21 days in Greece Itinerary

21 days in Greece Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Greece travel planner

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Chania
— 1 day
Drive
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Palaiochora
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sitia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Heraklion
— 9 nights
Shuttle
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Rethymnon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Melidoni
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bali
— 2 nights

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Chania

— 1 day
Chania is the second largest city of Crete and the capital of the Chania regional unit. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): kick back and relax at Kiani Akti, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), and then don't miss a visit to Etz Hayyim Synagogue.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Chania online holiday planner.

If you are flying in from Bulgaria, the closest major aiports are Chania International Airport, Heraklion International Nikos Kazantzakis Airport and Santorini Airport. In July, daytime highs in Chania are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. On the 2nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Palaiochora.

Things to do in Chania

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Palaiochora

— 2 nights
On the 2nd (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Evangelistra Church. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Methexis Beach, stroll through Chalikia Beach, then kick back and relax at Gialiskari beach, then explore the striking landscape at Anydri Gorge, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Agios Georgios Byzantine Church.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Palaiochora trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Chania to Palaiochora in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. July in Palaiochora sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sitia.

Things to do in Palaiochora

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sitia

— 2 nights
Sitia is a port town and a municipality in Lasithi, Crete, Greece. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Folk museum of Sitia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Moni Toplou, kick back and relax at Vai Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Chiona Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Paralia Chionas, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kouremenos Beach.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sitia holiday builder app.

Traveling by car from Palaiochora to Sitia takes 5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Sitia are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Heraklion.

Things to do in Sitia

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Heraklion

— 9 nights
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.
Visit Matala Beach and Mononaftis Beach for some beach relaxation. Museum-lovers will appreciate Heraklion Archaeological Museum and Folklore Museum of Gouves. Change things up with these side-trips from Heraklion: Sivas (Palace of Faistos & Moni Odigitrias), Matala (Matala Caves, Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos), &more) and Snail Farm and Fun (in Tylissos). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kali Limenes Beach, stroll through Ligaria Beach, observe the fascinating underwater world at CRETAquarium, and contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Heraklion trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Sitia to Heraklion by car takes about 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rethymnon

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kalivaki Beach, relax and rejuvenate at Beauty & Massage Wellness Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Georgioupolis Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kournas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Four Martyrs Church, and finally take an in-depth tour of Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at The Venetian Fortezza, admire the masterpieces at Contemporary Art Museum of Crete, enjoy the sand and surf at Damoni Beach, stroll through Spiaggia Amoudy, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ammoudaki Beach, and finally stroll through Kourtaliotiko Gorge.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rethymnon online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by shuttle from Heraklion to Rethymnon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Rethymnon can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Melidoni.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Melidoni

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): stroll through Reptisland, explore the fascinating underground world of Melidoni Cave, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Ancient Eleutherna, then look for gifts at Ilys ceramics, then head outdoors with Margarites Gorge, and finally view the masterpieces at Kerameion Georgios Dalamvelas. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Vrondisi Monastery, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Psiloritis Mountain, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. John The Baptist, then Head underground at Sfentoni Cave, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Christ and St. Gedeon.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Melidoni road trip planning app.

You can drive from Rethymnon to Melidoni in an hour. In July in Melidoni, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bali.

Things to do in Melidoni

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Bali

— 2 nights
On the 20th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Attali Monastery, kick back and relax at Varkotopos Beach, see some colorful creatures with Hippocampus Dive Centre, then enjoy the sand and surf at Old Port Bali, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Karavostasi Beach. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vosakou Monastery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Agios Ioannis Prodromos, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Bali Resort Day Spa, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Livadi Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bali trip planner.

Bali is just a stone's throw from Melidoni. In July, daytime highs in Bali are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C.

Things to do in Bali

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

Rethymnon Prefecture travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites
The mountains and the sea represent not only the main geographic features of Rethymnon prefecture, but also serve as its main tourist attractions. Most visitors begin their adventure at the prefecture's eponymous capital city, known worldwide for its old Venetian quarter, a compact neighborhood dominated by a huge medieval castle. Although this city gets very crowded at the peak of tourist season, you can always escape its hustle and bustle by venturing deeper into the mountainous countryside. The prefecture's less-frequented inland areas feature olive groves, steep gorges, and tiny hamlets, good bases for exploring the island's sandy southern coastline.