8 days in Crete Itinerary

8 days in Crete Itinerary

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8 days in Crete Itinerary

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

3
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Seitan Limania Beach and Agii Apostoli Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Maritime Museum of Crete and Greek National Football Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Chania Town: Agia Kiriaki Church (in Varipetro), Gialiskari beach (in Palaiochora) and Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Manousakis Winery, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Chania, explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, and stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Chania Town trip itinerary maker .

Milan, Italy to Chania Town is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Milan in October, with highs in Chania Town at 28°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Souda, Manousakis Winery, Agia Kiriaki Church, Kastro Gramvoussas
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Agii Apostoli Beach ©
Agii Apostoli 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church, explore the activities along Lake Kournas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Holy Monastery of Preveli, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Skinaria Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Reptisland, then kick back and relax at Karavostasi Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Damnoni Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rethymnon road 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Plakias, St. Nicholas Church, Reptisland, Karavostasi Beach, Lake Kournas
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St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church
Skinaria Beach ©
Skinaria Beach
Reptisland ©
Reptisland

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Ligaria Beach, get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Panagias Keras Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Voulisma Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Voulismeni, and finally kick back and relax at Stalis Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hersonissos online road trip planner .

Drive from Rethymnon to Hersonissos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Agios Nikolaos, Heraklion, Ligaria Beach, Stalis Beach
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Lychnostatis Open Air Museum ©
Lychnostatis Open Air Museum
Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach
The Natural History Museum of Crete ©

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