18 days in Crete Itinerary

18 days in Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Chania Town
— 6 nights
2
Elafonissi
— 1 night
3
Rethymnon
— 6 nights
4
Hersonissos
— 4 nights

6
nights
Chania Town

Chania Town ©
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chania Town: Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa), Kissamos (Balos Lagoon & Ekklisia Ioannis Prodromes) and Church of St. George (in Kavousi). Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and experience rural life at Astrikas Estate Biolea.

Before you visit Chania Town, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Athens to Chania Town is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also ride a ferry; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Chania Town can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Platanias, Kissamos, Souda, Panagia Of The Two Rocks, German War Cemetery
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Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor
Samaria Gorge National Park ©
Samaria Gorge National Park

1
night
Elafonissi

Elafonissi ©
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 13th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Aspri Limni Beach, trek along Elafonisi Viewpoint, and then stroll through Elafonissi Beach.

Before you visit Elafonissi, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Chania Town to Elafonissi takes 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Elafonissi can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Aspri Limni Beach ©
Aspri Limni Beach

6
nights
Rethymnon

Rethymnon ©
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Rethymnon: Reptisland (in Melidoni), Lake Kournas (in Kournas) and St. Nicholas Church (in Georgioupolis). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, pause for some serene contemplation at The Holy Monastery of Preveli, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Arkadi, and visit Venetian Harbour.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rethymnon trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Elafonissi to Rethymnon takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in June, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Crete, Reptisland, Preveli Beach, Plakias Beach, Olive Wood Traditional Workshop
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi

4
nights
Hersonissos

Hersonissos ©
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Get out of town with these interesting Hersonissos side-trips: Heraklion (Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Church of Saint Titus, &more), Elounda (Fortress Spinalonga & Spas) and Agios Nikolaos (Archaeological Museum of Agios Nikolaos & Lake Voulismeni). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos, take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, observe the fascinating underwater world at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hersonissos road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Hersonissos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in June, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Heraklion, Elounda, Agios Nikolaos, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Winery Stilianou
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

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