8 days in Crete Itinerary

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hersonissos side-trips: Aegeo Spas (in Istron), Spinalonga (Kalydon) (in Elounda) and Heraklion (Church of Saint Titus, The Natural History Museum of Crete, &more). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, observe the fascinating underwater world at CRETAquarium, enjoy the sand and surf at Stalis Beach, and meet the residents at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hersonissos travel planner.

London, UK to Hersonissos is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in July, with highs in Hersonissos at 34°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time 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 13th (Thu), see Off-Road Tours, take an in-depth tour of Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, then view the masterpieces at Melitakas Handmade Greek Art, and finally contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Reptisland, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Arkadi, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kournas.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rethymnon trip maker app.

Getting from Hersonissos to Rethymnon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kissamos: Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa), Elafonissi (Aspri Limni Beach & Elafonissi Beach) and Church of the Ascension (in Kandanos). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Balos Lagoon, kick back and relax at Afrata Beach, discover the deep blue sea with Royal Octopus DIVE CENTER, and examine the collection at Ancient Olive Tree.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kissamos trip site.

Drive from Rethymnon to Kissamos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Kissamos sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) 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.