18 days in Crete Itinerary

18 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete visit planner

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Chania Town
— 5 nights
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Rethymnon
— 5 nights
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Heraklion
— 5 nights
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Elounda
— 2 nights
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chania Town: Kissamos (To Pantopolion & Balos Lagoon), Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa) and Elafonissi Beach (in Elafonissi). Spend the 9th (Sun) exploring nature at Samaria Gorge National Park. The adventure continues: go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, relax in the rural setting at Astrikas Estate Biolea, explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery, and discover the deep blue sea with Royal Octopus DIVE CENTER.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Chania Town tour itinerary maker tool.

London, UK to Chania Town is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from London to Chania Town, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Chania Town is somewhat warmer than London - with highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Melidoni (Melidoni Cave & Reptisland), Hersonissos (Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, Jewellery Schone Elisabeth, &more) and Piskopiano Museum of Rural Life (in Piskopiano). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Arkadi, get engrossed in the history at Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, and contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rethymnon trip builder.

You can drive from Chania Town to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Heraklion.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Heraklion

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kazantzakis Museum (in Myrtia), Matala beach (in Matala) and Snail Farm and Fun (in Tylissos). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, step into the grandiose world of Castello del Molo (Koules), relax and rejuvenate at Aegeo Spas, and get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Heraklion online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Heraklion takes 1.5 hours. May in Heraklion sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Elounda.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Elounda

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): appreciate the history behind Horn of Amalthea, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Voulismeni, look for gifts at Eklektos Bookshop, then head off the coast to Fortress Spinalonga, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Aelia Healing Center. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Malia Palace Archaeological Site, then Head underground at Milatos Cave, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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Getting from Heraklion to Elounda by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Elounda

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Wildlife

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.