16 days in Crete Itinerary

16 days in Crete Itinerary

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Rethymnon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Chania Town
— 4 nights
Drive
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Elafonissi
— 1 night
Taxi to Chania Airport, Shuttle to Elounda
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Elounda
— 1 night
Drive
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Heraklion
— 5 nights
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Rethymnon

— 4 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: Stalis Beach (in Stalis), Sisi Fish Spa Therapy (in Sissi) and Hersonissos (Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre & Lychnostatis Open Air Museum). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, steep yourself in history at The Venetian Fortezza, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Arkadi, and stop by Ergastiri Kompologiou.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rethymnon trip planner.

Paris, France to Rethymnon is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Paris in June, expect Rethymnon to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Chania Town

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia), Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa) and Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Old Venetian Harbor, stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery, examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum, and make a trip to Lighthouse of Chania.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Chania Town trip planner.

You can drive from Rethymnon to Chania Town in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June in Chania Town, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Aspri Limni Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Elafonisi Viewpoint, and then kick back and relax at Elafonissi Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Elafonissi route planner.

Getting from Chania Town to Elafonissi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Elafonissi are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Elounda.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Elounda

— 1 night
Long a sleepy fishing settlement on Crete's northern coastline, Elounda today serves as a major travel destination, drawing vacationers with a blend of unspoiled natural scenery and luxury resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Voulismeni, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally head off the coast to Fortress Spinalonga.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Elounda trip itinerary builder site.

You can do a combination of taxi and shuttle from Elafonissi to Elounda in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Elafonissi, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Elounda, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Heraklion.

Things to do in Elounda

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Heraklion

— 5 nights
Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
Explore Heraklion's surroundings by going to Snail Farm and Fun (in Tylissos), Matala beach (in Matala) and Kazantzakis Museum (in Myrtia). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos, learn about winemaking at Douloufakis Winery, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Aegeo Spas.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Heraklion online road trip planner.

You can drive from Elounda to Heraklion in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Heraklion when traveling from Elounda in June, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries

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.