12 days in Crete Itinerary

12 days in Crete Itinerary

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12 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + shuttle:  16​h 30​min
1
Chania Town
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Rethymnon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Hersonissos
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chania Venetian Lighthouse and Maritime Museum of Crete. Visit Seitan Limania Beach and Agii Apostoli Beach for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Chania Town side-trips: Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa), Frangokastello Beach (in Frangokastello) and Kedrodasos Beach (in Kissamos). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete, explore the different monuments and memorials at German War Cemetery, delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, and do a tasting at Manousakis Winery.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Chania Town travel route builder tool .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Chania Town is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly. Traveling from Johannesburg in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Chania Town, with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Gialiskari beach, Kastro Gramvoussas, Frangokastello Beach, Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete
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Agii Apostoli Beach ©
Agii Apostoli Beach
Kedrodasos Beach ©
Kedrodasos Beach
Manousakis Winery ©
Manousakis Winery

2
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.
On the 3rd (Thu), kick back and relax at Skinaria Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Triopetra Beach. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Damnoni Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Holy Monastery of Preveli, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Church.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rethymnon trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Chania Town to Rethymnon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Plakias, St. Nicholas Church
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Skinaria Beach ©
Skinaria Beach
Damnoni Beach ©
Damnoni Beach
St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Matala beach and Lychnostatis Open Air Museum. Visit Stalis Beach and Voulisma Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Hersonissos: Palace of Faistos (in Sivas), Heraklion (Loggia & Lyrarakis Winery) and Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos). There's more to do: take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor.

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You can drive from Rethymnon to Hersonissos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Hersonissos can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Heraklion, Agios Nikolaos, Stalis Beach, Matala beach, Palace of Faistos
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Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach
Lyrarakis Winery ©
Lyrarakis Winery
Palace of Faistos ©
Palace of Faistos

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