Best of Rethymno

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Rethymno
Rethymno is a unique city on Crete due to its multitude of offerings. Seated in the center of the island, making it an ideal base for exploration, it has opportunities to experience history, impressive landmarks, exciting nightlife, and beautiful beaches. Get acquainted with the city on a walking tour of the old town complemented by a visit to Crete’s oldest pastry shops, try a traditional cooking class, or sip wines in the cellar of a thousand-year-old monastery. The Venetian Fortezza, built in 1573, overlooks the town and provides both a historic experience and excellent views.

Previous kimkim travelers have learned that Rethymno is also a hub for many artisans who keep the island’s traditions alive. A guided shopping tour in the old town’s walkways will lead you from colorful ceramic shops, to leatherworkers who unfold their art in front of your eyes, to traditional Cretan knives and instruments, to antique book shops. Go deeper with a visit to the Historical and Folklore Museum, another Venetian building that contains a glimpse into everyday life in Rethymno from the 17th century to the present day.
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Santorini views
Map of 7 Days in Greece - 6 Family-Friendly Itineraries
7 Days in Greece - 6 Family-Friendly Itineraries

With a week to spend, you and your family can find plenty of ways to explore Greece. Whether you want to hit the highlights with interactive tours in Athens and Santorini, get into some less-explored parts of the country with a Corinthian canal cruise, or head out on a scavenger hunt through the streets of Crete, there's something waiting for everyone.

Sunset shades in Santorini
Map of 14 Days in Greece - 6 Family-Friendly Itineraries
14 Days in Greece - 6 Family-Friendly Itineraries

Two weeks gives you and your family plenty of time to traverse the nearly 1,000 miles of coastline that Greece has to offer. Whether you're going for a deep dive into the northern Greek mainland, island-hopping through the Cyclades, or getting cultural on Crete or in the Peloponnese, you'll find something that speaks to you.

Rethymno Itineraries

Elafonissi Beach in Crete
Map of Interactive Athens and Crete for Families - 7 Days
Interactive Athens and Crete for Families - 7 Days

Spend a week getting in touch with Greek culture alongside your school-aged children on this itinerary. The first half of your trip takes place in Athens, where you'll find inspiration at the Parthenon and the rest of the Acropolis and practice your running form at the Panathenaic Stadium. Then, head to Rethymno on Crete to explore ancient ruins and try your hand at an excavation.

The iconic domes of Santorini
Map of Crete & Santorini - 9 Days
Crete & Santorini - 9 Days

This active island-hopping itinerary visits two gems in the Aegean Sea—both world-famous for different reasons. You'll start in Crete, largest of the Greek islands and home of ancient Minoan palaces and striking landscapes like canyons, gorges, mountains, and beautiful beaches. You'll then ferry over to the smaller volcanic island of Santorini and have three days to explore its whitewashed cliff-side villages with hiking, swimming, sea kayaking, and, of course, romantic sunsets.

Enjoy the beaches of Crete
Map of Interactive Athens and Crete for Families - 14 Days
Interactive Athens and Crete for Families - 14 Days

This two-week itinerary gives you and your school-aged children plenty of time to get their hands on Greek cultural activities in Athens and the major cities of Crete. Start in Athens, where you can paint the Parthenon and exercise like an Olympian at the Panathenaic Stadium. You'll fly to Crete, where you'll participate in mosaic-making workshops, archaeological adventures, and botanical treasure hunts, alongside plenty of time to wander at your own pace or relax on the beach.