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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like The Palace of Knossos and Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre. Venture out of the city with trips to Spinalonga (in Plaka), Heraklion (Church of Saint Titus & Heraklion Archaeological Museum) and Elounda (Eklektos Bookshop & Spinalonga (Kalydon)). Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at CRETAquarium, examine the collection at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, and take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor of Heraklion.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hersonissos trip itinerary app.

London, UK to Hersonissos is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Hersonissos. Traveling from London in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Hersonissos: highs are around 32°C and lows about 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): see Off-Road Tours, then stop by Rethymnon Old Town, then explore the activities along Lake Kournas, and finally kick back and relax at Georgioupolis Beach. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza, get engrossed in the history at Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Arkadi.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rethymnon online trip planner.

You can drive from Hersonissos to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kissamos.
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Kissamos — 3 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.
Attractions like Elafonissi Beach and Agia Marina Beach make great kid-friendly stops. We've included these beaches for you: Balos Lagoon and Falassarna Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Elafonisi Viewpoint (in Elafonissi) and Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Afrata Beach, stop by To Pantopolion, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kedrodasos Beach, and view the masterpieces at Apostolakis Handmade Ceramics.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kissamos holiday planner.

You can drive from Rethymnon to Kissamos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Kissamos sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough 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.