8 days in Crete Itinerary

8 days in Crete Itinerary

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8 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Paphos
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Rethymnon
— 4 nights
Shuttle:  1​h
2
Heraklion
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Paphos

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 outdoors at Reptisland and Sfentoni Cave. We've included these beaches for you: Frangokastello Beach and Skinaria Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Winery Dourakis (in Alikampos), Manousakis Winery (in Vatolakkos) and Plakias (Souda Beach, Kourtaliotiko Gorge, & more). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gorge of Mili, stop by Tsika Lario, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Rethymnon trip planner .

Paphos, Cyprus to Rethymnon is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can catch the shuttle to Heraklion.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plakias, Frangokastello Beach, Spas, Manousakis Winery, Gorge of Mili
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
Skinaria Beach ©
Skinaria Beach
Damnoni Beach ©
Damnoni Beach

3
nights
Heraklion

Heraklion ©
Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
On the 8th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Ammoudara Beach, kick back and relax at Psaromoura Beach, stroll through Fodele Beach, then relax in the rural setting at Snail Farm and Fun, and finally do a tasting at Winery Stilianou. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kalamaki Beach, stroll through Komos Beach, and then learn about winemaking at Lyrarakis Winery.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Heraklion visit planning app .

Take a shuttle from Rethymnon to Heraklion in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Snail Farm and Fun, Komos Beach, Kalamaki Beach, Fodele Beach, Winery Stilianou
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Winery Stilianou ©
Winery Stilianou
Komos Beach ©
Komos Beach
Kalamaki Beach ©
Kalamaki Beach

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