14 days in Crete Itinerary

14 days in Crete Itinerary

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14 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  16​h
1
Hersonissos
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Chania Town
— 7 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  16​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda), Heraklion (Church of Saint Titus, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, & more) and Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos). Spend a day of island exploring on the 6th (Mon) at Chrissi Island. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, examine the collection at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, do a tasting at Winery Stilianou, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hersonissos trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Hersonissos is an approximately 16-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. Traveling from Washington DC to Hersonissos, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Washington DC in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Hersonissos, with highs around 84°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Heraklion, The Palace of Knossos, Fortress Spinalonga, Lake Voulismeni, Matala beach
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos

7
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Chania Town: Rethymnon (Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, Rethymnon Old Town, & more), Lake Kournas (in Kournas) and Elafonissi Beach (in Elafonissi). On the 11th (Sat), enjoy a day of scenic exploration at Samaria Gorge National Park. There's much more to do: go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, explore the different monuments and memorials at German War Cemetery, kick back and relax at Balos Lagoon, and explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Chania Town online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Hersonissos to Chania Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Rethymnon, Souda, Astrikas Estate Biolea, Falassarna Beach, German War Cemetery
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Elafonissi  Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town

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