36 days in Crete Itinerary

36 days in Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Train + Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
Chania Town
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Elafonissi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Kissamos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Sfakia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Matala
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Agios Nikolaos
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
7
Hersonissos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Platanias
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Rethymnon
— 3 nights
Drive:  45 min
10
Kournas
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
11
Elounda
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
12
Sitia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
13
Plakias
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: London

4
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Chania Town side-trips: George and Lilian's Jewellery (in Almyrida) and Akrotiri (Seitan Limania Beach & Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada)). There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery, and examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Chania Town trip planning app.

London, UK to Chania Town is an approximately 7.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train, bus, flight, and shuttle. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Chania Town due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in April; daily highs in Chania Town reach 24°C and lows reach 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Souda, Agia Marina Beach, George and Lilian's Jewellery
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Off-Road Tours
Agii Apostoli Beach ©
Agii Apostoli Beach

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 11th (Sat): get outside with Deliana Gorge, then stroll through Aspri Limni Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Chryssoskalitissa Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Elafonissi Beach and then stroll through Elafonisi Viewpoint.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Elafonissi online road trip planner.

You can drive from Chania Town to Elafonissi in 1.5 hours. In April in Elafonissi, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kissamos.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Chryssoskalitissa Monastery, Deliana Gorge
Highlights from your plan
Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Aspri Limni Beach ©
Aspri Limni Beach
Chryssoskalitissa Monastery ©
Chryssoskalitissa Monastery

2
nights
Kissamos

Kissamos ©
A quiet port town situated on Crete's western tip, Kissamos attracts mostly domestic tourists and possesses more of the quintessential Greek feel than livelier resorts strung along the island's coastline.
On the 13th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Ioannis Prodromes, then trek along Sirikari Gorge - Polyrrinia Trail, then enjoy the sand and surf at Balos Lagoon, and finally step into the grandiose world of Kastro Gramvoussas. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Agia Sofia Cave, then stop by To Pantopolion, then stroll through Kedrodasos Beach, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Komolithi.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kissamos day trip tool.

You can drive from Elafonissi to Kissamos in 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Kissamos can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sfakia.

Things to do in Kissamos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Agia Sofia Cave, Kastro Gramvoussas
Highlights from your plan
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Sirikari Gorge - Polyrrinia Trail ©
Sirikari Gorge - Polyrrinia Trail
Kedrodasos Beach ©
Kedrodasos Beach

2
nights
Sfakia

Sfakia ©
Thanks to Crete's rugged terrain, the big effects of commercial tourism keep evading Sfakia, a tiny settlement on the island's southwestern coastline.
On the 15th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Frangokastello Beach, then step into the grandiose world of The Castle of Frangokastello, and then get to know the fascinating history of Imbros Gorge. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at The Gorge of Aradena and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sfakia travel planner.

You can drive from Kissamos to Sfakia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Matala.

Things to do in Sfakia

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Gorge of Aradena, Imbros Gorge
Highlights from your plan
Frangokastello Beach ©
Frangokastello Beach
Speed Boats Tours

2
nights
Matala

Matala ©
A low-key tourist resort known for its ancient cliffside caves, Matala boasts a rich history that spans over 2,000 years.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Matala beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Matala Caves, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Icaros & Daedalus Statues, enjoy the sand and surf at Agia Galini Beach, then delve into the distant past at Palace of Faistos, then experience rural life at Agia Marina Donkey Rescue Sanctuary, and finally look for gifts at Botano Cretan Mountain Herbs.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Matala trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sfakia to Matala takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Agios Nikolaos.

Things to do in Matala

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Agia Galini, Agia Marina Donkey Rescue Sanctuary, Botano Cretan Mountain Herbs, Palace of Faistos
Highlights from your plan
Matala beach ©
Matala beach
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) ©
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos)
Matala Caves ©
Matala Caves

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Voulismeni, appreciate the history behind Horn of Amalthea, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Panagias Keras Church, then stroll through Voulisma Beach, and finally explore the ancient world of Gournia Minoiki Poli. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Cretan Olive Oil Farm, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ammoudi Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mirabello Bay, and finally look for gifts at Traditional Grocery Mesostrati.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Agios Nikolaos trip planner.

Getting from Matala to Agios Nikolaos by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Matala in April since evenings lows in Agios Nikolaos dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Agios Nikolaos

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Lake Voulismeni ©
Lake Voulismeni
Voulisma Beach ©
Voulisma Beach
Mirabello Bay ©
Mirabello Bay

3
nights
Hersonissos

Hersonissos ©
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Hersonissos is known for theme parks, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, cool off at Watercity Waterpark Themed Park, meet the residents at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, and find something for the whole family at Acqua Plus Water Park.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hersonissos day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Agios Nikolaos to Hersonissos in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Platanias.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
Highlights from your plan
Acqua Plus Water Park ©
Acqua Plus Water Park
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos

3
nights
Platanias

Platanias
On the 24th (Fri), experience rural life at Astrikas Estate Biolea, stop by Ira Jewellery Platanias, then don't miss a visit to War Shelter of Platanias, then enjoy the sand and surf at Platania Beach, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Apostolakis Handmade Ceramics, stroll the grounds of German War Cemetery, examine the collection at Ancient Olive Tree, then learn about winemaking at Karavitakis Emmanouil, then kick back and relax at Afrata Beach, and finally pause for some photo ops at Memorial Greek Cadets Battle of Crete.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Platanias trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hersonissos to Platanias in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Platanias can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Platanias

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Maleme, Agia Irini Gorge, Ancient Olive Tree
Highlights from your plan
Platania Beach
Platania Beach
Agia Irini Gorge ©
Agia Irini Gorge
Ancient Olive Tree ©
Ancient Olive Tree

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Rethymnon side-trips: Melidoni (Melidoni Cave & Reptisland). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, experience rural life at Paraschakis Olive Oil - Crete, pause for some serene contemplation at The Holy Monastery of Preveli, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rethymnon online attractions planner.

Getting from Platanias to Rethymnon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April in Rethymnon, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kournas.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Melidoni
Highlights from your plan
Reptisland ©
Reptisland
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi
The Venetian Fortezza ©
The Venetian Fortezza

3
nights
Kournas

Kournas ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Byzantine Church of Archangel Michael, then kick back and relax at Episkopi Beach, then explore the activities along Lake Kournas, and finally stop by Mandali Local Products and More. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): see the interesting displays at War Museum Askifou, see the interesting displays at Roustika Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Moni Profiti Ilia, then don't miss a visit to Ancient Lappa, and finally stroll the grounds of Minoan grave of Filaki.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kournas trip planner.

Getting from Rethymnon to Kournas by car takes about an hour. In April, daily temperatures in Kournas can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Elounda.

Things to do in Kournas

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Roustika, Ancient Lappa, Minoan grave of Filaki, Episkopi Beach, Byzantine Church of Archangel Michael
Highlights from your plan
Church of the Five Virgins ©
Church of the Five Virgins
Lake Kournas ©
Lake Kournas
Mandali Local Products and More ©
Mandali Local Products and More

3
nights
Elounda

Elounda ©
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.
Elounda is known for nature, beaches, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Fortress Spinalonga, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kolokithia Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ieros Naos Agios Konstandinou kai Elenis, and look for gifts at Eklektos Bookshop.

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Getting from Kournas to Elounda by car takes about 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Elounda are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Sitia.

Things to do in Elounda

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Scuba & Snorkeling
Elounda Beach ©
Elounda Beach

3
nights
Sitia

Sitia ©
Sitia is a port town and a municipality in Lasithi, Crete, Greece. On the 6th (Wed), kick back and relax at Vai Beach, look for gifts at Matthaios Art Jewels by Markakis, and then identify plant and animal life at Richtis Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sitia Beach and then take in breathtaking views at Gorge of the Dead.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Sitia trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Elounda to Sitia in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Elounda in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 18°C in Sitia. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Plakias.

Things to do in Sitia

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Gorge of the Dead, Vai Beach
Highlights from your plan
Vai Beach ©
Vai Beach
Richtis Gorge ©
Richtis Gorge
Sitia Beach ©
Sitia Beach

3
nights
Plakias

Plakias ©
Take a break from Plakias with a short trip to Oriseum in Asomatos, about 50 minutes away.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Plakias visit planning site.

You can drive from Sitia to Plakias in 4 hours. In May, daytime highs in Plakias are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Plakias

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Folk Museum of Spili, Preveli Beach, Oriseum
Highlights from your plan
Plakias Beach ©
Plakias Beach
Finikas Beach (Palm Beach) ©
Finikas Beach (Palm Beach)
Scuba & Snorkeling

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