17 days in Crete Itinerary

17 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete vacation planner

©
Make it your trip
Fly
1
Rethymnon
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Kissamos
— 5 nights
Drive
3
Elafonissi
— 1 night
Taxi to Chania Airport, Shuttle to Hersonissos
4
Hersonissos
— 5 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Rethymnon Old Town and St. Nicholas Church. Get some historical perspective at Palace of Faistos and Monastery of Arkadi. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rethymnon: Matala (Matala Beach, Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos), &more), Plakias (Plakias Beach & Skinaria Beach) and Lake Kournas (in Kournas). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at mariannas, view the masterpieces at Cloclo's Art Handmade Creations, and enjoy the sand and surf at Gerani Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rethymnon trip planner.

Atlanta, USA to Rethymnon is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Atlanta to Rethymnon. October in Rethymnon sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kissamos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Kissamos

— 5 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Balos Lagoon and Maria Beach Bar. Popular historic sites such as Lighthouse of Chania and German Military Cemetery are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kissamos: Agii Apostoli (Agii Apostoli Beach & Iguana Beach), Chania Town (Scuba & Snorkeling & Maritime Museum of Crete) and Manousakis Winery (in Vatolakkos). There's still lots to do: stroll through Agia Marina Beach, get a taste of the local shopping with Apostolakis Handmade Ceramics, enjoy the sand and surf at Paralia Ravdoucha, and look for gifts at To Kaniski.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kissamos travel planner.

Drive from Rethymnon to Kissamos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in October, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Kissamos

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

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 3rd (Sat): kick back and relax at Psilos Volakas Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Elafonissi Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Chryssoskalitissa Monastery.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Elafonissi travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kissamos to Elafonissi in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November in Elafonissi, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

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.
You'll explore and learn at Heraklion Archaeological Museum and Maria Sanoudaki Ceramic - Art Studio. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lychnostatis Open Air Museum and Malia Palace Archaeological Site. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hersonissos: Elounda (Fortress Spinalonga & Eklektos Bookshop), Agios Nikolaos (Lake Voulismeni & Traditional Grocery Mesostrati) and Havania Beach (in Katsikia). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Stalis Beach, explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, stop by Daedalus Shop, and kick back and relax at Voulisma Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hersonissos trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and shuttle from Elafonissi to Hersonissos in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and bus. November in Hersonissos sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 51°F at night. On the 8th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Crete travel guide

4.3
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.