30 days in Crete Itinerary

30 days in Crete Itinerary

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Hersonissos
— 8 nights
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Rethymnon
— 9 nights
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Chania Town
— 10 nights
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Elafonissi
— 2 nights
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Hersonissos

— 8 nights
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hersonissos: Archaia Poli tis Lato (in Kritsa), Heraklion (Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Morosini Fountain (Lion's Fountain), &more) and Agios Nikolaos (Panagias Keras Church & Lake Voulismeni). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, admire nature's wide array of creatures at CRETAquarium, play a few rounds at The Crete Golf Club, and steep yourself in history at Fortress Spinalonga.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Hersonissos trip itinerary site.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Hersonissos is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Hersonissos. Traveling from Amsterdam in July, expect Hersonissos to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Rethymnon

— 9 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Plakias (Plakias Beach, Kourtaliotiko Gorge, &more), Melidoni (Reptisland & Melidoni Cave) and Georgioupolis (St. Nicholas Church & Georgioupolis Safari). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the waterfront at Old Venetian Harbour of Rethymno, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Holy Monastery of Preveli.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rethymnon trip planner.

You can drive from Hersonissos to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Chania Town

— 10 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa), Kissamos (Balos Lagoon & Komolithi) and Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia). There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, see the interesting displays at MINOAN'S WORLD, explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery, and get a dose of the wild on Sailing In Crete - Fantasia Sailing Boat.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Chania Town trip planner.

Drive from Rethymnon to Chania Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Chania Town sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough 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.
On the 16th (Mon), kick back and relax at Aspri Limni Beach, then trek along Elafonisi Viewpoint, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Elafonissi Beach. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Deliana Gorge, then don't miss a visit to Kandanos War Memorial, and then Head underground at Agia Sofia Cave.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Elafonissi tour planning app.

You can drive from Chania Town to Elafonissi in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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.