17 days in Crete Itinerary

17 days in Crete Itinerary

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Elafonissi
— 1 night
Drive
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Chania Town
— 5 nights
Drive
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Rethymnon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hersonissos
— 6 nights
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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.
On the 3rd (Tue), hike along Elafonisi Viewpoint, enjoy the sand and surf at Elafonissi Beach, and then kick back and relax at Aspri Limni Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Elafonissi trip itinerary planning site.

Stuttgart, Germany to Elafonissi is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Stuttgart to Elafonissi, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Stuttgart in August; daily highs in Elafonissi reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

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.
Family-friendly places like Balos Lagoon and Falassarna Beach will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chania Town: Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa), Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia) and Ekklisia Ioannis Prodromes (in Kissamos). There's much more to do: take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, stroll the grounds of German Military Cemetery, enjoy the sand and surf at Paralia Stavros, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Agia Marina Beach.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Chania Town using our trip planner.

Getting from Elafonissi to Chania Town by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August in Chania Town, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Family-friendly places like Rethymnon Old Town and Lake Kournas will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Paralia Polyrizos (in Rodakino), Preveli Beach (in Lefkogia) and Skinaria Beach (in Plakias). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at The Venetian Fortezza, explore the striking landscape at Imbros Gorge, see Georgioupolis Safari, and stroll through Georgioupolis Beach.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rethymnon itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Chania Town to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August in Rethymnon, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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.
Kids will enjoy The Palace of Knossos and Fortress Spinalonga. Venture out of the city with trips to Heraklion (Castello del Molo (Koules), Nerium Oleander, &more), Spas (in Elounda) and Snail Farm and Fun (in Tylissos). There's much more to do: meet the residents at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, get in on the family fun at Labyrinth Theme Park, observe the fascinating underwater world at CRETAquarium, and kick back and relax at Matala Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Hersonissos planning site.

You can drive from Rethymnon to Hersonissos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August in Hersonissos, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

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.