11 days in Crete Itinerary

11 days in Crete Itinerary

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Fly
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Kissamos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rethymnon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Elounda
— 1 night
Drive
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Heraklion
— 3 nights
Fly

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Elafonissi (Elafonissi Beach & Elafonisi Viewpoint) and Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Balos Lagoon, stroll the grounds of German Military Cemetery, experience rural life at Astrikas Estate Biolea, and look for gifts at To Pantopolion.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kissamos online journey builder.

Dublin, Ireland to Kissamos is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Dublin in September, you will find days in Kissamos are much hotter (34°C), and nights are a bit warmer (23°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Kissamos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

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nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Divepoint (in Analipsi), Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre (in Hersonissos) and Souda (Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera & Souda Bay War Cemetery). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, take a leisurely stroll along Old Venetian Harbour of Rethymno, contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza, and visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rethymnon road trip planning app.

You can drive from Kissamos to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Elounda.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

1
night
Elounda

Long a sleepy fishing settlement on Crete's northern coastline, Elounda today serves as a major travel destination, drawing vacationers with a blend of unspoiled natural scenery and luxury resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Ammos Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Voulismeni, then make a trip to Panagias Keras Church, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally step off the mainland to explore Fortress Spinalonga.

To find ratings and more tourist information, go to the Elounda trip app.

Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Elounda takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rethymnon in September, you will find days in Elounda are a bit cooler (30°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Heraklion.

Things to do in Elounda

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

3
nights
Heraklion

Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
Step out of Heraklion to go to Myrtia and see Kazantzakis Museum, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, look for gifts at Nerium Oleander, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Heraklion road trip app.

You can drive from Elounda to Heraklion in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September in Heraklion, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Crete travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Islands
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.