8 days in Crete Itinerary

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Kissamos — 2 nights

A quiet port town situated on Crete's western tip, Kissamos attracts mostly domestic tourists and possesses more of the quintessential Greek feel than livelier resorts strung along the island's coastline.
Family-friendly places like Elafonissi Beach and Falassarna Beach will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Church of the Ascension (in Kandanos), Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa) and Elafonisi Viewpoint (in Elafonissi). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Balos Lagoon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kedrodasos Beach, look for gifts at To Kaniski, and stroll the grounds of German Military Cemetery.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kissamos trip maker app.

London, UK to Kissamos is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from London to Kissamos, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in June, expect Kissamos to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can 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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): steep yourself in history at The Venetian Fortezza, take an in-depth tour of Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, then view the masterpieces at Melitakas Handmade Greek Art, and finally see Off-Road Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Lake Kournas, identify plant and animal life at Reptisland, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Arkadi.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Rethymnon online day trip planner.

You can drive from Kissamos to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Rethymnon can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hersonissos.
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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.
Family-friendly places like The Palace of Knossos and Spinalonga (Kalydon) will thrill your kids. Explore Hersonissos' surroundings by going to Spinalonga (in Plaka), Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos) and Spinalonga Beach (in Elounda). There's much more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at CRETAquarium, get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at Aegeo Spas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hersonissos day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Hersonissos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
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Crete travel guide

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.