34 days in Crete Itinerary

34 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete travel planner

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Hersonissos
— 8 nights
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Ierapetra
— 5 nights
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Rethymnon
— 10 nights
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Chania Town
— 9 nights
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Elafonissi
— 1 night
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hersonissos side-trips: Snail Farm and Fun (in Tylissos), Aegeo Spas (in Istron) and Museum of El Greco (in Fodele). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, do a tasting at Winery Stilianou, and make a splash at Watercity Waterpark Themed Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Hersonissos trip planner.

Brussels, Belgium 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. Traveling from Brussels to Hersonissos, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brussels in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Hersonissos: highs are around 32°C and lows about 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ierapetra.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Ierapetra

— 5 nights

Bride of the Libyan Sea

Ierapetra, Europe's southernmost city, sits on Crete's southwestern coastline and draws attention with its mild weather and award-winning beaches.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ierapetra: Dasos Selakano (in Selakano), Istron (Voulisma Beach & Crete Experience) and Sitia (Erimoupolis Beach & Moni Toplou). Spend a day of island exploring on the 12th (Sun) at Chrissi Island. And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on Christina Boat, stroll through Vai Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Peristeras Beach, and look for gifts at Blue Shades.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Ierapetra day trip planning website.

You can drive from Hersonissos to Ierapetra in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Hersonissos in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Ierapetra. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Ierapetra

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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 Rethymnon's surroundings by going to Ilingas (in Sfakia), Georgioupolis (St. Nicholas Church & Georgioupolis Safari) and War Museum Askifou (in Askifou). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Rethymnon Old Town, take in the dramatic natural features at Imbros Gorge, stroll through Reptisland, and kick back and relax at Georgioupolis Beach.

Start your trip to Rethymnon by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Ierapetra to Rethymnon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Chania Town: Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia), Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa) and Kissamos (Balos Lagoon, Ekklisia Ioannis Prodromes, &more). Next up on the itinerary: go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum, explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, and enjoy the sand and surf at Agia Marina Beach.

For maps and other tourist information, use the Chania Town trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Chania Town takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Chania Town sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Elafonissi

— 1 night
Located just off Crete's southwestern corner, Elafonissi offers an alternative vacation idea for those looking to avoid the larger, more crowded Greek islands.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): stroll through Elafonissi Beach and then hike along Elafonisi Viewpoint.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Elafonissi trip builder app.

You can drive from Chania Town to Elafonissi in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails
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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.