8 days in Crete Itinerary

8 days in Crete Itinerary

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8 days in Crete Itinerary

Exeter
+3
train + bus + Fly + bus:  9​h 30​min
Hersonissos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Matala
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Chania Town
— 3 nights
+3
bus + Fly + bus + train:  9​h
Exeter

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Stalis Beach and Lychnostatis Open Air Museum. Go for a jaunt from Hersonissos to Agios Nikolaos to see Lake Voulismeni about 38 minutes away. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 12th (Wed) at Star Beach. The adventure continues: meet the residents at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, make a splash at Acqua Plus Water Park, and delve into the distant past at Malia Minoan Palace.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hersonissos travel route website .

Exeter, UK to Hersonissos is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of train, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Exeter to Hersonissos due to the time zone difference. In September in Hersonissos, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Matala.

Things to do in Hersonissos

#Theme Parks, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Malia Minoan Palace, Stalis Beach, Lake Voulismeni
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Star Beach ©
Star Beach
Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos), then kick back and relax at Matala beach, and then contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Phaistos.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Matala trip maker .

Getting from Hersonissos to Matala by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Matala are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Chania Town.

Things to do in Matala

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

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
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Lake Kournas and St. Nicholas Church. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete, kick back and relax at Agia Marina Beach, enjoy the sea views from Chania Venetian Lighthouse, and choose your vessel at Captain Nick's Glass Bottom Boat Aphrodite.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Chania Town day trip planner .

You can drive from Matala to Chania Town in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

St. Nicholas Church, Agia Marina Beach, Lake Kournas, German War Cemetery, Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete
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Lake Kournas ©
Lake Kournas
Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete ©
Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete

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