31 days in Hurghada, Crete & George Town Itinerary

31 days in Hurghada, Crete & George Town Itinerary

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Hurghada, Egypt
— 8 nights
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Chania Town, Greece
— 4 nights
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Rethymnon, Greece
— 4 nights
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Elounda, Greece
— 1 night
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Heraklion, Greece
— 3 nights
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George Town, Malaysia
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Hurghada, Egypt

— 8 nights
Originally a small fishing town on the Red Sea coast, Hurghada developed into Egypt's premier beach destination thanks to its year-round sunny weather and world-class dive sites.
Take a break from Hurghada with a short trip to Fred Lombard Plongee in Port Safaga, about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 2nd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, step off the mainland to explore Mahmya Island, cool off at Jungle Aqua Park, and take in the waterfront activity at Hurghada Marina.

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Sydney, Australia to Hurghada is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Hurghada. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sydney in January, with highs in Hurghada at 26°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Hurghada

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Chania Town, Greece

— 4 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: Museum of platanias (in Kefali) and Astrikas Estate Biolea (in Astrikas). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Greek National Football Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and explore the galleries of Omen Art Gallery-Art Shop.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Chania Town trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Hurghada to Chania Town in 14 hours. In January, Chania Town is slightly colder than Hurghada - with highs of 16°C and lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Museums · Tours · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Rethymnon, Greece

— 4 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: Reptisland (in Melidoni), Hersonissos (Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre & The Crete Golf Club) and Folk Museum of Spili (in Spili). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, pause for some serene contemplation at Monastery of Panagia Chalevi, view the masterpieces at Artifacts by Omodamos, and take a leisurely stroll along Old Venetian Harbour of Rethymno.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rethymnon tour itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Chania Town to Rethymnon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Rethymnon can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Elounda.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Golf · Museums

Side Trips

Elounda, Greece

— 1 night
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.
On the 18th (Mon), stop by logari, examine the collection at Rodanthi Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Panagias Keras Church, then explore the activities along Lake Voulismeni, then head off the coast to Fortress Spinalonga, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Elounda holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Elounda takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Elounda are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Heraklion.

Things to do in Elounda

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Heraklion, Greece

— 3 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.
Step out of Heraklion with an excursion to Kazantzakis Museum in Myrtia--about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum of Crete, get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and learn about winemaking at Douloufakis Winery.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Heraklion trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Elounda to Heraklion takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Heraklion, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to George Town.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

George Town, Malaysia

— 9 nights
A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near George Town: Ipoh (Masjid Panglima Kinta, Ho Yan Hor Museum, &more) and Escape Theme Park (in Teluk Bahang). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Pinang Peranakan Mansion, see the interesting displays at Khoo Kongsi, steep yourself in history at Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion, and explore the world behind art at Penang State Museum and Art Gallery.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the George Town trip builder tool.

You can fly from Heraklion to George Town in 19 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Western Indonesia Time (WIB), which is usually a 5 hour difference. In January, George Town is much hotter than Heraklion - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in George Town

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Outdoors

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.