8 days in Crete Itinerary

8 days in Crete Itinerary

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8 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Porto
Fly:  10​h
1
Chania Town
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Rethymnon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Hersonissos
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Porto

3
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 discover tucked-away gems like Chania Venetian Lighthouse and Scuba & Snorkeling. Take a break from the city and head to Seitan Limania Beach and Balos Lagoon. Change things up with a short trip to Kastro Gramvoussas in Gramvousa (about 1h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery, stroll through Agii Apostoli Beach, learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Crete, and examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Chania Town trip builder app .

Porto, Portugal to Chania Town is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Porto to Chania Town, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, Chania Town is somewhat warmer than Porto - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Souda, Maleme, Akrotiri, Kastro Gramvoussas, Balos Lagoon
Highlights from your plan
Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera ©
Agii Apostoli Beach ©
Agii Apostoli Beach
Souda Bay War Cemetery ©
Souda Bay War Cemetery

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Church, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kournas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Holy Monastery of Preveli, and finally stroll through Skinaria Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Reptisland, kick back and relax at Karavostasi Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Damnoni Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rethymnon online trip builder .

Getting from Chania Town to Rethymnon by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In August, daily temperatures in Rethymnon can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Plakias, St. Nicholas Church, Karavostasi Beach, Lake Kournas, Reptisland
Highlights from your plan
St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church
Skinaria Beach ©
Skinaria Beach
Damnoni Beach ©
Damnoni Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): head off the coast to Fortress Spinalonga, explore the activities along Lake Voulismeni, then contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos, and finally take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Stalis Beach, then get engrossed in the history at Folklore Museum of Gouves, then get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and finally get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hersonissos trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Hersonissos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. August in Hersonissos sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Heraklion, Fortress Spinalonga, Folklore Museum of Gouves, Lake Voulismeni, Stalis Beach
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach

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