8 days in Crete Itinerary

8 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete tour itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Chania Town
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rethymnon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hersonissos
— 2 nights
Fly

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Chania Town

— 3 nights
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chania Town: Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa), Elafonissi Beach (in Elafonissi) and Kissamos (To Pantopolion & Balos Lagoon). Spend the 23rd (Wed) exploring nature at Samaria Gorge National Park. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Old Venetian Harbor, explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery, visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse of Chania, and brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of Crete.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Chania Town online sightseeing planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Chania Town is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in June, with highs in Chania Town at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Rethymnon

— 2 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Lottie Watersports. Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): make a trip to Monastery of Arkadi, get some thrills out on the water with Lottie Watersports, and then relax in the rural setting at Paraschakis Olive Oil - Crete. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kournas, then contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza, then take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, and finally get engrossed in the history at Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rethymnon trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Chania Town to Rethymnon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Rethymnon, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites · Transportation · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Hersonissos

— 2 nights
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos, then stop by Inspira, and finally take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, step off the mainland to explore Fortress Spinalonga, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Voulismeni.

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Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Hersonissos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Hersonissos are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Crete travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Islands
Great Island
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete offers travelers more than just sun, sea, and sand. Famed for its warm hospitality, outstanding infrastructure, and contrasting landscapes, the island represents one of the world's richest areas in terms of history and culture. Crete burst onto the world scene over 4,000 years ago, when it served as the center of the Minoan civilization, one of Europe's earliest organized societies. Despite the island's wealth of developed beaches, the traces of the mysterious and enchanting Minoan empire remain Crete's top attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world. The island capital Heraklion provides an ideal base for exploring a renowned Minoan palace complex, the site of Europe's oldest city.