26 days in Crete & Kos Itinerary

26 days in Crete & Kos Itinerary

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Start: Cape Town
Fly:  19 h 15 min
1
Chania Town
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Rethymnon
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Hersonissos
— 6 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Kos Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: Cape Town


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7
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Elafonissi Beach and Balos Lagoon. Get a sense of the local culture at Omen Art Gallery-Art Shop and Souda Bay War Cemetery. Venture out of the city with trips to Apostolakis Handmade Ceramics (in Maleme), Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia) and Ancient Olive Tree (in Vouves). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), kick back and relax at Falassarna Beach, and stroll the grounds of German War Cemetery.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Chania Town trip itinerary maker app.

Cape Town, South Africa to Chania Town is an approximately 21-hour flight. Traveling from Cape Town in November, you will find days in Chania Town are little chillier (23°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Maleme, Kissamos, Souda, Manousakis Winery, Diktamos Gorge
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Samaria Gorge National Park ©
Samaria Gorge National Park

6
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.
For shopping fun, head to Kerameion Georgios Dalamvelas or mariannas. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Monastery of Arkadi and Imbros Gorge. Get out of town with these interesting Rethymnon side-trips: Reptisland (in Melidoni), Plakias (Scuba & Snorkeling & Kourtaliotiko Gorge) and Frangokastello Beach (in Frangokastello). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, pause for some serene contemplation at The Holy Monastery of Preveli, explore the world behind art at Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Paralia Polyrizos.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rethymnon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chania Town to Rethymnon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Crete, Plakias, Lake Kournas, Reptisland, Frangokastello Beach
Highlights from your plan
Reptisland ©
Reptisland
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi

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.
Shop till you drop at Botano Cretan Mountain Herbs and Vassiliki's Herb Broidery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Palace of Knossos and Fortress Spinalonga. Change things up with these side-trips from Hersonissos: Agios Nikolaos (Lake Voulismeni & Scuba & Snorkeling), Heraklion (Heraklion Archaeological Museum, The Natural History Museum of Crete, &more) and Kazantzakis Museum (in Myrtia). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, kick back and relax at Matala beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Panagia Gouverniotissa, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ecologiko Parko Giouchta.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hersonissos travel planner.

You can drive from Rethymnon to Hersonissos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Kos Town.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Heraklion, Agios Nikolaos, Ecologiko Parko Giouchta, Fortress Spinalonga, Botano Cretan Mountain Herbs
Highlights from your plan
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga

4
nights
Kos Town

Kos Town ©
Situated on a tiny island big on history and culture, Kos Town sits in an area dotted with well-preserved ancient ruins.
Get in touch with nature at Xerokambos (Exotic Beach) and Kamari Beach. Head to Vasso Art Gallerie Pottery Workshop and Ria & Remko Art & Jewelleryfor plenty of shopping. Go for a jaunt from Kos Town to Kefalos to see Agios Stefanos Beach about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Asklepion Kos, steep yourself in history at Casa Romana Kos, and kick back and relax at Therma Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kos Town sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by flight from Hersonissos to Kos Town takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. December in Kos Town sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 8th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Kos Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kefalos, Kos, Therma Beach
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Therma Beach ©
Therma Beach
Asklepion Kos ©
Asklepion Kos
Casa Romana Kos ©
Casa Romana Kos

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