30 days in Crete Itinerary

30 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete tour planner

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Heraklion
— 6 nights
Drive
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Elounda
— 3 nights
Taxi to Irakleion, Shuttle to Sfakia
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Sfakia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rethymnon
— 8 nights
Drive
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Chania Town
— 9 nights
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Heraklion

— 6 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.
Get in touch with nature at Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) and Psaromoura Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Castello del Molo (Koules) and Historical Museum of Crete. Change things up with these side-trips from Heraklion: Palace of Faistos (in Sivas), Komos Beach (in Pitsidia) and Thirathen Museum of Musical Instruments (in Krousonas). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Ligaria Beach, learn about winemaking at Winery Stilianou, explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find out how to plan a trip to Heraklion, use our trip itinerary maker.

Boston, USA to Heraklion is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Boston to Heraklion, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Boston in June since evenings lows in Heraklion dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Elounda.

Things to do in Heraklion

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 7:

Elounda

— 3 nights
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Plaka Beach and Ammoudi Beach. Fortress Spinalonga and Ekklisia Agios Andreas are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Elounda with a short trip to Makrigialos Beach in Makry-Gialos, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Almyros Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Agios Georgios Monastery.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Elounda trip planning tool.

Drive from Heraklion to Elounda in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Elounda when traveling from Heraklion in June, with lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sfakia.

Things to do in Elounda

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 7 — 10:

Sfakia

— 3 nights
Thanks to Crete's rugged terrain, the big effects of commercial tourism keep evading Sfakia, a tiny settlement on the island's southwestern coastline.
Step off the beaten path and head to Imbros Gorge and Frangokastello Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like War Museum Askifou and The Castle of Frangokastello. Change things up with these side-trips from Sfakia: Loutro (Koules Of Loutro & Marmara Beach) and The Gorge of Aradena (in Aradena). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Orthi Ammos Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Paralia Polyrizos.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Sfakia road trip planning tool.

Do a combination of taxi and shuttle from Elounda to Sfakia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Elounda in June: highs in Sfakia hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Sfakia

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 10 — 13:

Rethymnon

— 8 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Lychnostatis Open Air Museum and Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno. Get outdoors at Stalis Beach and Rethymno Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rethymnon: Karavostasi Beach (in Bali), Plakias (Triopetra Beach, Kourtaliotiko Gorge, &more) and Monastery of Panagia Gouverniotissa (in Potamies). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Kalivaki Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Holy Monastery of Preveli, contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza, and wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rethymnon trip maker site.

Drive from Sfakia to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. In June in Rethymnon, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 13 — 21:

Chania Town

— 9 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.
Relax by the water at Balos Lagoon and Agia Marina Beach. Popular historic sites such as Lighthouse and German Military Cemetery are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Gialiskari beach (in Palaiochora), Agia Irini Gorge (in Sougia) and Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa). see Off-Road Tours. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of Crete, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Chania, explore the historical opulence of Firkas Fortress, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kedrodasos Beach.

Plan my day in Chania Town using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Rethymnon to Chania Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Chania Town sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 21 — 30:

Crete travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Islands
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.