9 days in Crete Itinerary

9 days in Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

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.
Explore Chania Town's surroundings by going to Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia), Elafonissi Beach (in Elafonissi) and Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos). Next up on the itinerary: go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, explore the historical opulence of Kastro Gramvoussas, see the interesting displays at Greek National Football Museum, and learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Crete.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Chania Town trip itinerary planning app.

Athens to Chania Town is an approximately 3.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Athens in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Chania Town, with lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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 10th (Sat), stop by Rethymnon Old Town, then relax in the rural setting at Paraschakis Olive Oil - Crete, then identify plant and animal life at Reptisland, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Arkadi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, then explore the activities along Lake Kournas, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Georgioupolis Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rethymnon road trip website.

Traveling by bus from Chania Town to Rethymnon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Rethymnon sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Kournas, Georgioupolis Beach, Reptisland
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
Lake Kournas ©
Lake Kournas
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi

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.
Explore Hersonissos' surroundings by going to Heraklion (Heraklion Archaeological Museum & The Natural History Museum of Crete), Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda) and Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, meet the residents at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, and take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hersonissos tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Hersonissos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Hersonissos are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Heraklion, The Palace of Knossos, Matala beach, Fortress Spinalonga, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos

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