20 days in Crete Itinerary

20 days in Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Manchester
Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
Hersonissos
— 3 nights
Drive:  45 min
2
Agios Nikolaos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Heraklion
— 3 nights
Shuttle:  2 h 45 min
4
Elafonissi
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
5
Sitia
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
6
Agia Roumeli
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Kalyves
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8 h 30 min
End: Manchester

3
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.
You've now added Rethymnon Old Town to your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, explore the fascinating underground world of Dikteon Cave, stroll through Stalis Beach, and cool off at Acqua Plus Water Park.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hersonissos trip maker site.

Manchester, UK to Hersonissos is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Manchester in October, expect Hersonissos to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Agios Nikolaos.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Rethymnon Old Town, Malia Minoan Palace, Dikteon Cave, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Folklore Museum of Gouves
Highlights from your plan
Acqua Plus Water Park ©
Acqua Plus Water Park
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre ©

3
nights
Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos ©
A tour of Agios Nikolaos leads visitors through charming neighborhoods with white washed houses, squares with taverns, steep pedestrian streets, and sea as a backdrop, ideal for exploration on foot.
On the 5th (Mon), appreciate the history behind Horn of Amalthea, stroll through Fortress Spinalonga, kick back and relax at Ammoudi Beach, thenexplore the activities along Lake Voulismeni, and finally stop by Traditional Grocery Mesostrati. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Gournia Minoiki Poli and then step off the mainland to explore Chrissi Island.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Agios Nikolaos road trip planning website.

You can drive from Hersonissos to Agios Nikolaos in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Agios Nikolaos can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 7th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Heraklion.

Things to do in Agios Nikolaos

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chrissi Island, Fortress Spinalonga
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Lake Voulismeni ©
Lake Voulismeni
Panagias Keras Church ©
Panagias Keras Church

3
nights
Heraklion

Heraklion ©
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.
Explore Heraklion's surroundings by going to Matala (Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) & Matala beach) and Reptisland (in Melidoni). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, look for gifts at Nerium Oleander, and delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Heraklion trip planner.

Getting from Agios Nikolaos to Heraklion by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Agios Nikolaos in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Heraklion, with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can catch the shuttle to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks Beaches Museums

Side Trips

Matala, Winery Stilianou, The Palace of Knossos, Reptisland
Highlights from your plan
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos

3
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Old Venetian Harbor as well as Balos Lagoon. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): kick back and relax at Balos Lagoon, kick back and relax at Aspri Limni Beach, thendon't miss a visit to Chryssoskalitissa Monastery, and finally head outdoors with Deliana Gorge. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Elafonisi Viewpoint and then enjoy the sand and surf at Elafonissi Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Elafonissi trip app.

You can take a shuttle from Heraklion to Elafonissi in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In October in Elafonissi, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Tue) before leaving for Sitia.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Balos Lagoon, Chryssoskalitissa Monastery, Old Venetian Harbor, Deliana Gorge
Highlights from your plan
Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor

3
nights
Sitia

Sitia ©
Sitia is a port town and a municipality in Lasithi, Crete, Greece. On the 14th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Sitia Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Moni Toplou, and then kick back and relax at Vai Beach. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia Xerokampos and then look for all kinds of wild species at Richtis Gorge.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sitia route planning app.

Drive from Elafonissi to Sitia in 5.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Sitia can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Agia Roumeli.

Things to do in Sitia

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Vai Beach, Spiaggia Xerokampos, Archaeological Site Palekastro
Highlights from your plan
Vai Beach ©
Vai Beach
Moni Toplou ©
Moni Toplou
Richtis Gorge ©
Richtis Gorge

2
nights
Agia Roumeli

Agia Roumeli ©
You've now added Samaria Gorge National Park to your itinerary. On the 17th (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Summit of Gingilos and then explore the striking landscape of Samaria Gorge National Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Agia Roumeli sightseeing planning app.

Explore your travel options from Sitia to Agia Roumeli with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Kalyves.

Things to do in Agia Roumeli

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Sfakia, Summit of Gingilos
Highlights from your plan
Samaria Gorge National Park ©
Samaria Gorge National Park
Frangokastello Beach ©
Frangokastello Beach

2
nights
Kalyves

Kalyves ©
Kalyves is a large village in Crete, Greece, the main village in the municipal unit of Armenoi. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kalyves Cruises. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): kick back and relax at Seitan Limania Beach. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Agios Georgios Monastery, explore the activities along Lake Kournas, and then get active on the water at Kalyves Cruises.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kalyves trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Agia Roumeli to Kalyves with the Route module. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. You'll set off for home on the 20th (Tue).

Things to do in Kalyves

Outdoors Adventure Parks

Side Trips

Seitan Limania Beach, Lake Kournas, Agios Georgios Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Kalyves Cruises ©
Kalyves Cruises
Lake Kournas ©
Lake Kournas
Agios Georgios Monastery ©
Agios Georgios Monastery

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