13 days in Crete & Athens Itinerary

13 days in Crete & Athens Itinerary

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Hersonissos — 2 nights

Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Venture out of the city with trips to Heraklion (Heraklion Archaeological Museum, The Natural History Museum of Crete, &more), Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos) and Spinalonga (Kalydon) (in Elounda). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos, indulge in some personalized pampering at Aegeo Spas, get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum of Crete, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at CRETAquarium.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hersonissos online road trip planner.

Houston, USA to Hersonissos is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Houston to Hersonissos due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Houston in May: high temperatures in Hersonissos hover around 75°F and lows are around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rethymnon.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, take an in-depth tour of Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Arkadi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): steep yourself in history at The Venetian Fortezza, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kournas, and then take an exotic tour of Georgioupolis Safari.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rethymnon day trip planning app.

You can drive from Hersonissos to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in May, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Chania Town.
Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
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Chania Town — 2 nights

The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of Crete, take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, then examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum, and finally cool off at Aqua Creta Limnoupolis. Keep things going the next day: stroll the grounds of German Military Cemetery, then gear up at Royal Octopus DIVE CENTER, then stroll through Afrata Beach, and finally stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Chania Town trip builder tool.

Drive from Rethymnon to Chania Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can fly to Athens.
Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Wildlife
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Athens — 5 nights

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Explore Athens' surroundings by going to Corinth Canal (in Isthmia), Archea Korinthos (in Corinth) and Nafplio (Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, Nauplion Promenade, &more). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, explore the world behind art at Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum, explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, and stroll through Mount Lycabettus.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Athens road trip planning site.

You can fly from Chania Town to Athens in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
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Crete travel guide

Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
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.