5 days in Crete Itinerary
5 days in Crete Itinerary
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Tue, Jun 14 - Sat, Jun 18
Elafonissi — 1 day
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 14th (Tue), hike along Elafonisi Viewpoint and then kick back and relax at Elafonissi Beach.
To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Elafonissi online vacation builder.
Vilnius, Lithuania to Elafonissi is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Vilnius in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Elafonissi: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Chania Town.
Chania Town — 1 night
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.On the 15th (Wed), learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Crete, make a trip to Lighthouse of Chania, explore the different monuments and memorials at German Military Cemetery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Agia Marina Beach, then explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery.
For where to stay and other tourist information, read Chania Town online day trip planner.
Drive from Elafonissi to Chania Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Chania Town, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rethymnon.
Rethymnon — 1 night
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.Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Rethymno Beach, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town.
For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rethymnon online route planner.
Traveling by car from Chania Town to Rethymnon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Rethymnon are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Hersonissos.
Hersonissos — 2 nights
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, stroll through Stalis Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Spinalonga (Kalydon), and finally kick back and relax at Plaka Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos and then explore the historical opulence of Castello del Molo (Koules).
To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hersonissos trip planner.
Getting from Rethymnon to Hersonissos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June in Hersonissos, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Crete travel guide
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.