9 days in Crete Itinerary

9 days in Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
+2
Train + Fly + Shuttle:  7 h 15 min
1
Hersonissos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Rethymnon
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
3
Chania Town
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: London

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 30th (Tue): head off the coast to Fortress Spinalonga, explore the activities along Lake Voulismeni, and then contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, then get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and finally get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hersonissos trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Hersonissos is an approximately 7.5- hour combination of train, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 2 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in July: high temperatures in Hersonissos hover around 34°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

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

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.
On the 1st (Thu), take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, look for all kinds of wild species at Reptisland, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Christ and St. Gedeon, and finally don't miss a visit to Monastery of Arkadi. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Panagia Chalevi, and then contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rethymnon journey builder website.

Getting from Hersonissos to Rethymnon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Rethymnon are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Monastery of Christ and St. Gedeon, Reptisland, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi
Reptisland ©
Reptisland

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.
Visit Souda Bay War Cemetery and Kastro Gramvoussas for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera and Greek National Football Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chania Town: Elafonissi Beach (in Elafonissi), Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos) and Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the masterpieces at Folklore Museum of Chania, enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse, and explore the different monuments and memorials at German War Cemetery.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Chania Town online itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Rethymnon to Chania Town takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Souda, German War Cemetery, Kastro Gramvoussas, Elafonissi Beach, Balos Lagoon
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Samaria Gorge National Park ©
Samaria Gorge National Park

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