10 days in Crete Itinerary

10 days in Crete Itinerary

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10 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly + Shuttle:  9​h 15​min
1
Elafonissi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Kissamos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Rethymnon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Vai
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Agios Nikolaos
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Dublin

1
night
Elafonissi

Elafonissi ©
Located just off Crete's southwestern corner, Elafonissi offers an alternative vacation idea for those looking to avoid the larger, more crowded Greek islands.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Elafonissi Beach. Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): stroll through Aspri Limni Beach, then hike along Elafonisi Viewpoint, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Elafonissi Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Elafonissi planner .

Dublin, Ireland to Elafonissi is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Elafonissi is 2 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Dublin in May: high temperatures in Elafonissi hover around 29°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kissamos.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Aspri Limni Beach ©
Aspri Limni Beach

2
nights
Kissamos

Kissamos ©
A quiet port town situated on Crete's western tip, Kissamos attracts mostly domestic tourists and possesses more of the quintessential Greek feel than livelier resorts strung along the island's coastline.
You've now added Balos Lagoon to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): trek along Sirikari Gorge - Polyrrinia Trail, stroll through Balos Lagoon, and then look for gifts at To Kaniski. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Ancient Olive Tree, pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Ioannis Prodromes, then kick back and relax at Vigglia Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Maria Beach Bar.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kissamos road trip app .

Traveling by car from Elafonissi to Kissamos takes 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Kissamos can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Kissamos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Ancient Olive Tree
Highlights from your plan
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Ancient Olive Tree ©
Ancient Olive Tree
Sirikari Gorge - Polyrrinia Trail ©
Sirikari Gorge - Polyrrinia Trail

2
nights
Rethymnon

Rethymnon ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre as well as Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Arkadi, enjoy the sand and surf at Rethymno Beach, and then contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museum of El Greco, observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, and finally take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rethymnon online itinerary planner .

Getting from Kissamos to Rethymnon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Rethymnon can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Vai.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Museum of El Greco, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre
Highlights from your plan
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi

1
night
Vai

Vai ©
You've now added Vai Beach to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): explore the ancient world of Itanos Archaeological site, then enjoy the sand and surf at Vai Beach, and then get outside with Natura Water Sports.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Vai tour builder website .

Getting from Rethymnon to Vai by car takes about 4 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Vai can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Agios Nikolaos.

Things to do in Vai

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Vai Beach ©
Vai Beach
Natura Water Sports ©
Natura Water Sports

3
nights
Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos ©
A tour of Agios Nikolaos leads visitors through charming neighborhoods with white washed houses, squares with taverns, steep pedestrian streets, and sea as a backdrop, ideal for exploration on foot.
Kids will appreciate attractions like The Palace of Knossos and The Natural History Museum of Crete. Venture out of the city with trips to Lychnostatis Open Air Museum (in Hersonissos) and Heraklion (Room Escape Games, Church of Saint Titus, & more). There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Fortress Spinalonga.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Agios Nikolaos online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Vai to Agios Nikolaos takes 2 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Vai in June since evenings lows in Agios Nikolaos dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Agios Nikolaos

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Heraklion, The Palace of Knossos, Fortress Spinalonga, Lychnostatis Open Air Museum
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Lychnostatis Open Air Museum ©
Lychnostatis Open Air Museum

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