9 days in Crete Itinerary

9 days in Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  6 h 45 min
1
Chania Town
— 1 night
2
Chania Town
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Hersonissos
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

1
night
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.
On the 22nd (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kournas and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Chania, then admire the masterpieces at Folklore Museum of Chania, then examine the collection at MINOAN'S WORLD, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Falassarna Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Chania Town online itinerary builder.

Istanbul, Turkey to Chania Town is an approximately 7- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Istanbul in September, expect nights in Chania Town to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Kournas, Falassarna Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Archaeological Museum of Chania ©
Archaeological Museum of Chania
Lake Kournas ©
Lake Kournas

4
nights
Chania Town

Chania Town ©
Get out of town with these interesting Chania Town side-trips: Elafonissi Beach (in Elafonissi), Rethymnon (The Venetian Fortezza & Rethymnon Old Town) and Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia). Enjoy Chania Town some more: go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, explore the different monuments and memorials at German War Cemetery, enjoy the sand and surf at Balos Lagoon, and learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Crete.

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Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Rethymnon, Elafonissi Beach, German War Cemetery, Balos Lagoon, Samaria Gorge National Park
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): cool off at Star Beach, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, and then look for gifts at Hatzis Leather. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, then make a splash at Watercity Waterpark Themed Park, and then take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hersonissos road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Chania Town to Hersonissos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September in Hersonissos, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trip

Old Venetian Harbor
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Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre ©
Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre
Lychnostatis Open Air Museum ©
Lychnostatis Open Air Museum
Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor

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