21 days in Crete Itinerary

21 days in Crete Itinerary

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Hersonissos
— 4 nights
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Sitia
— 2 nights
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Malia
— 2 nights
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Heraklion
— 2 nights
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Rethymnon
— 6 nights
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Chania Town
— 3 nights

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Hersonissos

Hersonissos ©
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Take a break from the city and head to The Crete Golf Club and Listis Beach. Visit Panagia Gouverniotisa Monastery and Roman Archaeological Remains for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Hersonissos to Thrapsano to see Nikos Doxastakis Pottery about 36 minutes away. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 20th (Sun) at Star Beach. The adventure continues: test your problem-solving skills at EscapeRooms.Gr, observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, and meet the residents at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hersonissos trip planning tool.

Montreal, Canada to Hersonissos is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Montreal in December, expect Hersonissos to be warmer, temps between 16°C and 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Sitia.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Potamies, Listis Beach, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Nikos Doxastakis Pottery, Assargiotakis Yannis Olive Oil S.M.P.C
Highlights from your plan
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
Lychnostatis Open Air Museum ©
Lychnostatis Open Air Museum
Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre ©

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Sitia

Sitia ©
Sitia is a port town and a municipality in Lasithi, Crete, Greece. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Paralia Chionas, then kick back and relax at Vai Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Moni Toplou, and finally explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site Palekastro. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Folk museum of Sitia, then explore the fascinating underground world of Vreiko Cave, then identify plant and animal life at Richtis Gorge, and finally explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site Mochlos Islet (Psillos).

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Sitia trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Hersonissos to Sitia takes 2 hours. Traveling from Hersonissos in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sitia, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Malia.

Things to do in Sitia

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Vreiko Cave, Archaeological Site Palekastro, Archaeological Site Mochlos Islet (Psillos), Vai Beach
Highlights from your plan
Vai Beach ©
Vai Beach
Richtis Gorge ©
Richtis Gorge
Vreiko Cave ©
Vreiko Cave

2
nights
Malia

Malia ©
Located in an area inhabited since Neolithic times, Malia serves as one of Crete's major party zones.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Malia Minoan Palace, then enjoy the sand and surf at Potamos Beach, and then test your problem-solving skills at PanIQ Room Malia. Keep things going the next day: explore by horseback at Odysseia Stables, look for gifts at Olivia Shop, then explore the fascinating underground world of Milatos Cave, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Kremasta, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Virgin Mary.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Malia trip itinerary app.

Getting from Sitia to Malia by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Sitia in December, Malia is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to take a shuttle to Heraklion.

Things to do in Malia

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Agios Nikolaos, Milatos Cave, Odysseia Stables
Highlights from your plan
Milatos Cave ©
Milatos Cave
Odysseia Stables ©
Odysseia Stables
Monastery of Kremasta ©
Monastery of Kremasta

2
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.
On the 26th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, explore the historical opulence of Castello del Molo (Koules), then get some thrills out on the water with Kretasurf - Water Sports Crete, then stroll through Agia Pelagia Beach, and finally work off some steam at Ayur Wellness Center. On your second day here, trot along with Finikia Horseriding, explore the world behind art at Church and the Museum of St. Aikaterini, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Agios Mathaios Sinaites, then get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum of Crete, and finally learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Heraklion online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by shuttle from Malia to Heraklion takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Heraklion sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to catch the shuttle to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Heraklion

Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Agia Pelagia, Kretasurf - Water Sports Crete, Finikia Horseriding
Highlights from your plan
Church of Saint Titus ©
Church of Saint Titus
Finikia Horseriding ©
Finikia Horseriding
The Natural History Museum of Crete ©
The Natural History Museum of Crete

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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.
Relax by the water at Damnoni Beach and Frangokastello Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at St. Nicholas Church and The Holy Monastery of Preveli. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rethymnon: Reptisland (in Melidoni), Plakias (Kourtaliotiko Gorge, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more) and Wooden Museum (in Axos). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at St. Anthony Gorge (Gorge of Patsos), pause for some serene contemplation at Moni Profiti Ilia, stroll through Damoni Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Arkadi.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rethymnon travel route builder tool.

You can take a shuttle from Heraklion to Rethymnon in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Rethymnon sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Plakias, Sfakia, Reptisland, St. Anthony Gorge (Gorge of Patsos), Oriseum
Highlights from your plan
Reptisland ©
Reptisland
Damnoni Beach ©
Damnoni Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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Chania Town

Chania Town ©
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 discover tucked-away gems like MINOAN'S WORLD and Firkas Fortress. Popular historic sites such as Souda Bay War Cemetery and German War Cemetery are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) in Akrotiri (about 30 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Eisodion tis Theotokou, stroll through Nea Chora Beach, delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, and take in the pleasant sights at Sosorides Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Chania Town itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Chania Town takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Chania Town can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Souda, Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), Cretan Mountain Jeep Safari, German War Cemetery, Sosorides Beach
Highlights from your plan
Souda Bay War Cemetery ©
Souda Bay War Cemetery
Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera ©
Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera
German War Cemetery ©
German War Cemetery

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