11 days in Crete Itinerary

11 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete vacation planner
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Fly to Heraklion International Nikos Kazantzakis Airport, Drive to Hersonissos
— 3 nights
— 1 night
Chania Town
— 6 nights
Drive to Chania International Airport, Fly to Almaty


Hersonissos — 3 nights

Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Venture out of the city with trips to Aegeo Spas (in Istron), Heraklion (The Natural History Museum of Crete, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, &more) and Agios Nikolaos (Lake Voulismeni & Archaeological Museum of Agios Nikolaos). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, contemplate the long history of Spinalonga (Kalydon), and meet the residents at CRETAquarium.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hersonissos online day trip planner.

Almaty, Kazakhstan to Hersonissos is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Almaty to Hersonissos due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Hersonissos when traveling from Almaty in August, with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rethymnon.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips
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Rethymnon — 1 night

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 2nd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Arkadi, see Off-Road Tours, and then take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rethymnon day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hersonissos to Rethymnon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Chania Town.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Neighborhoods
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Chania Town — 6 nights

The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Venture out of the city with trips to Deliana Gorge (in Deliana), Elafonissi (Elafonisi Viewpoint & Elafonissi Beach) and Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa). Spend the 6th (Tue) exploring nature at Samaria Gorge National Park. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Old Venetian Harbor, explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery, brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of Crete, and kick back and relax at Balos Lagoon.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Chania Town trip maker.

Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Chania Town takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Side Trips
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Crete travel guide

Great Island
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete offers travelers more than just sun, sea, and sand. Famed for its warm hospitality, outstanding infrastructure, and contrasting landscapes, the island represents one of the world's richest areas in terms of history and culture. Crete burst onto the world scene over 4,000 years ago, when it served as the center of the Minoan civilization, one of Europe's earliest organized societies. Despite the island's wealth of developed beaches, the traces of the mysterious and enchanting Minoan empire remain Crete's top attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world. The island capital Heraklion provides an ideal base for exploring a renowned Minoan palace complex, the site of Europe's oldest city.