22 days in Crete Itinerary

22 days in Crete Itinerary

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22 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Athens
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Hersonissos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Rethymnon
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h
3
Chania Town
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Kissamos
— 3 nights
Shuttle:  2​h 30​min
5
Heraklion
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Elounda
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Agia Pelagia
— 3 nights
Bus:  3​h 30​min
8
Elafonissi
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Athens

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, Acqua Plus Water Park, Buggy Safari Motoxperience, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): examine the collection at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, do some rugged touring at Buggy Safari Motoxperience, then cool off at Acqua Plus Water Park, then take an in-depth tour of Folklore Museum of Gouves, and finally look for gifts at Luxurious Furs.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hersonissos travel planning site .

Athens to Hersonissos is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also ride a ferry. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Athens in April since evenings lows in Hersonissos dip to 11°C. On the 19th (Fri), you're off toRethymnon.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Agios Georgios Monastery, Folklore Museum of Gouves
Highlights from your plan
Buggy Safari Motoxperience ©
Buggy Safari Motoxperience
Lychnostatis Open Air Museum ©
Lychnostatis Open Air Museum
Acqua Plus Water Park ©
Acqua Plus Water Park

3
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes The Venetian Fortezza, Venetian Harbour and Cretan Safari Land Rover Experience. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Reptisland and Kourtaliotiko Gorge. Kids will enjoy Damnoni Beach and Skinaria Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Rethymnon: Spili (Folk Museum of Spili & The Lion Fountain), Glika Nera Bay (in Loutro) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Plakias). Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the awesome beauty at Gorge of Mili, and appreciate the history behind Symbol of Rethymnon City.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rethymnon trip app .

Getting from Hersonissos to Rethymnon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Rethymnon can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Plakias, Spili, Reptisland, Gorge of Mili, Glika Nera Bay
Highlights from your plan
Reptisland ©
Reptisland
Skinaria Beach ©
Skinaria Beach
Damnoni Beach ©
Damnoni Beach

2
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Old Venetian Harbor, Samaria Gorge National Park, Cretan Mountain Jeep Safari, and other attractions. On the 23rd (Tue), visit a coastal fixture at Chania Venetian Lighthouse, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Cretan Mountain Jeep Safari, explore the stunning scenery at Samaria Gorge National Park, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then have some family-friendly fun at Pistapark, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Agia Irini Gorge. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Old Venetian Harbor, explore the stunning scenery at Topolia Gorge, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

Before you visit Chania Town, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Rethymnon to Chania Town by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Chania Town are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kissamos.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Agia Irini Gorge, Samaria Gorge National Park, Pistapark, Cretan Mountain Jeep Safari
Highlights from your plan
Agia Irini Gorge ©
Agia Irini Gorge
Samaria Gorge National Park ©
Samaria Gorge National Park
Wine Tours & Tastings

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Balos Lagoon. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Komolithi and Ancient Olive Tree. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Chalikia Beach and Gramvousa Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kissamos: Kandanos War Memorial (in Kandanos), Exploring Club Day Tours (in Heraklion) and Krios Beach (in Palaiochora). There's still lots to do: stop by Bonsai and Art, pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Ioannis Prodromes, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. George.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kissamos journey planning app .

You can drive from Chania Town to Kissamos in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. In April, daytime highs in Kissamos are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to catch the shuttle to Heraklion.

Things to do in Kissamos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Palaiochora, Church of St. George, Kandanos War Memorial, Exploring Club Crete, Gramvousa Beach
Highlights from your plan
Komolithi ©
Komolithi
Ancient Olive Tree ©
Ancient Olive Tree
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Lyrarakis Winery, The Natural History Museum of Crete, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, perfect your strike at Iraklio Bowling Center, do a tasting at Lyrarakis Winery, then see the interesting displays at Wooden Museum, and finally stroll through Karavostasi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Kazantzakis Museum, do a tasting at Winery Stilianou, then admire all the interesting features of Snail Farm and Fun, then explore the world behind art at Museum of El Greco, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Heraklion trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by shuttle from Kissamos to Heraklion takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Elounda.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Snail Farm and Fun, Kazantzakis Museum, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Karavostasi Beach, Winery Stilianou
Highlights from your plan
Wooden Museum ©
Wooden Museum
The Natural History Museum of Crete ©
Museum of El Greco ©
Museum of El Greco

2
nights
Elounda

Elounda ©
Long a sleepy fishing settlement on Crete's northern coastline, Elounda today serves as a major travel destination, drawing vacationers with a blend of unspoiled natural scenery and luxury resorts.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fortress Spinalonga as well as Spinalonga Beach. Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Fortress Spinalonga and then enjoy the sand and surf at Spinalonga Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): don't miss a visit to Katharo Plataeu, then stop by logari, then explore the activities along Mirabello Bay, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Analipsi.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Elounda trip builder website .

You can drive from Heraklion to Elounda in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Elounda can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Agia Pelagia.

Things to do in Elounda

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Agios Nikolaos, logari, Galini Beach
Highlights from your plan
Mirabello Bay ©
Mirabello Bay
Galini Beach ©
Galini Beach
Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga

3
nights
Agia Pelagia

Agia Pelagia ©
Blue Water Club RENT A BOAT has been added to your itinerary. On the 3rd (Fri), race across the water with Blue Water Club RENT A BOAT. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Attali Monastery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Agios Ioannis Prodromos, then see the interesting displays at Wooden Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. John The Baptist, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of El Greco.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Agia Pelagia trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Elounda to Agia Pelagia takes 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Elounda in May since evenings lows in Agia Pelagia dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Agia Pelagia

Outdoors Adventure Wildlife

Side Trips

Bali, Paleokastro beach, Church of St. John The Baptist, Wooden Museum, Museum of El Greco
Highlights from your plan
Blue Water Club RENT A BOAT ©
Blue Water Club RENT A BOAT
Museum of El Greco ©
Museum of El Greco
Church of St. John The Baptist ©
Church of St. John The Baptist

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Elafonissi Beach. On the 5th (Sun), hike along Elafonisi Viewpoint. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Aspri Limni Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Elafonissi Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Elafonissi online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Agia Pelagia to Elafonissi takes 3.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Elafonissi are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. You will leave for home on the 8th (Wed).

Things to do in Elafonissi

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Chryssoskalitissa Monastery, Agia Kiriaki Church, Deliana Gorge
Highlights from your plan
Aspri Limni Beach ©
Aspri Limni Beach
Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Agia Kiriaki Church ©
Agia Kiriaki Church

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