11 days in Crete, Oia & Naxos Town Itinerary

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Chania Town
— 1 night
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Rethymnon
— 1 night
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Hersonissos
— 1 night
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Drive to Heraklion, Ferry to Santorini, Drive to Oia
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Oia
— 4 nights
Taxi to Santorini, Ferry to Naxos Town
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Naxos Town
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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church, then explore the different monuments and memorials at German Military Cemetery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Agia Marina Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Crete, then visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse of Chania, and finally get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Chania.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Chania Town vacation planner.

Dallas, USA to Chania Town is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 8 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Dallas in June, with highs in Chania Town at 84°F and lows at 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rethymnon.
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Rethymnon — 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Kourtaliotiko Gorge, pause for some serene contemplation at The Holy Monastery of Preveli, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally stop by Rethymnon Old Town.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rethymnon trip planner.

You can drive from Chania Town to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Rethymnon are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Hersonissos.
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Hersonissos — 1 night

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 9th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Agios Georgios Monastery, trot along with a tour on horseback, enjoy the sand and surf at Stalis Beach, then see the interesting displays at Piskopiano Museum of Rural Life, and finally get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hersonissos online holiday planner.

You can drive from Rethymnon to Hersonissos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in June, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Oia.
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Oia — 4 nights

Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Castle of St Nicholas and Castelli of Pyrgos. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kamari Beach and Eros Beach. Explore Oia's surroundings by going to Megalochori (Gavalas Winery & Venetsanos Winery), Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos (in Vothonas) and Cultural Village (in Pyrgos). There's much more to do: do a tasting at Domaine Sigalas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, explore the ancient world of Ancient Thera, and enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Oia trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Hersonissos to Oia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Traveling from Hersonissos in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Oia, with lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Naxos Town.
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Naxos Town — 2 nights

Naxos Town tops the itinerary of most visitors exploring the Aegean islands, drawing their attention with taverns, shops, beaches, and ancient ruins.
On the 14th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Finikas Beach, explore the ancient world of Temple of Demeter, admire the landmark architecture of Church of Agios Georgios Diasoritis, take in the exciting artwork at Fish & Olive, then stop by Naxia Gi, and finally see the interesting displays at Distillery M. G. Vallindras Eirini Frangoudaki. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Panagia Myrtidiotissa, take a memorable tour with Naxos Yachts - Anna Maria & Natalina, get engrossed in the history at Archeological Museum, then delve into the distant past at The Temple of Apollo – Portara, and finally steep yourself in history at Old Town.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Naxos Town day trip planner.

Getting from Oia to Naxos Town by combination of taxi and ferry takes about 3 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Naxos Town can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel 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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