12 days in Crete Itinerary

12 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete tour planner

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Rethymnon
— 3 nights
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Plakias
— 2 nights
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Kissamos
— 2 nights
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Elafonissi
— 2 nights
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Chania Town
— 2 nights

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Rethymnon

— 3 nights
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.
Visit The Venetian Fortezza and Mikrasiaton Square for their historical value. Attractions like Biotopoi Nature Park and Waterskiing & Jetskiing make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Rethymnon to go to Eletherna and see Museum of Ancient Eleutherna, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, admire the masterpieces at Contemporary Art Museum of Crete, pause for some serene contemplation at Four Martyrs Church, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rethymnon trip itinerary maker.

Chania Town to Rethymnon is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Plakias.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Adventure

Side Trip

Plakias

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Rodakino Beach and then stroll through Frangokastello Beach. Keep things going the next day: stop by Creta Earth, then enjoy the sand and surf at Finikas Beach (Palm Beach), then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plakias Beach, and finally admire the masterpieces at Folk Museum of Spili.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Plakias trip planner.

You can drive from Rethymnon to Plakias in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Kissamos.

Things to do in Plakias

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Kissamos

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Paralia Ravdoucha and then stop by Bonsai and Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Komolithi, delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Polyrrhenia, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Vigglia Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kissamos online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Plakias to Kissamos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. October in Kissamos sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Kissamos

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Elafonissi

— 2 nights
Located just off Crete's southwestern corner, Elafonissi offers an alternative vacation idea for those looking to avoid the larger, more crowded Greek islands.
You've now added Elafonissi Beach to your itinerary. On the 15th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Chryssoskalitissa Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Aspri Limni Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Elafonissi Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Elafonissi trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Kissamos to Elafonissi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October in Elafonissi, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sat) before leaving for Chania Town.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trip

Chania Town

— 2 nights
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
On the 17th (Sat), stop by To Meli, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Assumption, and then enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nea Chora Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Eisodion tis Theotokou.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Chania Town trip planner.

You can drive from Elafonissi to Chania Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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.