9 days in Crete Itinerary

9 days in Crete Itinerary

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9 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Chania Town
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Rethymnon
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Hersonissos
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 30 min
End: Dublin

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Seitan Limania Beach and Agii Apostoli Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Balos Lagoon. Step out of Chania Town to go to Gramvousa and see Kastro Gramvoussas, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: visit a coastal fixture at Chania Venetian Lighthouse, delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, learn about winemaking at Manousakis Winery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada).

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Chania Town trip planning website .

Dublin, Ireland to Chania Town is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Dublin to Chania Town, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dublin in September, you will find days in Chania Town are much warmer (34°C), and nights are a bit warmer (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Manousakis Winery, Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, German War Cemetery, Kastro Gramvoussas
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Agii Apostoli Beach ©
Agii Apostoli Beach
Manousakis Winery ©
Manousakis Winery
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon

3
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 some cultural insight at Rethymnon Old Town and St. Nicholas Church. Step out of the city life by going to Reptisland and Skinaria Beach. Explore Rethymnon's surroundings by going to Winery Dourakis (in Alikampos), Frangokastello Beach (in Frangokastello) and Lake Kournas (in Kournas). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Karavostasi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Damnoni Beach, and relax in the rural setting at Paraschakis Olive Oil - Crete.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rethymnon trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by bus from Chania Town to Rethymnon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Rethymnon are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plakias, Reptisland, Frangokastello Beach, Winery Dourakis, St. Nicholas Church
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Winery Dourakis ©
Winery Dourakis
Reptisland ©
Reptisland
Skinaria Beach ©
Skinaria 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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Fortress Spinalonga, then explore the activities along Lake Voulismeni, and then explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, and then kick back and relax at Stalis Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hersonissos trip planner .

Drive from Rethymnon to Hersonissos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Hersonissos can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Voulismeni, Stalis Beach, Old Venetian Harbor, Fortress Spinalonga, The Palace of Knossos
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos

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