13 days in Crete Itinerary

13 days in Crete Itinerary

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13 days in Crete Itinerary

Zurich
Fly + bus:  6​h 30​min
Hersonissos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Ierapetra
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Matala
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Rethymnon
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Kissamos
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
Zurich

3
days
Hersonissos

Hersonissos ©
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stalis Beach and Lychnostatis Open Air Museum. When in Hersonissos, make a side trip to see Church of Saint Titus in Heraklion, approximately 36 minutes away. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 3rd (Mon) at Star Beach. There's lots more to do: meet the residents at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, stop by Luxurious Furs, take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, and cool off at Acqua Plus Water Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hersonissos visit planning app .

Zurich, Switzerland to Hersonissos is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Zurich to Hersonissos, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Zurich in September, with highs in Hersonissos at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ierapetra.

Things to do in Hersonissos

#Theme Parks, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Heraklion, Malia Minoan Palace, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Stalis Beach
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Star Beach ©
Star Beach
Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos

2
days
Ierapetra

Ierapetra ©
Ierapetra, Europe's southernmost city, sits on Crete's southwestern coastline and draws attention with its mild weather and award-winning beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Voulisma Beach, then experience rural life at Cretan Olive Oil Farm, and then explore the activities along Lake Voulismeni. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Chrissi Island.

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You can drive from Hersonissos to Ierapetra in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Hersonissos in September since evenings lows in Ierapetra dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Matala.

Things to do in Ierapetra

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Agios Nikolaos, Voulisma Beach
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Lake Voulismeni ©
Lake Voulismeni
Voulisma Beach ©
Voulisma Beach
Cretan Olive Oil Farm ©
Cretan Olive Oil Farm

1
day
Matala

Matala ©
A low-key tourist resort known for its ancient cliffside caves, Matala boasts a rich history that spans over 2,000 years.
On the 7th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos), enjoy the sand and surf at Matala beach, and then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Phaistos.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Matala attractions planner .

You can drive from Ierapetra to Matala in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September in Matala, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Matala

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Ancient City of Phaistos
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Matala beach ©
Matala beach
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) ©
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos)
Ancient City of Phaistos ©
Ancient City of Phaistos

3
days
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sacred Monastery of Arkadi and Seitan Limania Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to St. Nicholas Church (in Georgioupolis), Lake Kournas (in Kournas) and Preveli Beach (in Lefkogia). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Holy Monastery of Preveli, don't miss a visit to Rimondi Fountain, and stop by Callista.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rethymnon online holiday planner .

You can drive from Matala to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Rethymnon sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kissamos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Callista, St. Nicholas Church, Preveli Beach, Lake Kournas, Seitan Limania Beach
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Sacred Monastery of Arkadi ©
Sacred Monastery of Arkadi
Lake Kournas ©
Lake Kournas
Preveli Beach ©
Preveli Beach

3
days
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete and Agia Marina Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Agii Apostoli Beach (in Agii Apostoli) and Chania Town (Maritime Museum of Crete, Captain Nick's Glass Bottom Boat Aphrodite, & more). There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at German War Cemetery and stroll through Platania Beach.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kissamos trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Rethymnon to Kissamos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Kissamos can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kissamos

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Chania Town, Agia Marina Beach, Agii Apostoli Beach, Platania Beach, Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete
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Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete ©
Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete
Agii Apostoli Beach ©
Agii Apostoli Beach

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