8 days in Crete Itinerary

8 days in Crete Itinerary

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8 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Halifax
Fly + shuttle:  16​h 45​min
1
Chania Town
— 2 nights
2
Hersonissos
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Halifax

2
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.
Explore Chania Town's surroundings by going to Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos) and Rethymnon (The Venetian Fortezza, Rethymnon Old Town, & more). The adventure continues: take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, visit a coastal fixture at Chania Venetian Lighthouse, view the masterpieces at Apostolakis Handmade Ceramics, and examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum.

For more things to do and tourist information, read Chania Town tour planner .

Halifax, Canada to Chania Town is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly. Traveling from Halifax to Chania Town, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Halifax in December; daily highs in Chania Town reach 17°C and lows reach 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rethymnon, Souda, Balos Lagoon, Apostolakis Handmade Ceramics
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
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Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hersonissos: Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos), Heraklion (Heraklion Archaeological Museum, The Natural History Museum of Crete, & more) and Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, and stop by Irida Family Workshop.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hersonissos trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Chania Town to Hersonissos by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. December in Hersonissos sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Heraklion, Kazantzakis Museum, Lake Voulismeni, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Fortress Spinalonga
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

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