4 days in Crete Itinerary

4 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Greece travel route planner

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Heraklion
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Hersonissos
— 1 night
Drive
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Lasithi Mesa
Drive
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Ierapetra
Drive
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Kalamaki
Drive
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Plakias
Drive
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Palaiochora
— 1 night
Drive
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Chania Town
Drive
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Rethymnon
Drive
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Bali
Drive
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Agia Pelagia
— 1 night
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Heraklion

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.
On the 18th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Crete, take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, explore the galleries of Church and the Museum of St. Aikaterini, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Agios Mathaios Sinaites, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus.

To plan Heraklion vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiports are Heraklion International Nikos Kazantzakis Airport, Chania International Airport and Santorini Airport. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums · Historic Sites

Hersonissos

— 1 night
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hersonissos trip itinerary builder site.

Hersonissos is very close to Heraklion. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Hersonissos when traveling from Heraklion in September, with lows around 20°C. You'll set off for Lasithi Mesa on the 19th (Sat).

Things to do in Hersonissos

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Lasithi Mesa

On the 19th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Panagia Vidiani.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Lasithi Mesa online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Hersonissos to Lasithi Mesa in an hour. Another option is to drive. In September, daytime highs in Lasithi Mesa are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ierapetra.

Things to do in Lasithi Mesa

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Ierapetra

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): stroll through Agrilos Beach, delve into the distant past at Gournia Minoiki Poli, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Afendis Christos, and finally take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Collection.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ierapetra travel planning site.

Drive from Lasithi Mesa to Ierapetra in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Lasithi Mesa in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Ierapetra, with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kalamaki.

Things to do in Ierapetra

Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Kalamaki

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kalamaki attractions planning website.

Drive from Ierapetra to Kalamaki in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Kalamaki sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. You'll set off for Plakias on the 19th (Sat).

Things to do in Kalamaki

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Plakias

Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Damnoni Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plakias Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Plakias road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Kalamaki to Plakias takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Palaiochora.

Things to do in Plakias

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Palaiochora

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Evangelistra Church.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Palaiochora driving holiday site.

Traveling by car from Plakias to Palaiochora takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Palaiochora are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Chania Town.

Things to do in Palaiochora

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): get the adrenaline pumping with Cretan Paragliding, take in the spiritual surroundings of Agia Triada Monastery, then stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery, and finally examine the collection at Museum Of Typography.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Chania Town road trip site.

You can drive from Palaiochora to Chania Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. On the 20th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
On the 20th (Sun), contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza, then take in the exciting artwork at Artifacts by Omodamos, and then look for gifts at Biologic of Crete.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rethymnon driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Chania Town to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Rethymnon can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bali.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Bali

Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Attali Monastery.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Bali online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Bali takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Agia Pelagia.

Things to do in Bali

Historic Sites

Agia Pelagia

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): see Quad Safari Peninsula, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery Savvathiana, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of El Greco.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Agia Pelagia trip planner.

You can drive from Bali to Agia Pelagia in an hour. Another option is to drive. In September in Agia Pelagia, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Agia Pelagia

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

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.

Lasithi Prefecture travel guide

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Islands · Beaches · Bodies of Water
The easternmost part of Crete, Lassithi prefecture offers a blend of sophisticated seaside resorts, Minoan and Mycenaean ancient sites, and unspoiled natural areas that include dense palm forests and the island's largest plateau. A standout among the prefecture's notable places to visit, the vibrant town of Agios Nikolaos features a string of sandy beaches and a museum of archaeology. The town also serves as the starting point for tours of one of Crete's most significant Neolithic sites, originally inhabited over 4,000 years ago. Farther inland you can discover a less-traveled side of Crete, where the major tourist attraction remains the traditional village tavern.

Rethymnon Prefecture travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites
The mountains and the sea represent not only the main geographic features of Rethymnon prefecture, but also serve as its main tourist attractions. Most visitors begin their adventure at the prefecture's eponymous capital city, known worldwide for its old Venetian quarter, a compact neighborhood dominated by a huge medieval castle. Although this city gets very crowded at the peak of tourist season, you can always escape its hustle and bustle by venturing deeper into the mountainous countryside. The prefecture's less-frequented inland areas feature olive groves, steep gorges, and tiny hamlets, good bases for exploring the island's sandy southern coastline.

Chania Prefecture travel guide

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Beaches · Marinas · National Parks
Covering Crete's western section, Chania prefecture features some of the island's least spoiled natural areas, as well as its only freshwater lake. Most tourists concentrate on the prefecture's namesake capital, overlooking the dramatic landscapes of the region's sprawling national park. Designated as one of UNESCO's biosphere reserves, the park contains a rugged gorge known for sheltering many endemic plant species and providing a much-needed refuge for the rare kri-kri goat. Test your best hiking shoes by exploring this nature lover's paradise on day trips from the town of Chania, or settle in one of the nearby villages and spend your vacation touring the island's less-frequented southwestern shore.