29 days in Crete Itinerary

29 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete visit planner

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Chania Town
— 7 nights
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Elafonissi
— 2 nights
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Rethymnon
— 8 nights
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Sitia
— 4 nights
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Hersonissos
— 7 nights
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Chania Town

— 7 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chania Town: Church of St. George (in Kavousi), Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa) and Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos). There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, relax in the rural setting at Astrikas Estate Biolea, enjoy the sand and surf at Falassarna Beach, and get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Chania.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Chania Town day trip planning website.

Athens to Chania Town is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Chania Town are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Elafonissi

— 2 nights
Located just off Crete's southwestern corner, Elafonissi offers an alternative vacation idea for those looking to avoid the larger, more crowded Greek islands.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Chryssoskalitissa Monastery, hike along Elafonisi Viewpoint, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elafonissi Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Deliana Gorge and then see the interesting displays at Museum of platanias.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Elafonissi trip builder website.

You can drive from Chania Town to Elafonissi in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June in Elafonissi, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

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.
Explore Rethymnon's surroundings by going to Spili (Folk Museum of Spili & The Lion Fountains), Melidoni (Reptisland & Melidoni Cave) and St. Nicholas Church (in Georgioupolis). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, pause for some serene contemplation at Monastery of Arkadi, and get engrossed in the history at Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rethymnon trip planner.

You can drive from Elafonissi to Rethymnon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Rethymnon are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Sitia.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sitia

— 4 nights
Sitia is a port town and a municipality in Lasithi, Crete, Greece. Explore Sitia's surroundings by going to Gorge of the Dead (in Kato Zakros), Mazida Ammos Beach (in Xerocambos) and Vai Beach (in Vai). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Moni Toplou, delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site Palekastro, stroll through Paralia Mochlos, and explore the stunning scenery at Chochlakies Gorge.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sitia visit site.

Drive from Rethymnon to Sitia in 3 hours. June in Sitia sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Sitia

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hersonissos: Heraklion (Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Nerium Oleander, &more), Elounda (Spas, Fortress Spinalonga, &more) and Snail Farm and Fun (in Tylissos). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos, enjoy the sand and surf at Matala Beach, examine the collection at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, and Head underground at Dikteon Cave.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hersonissos attractions site.

Traveling by car from Sitia to Hersonissos takes 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · 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.