60 days in Crete Itinerary

60 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete tour planner

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Heraklion
— 13 nights
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Lasithi Mesa
— 4 nights
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Elounda
— 7 nights
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Matala
— 6 nights
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Rethymnon
— 14 nights
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Chania Town
— 15 nights
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Heraklion

— 13 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Heraklion: Thirathen Museum of Musical Instruments (in Krousonas), Snail Farm and Fun (in Tylissos) and Church of St. John The Baptist (in Margarites). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos, learn about winemaking at Lyrarakis Winery, get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum of Crete, and get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Heraklion trip builder site.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Heraklion is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Heraklion due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in May; daily highs in Heraklion reach 28°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lasithi Mesa.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Lasithi Mesa

— 4 nights
Explore Lasithi Mesa's surroundings by going to Kritsa Gorge (in Kritsa), Nikos Doxastakis Pottery (in Thrapsano) and Listis Beach (in Dimos Viannos). Spend the 13th (Sun) among the memorable landscape of Lassithi Plateau.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lasithi Mesa trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Heraklion to Lasithi Mesa in 1.5 hours. June in Lasithi Mesa sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Elounda.

Things to do in Lasithi Mesa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Elounda

— 7 nights
Long a sleepy fishing settlement on Crete's northern coastline, Elounda today serves as a major travel destination, drawing vacationers with a blend of unspoiled natural scenery and luxury resorts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Elounda: Vai Beach (in Vai), Sitia (Folk museum of Sitia, Moni Toplou, &more) and Agios Nikolaos (Gournia Minoiki Poli & Ekklisia Agios Panteleimonas). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fortress Spinalonga, make a trip to Crete Experience, explore the activities along Lake Voulismeni, and Head underground at Milatos Cave.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Elounda journey maker tool.

Drive from Lasithi Mesa to Elounda in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Lasithi Mesa in June, Elounda is a bit warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Matala.

Things to do in Elounda

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Matala

— 6 nights
A low-key tourist resort known for its ancient cliffside caves, Matala boasts a rich history that spans over 2,000 years.
Venture out of the city with trips to Agia Galini (Icaros & Daedalus Statues, Agia Galini Beach, &more), Ligres Beach (in Agia Paraskevi) and Vrondisi Monastery (in Zaros). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Matala Beach, explore the ancient world of Palace of Faistos, stop by Botano Cretan Mountain Herbs, and experience rural life at Agia Marina Donkey Rescue Sanctuary.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Matala journey planning tool.

Drive from Elounda to Matala in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Elounda in June, plan for little chillier nights in Matala, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Matala

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rethymnon

— 14 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Rethymnon: Melidoni (Reptisland & Melidoni Cave), Museum of Ancient Eleutherna (in Eletherna) and Monastery of Panagia Gouverniotissa (in Potamies). On the 11th (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Mount Ida. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, see Off-Road Tours, take an in-depth tour of Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Arkadi.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rethymnon travel planner.

You can drive from Matala to Rethymnon in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Chania Town

— 15 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Chania Town: Elafonissi (Elafonissi Beach & Elafonisi Viewpoint), Astrikas Estate Biolea (in Astrikas) and Kissamos (Sirikari Gorge - Polyrrinia Trail, Balos Lagoon, &more). The adventure continues: take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, do a tasting at Manousakis Winery, examine the collection at MINOAN'S WORLD, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Chania Town trip planning site.

You can drive from Rethymnon to Chania Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Chania Town sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

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.