31 days in Crete Itinerary

31 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete trip planner

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Heraklion
— 7 nights
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Elounda
— 2 nights
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Lasithi Mesa
— 2 nights
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Rethymnon
— 10 nights
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Chania Town
— 9 nights
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Heraklion

— 7 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Heraklion: Skinakas Observatory (in Anogia), Kazantzakis Museum (in Myrtia) and Matala (Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) & Matala beach). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, ponder the design of Morosini Fountain (Lion's Fountain), meet the residents at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, and explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Heraklion trip builder.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Heraklion is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Heraklion due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in December, with highs in Heraklion at 19°C and lows at 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Elounda.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Elounda

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Agios Nikolaos, pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Analipsi, pause for some serene contemplation at Panagias Keras Church, then explore the activities along Lake Voulismeni, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally contemplate the long history of Fortress Spinalonga. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Agios Andreas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Kremasta, explore the fascinating underground world of Milatos Cave, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Virgin Mary, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Koufi Petra.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Elounda itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Heraklion to Elounda by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December in Elounda, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Lasithi Mesa.

Things to do in Elounda

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Lasithi Mesa

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): cruise along Lassithi Plateau. On your second day here, find something for the whole family at Homo Sapiens Museum, then don't miss a visit to Platanus Tree, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Panagia Vidiani, and finally Head underground at Dikteon Cave.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lasithi Mesa online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Elounda to Lasithi Mesa in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Elounda in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Lasithi Mesa, with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Lasithi Mesa

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Rethymnon

— 10 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Rethymnon: Winery Dourakis (in Alikampos), Frangokastello Beach (in Frangokastello) and Georgioupolis Safari (in Georgioupolis). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, admire the local landmark of Rimondi Fountain, stroll through Imbros Gorge, and get engrossed in the history at Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rethymnon trip planning website.

You can drive from Lasithi Mesa to Rethymnon in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Chania Town

— 9 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: Sailing In Crete - Fantasia Sailing Boat (in Trachilos), Kissamos (Ekklisia Ioannis Prodromes, Sirikari Gorge - Polyrrinia Trail, &more) and Astrikas Estate Biolea (in Astrikas). And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery, enjoy the sand and surf at Elafonissi Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada).

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Chania Town attractions app.

You can drive from Rethymnon to Chania Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Chania Town are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

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.