22 days in Crete Itinerary

22 days in Crete Itinerary

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22 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly + shuttle:  8​h 15​min
1
Chania Town
— 7 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Rethymnon
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Hersonissos
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Paris

7
nights
Chania Town

Chania Town ©
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chania Venetian Lighthouse and Maritime Museum of Crete. Popular historic sites such as Kastro Gramvoussas and Souda Bay War Cemetery are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Kissamos (Balos Lagoon & Kedrodasos Beach), Elafonissi (Elafonissi Beach & Elafonisi Viewpoint) and Akrotiri (Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) & Seitan Limania Beach). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum, explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, and stroll the grounds of German War Cemetery.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Chania Town online driving holiday planner .

Paris, France to Chania Town is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Paris to Chania Town due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Paris in July, expect Chania Town to be a bit warmer, temps between 37°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Elafonissi, Kissamos, Akrotiri, Maleme, Souda
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Elafonissi  Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Kedrodasos Beach ©
Kedrodasos Beach
Agii Apostoli Beach ©
Agii Apostoli Beach

8
nights
Rethymnon

Rethymnon ©
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.
Visit Palace of Faistos and The Holy Monastery of Preveli for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Imbros Gorge and Frangokastello Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Rethymnon side-trips: Winery Dourakis (in Alikampos), Komos Beach (in Pitsidia) and St. Nicholas Church (in Georgioupolis). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, identify plant and animal life at Kourtaliotiko Gorge, kick back and relax at Skinaria Beach, and take in the dramatic natural features at St. Anthony Gorge (Gorge of Patsos).

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rethymnon day trip planner .

Take a bus from Chania Town to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Rethymnon sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plakias, War Museum Askifou, Frangokastello Beach, Folk Museum of Spili, Karavostasi Beach
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St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church
Skinaria Beach ©
Skinaria Beach
Komos Beach ©
Komos Beach

6
nights
Hersonissos

Hersonissos ©
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Palace of Knossos and Fortress Spinalonga. Explore hidden gems such as Lychnostatis Open Air Museum and Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hersonissos: Milatos Cave (in Milatos), Heraklion (Church of Saint Titus, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, & more) and Agios Nikolaos (Lake Voulismeni, Scuba & Snorkeling, & more). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Stalis Beach, kick back and relax at Koutsounari beach, look for gifts at Olivia Shop, and take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hersonissos tour planner .

You can drive from Rethymnon to Hersonissos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Heraklion, Agios Nikolaos, Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos), Milatos Cave, The Palace of Knossos
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos

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