7 days in Crete Itinerary
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Sun, Oct 2 - Sat, Oct 8
Chania Town — 2 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.Discover out-of-the-way places like Lighthouse of Chania and Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera. You'll explore and learn at Greek National Football Museum and Archaeological Museum of Chania. There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery, kick back and relax at Agia Marina Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and learn about winemaking at Manousakis Winery.
Before you visit Chania Town, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
London, UK to Chania Town is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from London to Chania Town, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, Chania Town is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rethymnon.
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Rethymnon — 2 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.On the 5th (Wed), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Gorge of Mili, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church. On your second day here, see Off-Road Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Damnoni Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plakias Beach.
To see where to stay and tourist information, go to the Rethymnon tour builder tool.
You can drive from Chania Town to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive 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.Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): look for gifts at Luxurious Furs, then examine the collection at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, and then stroll through Stalis Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Minas, get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum of Crete, step into the grandiose world of Castello del Molo (Koules), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, and finally learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete.
To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hersonissos trip planner.
Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Hersonissos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
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Crete travel guide
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.