15 days in Crete Itinerary

15 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete itinerary planner
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Fly
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Hersonissos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rethymnon
— 5 nights
Drive
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Chania Town
— 5 nights
Drive
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Elafonissi
— 1 night
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Hersonissos — 3 nights

Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hersonissos: Heraklion (Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Church of Saint Titus, &more), Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos) and Spinalonga (Kalydon) (in Elounda). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum of Crete.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hersonissos trip planning tool.

London, UK to Hersonissos is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in June, with highs in Hersonissos at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rethymnon.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips

Rethymnon — 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rethymnon: Georgioupolis Safari (in Georgioupolis), Melidoni (Melidoni Cave & Reptisland) and Lake Kournas (in Kournas). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, take an in-depth tour of Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, look for gifts at Cloclo's Art Handmade Creations, and make a trip to Piges Argiroupolis.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Rethymnon road trip planner.

Getting from Hersonissos to Rethymnon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Rethymnon can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Chania Town.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trips

Chania Town — 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chania Town: Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos), Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia) and Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) (in Akrotiri). There's lots more to do: go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, stroll through Agia Marina Beach, delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, and brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of Crete.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Chania Town route planner.

Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Chania Town takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Chania Town are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Elafonissi.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Side Trips

Elafonissi — 1 night

Located just off Crete's southwestern corner, Elafonissi offers an alternative vacation idea for those looking to avoid the larger, more crowded Greek islands.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Elafonissi Beach and then see the interesting displays at Museum of platanias.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Elafonissi trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Chania Town to Elafonissi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Elafonissi are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Museums · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
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Crete travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
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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