12 days in Crete Itinerary

12 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete tour planner
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Elounda
— 1 night
Drive
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Sitia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Matala
— 1 night
Drive
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Kissamos
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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Heraklion
— 3 nights
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Elounda — 1 night

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.
On the 4th (Mon), look for gifts at Meraki Greekmade memories and then kick back and relax at Elounda Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Spinalonga (Kalydon), then stroll through Voulisma Beach, and then explore the activities along Lake Voulismeni.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Elounda trip itinerary maker tool.

Istanbul, Turkey to Elounda is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Elounda is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Istanbul in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Elounda, with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sitia.
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Sitia — 2 nights

Sitia is a port town and a municipality in Lasithi, Crete, Greece. On the 6th (Wed), stroll through Mazida Ammos Beach, then stroll through Karoumes Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Moni Toplou. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Erimoupolis Beach and then kick back and relax at Vai Beach.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sitia driving holiday planner.

Drive from Elounda to Sitia in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Matala.
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Matala — 1 night

A low-key tourist resort known for its ancient cliffside caves, Matala boasts a rich history that spans over 2,000 years.
On the 8th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Palace of Faistos, then stroll through Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos), and then stroll through Matala Beach.

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

You can drive from Sitia to Matala in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Kissamos.
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Kissamos — 4 nights

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.
Relax by the water at Elafonissi Beach and Kedrodasos Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Kissamos: Church of the Ascension (in Kandanos), Royal Octopus DIVE CENTER (in Kolymbari) and Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Balos Lagoon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Afrata Beach, experience rural life at Astrikas Estate Biolea, and look for gifts at Bonsai and Art.

Plan a Kissamos trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Matala to Kissamos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Kissamos, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can take a shuttle to Heraklion.
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Heraklion — 3 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Agia Pelagia Beach and Ammoudara Beach. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, admire the local landmark of Morosini Fountain (Lion's Fountain), steep yourself in history at Castello del Molo (Koules), and learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Heraklion trip itinerary tool.

Take a shuttle from Kissamos to Heraklion in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. July in Heraklion sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Crete travel guide

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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.
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