9 days in Crete Itinerary

9 days in Crete Itinerary

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9 days in Crete Itinerary

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

4
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 inner history buff will appreciate Souda Bay War Cemetery and Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada). Do some cultural sightseeing at Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera and Omen Art Gallery-Art Shop. Change things up with these side-trips from Chania Town: Falassarna Beach (in Falassarna), Elafonissi Beach (in Elafonissi) and Kissamos (Balos Lagoon & Ekklisia Ioannis Prodromes). There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Alexia Handmade Jewelry, see the interesting displays at Greek National Football Museum, and explore the different monuments and memorials at German War Cemetery.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Chania Town vacation planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Chania Town is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Chania Town due to the time zone difference. In August, Chania Town is somewhat warmer than Zurich - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Souda, Kissamos, Maleme, Elafonissi Beach, Falassarna Beach
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
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 19th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop, then wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, then take in the exciting artwork at Artifacts by Omodamos, and finally make a trip to Monastery of Arkadi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Kerameion Georgios Dalamvelas, look for all kinds of wild species at Reptisland, then look for gifts at mariannas, and finally contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rethymnon vacation builder site .

You can take a bus from Chania Town to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kerameion Georgios Dalamvelas, Reptisland
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Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi
The Venetian Fortezza ©
The Venetian Fortezza

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 21st (Wed): stroll through Fortress Spinalonga, explore the activities along Lake Voulismeni, and then delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, then get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and finally stop by Luxurious Furs.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hersonissos trip planner.

Getting from Rethymnon to Hersonissos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In August in Hersonissos, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Heraklion, Lake Voulismeni, Fortress Spinalonga, The Palace of Knossos
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

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