7 days in Crete Itinerary

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Chania Town
— 2 nights
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Rethymnon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hersonissos
— 2 nights
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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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Agia Marina Beach and Agii Apostoli Beach. Get some historical perspective at Lighthouse of Chania and German Military Cemetery. Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery, do a tasting at Manousakis Winery, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Chania, and brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of Crete.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Chania Town road trip planner.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive 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), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church, then take in the waterfront at Old Venetian Harbour of Rethymno, and then see Off-Road Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Plakias Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Damnoni Beach, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rethymnon trip planner.

You can drive from Chania Town to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to 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) to allow enough time to 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.
On the 7th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, stroll through Stalis Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, then contemplate the long history of Castello del Molo (Koules), and finally take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor of Heraklion. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Luxurious Furs, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Minas, then take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Crete, and finally get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hersonissos trip planner.

You can drive from Rethymnon to Hersonissos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Hersonissos can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight 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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