9 days in Crete Itinerary

9 days in Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  6 h 45 min
1
Hersonissos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Rethymnon
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
3
Chania Town
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Amsterdam

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.
Get some cultural insight at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum and Palace of Faistos. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Natural History Museum of Crete and Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete. Explore Hersonissos' surroundings by going to Heraklion (Church of Saint Titus & Cathedral of St. Minas), Ligaria Beach (in Agia Pelagia) and Cave Hermitage of St. Efthimiou (in Zaros). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Stalis Beach, explore the activities along Lake Voulismeni, go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Panagias Keras Church.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hersonissos trip planning tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Hersonissos is an approximately 7- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, Hersonissos is a bit warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Heraklion, Agios Nikolaos, Palace of Faistos, Ligaria Beach, Cave Hermitage of St. Efthimiou
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Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach
Palace of Faistos ©
Palace of Faistos

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 26th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at The Holy Monastery of Preveli, then view the masterpieces at Maxis Traditional cafe and Handmade Ceramic Shop, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Church, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kournas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Damnoni Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Skinaria Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rethymnon trip planning site.

Drive from Hersonissos to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Plakias, Lake Kournas, St. Nicholas Church, Maxis Traditional cafe and Handmade Ceramic Shop
Highlights from your plan
St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church
Skinaria Beach ©
Skinaria Beach
Damnoni Beach ©
Damnoni Beach

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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Lighthouse and Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera. Visit Seitan Limania Beach and Agii Apostoli Beach for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Chania Town side-trips: Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) (in Akrotiri) and Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Manousakis Winery, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete, explore the different monuments and memorials at German War Cemetery, and see the interesting displays at Greek National Football Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Chania Town trip planning site.

Traveling by bus from Rethymnon to Chania Town takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Chania Town are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Souda, Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete, German War Cemetery, Manousakis Winery
Highlights from your plan
Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete ©
Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete
Agii Apostoli Beach ©
Agii Apostoli Beach
Souda Bay War Cemetery ©
Souda Bay War Cemetery

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