43 days in Crete Itinerary

43 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete travel planner
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Fly to Heraklion International Nikos Kazantzakis Airport, Drive to Ierapetra
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Ierapetra
— 6 nights
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Hersonissos
— 11 nights
Drive
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Rethymnon
— 12 nights
Drive
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Chania Town
— 12 nights
Drive
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Elafonissi
— 1 night
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Ierapetra — 6 nights

Bride of the Libyan Sea

Ierapetra, Europe's southernmost city, sits on Crete's southwestern coastline and draws attention with its mild weather and award-winning beaches.
Explore Ierapetra's surroundings by going to Kritsa (Rodanthi Museum & Archaia Poli Tis Lato), Sitia (Moni Toplou, Folk museum of Sitia, &more) and Vai Beach (in Vai). Spend a day of island exploring on the 2nd (Tue) at Chrissi Island. And it doesn't end there: get a tailor-made plan with Christina Boat, stroll through Voulisma Beach, stop by Blue Shades, and delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site Palekastro.

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Beirut, Lebanon to Ierapetra is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. When traveling from Beirut in July, plan for little chillier days in Ierapetra, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hersonissos.
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Hersonissos — 11 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 (Church of Agios Mathaios Sinaites, Church of Saint Titus, &more), Aegeo Spas (in Istron) and Elounda (Ieros Naos Agios Konstandinou kai Elenis & Spinalonga (Kalydon)). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 10th (Wed) at Watercity Waterpark Themed Park. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 12th (Fri) at Star Beach. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, explore the world behind art at Kazantzakis Museum, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at CRETAquarium.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hersonissos trip builder site.

You can drive from Ierapetra to Hersonissos in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Ierapetra in August, Hersonissos is a bit cooler at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rethymnon.
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Rethymnon — 12 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rethymnon: Georgioupolis (Kalivaki Beach, St. Nicholas Church, &more), Spili (The Lion Fountains & Folk Museum of Spili) and Plakias (Kourtaliotiko Gorge, Finikas Beach (Palm Beach), &more). There's still lots to do: visit Rethymnon Old Town, look for all kinds of wild species at Reptisland, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Arkadi, and relax in the rural setting at Paraschakis Olive Oil - Crete.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rethymnon trip builder app.

Getting from Hersonissos to Rethymnon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Chania Town.
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Chania Town — 12 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 Church of St. George (in Kavousi). Spend the 1st (Thu) exploring nature at Samaria Gorge National Park. And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of Crete, examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum, and stroll through Afrata Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Chania Town trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Rethymnon to Chania Town by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Elafonissi.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Elafonissi Beach and then hike along Elafonisi Viewpoint.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Elafonissi travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Chania Town to Elafonissi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Elafonissi sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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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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