9 days in Crete Itinerary

9 days in Crete Itinerary

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Chania Town
— 4 nights
— 1 night
— 3 nights


Chania Town

— 4 nights
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Get out of town with these interesting Chania Town side-trips: Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa), Elafonissi (Elafonisi Viewpoint & Elafonissi Beach) and Kissamos (To Pantopolion & Balos Lagoon). Spend the 27th (Tue) exploring nature at Samaria Gorge National Park. And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, experience rural life at Astrikas Estate Biolea, explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery, and take a memorable excursion with Sailing In Crete - Fantasia Sailing Boat.

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Birmingham, UK to Chania Town is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Birmingham to Chania Town, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Birmingham in July, with highs in Chania Town at 37°C and lows at 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, then wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, then look for gifts at Greek Unique, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Arkadi.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Rethymnon online attractions planner.

Getting from Chania Town to Rethymnon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July in Rethymnon, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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— 3 nights
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hersonissos: Heraklion (Heraklion Archaeological Museum & Nerium Oleander), Agios Nikolaos (Panagias Keras Church & Lake Voulismeni) and Elounda (Fortress Spinalonga & Spas). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, and explore the ancient world of Lato.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hersonissos holiday builder.

Getting from Rethymnon to Hersonissos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from Rethymnon in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Hersonissos, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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Crete travel guide

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Great Island
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete offers travelers more than just sun, sea, and sand. Famed for its warm hospitality, outstanding infrastructure, and contrasting landscapes, the island represents one of the world's richest areas in terms of history and culture. Crete burst onto the world scene over 4,000 years ago, when it served as the center of the Minoan civilization, one of Europe's earliest organized societies. Despite the island's wealth of developed beaches, the traces of the mysterious and enchanting Minoan empire remain Crete's top attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world. The island capital Heraklion provides an ideal base for exploring a renowned Minoan palace complex, the site of Europe's oldest city.