13 days in Crete Itinerary

13 days in Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Toronto
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Hersonissos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Rethymnon
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Elafonissi
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Chania Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Toronto

2
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Palace of Knossos and Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Fortress Spinalonga and The Natural History Museum of Crete. Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, and get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hersonissos trip builder app.

Toronto, Canada to Hersonissos is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. In July in Hersonissos, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Heraklion, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Fortress Spinalonga, The Palace of Knossos, Stalis Beach
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

4
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Preveli Beach and Georgioupolis Beach. Popular historic sites such as Monastery of Arkadi and Four Martyrs Church are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rethymnon: Koimiseos Theotokou Church (in Meronas), Lake Kournas (in Kournas) and Kalivaki Beach (in Georgioupolis). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, get engrossed in the history at Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza, and pause for some serene contemplation at The Holy Monastery of Preveli.

To plan Rethymnon vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Hersonissos to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Koimiseos Theotokou Church, Lake Kournas, Ilys ceramics, Reptisland, Kalivaki Beach
Highlights from your plan
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi
The Venetian Fortezza ©
The Venetian Fortezza

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 23rd (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Aspri Limni Beach, hike along Elafonisi Viewpoint, and then kick back and relax at Elafonissi Beach.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Elafonissi trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Elafonissi takes 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Aspri Limni Beach ©
Aspri Limni Beach

4
nights
Chania Town

Chania Town ©
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Balos Lagoon and Agia Marina Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Souda Bay War Cemetery and German War Cemetery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chania Town: Falassarna Beach (in Falassarna), Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia) and Apostolakis Handmade Ceramics (in Maleme). There's lots more to do: stroll through Old Venetian Harbor, explore the historical opulence of Kastro Gramvoussas, delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, and look for gifts at Mitos Objects of Art.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Chania Town journey planner.

Getting from Elafonissi to Chania Town by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Maleme, Souda, Agia Marina Beach, Balos Lagoon, Falassarna Beach
Highlights from your plan
Samaria Gorge National Park ©
Samaria Gorge National Park
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Falassarna Beach ©
Falassarna Beach

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