10 days in Crete Itinerary

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Chania Town
— 4 nights
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Hersonissos
— 5 nights
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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 outdoors at Gorge of Mili and Off-Road Tours. Get a sense of the local culture at Greek National Football Museum and Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera. Get out of town with these interesting Chania Town side-trips: St. Anthony Gorge (Gorge of Patsos) (in Patsos), Rethymnon (The Venetian Fortezza & Rethymnon Old Town) and Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) (in Akrotiri). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Agia Irini Gorge, see the interesting displays at MINOAN'S WORLD, learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Crete, and visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse of Chania.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Chania Town day trip planner.

Athens to Chania Town is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Chania Town can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hersonissos.
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Hersonissos — 5 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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Reptisland and The Natural History Museum of Crete. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Lychnostatis Open Air Museum and The Palace of Knossos. Get out of town with these interesting Hersonissos side-trips: Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos), Milatos Cave (in Milatos) and Spinalonga (Kalydon) (in Elounda). There's lots more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Crete, see Off-Road Tours, and explore the historical opulence of Castello del Molo (Koules).

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hersonissos road trip planner.

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. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Chania Town in May since evenings lows in Hersonissos dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can 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.
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