7 days in Crete Itinerary

7 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete route planner

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Make it your trip
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Hersonissos
— 1 night
Drive
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Rethymnon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kissamos
— 3 nights
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Hersonissos

— 1 night
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
On the 20th (Thu), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, and then delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then stop by Elia Traditional Products, then step off the mainland to explore Fortress Spinalonga, and finally explore the activities along Lake Voulismeni.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hersonissos journey planner.

Athens to Hersonissos is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens in August, things will get little chillier in Hersonissos: highs are around 34°C and lows about 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

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Rethymnon

— 2 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.
Agigma Massage & Therapies has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kournas, then contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza, then take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, and finally stay fit while traveling at Agigma Massage & Therapies. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Melidoni Cave, then look for all kinds of wild species at Reptisland, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Georgioupolis Safari.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rethymnon trip builder app.

Getting from Hersonissos to Rethymnon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Rethymnon are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kissamos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Wildlife · Tours · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Kissamos

— 3 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kissamos side-trips: Elafonissi (Elafonisi Viewpoint & Elafonissi Beach) and Royal Octopus DIVE CENTER (in Kolymbari). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Balos Lagoon, look for gifts at To Kaniski, hike along Sirikari Gorge - Polyrrinia Trail, and stroll through Falassarna Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kissamos holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Kissamos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Kissamos are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kissamos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Crete travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Islands
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.