43 days in Crete Itinerary

43 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete trip planner
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Elafonissi
— 1 night
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Chania Town
— 14 nights
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Rethymnon
— 13 nights
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Hersonissos
— 14 nights
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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.
On the 1st (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Agia Kiriaki Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): stroll through Elafonisi Viewpoint and then enjoy the sand and surf at Elafonissi Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Elafonissi online itinerary planner.

London, UK to Elafonissi is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Elafonissi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Elafonissi: highs are around 37°C and lows about 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Chania Town.
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Chania Town — 14 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.
Explore Chania Town's surroundings by going to Kissamos (Balos Lagoon & Sirikari Gorge - Polyrrinia Trail), Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa) and Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Old Venetian Harbor, examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum, relax in the rural setting at Astrikas Estate Biolea, and enjoy the sand and surf at Falassarna Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Chania Town trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Elafonissi to Chania Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Chania Town are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rethymnon.
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Rethymnon — 13 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Rethymnon side-trips: Georgioupolis (St. Nicholas Church & Georgioupolis Safari), Melidoni (Melidoni Cave & Reptisland) and War Museum Askifou (in Askifou). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, get engrossed in the history at Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, appreciate the extensive heritage of Imbros Gorge, and contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rethymnon route builder site.

You can drive from Chania Town to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July in Rethymnon, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Hersonissos.
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Hersonissos — 14 nights

Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Get out of town with these interesting Hersonissos side-trips: Agios Nikolaos (Panagias Keras Church, Lake Voulismeni, &more), Elounda (Spinalonga (Kalydon) & Spinalonga Beach) and Heraklion (Morosini Fountain (Lion's Fountain), The Natural History Museum of Crete, &more). Spend a day of island exploring on the 3rd (Wed) at Chrissi Island. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, learn about winemaking at Winery Stilianou, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at CRETAquarium, and examine the collection at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hersonissos online journey planner.

You can drive from Rethymnon to Hersonissos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Rethymnon in July, expect nights in Hersonissos to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are slightly colder, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough 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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