8 days in Crete Itinerary

8 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete itinerary planner
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Rethymnon
— 3 nights
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Hersonissos
— 4 nights
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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 out of town with these interesting Rethymnon side-trips: Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia), Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera (in Souda) and Old Venetian Harbor (in Chania Town). There's much more to do: visit Rethymnon Old Town, explore the galleries of Kerameion Georgios Dalamvelas, stop by Greek Shop, and contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rethymnon holiday site.

London, UK to Rethymnon is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Rethymnon. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in October, with highs in Rethymnon at 28°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Hersonissos.
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Hersonissos — 4 nights

Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Get out of town with these interesting Hersonissos side-trips: Spinalonga (Kalydon) (in Elounda), Heraklion (Castello del Molo (Koules), Kotsanas Museum, &more) and Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum of Crete, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hersonissos road trip planner.

You can drive from Rethymnon to Hersonissos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Hersonissos can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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Crete travel guide

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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.
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