11 days in Crete Itinerary

11 days in Crete Itinerary

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11 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly + Shuttle:  5​h 45​min
1
Rethymnon
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Elafonissi
— 1 night
Shuttle:  2​h 45​min
3
Hersonissos
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Tel Aviv

3
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.
Bring the kids along to Monastery of Arkadi and Imbros Gorge. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rethymnon: Lake Kournas (in Kournas), Old Venetian Harbor (in Chania Town) and Reptisland (in Melidoni). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, get engrossed in the history at Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, view the masterpieces at Terzisart, and contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rethymnon planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Rethymnon is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Tel Aviv in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 14°C in Rethymnon. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Old Venetian Harbor, Lake Kournas, Reptisland, Imbros Gorge, Frangokastello Beach
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Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Lake Kournas ©
Lake Kournas
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi

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.
On the 21st (Sun), kick back and relax at Aspri Limni Beach, stroll through Elafonissi Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elafonisi Viewpoint.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Elafonissi trip planner .

Take a bus from Rethymnon to Elafonissi in 4.5 hours. In April in Elafonissi, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to take a shuttle to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Elafonissi

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

6
nights
Hersonissos

Hersonissos ©
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Bring the kids along to The Palace of Knossos and Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hersonissos: Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda), Heraklion (The Natural History Museum of Crete, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, & more) and Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 26th (Fri) at Star Beach. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 25th (Thu) at Watercity Waterpark Themed Park. And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, learn about winemaking at Winery Stilianou, see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Hersonissos trip planner .

Take a shuttle from Elafonissi to Hersonissos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Elafonissi in April, expect little chillier with lows of 11°C in Hersonissos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Heraklion, Lake Voulismeni, Kazantzakis Museum, The Palace of Knossos, Fortress Spinalonga
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Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos

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