9 days in Crete Itinerary

9 days in Crete Itinerary

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9 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly + Shuttle:  11 h 45 min
1
Hersonissos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Chania Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Riyadh

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos), Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda) and Heraklion (Church of Saint Titus, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, & more). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, and look for gifts at Irida Family Workshop.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hersonissos tour planner .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Hersonissos is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Riyadh to Hersonissos, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Riyadh in August, expect Hersonissos to be much colder, temps between 34°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Heraklion, Reptisland, Fortress Spinalonga, The Palace of Knossos, Lake Voulismeni
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos

5
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 out of town with these interesting Chania Town side-trips: Rethymnon (Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, Rethymnon Old Town, & more), Elafonissi Beach (in Elafonissi) and Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos). There's much more to do: make a trip to Old Venetian Harbor, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), explore the historical opulence of Kastro Gramvoussas, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Chania Town journey maker tool .

You can drive from Hersonissos to Chania Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Chania Town can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Rethymnon, Kastro Gramvoussas, Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), Elafonissi Beach, Souda Bay War Cemetery
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town

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