14 days in Crete Itinerary

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Hersonissos
— 3 nights
Shuttle to Chania Airport, Taxi to Elafonissi
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Elafonissi
— 1 night
Drive
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Chania Town
— 5 nights
Drive
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Rethymnon
— 4 nights
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Hersonissos — 3 nights

Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Get out of town with these interesting Hersonissos side-trips: Elounda (Maria & Vangelis - Unique Handmade Creations & Spinalonga (Kalydon)), Heraklion (Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Church of Saint Titus, &more) and Agios Nikolaos (Lake Voulismeni & Panagias Keras Church). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos, observe the fascinating underwater world at CRETAquarium, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, and take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor of Heraklion.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hersonissos day trip planning tool.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Hersonissos is an approximately 5-hour flight. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tel Aviv in October, with highs in Hersonissos at 26°C and lows at 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Elafonissi.
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Elafonissi — 1 night

Located just off Crete's southwestern corner, Elafonissi offers an alternative vacation idea for those looking to avoid the larger, more crowded Greek islands.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Aspri Limni Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Elafonisi Viewpoint, and then kick back and relax at Elafonissi Beach.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Elafonissi trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and taxi from Hersonissos to Elafonissi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Elafonissi can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Chania Town.
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Chania Town — 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chania Town: Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia), Cretan Brewery S.A. (in Platanias) and Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos). And it doesn't end there: go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery, and get active on the water at SUPinCrete.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Chania Town day trip site.

You can drive from Elafonissi to Chania Town in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October in Chania Town, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Rethymnon.
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Rethymnon — 4 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Georgioupolis Safari (in Georgioupolis), Folk Museum of Spili (in Spili) and Reptisland (in Melidoni). The adventure continues: stop by Rethymnon Old Town, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kournas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Arkadi, and take in the dramatic natural features at Imbros Gorge.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rethymnon trip builder app.

You can drive from Chania Town to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Rethymnon are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) 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.
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