51 days in Crete Itinerary

51 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete trip itinerary planner

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Elafonissi
— 1 night
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Chania Town
— 22 nights
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Rethymnon
— 16 nights
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Hersonissos
— 11 nights
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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 8th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Agia Sofia Cave and then examine the collection at Museum of platanias. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Aspri Limni Beach, then hike along Elafonisi Viewpoint, and then kick back and relax at Elafonissi Beach.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Elafonissi vacation builder website.

Thessaloniki to Elafonissi is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. July in Elafonissi sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Chania Town.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Chania Town

— 22 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.
Visit Balos Lagoon and Afrata Beach for some beach relaxation. Get some historical perspective at Souda Bay War Cemetery and Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera. Explore Chania Town's surroundings by going to Kissamos (Ekklisia Ioannis Prodromes, Sirikari Gorge - Polyrrinia Trail, &more), Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa) and Sailing In Crete - Fantasia Sailing Boat (in Trachilos). Spend the 24th (Sat) exploring nature at Samaria Gorge National Park. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Old Venetian Harbor, see the interesting displays at Greek National Football Museum, visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse of Chania, and kick back and relax at Agii Apostoli Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Chania Town road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Elafonissi to Chania Town takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rethymnon

— 16 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Monastery of Arkadi and The Holy Monastery of Preveli. Relax by the water at Frangokastello Beach and Paralia Polyrizos. Change things up with these side-trips from Rethymnon: Georgioupolis (Kalivaki Beach, St. Nicholas Church, &more), Plakias (Rodakino Beach, Souda Beach, &more) and Preveli Beach (in Lefkogia). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kournas, stroll through Biotopoi Nature Park, and take a leisurely stroll along Old Venetian Harbour of Rethymno.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rethymnon trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chania Town to Rethymnon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hersonissos

— 11 nights
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Get some historical perspective at The Palace of Knossos and Malia Palace Archaeological Site. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Matala Beach and Stalis Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hersonissos: Walk With Donkeys (in Anatoli), Elounda (Ieros Naos Agios Konstandinou kai Elenis & Fortress Spinalonga) and Agios Nikolaos (Lake Voulismeni, Panagias Keras Church, &more). There's still lots to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, indulge in some personalized pampering at Aegeo Spas, take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Castello del Molo (Koules).

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hersonissos day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Hersonissos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Hersonissos are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

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.