9 days in Crete Itinerary

9 days in Crete Itinerary

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9 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Chania Town
— 3 nights
2
Hersonissos
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Seattle

3
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Chania Town: Rethymnon (Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno & Rethymnon Old Town), Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos) and Elafonissi Beach (in Elafonissi). There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, see the interesting displays at Greek National Football Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada).

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Chania Town day trip planning site .

Seattle, USA to Chania Town is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Seattle to Chania Town due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Chania Town: highs are around 84°F and lows about 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Rethymnon, Elafonissi Beach, Balos Lagoon, Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), Kastro Gramvoussas
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Elafonissi  Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town

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.
Explore Hersonissos' surroundings by going to Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos), Heraklion (Church of Saint Titus, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, & more) and Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos, stop by Irida Family Workshop, get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, and identify plant and animal life at Reptisland.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hersonissos trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Chania Town to Hersonissos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Hersonissos are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Heraklion, Fortress Spinalonga, The Palace of Knossos, Winery Stilianou, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 25:
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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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