29 days in Crete Itinerary

29 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete tour planner

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Fly to Heraklion, Shuttle to Elafonissi
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Elafonissi
— 1 day
Taxi to Chania Airport, Shuttle to Hersonissos
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Hersonissos
— 7 nights
Drive
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Ierapetra
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rethymnon
— 8 nights
Drive
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Chania Town
— 8 nights
Fly

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Elafonissi

— 1 day
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 17th (Thu), stroll through Elafonissi Beach.

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Denver, USA to Elafonissi is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Denver to Elafonissi, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in June, Elafonissi is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Hersonissos

— 7 nights
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hersonissos: Agios Nikolaos (Panagias Keras Church & Lake Voulismeni), Heraklion (Castello del Molo (Koules), The Natural History Museum of Crete, &more) and Aegeo Spas (in Istron). Spend the 24th (Thu) exploring the striking scenery along Lassithi Plateau. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, see the interesting displays at Kazantzakis Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, and step off the mainland to explore Fortress Spinalonga.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hersonissos route site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and shuttle from Elafonissi to Hersonissos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and bus. In June, daytime highs in Hersonissos are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ierapetra.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ierapetra

— 4 nights

Bride of the Libyan Sea

Ierapetra, Europe's southernmost city, sits on Crete's southwestern coastline and draws attention with its mild weather and award-winning beaches.
Explore Ierapetra's surroundings by going to Agios Nikolaos (Horn of Amalthea, Ekklisia Analipsi, &more), Sitia (Folk museum of Sitia, Moni Toplou, &more) and Vai Beach (in Vai). Spend a day of island exploring on the 28th (Mon) at Chrissi Island. There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Ierapetra Diving Centre, don't miss a visit to Crete Experience, stop by Blue Shades, and delve into the distant past at Gournia Minoiki Poli.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ierapetra trip builder tool.

Drive from Hersonissos to Ierapetra in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Hersonissos in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Ierapetra, with lows around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Ierapetra

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Rethymnon

— 8 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Rethymnon side-trips: Lake Kournas (in Kournas), Moni Profiti Ilia (in Roustika) and Georgioupolis (Georgioupolis Safari & St. Nicholas Church). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, get outside with Piges Argiroupolis, kick back and relax at Georgioupolis Beach, and take an in-depth tour of Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rethymnon travel route builder website.

Drive from Ierapetra to Rethymnon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ierapetra in June: highs in Rethymnon hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Chania Town

— 8 nights
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Get out of town with these interesting Chania Town side-trips: Bonsai and Art (in Trachilos), Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa) and Kissamos (Balos Lagoon & Vigglia Beach). Spend the 9th (Fri) exploring nature at Samaria Gorge National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, stroll through Agia Marina Beach, experience rural life at Astrikas Estate Biolea, and delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Chania Town trip planner.

You can drive from Rethymnon to Chania Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Chania Town are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Crete travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Islands
Great Island
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete offers travelers more than just sun, sea, and sand. Famed for its warm hospitality, outstanding infrastructure, and contrasting landscapes, the island represents one of the world's richest areas in terms of history and culture. Crete burst onto the world scene over 4,000 years ago, when it served as the center of the Minoan civilization, one of Europe's earliest organized societies. Despite the island's wealth of developed beaches, the traces of the mysterious and enchanting Minoan empire remain Crete's top attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world. The island capital Heraklion provides an ideal base for exploring a renowned Minoan palace complex, the site of Europe's oldest city.