15 days in Banja Luka & Crete Itinerary

15 days in Banja Luka & Crete Itinerary

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15 days in Banja Luka & Crete Itinerary

Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h
Heraklion, Greece
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Kissamos, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Rethymnon, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Matala, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

2
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Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Banja Luka is the second largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina after the capital Sarajevo and is the largest city of the Republika Srpska entity. On the 17th (Thu), view the masterpieces at Republika Srpska Art Gallery, cool off at Aquana, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Vrbas River. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ferhadija Mosque, take in the dramatic scenery at Krupa Water Falls, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mariastern Abbey, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ the Savior Cathedral Church.

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Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Heraklion.

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Vrbas River
Aquana
Republika Srpska Art Gallery

4
days
Heraklion, Greece

Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Heraklion Archaeological Museum and Lychnostatis Open Air Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Heraklion: Malia Minoan Palace (in Malia), Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda) and Stalis Beach (in Stalis). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Crete, look for gifts at Idols Art, and meet the residents at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Banja Luka to Heraklion. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Heraklion when traveling from Banja Luka in August, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Kissamos.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks Historic Sites Museums

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Hersonissos, Malia Minoan Palace, Fortress Spinalonga, Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos, Idols Art
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Fortress Spinalonga
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

3
days
Kissamos, Greece

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.
Visit Elafonissi Beach and Balos Beach and Lagoon for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Kissamos side-trips: Chania Town (Maritime Museum of Crete, Mitos Objects of Art, & more) and Limnoupolis Water Park (in Varipetro). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Falassarna Beach.

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Drive from Heraklion to Kissamos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Kissamos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

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Chania Town, Elafonissi Beach, Falassarna Beach, Limnoupolis Water Park
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Elafonissi Beach
Balos Lagoon
Falassarna Beach

3
days
Rethymnon, Greece

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Rethymnon Old Town and Souda Bay War Cemetery. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Ilingas and Preveli Beach. Go for a jaunt from Rethymnon to Askifou to see War Museum Askifou about 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sacred Monastery of Arkadi, get to know the fascinating history of Mikrasiaton Square, contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza, and make a trip to Moschea Neratze.

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Traveling by car from Kissamos to Rethymnon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Matala.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Preveli Beach, War Museum Askifou, Souda Bay War Cemetery, Ilingas
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Ilingas
Rethymnon Old Town
Sacred Monastery of Arkadi

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Matala, Greece

A low-key tourist resort known for its ancient cliffside caves, Matala boasts a rich history that spans over 2,000 years.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): kick back and relax at Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos), then view the masterpieces at MoozArt - Wood Art Workshop, then stop by Goods of the Ground, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Matala beach.

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You can drive from Rethymnon to Matala in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Matala sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. You will leave for home on the 31st (Thu).

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Matala beach
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos)

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