60 days in Crete Itinerary

60 days in Crete Itinerary

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60 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  23 h 45 min
1
Hersonissos
— 8 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Palaikastron
— 8 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Matala
— 8 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Sfakia
— 8 nights
Taxi + Bus:  1 h 15 min
5
Rethymnon
— 8 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Kissamos
— 9 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Elafonissi
— 8 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  26 h
End: Perth

8
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Fortress Spinalonga and Chrissi Island. You'll explore and learn at Heraklion Archaeological Museum and Lychnostatis Open Air Museum. Explore Hersonissos' surroundings by going to Kazantzakis Museum (in Myrtia), Monastery Savvathiana (in Rodia) and Heraklion (4essera, Morosini Fountain (Lion's Fountain), & more). Spend the 5th (Fri) exploring the striking scenery along Lassithi Plateau. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 8th (Mon) at Watercity Waterpark Themed Park. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Voulismeni, stroll through Stalis Beach, and meet the residents at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos.

To see photos and more tourist information, refer to the Hersonissos trip itinerary maker .

Perth, Australia to Hersonissos is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Perth to Hersonissos due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in Hersonissos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Palaikastron.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Heraklion, Malia, Elounda, Milatos Cave, Lassithi Plateau
Highlights from your plan
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga

8
nights
Palaikastron

Palaikastron ©
Step out of the city life by going to Vai Beach and Agia Fotia Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Palaikastron: Sitia (Paralia Staoysa, Paralia Mochlos, & more), Goudouras Beach (in Xerokampos) and Agriomantra Beach (in Kavousi).

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Palaikastron trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Hersonissos to Palaikastron takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Hersonissos in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 22°C in Palaikastron. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Matala.

Things to do in Palaikastron

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sitia, Achlia, Maridati Beach, Agia Fotia Beach, Goudouras Beach
Highlights from your plan
Vai Beach ©
Vai Beach
Archaeological Museum of Sitia ©
Archaeological Museum of Sitia
Itanos Beach ©
Itanos Beach

8
nights
Matala

Matala ©
A low-key tourist resort known for its ancient cliffside caves, Matala boasts a rich history that spans over 2,000 years.
Get some historical perspective at Ancient City of Phaistos and Palace of Faistos. Escape the urban bustle at Matala beach and Kalamaki Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Matala: Small Triopetra Beach (in Triopetra), Agioi Deka (Agioi Deka Historical Site & Gortyna) and Agios Pavlos beach (in Agios Pavlos). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos), enjoy breathtaking views from Skinakas Observatory, tour the pleasant surroundings at Agiofarago beach, and experience rural life at Agia Marina Donkey Rescue Sanctuary.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Matala trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Palaikastron to Matala takes 4 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Matala can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sfakia.

Things to do in Matala

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Anogia, Agioi Deka, Sivas, Kaloi Limenes, Pitsidia
Highlights from your plan
Matala beach ©
Matala beach
Palace of Faistos ©
Palace of Faistos
Moni Odigitrias ©
Moni Odigitrias

8
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.
Get some historical perspective at Imbros Gorge and Panagia Of The Two Rocks. Get in touch with nature at Lake Kournas and Ilingas. Venture out of the city with trips to War Museum Askifou (in Askifou), Plakias (Souda beach, Skinaria Beach, & more) and Church of the Five Virgins (in Argiroupoli). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Preveli Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Frangokastello Beach, and learn about winemaking at Winery Dourakis.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Sfakia trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Matala to Sfakia by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. October in Sfakia sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Sfakia

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plakias, Panagia Of The Two Rocks, Glika Nera Beach, Imbros Gorge, War Museum Askifou
Highlights from your plan
Lake Kournas ©
Lake Kournas
Imbros Gorge ©
Imbros Gorge
Frangokastello Beach ©
Frangokastello Beach

8
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.
Visit Sacred Monastery of Arkadi and Gouverneto Monastery for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno and Chromonastiri Military Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rethymnon: Reptisland (in Melidoni), Livadi Beach (in Bali) and Koimiseos Theotokou Church (in Meronas). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, kick back and relax at Paralia Stavros, stroll through Kalathas Beach, and contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rethymnon online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Sfakia to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kissamos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Souda, The Lion Fountains, Georgioupolis Beach, Agia Irini Convent, Livadi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Reptisland ©
Reptisland
Souda Bay War Cemetery ©
Souda Bay War Cemetery
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi

9
nights
Kissamos

Kissamos ©
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.
Maritime Museum of Crete and Archaeological Museum of Chania will appeal to museum buffs. Visiting Balos Lagoon and Agia Marina Beach will get you outdoors. Explore Kissamos' surroundings by going to Chania Town (Old Venetian Harbor, Greek National Football Museum, & more), Chrissi Akti Beach (in Daratsos) and Manousakis Winery (in Vatolakkos). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Falassarna Beach, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete, enjoy the sand and surf at Agii Apostoli Beach, and head outdoors with Sfinari Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kissamos sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Rethymnon to Kissamos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Kissamos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Chania Town, Platanias, Falassarna Beach, Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete, Paralia Ravdoucha
Highlights from your plan
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Falassarna Beach ©
Falassarna Beach
Greek National Football Museum ©
Greek National Football Museum

8
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Elafonissi Beach and Chalikia Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Elafonissi: Agios Georgios Byzantine Church (in Anidri), Palaiochora (Methexis Beach, Grammeno Beach, & more) and Sougia (Sougia Beach & The Ancient City Lissos). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Aspri Limni Beach, trek along Elafonisi Viewpoint, and make a trip to Kandanos War Memorial.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Elafonissi route planning site .

Take a bus from Kissamos to Elafonissi in 2.5 hours. In November in Elafonissi, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 15°C at night. You will leave for home on the 28th (Wed).

Things to do in Elafonissi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Palaiochora, Sougia, Agios Georgios Byzantine Church, Kandanos War Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Psilos Volakas Beach ©
Psilos Volakas Beach
Grammeno ©
Grammeno

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