60 days in Crete Itinerary

60 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete trip itinerary maker

©
Make it your trip
Fly
1
Rethymnon
— 17 nights
Drive
2
Hersonissos
— 12 nights
Drive
3
Ierapetra
— 9 nights
Drive
4
Heraklion
— 2 nights
Shuttle
5
Sfakia
— 7 nights
Drive
6
Elafonissi
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Kissamos
— 1 night
Drive
8
Platanias
— 1 night
Drive
9
Chania Town
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Georgioupolis
— 4 nights
Drive to Chania International Airport, Fly to Portland

S M T W T F S
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4

Rethymnon

— 17 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.
Explore Rethymnon's surroundings by going to Melidoni (Reptisland & Melidoni Cave), Preveli Beach (in Lefkogia) and Spili (Folk Museum of Spili & The Lion Fountains). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Arkadi, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and take a leisurely stroll along Old Venetian Harbour of Rethymno.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rethymnon day trip website.

Portland, USA to Rethymnon is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Portland to Rethymnon is 10 hours. Traveling from Portland in July, expect Rethymnon to be somewhat warmer, temps between 89°F and 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hersonissos

— 12 nights
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cave of Zeus (in Lasithi Mesa), Agios Nikolaos (Cretan Olive Oil Farm, Lake Voulismeni, &more) and Elounda (Fortress Spinalonga & Elounda Beach). Spend the 25th (Sun) among the memorable landscape of Lassithi Plateau. Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Cretaquarium, observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, make a splash at Star Beach, and see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hersonissos route app.

Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Hersonissos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rethymnon in July: highs in Hersonissos hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can go by car to Ierapetra.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Ierapetra

— 9 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ierapetra: Vai Beach (in Vai), Sitia (Folk museum of Sitia, Moni Toplou, &more) and Agios Nikolaos (Mirabello Bay & Almyros Beach). Spend a day of island exploring on the 31st (Sat) at Chrissi Island. There's still lots to do: see what you can catch with Christina Boat, enjoy the sand and surf at Voulisma Beach, don't miss a visit to Moni Faneromeni, and contemplate the long history of Gournia Minoiki Poli.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ierapetra travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hersonissos to Ierapetra in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Ierapetra when traveling from Hersonissos in July, with lows around 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Heraklion.

Things to do in Ierapetra

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Heraklion

— 2 nights
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos, then ponder the design of Morosini Fountain (Lion's Fountain), then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, and finally take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor of Heraklion.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Heraklion trip planner.

Getting from Ierapetra to Heraklion by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catch the shuttle to Sfakia.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Sfakia

— 7 nights
Thanks to Crete's rugged terrain, the big effects of commercial tourism keep evading Sfakia, a tiny settlement on the island's southwestern coastline.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sfakia: Glika Nera Beach (in Sfakia), Agios Pavlos Beach (in Agia Roumeli) and Loutro (Marmara Beach, Glika Nera Bay, &more). Spend the 13th (Fri) exploring nature at Samaria Gorge National Park. On the 17th (Tue), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Imbros Gorge, take in the dramatic natural features at The Gorge of Aradena, explore the historical opulence of The Castle of Frangokastello, and kick back and relax at Paralia Polyrizos.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sfakia online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Heraklion to Sfakia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Sfakia sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Sfakia

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Elafonissi

— 2 nights
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 19th (Thu): trek along Elafonisi Viewpoint, then kick back and relax at Elafonissi Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Chryssoskalitissa Monastery. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museum of platanias and then enjoy the sand and surf at Aspri Limni Beach.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Elafonissi road trip site.

Getting from Sfakia to Elafonissi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in August, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kissamos.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Kissamos

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Kedrodasos Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Falassarna Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kissamos trip planner.

Drive from Elafonissi to Kissamos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in August, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Platanias.

Things to do in Kissamos

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Platanias

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Platania Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at German Military Cemetery, then discover the deep blue sea with Royal Octopus DIVE CENTER, then see the interesting displays at Ancient Olive Tree, and finally learn the secrets of beer at Cretan Brewery S.A..

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Platanias tour itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Kissamos to Platanias in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Platanias are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Platanias

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Chania Town

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of Crete, visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse of Chania, go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, then see the interesting displays at Greek National Football Museum, then stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Paralia Stavros, then stroll through Seitan Limania Beach, and then kick back and relax at Agia Marina Beach.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Chania Town trip site.

Chania Town is very close to Platanias. In August, daily temperatures in Chania Town can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Georgioupolis.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Georgioupolis

— 4 nights
Change things up with a short trip to Kalyves Beach in Kalyves (about 30 minutes away).

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Georgioupolis online travel route builder.

You can drive from Chania Town to Georgioupolis in an hour. In August in Georgioupolis, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 72°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Georgioupolis

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Crete travel guide

4.3
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.