21 days in Crete Itinerary

21 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete trip planner

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Make it your trip
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Chania Town
— 6 nights
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Rethymnon
— 5 nights
Drive
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Sitia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hersonissos
— 6 nights
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Chania Town

— 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Chania Town: Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos), Astrikas Estate Biolea (in Astrikas) and Elafonissi Beach (in Elafonissi). There's much more to do: go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Samaria Gorge National Park, and stroll the grounds of German Military Cemetery.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Chania Town travel route planning app.

Bremen, Germany to Chania Town is an approximately 6.5-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 Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bremen in May: high temperatures in Chania Town hover around 29°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive 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.
Explore Rethymnon's surroundings by going to St. Nicholas Church (in Georgioupolis), Reptisland (in Melidoni) and Kournas (Lake Kournas & Mandali Local Products & More). There's lots more to do: visit Rethymnon Old Town, steep yourself in history at The Venetian Fortezza, head outdoors with Piges Argiroupolis, and get engrossed in the history at Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rethymnon day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Chania Town to Rethymnon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Rethymnon are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sitia.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Sitia

— 3 nights
Sitia is a port town and a municipality in Lasithi, Crete, Greece. Get out of town with these interesting Sitia side-trips: Mazida Ammos Beach (in Xerocambos), Vai Beach (in Vai) and Terra Zakros Shop (in Zakros). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Archaeological Museum of Sitia, enjoy the sand and surf at Erimoupolis Beach, stroll through Karoumes Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Moni Toplou.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sitia trip planner.

You can drive from Rethymnon to Sitia in 3 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can go by car to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Sitia

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hersonissos side-trips: Heraklion (Heraklion Archaeological Museum, The Natural History Museum of Crete, &more), Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda) and Agios Nikolaos (Lake Voulismeni & Panagias Keras Church). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum of Crete, learn about winemaking at Winery Stilianou, and relax in the rural setting at Snail Farm and Fun.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hersonissos trip planning app.

You can drive from Sitia to Hersonissos in 2 hours. May in Hersonissos sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Crete travel guide

4.3
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.