6 days in Crete Itinerary

6 days in Crete Itinerary

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6 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  27​h
1
Elafonissi
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Rethymnon
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Hersonissos
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Melbourne

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): stroll through Elafonissi Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Elafonissi trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Elafonissi is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, ferry, and shuttle. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Melbourne to Elafonissi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in May, expect Elafonissi to be somewhat warmer, temps between 29°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach

1
night
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.
On the 30th (Sat), make a trip to Monastery of Arkadi, stop by Olive Wood Traditional Workshop, then contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza, and finally wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rethymnon trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Elafonissi to Rethymnon in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Olive Wood Traditional Workshop
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Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi
The Venetian Fortezza ©
The Venetian Fortezza

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos, explore the activities along Lake Voulismeni, and then contemplate the long history of Fortress Spinalonga. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos and then take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hersonissos online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Rethymnon to Hersonissos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Rethymnon in May, plan for little chillier nights in Hersonissos, with lows around 15°C. On the 1st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Fortress Spinalonga, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, The Palace of Knossos, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Lake Voulismeni
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga

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