin to Chania Town. Traveling from Dublin in July, expect nights in Chania Town to be somewhat warmer, around 25°C, while days are much warmer, around 37°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kissamos, Elafonissi, German War Cemetery, Falassarna Beach, Agia Marina Beach
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Samaria Gorge National Park ©
Samaria Gorge National Park
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.
Get in touch with nature at Reptisland and Off-Road Tours. Explore Rethymnon's surroundings by going to Lake Kournas (in Kournas), Frangokastello Beach (in Frangokastello) and Folk Museum of Spili (in Spili). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, experience rural life at Paraschakis Olive Oil - Crete, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Arkadi, and appreciate the history behind Symbol of Rethymnon City.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rethymnon itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Chania Town to Rethymnon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Folk Museum of Spili, Lake Kournas, Imbros Gorge, Frangokastello Beach
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
Lake Kournas ©
Lake Kournas
Off-Road Tours

6
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 outdoors at Fortress Spinalonga and Lake Voulismeni. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hersonissos: Chrissi Island (in Ierapetra), Heraklion (Church of Saint Titus, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, &more) and Matala beach (in Matala). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, categoryPhrases.phrase.get_up_close_and_personal_with_brilliant_marine_life_at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, examine the collection at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hersonissos journey maker site .

Drive from Rethymnon to Hersonissos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Rethymnon in July, plan for little chillier days in Hersonissos, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Heraklion, The Palace of Knossos, Fortress Spinalonga, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Matala beach
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Matala beach ©
Matala beach
Lake Voulismeni ©
Lake Voulismeni

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