17 days in Santorini & Crete Itinerary

17 days in Santorini & Crete Itinerary

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— 7 nights
Ferry to Heraklion, Taxi to Hersonissos
— 2 nights
— 3 nights
Chania Town
— 3 nights


Fira — 7 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Get a sense of the local culture at Akrotiri and Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos. Visit Akrotiri LightHouse and Cathedral Church Of Candlemas Of The Lord for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museum of Prehistoric Thira, kick back and relax at Vlychada Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Fira day trip website.

Vancouver, Canada to Fira is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 10 hours. Traveling from Vancouver in September, things will get a bit warmer in Fira: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Hersonissos.
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Hersonissos — 2 nights

Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos, then contemplate the long history of Castello del Molo (Koules), then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, and finally get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, then kick back and relax at Stalis Beach, and then relax in the rural setting at Cretan Olive Oil Farm.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Hersonissos road trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Fira to Hersonissos in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Fira in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Hersonissos, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Rethymnon.
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Rethymnon — 3 nights

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Rethymnon Old Town and The Holy Monastery of Preveli. Visit Rethymno Beach and Ammoudaki Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Rethymnon: Plakias Beach (in Plakias) and St. Nicholas Church (in Georgioupolis). There's much more to do: see Off-Road Tours, take in the waterfront at Old Venetian Harbour of Rethymno, and steep yourself in history at The Venetian Fortezza.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rethymnon trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Hersonissos to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Rethymnon are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chania Town.
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Chania Town — 3 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Seitan Limania Beach and Agia Marina Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Lighthouse of Chania and Souda Bay War Cemetery. Get out of town with these interesting Chania Town side-trips: Ancient Olive Tree (in Vouves) and Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) (in Akrotiri). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of Crete, and take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Chania.

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Getting from Rethymnon to Chania Town by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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Find places to stay Sep 14 — 17:

Santorini travel guide

Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.

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.