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Chania Town
— 1 night
Chania Town
— 4 nights
— 2 nights


Chania Town — 1 night

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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Chania, then get engrossed in the history at Folklore Museum of Chania, then examine the collection at MINOAN'S WORLD, and finally kick back and relax at Falassarna Beach.

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Istanbul, Turkey to Chania Town is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Chania Town due to the time zone difference. 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.
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Chania Town — 4 nights

Get out of town with these interesting Chania Town side-trips: Rethymnon (The Venetian Fortezza & Rethymnon Old Town), Elafonissi Beach (in Elafonissi) 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 Military Cemetery, enjoy the sand and surf at Balos Lagoon, and see the interesting displays at Greek National Football Museum.

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Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hersonissos.
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Hersonissos — 2 nights

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 of Heraklion.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, 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 do a combination of bus and 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 fly back home.
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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.