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Chania for 4 nights or give one night to Rethymno

My husband and I are planning on spending 4 nights in Crete before going to Santorini. We plan to catch the ferry at 8 am on a Tuesday from Rethymno. We know we want to stay in Chania for majority of nights because of everything it offers but we are torn on if she should stay all four nights there and just wake up early and take bus or pay for taxi to take us to Rethymno port to catch our ferry at 8am. How much would this taxi cost? Do the Ktel busses run that early and are they on time? Plan B is we can stay 3 nights in chain and the stay one night in Rethymno that way we are close to our ferry port. Would it be worth staying the one night here for easy of transportation and seeing new things in Rethymno? Or is there so much more in chain that we need to stay full time there?

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If you stay in Rethymon the fourth night, spend most of that day in Chania.

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I am a great believer in sleeping in the town from which I have an early a.m. departure. So-o much less stress. You can research things to do in Rethymnon and go early enough to see some of them. Or, you can spend most of your 4th day in Chania and get to Rethymnon for dinner and an early bedtime. Myself, I would choose the second plan. There is so much to do in and around Chania.

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Actually, I would spend all your time in Chania, skip over touristed Santorini. We spent two weeks in Chania, beautiful place.

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We liked Rethymno very much - our plan was to spend 4 nights there and we added a 5th night and made several day trips from there. We especially enjoyed our stay at Casa Vitae Hotel in the city center. So, it's worth at least one night, if not more. I agree that it's more relaxing to be near the ferry port the night before your departure.

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Definitely stay in Rethymno the night before your ferry. The bus schedule for March shows a bus leaving Chania at 6.30 am, arriving in Rethymno 1.5 hours later, ....or just in time to see your ferry leaving! Possibly there may be an earlier one in summer but I doubt it. Old town Rethymno is delightful to wander around and some excellent restaurants. Also a visit to the superb fortress just outside of old town...it serves multi-purposes including art galleries, museum, theatre etc., you can easily spend two or three hours exploring it.