22 days in Crete Itinerary

22 days in Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

5
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Souda Bay War Cemetery and Lighthouse. Relax by the water at Balos Lagoon and Agii Apostoli Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Chania Town side-trips: Church of St. George (in Kavousi), Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa) and Bonsai and Art (in Trachilos). Next up on the itinerary: go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, relax in the rural setting at Astrikas Estate Biolea, stroll through Falassarna Beach, and brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of Crete.

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Athens to Chania Town is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also ride a ferry; or take a bus. June in Chania Town sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Souda, Kissamos, Samaria Gorge National Park, Falassarna Beach, Church of St. George
Highlights from your plan
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Souda Bay War Cemetery ©
Souda Bay War Cemetery
Falassarna Beach ©
Falassarna Beach

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Agia Sofia Cave and then see the interesting displays at Museum of platanias. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Aspri Limni Beach, hike along Elafonisi Viewpoint, and then kick back and relax at Elafonissi Beach.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Elafonissi holiday builder site.

Drive from Chania Town to Elafonissi in 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Museum of platanias, Agia Sofia Cave
Highlights from your plan
Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Aspri Limni Beach ©
Aspri Limni Beach

6
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Frangokastello Beach and Georgioupolis Beach. Monastery of Arkadi and Imbros Gorge will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Rethymnon: Koimiseos Theotokou Church (in Meronas), Reptisland (in Melidoni) and St. Nicholas Church (in Georgioupolis). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, pause for some serene contemplation at The Holy Monastery of Preveli, stroll through Finikas Beach (Palm Beach), and relax in the rural setting at Paraschakis Olive Oil - Crete.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rethymnon route builder site.

Traveling by car from Elafonissi to Rethymnon takes 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Rethymnon can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Sitia.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plakias, Crete, Koimiseos Theotokou Church, Small Triopetra Beach, Frangokastello Beach
Highlights from your plan
Frangokastello Beach ©
Frangokastello Beach
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi
The Venetian Fortezza ©
The Venetian Fortezza

3
nights
Sitia

Sitia ©
Sitia is a port town and a municipality in Lasithi, Crete, Greece. You'll get in some beach time at Vai Beach and Lagoufa Beach. Explore Sitia's surroundings by going to Spiaggia Xerokampos (in Xerocambos) and Itanos Beach (in Lasithi Mesa). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Moni Toplou, kick back and relax at Erimoupolis Beach, get engrossed in the history at Folk museum of Sitia, and stroll through Karoumes Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sitia trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Rethymnon to Sitia by car takes about 3 hours. In June, daytime highs in Sitia are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Sitia

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Spiaggia Xerokampos, Vai Beach, Itanos Beach, Lagoufa Beach
Highlights from your plan
Vai Beach ©
Vai Beach
Moni Toplou ©
Moni Toplou
Itanos Beach ©
Itanos Beach

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Matala beach and Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos). Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Palace of Knossos and Venetian Walls and Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis. Venture out of the city with trips to Kazantzakis Museum (in Myrtia), Elounda (Spas, Fortress Spinalonga, &more) and Heraklion (The Natural History Museum of Crete, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, meet the residents at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Stalis Beach.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hersonissos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sitia to Hersonissos takes 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Hersonissos are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Heraklion, Elounda, Matala, Kazantzakis Museum, Stalis Beach
Highlights from your plan
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga

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