15 days in Crete Itinerary

15 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete holiday planner

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Make it your trip
Train to Paris CDG, Fly to Hersonissos
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Hersonissos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Rethymnon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chania Town
— 5 nights
Drive
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Elafonissi
— 1 night
Fly to Brussels, Train to Lille

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Hersonissos

— 5 nights
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hersonissos: Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos), Heraklion (Church of Saint Titus, Castello del Molo (Koules), &more) and Kazantzakis Museum (in Myrtia). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 10th (Sat) at Watercity Waterpark Themed Park. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, play a few rounds at The Crete Golf Club, and relax and rejuvenate at Aegeo Spas.

Plan my trip to Hersonissos with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Lille, France to Hersonissos is an approximately 9-hour combination of train and flight. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Lille to Hersonissos, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lille in July, things will get a bit warmer in Hersonissos: highs are around 34°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rethymnon: Lake Kournas (in Kournas) and Georgioupolis Safari (in Georgioupolis). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Rethymno, steep yourself in history at The Venetian Fortezza, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rethymnon online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Hersonissos to Rethymnon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Rethymnon are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chania Town

— 5 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.
Explore Chania Town's surroundings by going to Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia), Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa) and Kissamos (Balos Lagoon & To Kaniski). And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, enjoy the sand and surf at Falassarna Beach, cool off at Aqua Creta Limnoupolis, and gear up at Royal Octopus DIVE CENTER.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Chania Town travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Chania Town takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Chania Town, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Elafonissi

— 1 night
Located just off Crete's southwestern corner, Elafonissi offers an alternative vacation idea for those looking to avoid the larger, more crowded Greek islands.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Elafonissi Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Elafonissi tour planner.

Drive from Chania Town to Elafonissi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Elafonissi sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
Highlights from your 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.