60 days in Crete Itinerary

60 days in Crete Itinerary

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Start: Athens
Fly:  3 h 30 min
1
Chania Town
— 18 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Rethymnon
— 16 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Hersonissos
— 13 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Sitia
— 12 nights
Drive + Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Athens

18
nights
Chania Town

Chania Town ©
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: Agios Georgios Monastery (in Vamos), Church of St. George (in Kavousi) and Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Elafonissi Beach, stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery, kick back and relax at Balos Lagoon, and pause for some serene contemplation at Gouverneto Monastery.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Chania Town attractions planning website.

Athens to Chania Town is an approximately 3.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or ride a ferry. In July in Chania Town, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kissamos, Platanias, Souda, Palaiochora, Elafonissi
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor

16
nights
Rethymnon

Rethymnon ©
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: Frangokastello Beach (in Frangokastello), Melidoni (Reptisland & Melidoni Cave) and Attali Monastery (in Bali). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, get to know the fascinating history of Imbros Gorge, explore the activities along Lake Kournas, and head outdoors with Piges Argiroupolis.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rethymnon travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Chania Town to Rethymnon by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In July, daytime highs in Rethymnon are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plakias, Sfakia, Spili, Loutro, Agia Galini
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Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi
The Venetian Fortezza ©
The Venetian Fortezza

13
nights
Hersonissos

Hersonissos ©
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hersonissos: Agios Nikolaos (Horn of Amalthea, Lake Voulismeni, &more), Tylissos (Archeologikos Choros Tilissos & Snail Farm and Fun) and Elounda (Fortress Spinalonga & Spinalonga Beach). Spend a day of island exploring on the 8th (Sat) at Chrissi Island. And it doesn't end there: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, stroll through Matala beach, meet the residents at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, and get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hersonissos online journey builder.

Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Hersonissos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Hersonissos can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sitia.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Heraklion, Agios Nikolaos, Tylissos, Lasithi Prefecture, Stalis
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre ©
Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

12
nights
Sitia

Sitia ©
Sitia is a port town and a municipality in Lasithi, Crete, Greece. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sitia: Kato Zakros (Gorge of the Dead & Kato Zakros Beach), Itanos Beach (in Lasithi Mesa) and Vai Beach (in Vai). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Moni Toplou, enjoy the sand and surf at Erimoupolis Beach, stroll through Galini Beach, and see the interesting displays at Archaeological Museum of Sitia.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sitia online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Hersonissos to Sitia takes 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Sitia are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sitia

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Makry-Gialos, Ierapetra, Pefki, Kato Zakros, Achlia
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Vai Beach ©
Vai Beach
Moni Toplou ©
Moni Toplou
Karoumes Beach ©
Karoumes Beach

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