30 days in Crete Itinerary

30 days in Crete Itinerary

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30 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Taxi:  24​h
1
Agios Nikolaos
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Rethymnon
— 8 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Chania Town
— 10 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Elafonissi
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

7
nights
Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos ©
A tour of Agios Nikolaos leads visitors through charming neighborhoods with white washed houses, squares with taverns, steep pedestrian streets, and sea as a backdrop, ideal for exploration on foot.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Agios Nikolaos: Hersonissos (Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, Arhetipo Bookstore, &more), Winery Stilianou (in Kounavi) and Lyrarakis Winery (in Heraklion). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fortress Spinalonga, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Voulismeni, meet the residents at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, and head off the coast to Chrissi Island.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Agios Nikolaos visit planner.

Sydney, Australia to Agios Nikolaos is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 8 hours. When traveling from Sydney in July, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Agios Nikolaos: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Agios Nikolaos

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Hersonissos, Lasithi Prefecture, Vai Beach, Snail Farm and Fun, Lyrarakis Winery
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos

8
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.
Explore Rethymnon's surroundings by going to Monastery Savvathiana (in Rodia), The Palace of Knossos (in Knosos) and Heraklion (Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Church of Saint Titus, &more). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, stroll through Matala beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Arkadi, and steep yourself in history at The Venetian Fortezza.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rethymnon vacation planning app .

You can drive from Agios Nikolaos to Rethymnon in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Heraklion, Crete, War Museum Askifou, Monastery Savvathiana, Olive Wood Traditional Workshop
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town

10
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.
Explore Chania Town's surroundings by going to Kissamos (Balos Lagoon & Kedrodasos Beach), Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa) and Astrikas Estate Biolea (in Astrikas). There's much more to do: take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, see Off-Road Tours, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Samaria Gorge National Park, and delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera.

To find other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Chania Town trip itinerary planning site .

You can take a bus from Rethymnon to Chania Town in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In July in Chania Town, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kissamos, Platanias, Souda, Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete, Aqua Creta Limnoupolis
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Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor
Samaria Gorge National Park ©
Samaria Gorge National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): trek along Elafonisi Viewpoint, stroll through Elafonissi Beach, and then get outside with Deliana Gorge.

To see other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Elafonissi visit website .

You can drive from Chania Town to Elafonissi in 1.5 hours. In July in Elafonissi, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Deliana Gorge
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Aspri Limni Beach ©
Aspri Limni Beach

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