12 days in Crete Itinerary

12 days in Crete Itinerary

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12 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Chania Town
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Hersonissos
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + tram + train:  17​h 45​min
End: Fort Lauderdale

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rethymnon (Monastery of Arkadi, The Venetian Fortezza, & more), Elafonissi Beach (in Elafonissi) and Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) (in Akrotiri). On the 17th (Sun), enjoy a day of scenic exploration at Samaria Gorge National Park. Next up on the itinerary: go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, explore and take pictures at Astrikas Estate Biolea, kick back and relax at Balos Lagoon, and step into the grandiose world of Kastro Gramvoussas.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Chania Town tour itinerary website .

Fort Lauderdale, USA to Chania Town is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in May; daily highs in Chania Town reach 77°F and lows reach 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Rethymnon, Souda, Balos Lagoon, Samaria Gorge National Park, Elafonissi Beach
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Elafonissi  Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town

5
nights
Hersonissos

Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hersonissos: Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos), Kazantzakis Museum (in Myrtia) and Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos, meet the residents at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hersonissos journey planner.

You can drive from Chania Town to Hersonissos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chania Town in May, expect little chillier with lows of 56°F in Hersonissos. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Heraklion, The Palace of Knossos, Wooden Museum, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Fortress Spinalonga
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Room Escape Games
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos

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