22 days in Athens & Crete Itinerary

22 days in Athens & Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Athens
— 6 nights
2
Chania Town
— 4 nights
3
Elafonissi
— 1 night
4
Rethymnon
— 4 nights
5
Hersonissos
— 5 nights

6
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Acropolis of Athens and Plaka. Temple of Hephaestus and Temple of Athena Nike will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Nafplio (Fortress Palamidi, Vouleftiko (Old State House), &more), Temple of Poseidon (in Sounio) and Mycenae (Lion Gate & Citadel and Treasury of Atreus). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Kapnikarea, and delve into the distant past at Erechtheion.

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Denver, USA to Athens is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Denver to Athens, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Denver in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Athens: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Nafplio, Mycenae, Temple of Poseidon, Corinth Canal
Highlights from your plan
Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

4
nights
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 explore and learn at Greek National Football Museum and Maritime Museum of Crete. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Samaria Gorge National Park and Falassarna Beach. Explore Chania Town's surroundings by going to Akrotiri (Seitan Limania Beach & Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada)). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of German War Cemetery, kick back and relax at Agii Apostoli Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Chania Town online trip maker.

You can fly from Athens to Chania Town in 4 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Chania Town are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Souda, Akrotiri, Falassarna Beach, Samaria Gorge National Park, German War Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
German War Cemetery ©
German War Cemetery
Falassarna Beach ©
Falassarna Beach
Agii Apostoli Beach ©
Agii Apostoli Beach

1
night
Elafonissi

Elafonissi ©
Located just off Crete's southwestern corner, Elafonissi offers an alternative vacation idea for those looking to avoid the larger, more crowded Greek islands.
On the 3rd (Wed), trek along Elafonisi Viewpoint, kick back and relax at Elafonissi Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Aspri Limni Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Elafonissi trip planning website.

You can drive from Chania Town to Elafonissi in 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Elafonissi are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Aspri Limni Beach ©
Aspri Limni Beach

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Monastery of Arkadi and Palace of Faistos. Family-friendly places like St. Nicholas Church and Reptisland will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Kournas (in Kournas), Folk Museum of Spili (in Spili) and Frangokastello Beach (in Frangokastello). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Imbros Gorge, wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Five Virgins, and admire the landmark architecture of Agia Irini Convent.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Rethymnon day trip planner.

Drive from Elafonissi to Rethymnon in 2.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Rethymnon are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Palace of Faistos, Frangokastello Beach, Imbros Gorge, Lake Kournas, Folk Museum of Spili
Highlights from your plan
St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church
Palace of Faistos ©
Palace of Faistos
Reptisland ©
Reptisland

5
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Stalis Beach and Matala beach. Attractions like The Palace of Knossos and Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hersonissos: Heraklion (Nerium Oleander, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, &more), Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) (in Matala) and Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Panagia Gouverniotissa, and go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hersonissos travel route planner.

Getting from Rethymnon to Hersonissos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June in Hersonissos, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Heraklion, Matala, The Palace of Knossos, Lake Voulismeni, Stalis Beach
Highlights from your plan
Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre ©
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach

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