15 days in Crete Itinerary

15 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete attractions planner

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Kissamos
— 2 nights
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Rethymnon
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hersonissos
— 6 nights
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kissamos side-trips: Elafonissi (Elafonissi Beach & Elafonisi Viewpoint). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Balos Lagoon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Falassarna Beach, stroll the grounds of German Military Cemetery, and look for gifts at Sklopa.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kissamos attractions planner.

London, UK to Kissamos is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Kissamos. Traveling from London in June, things will get a bit warmer in Kissamos: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Kissamos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Rethymnon

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rethymnon: Lake Kournas (in Kournas), Reptisland (in Melidoni) and Monastery of Christ and St. Gedeon (in Margarites). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Holy Monastery of Preveli, examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum, and go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rethymnon trip planner.

Getting from Kissamos to Rethymnon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Hersonissos

— 6 nights
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Explore Hersonissos' surroundings by going to Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos), Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda) and Kazantzakis Museum (in Myrtia). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 29th (Sat) at Watercity Waterpark Themed Park. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 28th (Fri) at Star Beach. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, examine the collection at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Crete.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Hersonissos trip website.

You can drive from Rethymnon to Hersonissos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Hersonissos are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

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.