21 days in Crete Itinerary

21 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete journey planner

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Chania Town
— 7 nights
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Rethymnon
— 7 nights
Drive
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Hersonissos
— 6 nights
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Chania Town

— 7 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chania Town: Elafonissi (Elafonisi Viewpoint & Elafonissi Beach), Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) (in Akrotiri) and Falassarna Beach (in Falassarna). Spend the 30th (Wed) exploring nature at Samaria Gorge National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, head outdoors with Royal Octopus DIVE CENTER, stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Balos Lagoon.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Chania Town trip planning tool.

Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine to Chania Town is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Kyiv (Kiev) in June, with highs in Chania Town at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Rethymnon

— 7 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rethymnon: Margarites Gorge (in Margarites), Lake Kournas (in Kournas) and Spili (The Lion Fountains & Folk Museum of Spili). There's much more to do: visit Rethymnon Old Town, get engrossed in the history at Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, relax in the rural setting at Paraschakis Olive Oil - Crete, and get outside with Piges Argiroupolis.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rethymnon tour builder.

You can drive from Chania Town to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. July in Rethymnon sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hersonissos: Snail Farm and Fun (in Tylissos), Elounda (Fortress Spinalonga & Ieros Naos Agios Konstandinou kai Elenis) and Agios Nikolaos (Panagias Keras Church & Lake Voulismeni). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, learn about winemaking at Winery Stilianou, observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, and take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Crete.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hersonissos trip maker.

Getting from Rethymnon to Hersonissos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Rethymnon in July, you will find days in Hersonissos are slightly colder (34°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wineries

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.