48 days in Crete Itinerary

48 days in Crete Itinerary

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48 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Hersonissos
— 9 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Ierapetra
— 8 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Rethymnon
— 13 nights
Bus + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
4
Sfakia
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Chania Town
— 10 nights
Fly:  19 h 45 min
End: Bangkok

9
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedral of St. Minas and Loggia. Do some cultural sightseeing at Lyrarakis Winery and Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete. Explore Hersonissos' surroundings by going to Agia Pelagia (Ligaria Beach & Agia Pelagia Beach), Matala (Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) & Matala beach) and Heraklion (Church of Saint Titus, The Natural History Museum of Crete, & more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, get in on the family fun at Labyrinth Theme Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Stalis Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Havania Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hersonissos holiday planner .

Bangkok, Thailand to Hersonissos is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Bangkok to Hersonissos due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Bangkok in June; daily highs in Hersonissos reach 32°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ierapetra.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Heraklion, Elounda, Milatos, Matala, Agia Pelagia
Highlights from your plan
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) ©
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos)
Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach
The Natural History Museum of Crete ©
The Natural History Museum of Crete

8
nights
Ierapetra

Ierapetra ©
Ierapetra, Europe's southernmost city, sits on Crete's southwestern coastline and draws attention with its mild weather and award-winning beaches.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Christin P. Glass and Ceramics Workshop and Archaeological Collection. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Almyros Beach and Arvis Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ierapetra: Kato Zakros (Minoan Palace of Zakros & Gorge of the Dead), Sitia (Canyon Koudoumas, Richtis Gorge, & more) and Agios Nikolaos (Folk Art Museum of Agios Nikolaos, Panagias Keras Church, & more). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Voulisma Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stavromenos Chapel, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Spirit Church, and look for all kinds of wild species at Walk With Donkeys.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Ierapetra day trip app .

Getting from Hersonissos to Ierapetra by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Ierapetra when traveling from Hersonissos in June, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Ierapetra

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Agios Nikolaos, Sitia, Kritsa, Kato Zakros, Maridati Beach
Highlights from your plan
Richtis Gorge ©
Richtis Gorge
Scuba & Snorkeling
Voulisma Beach ©
Voulisma Beach

13
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 some historical perspective at The Holy Monastery of Preveli and St. Nicholas Church. Do your shopping at Artifacts by Omodamos and Ilys ceramics. Explore Rethymnon's surroundings by going to Lake Kournas (in Kournas), Museum of Ancient Eleutherna (in Eletherna) and Church of the Five Virgins (in Argiroupoli). The adventure continues: stroll through Damnoni Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Souda Beach, view the masterpieces at Kerameion Georgios Dalamvelas, and identify plant and animal life at Reptisland.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Rethymnon sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Ierapetra to Rethymnon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. While traveling from Ierapetra, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Rethymnon, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sfakia.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plakias, Bali, Margarites, Spili, Palace of Faistos
Highlights from your plan
St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church
Reptisland ©
Reptisland
Skinaria Beach ©
Skinaria Beach

5
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.
Popular historic sites such as Imbros Gorge and The Castle of Frangokastello are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Frangokastello Beach and Glika Nera Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Agios Pavlos Beach (in Agia Roumeli), War Museum Askifou (in Askifou) and Loutro (Marmara Beach & Koules Of Loutro). There's still lots to do: stroll through Orthi Ammos Beach, explore the striking landscape at The Gorge of Aradena, kick back and relax at Vrissi Beach, and stop by Ntourountous Bakery.

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You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Rethymnon to Sfakia in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. July in Sfakia sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Sfakia

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Loutro, War Museum Askifou, Agios Pavlos Beach, Glika Nera Beach, Imbros Gorge
Highlights from your plan
Frangokastello Beach ©
Frangokastello Beach
Marmara Beach ©
Marmara Beach
Imbros Gorge ©
Imbros Gorge

10
nights
Chania Town

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Sougia Beach and Marathi Beach. Head to Tzompanakis Blown Glass-Art Of Living and Municipal Market of Chanifor plenty of shopping. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chania Town: Kissamos (Kedrodasos Beach & Archaeological Site of Polyrrhenia), Agia Kiriaki Church (in Varipetro) and Akrotiri (Seitan Limania Beach & Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada)). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Kastro Gramvoussas, examine the collection at MINOAN'S WORLD, visit a coastal fixture at Chania Venetian Lighthouse, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Chania Town online attractions planner .

Getting from Sfakia to Chania Town by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Chania Town can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Souda, Platanias, Kissamos, Akrotiri, Kastro Gramvoussas
Highlights from your plan
Chania Venetian Lighthouse ©
Chania Venetian Lighthouse
Kedrodasos Beach ©
Kedrodasos Beach
Agii Apostoli Beach ©
Agii Apostoli Beach

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