16 days in Crete Itinerary

16 days in Crete Itinerary

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16 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + shuttle:  17​h 30​min
1
Kissamos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Rethymnon
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Hersonissos
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

3
nights
Kissamos

Kissamos ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Manousakis Winery (in Vatolakkos), Elafonissi Beach (in Elafonissi) and Kandanos War Memorial (in Kandanos). The adventure continues: stroll through Balos Lagoon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. George, take in the dramatic natural features at Komolithi, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church Of Saint Spyridon.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kissamos online route planner .

Minneapolis, USA to Kissamos is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight, train, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 8 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Minneapolis in March; daily highs in Kissamos reach 63°F and lows reach 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Kissamos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Elafonissi Beach, German War Cemetery, Astrikas Estate Biolea, Manousakis Winery, Kandanos War Memorial
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Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Elafonissi  Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Sirikari Gorge - Polyrrinia Trail ©

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rethymnon: Margarites Gorge (in Margarites), Kryonerida Cave (in Vafes) and Chania Town (To Meli, Old Venetian Harbor, & more). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, take an in-depth tour of Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, appreciate the extensive heritage of Imbros Gorge, and contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rethymnon online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Kissamos to Rethymnon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in March, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Chania Town, Souda, Imbros Gorge, Reptisland, Folk Museum of Spili
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hersonissos: Tylissos (Snail Farm and Fun & Archeologikos Choros Tilissos), Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda) and Heraklion (Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Nerium Oleander, & more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, examine the collection at Kazantzakis Museum, and make a trip to Venetian Walls and Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis.

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Drive from Rethymnon to Hersonissos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rethymnon in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Hersonissos, with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Heraklion, Tylissos, Winery Stilianou, Fortress Spinalonga, The Palace of Knossos
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

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