21 days in Crete Itinerary

21 days in Crete Itinerary

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21 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Athens
Fly + Shuttle:  4 h 15 min
1
Kissamos
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Rethymnon
— 9 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Hersonissos
— 7 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
End: Athens

4
nights
Kissamos

Kissamos ©
A quiet port town situated on Crete's western tip, Kissamos attracts mostly domestic tourists and possesses more of the quintessential Greek feel than livelier resorts strung along the island's coastline.
Attractions like Balos Lagoon and Agia Marina Beach make great kid-friendly stops. German War Cemetery and Kastro Gramvoussas will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kissamos: Elafonissi (Elafonisi Viewpoint & Elafonissi Beach). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Falassarna Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Afrata Beach, stop by To Pantopolion, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kissamos trip itinerary maker tool .

Athens to Kissamos is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also ride a ferry; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kissamos can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Kissamos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Elafonissi, Platanias, Agia Marina Beach, German War Cemetery, Falassarna Beach
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Falassarna Beach ©
Falassarna Beach

9
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Matala beach and Frangokastello Beach. Popular historic sites such as Monastery of Arkadi and The Holy Monastery of Preveli are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Rethymnon side-trips: Souda (Ancient Aptera & Souda Bay War Cemetery), Ancient City of Phaistos (in Sivas) and Reptisland (in Melidoni). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Kourtaliotiko Gorge, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kournas.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rethymnon route site .

You can drive from Kissamos to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Chania Town, Souda, Kournas, Kourtaliotiko Gorge, Palace of Faistos
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Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi
Matala beach ©
Matala beach
Souda Bay War Cemetery ©
Souda Bay War Cemetery

7
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.
Bring the kids along to Fortress Spinalonga and Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Palace of Knossos and Church of Afendis Christos. Get out of town with these interesting Hersonissos side-trips: Kazantzakis Museum (in Myrtia), Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos) and Heraklion (The Natural History Museum of Crete, Church of Saint Titus, & more). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 25th (Thu) at Watercity Waterpark Themed Park. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 27th (Sat) at Star Beach. And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, kick back and relax at Stalis Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hersonissos trip app .

Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Hersonissos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rethymnon in July: highs in Hersonissos hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trips

Heraklion, Fortress Spinalonga, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, The Palace of Knossos, Lake Voulismeni
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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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