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 Chania Town's surroundings by going to Kissamos (Balos Lagoon & To Kaniski), Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia) and Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa). The adventure continues: go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, enjoy the sand and surf at Falassarna Beach, stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery, and learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Crete.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Chania Town trip itinerary planning app.

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. Traveling from Bangor in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Chania Town: highs are around 84°F and lows about 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car 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 (Fri): kick back and relax at Aspri Limni Beach, then stroll through Elafonisi Viewpoint, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Elafonissi Beach.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Elafonissi trip builder website.

Getting from Chania Town to Elafonissi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. June in Elafonissi sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Parks · Outdoors · 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 Kournas (Lake Kournas & Mandali Local Products & More), Reptisland (in Melidoni) and Hippocampus Dive Centre (in Bali). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, kick back and relax at Stalis Beach, get engrossed in the history at Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, and take an exotic tour of Georgioupolis Safari.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rethymnon online holiday planner.

You can drive from Elafonissi to Rethymnon in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Voulismeni, then look for gifts at Maria & Vangelis - Unique Handmade Creations, and finally step off the mainland to explore Fortress Spinalonga.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Elounda trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Elounda takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Rethymnon, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Elounda, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Heraklion side-trips: Matala (Goods of the Ground & Matala beach). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos, take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at Aegeo Spas, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Heraklion day trip planning site.

You can drive from Elounda to Heraklion in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Elounda in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Heraklion, with lows around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

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.