17 days in Crete Itinerary

17 days in Crete Itinerary

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Fly to Chania International Airport, Drive to Chania Town
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Chania Town
— 4 nights
Drive
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Elafonissi
— 1 night
Drive
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Rethymnon
— 5 nights
Drive
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Elounda
— 1 night
Drive
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Heraklion
— 4 nights
Drive to Heraklion International Nikos Kazantzakis Airport, Fly to Bangor International Airport

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chania Town: Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa), Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia) and Kissamos (Balos Lagoon & To Kaniski). There's much more to do: take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, kick back and relax at Afrata Beach, stroll through Falassarna Beach, and surround yourself with nature on Sailing In Crete - Fantasia Sailing Boat.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Chania Town trip planner.

Bangor, USA to Chania Town is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Bangor to Chania Town is 7 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bangor in July: high temperatures in Chania Town hover around 37°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time 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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Aspri Limni Beach, trek along Elafonisi Viewpoint, and then kick back and relax at Elafonissi Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Elafonissi holiday planner.

Drive from Chania Town to Elafonissi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Elafonissi, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

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.
Explore Rethymnon's surroundings by going to Hippocampus Dive Centre (in Bali), Reptisland (in Melidoni) and Kournas (Lake Kournas & Mandali Local Products & More). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, examine the collection at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, take an exotic tour of Georgioupolis Safari, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Arkadi.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rethymnon day trip planning app.

You can drive from Elafonissi to Rethymnon in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Rethymnon are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Elounda.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
On the 24th (Sat), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Voulismeni, then stop by Maria & Vangelis - Unique Handmade Creations, and finally head off the coast to Fortress Spinalonga.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Elounda day trip planner.

Drive from Rethymnon to Elounda in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rethymnon in July, you will find days in Elounda are little chillier (32°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Heraklion.

Things to do in Elounda

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Heraklion

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Heraklion: Matala (Goods of the Ground & Matala beach). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Aegeo Spas.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Heraklion trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Elounda to Heraklion in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

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.