22 days in Athens & Crete Itinerary

22 days in Athens & Crete Itinerary

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22 days in Athens & Crete Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  17​h
1
Athens
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Chania Town
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Elafonissi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Rethymnon
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Hersonissos
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Denver

6
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Appreciate the collections at Acropolis Museum and Benaki Museum. Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Poseidon will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Athens: Corinth Canal (in Corinth), Nafplio (Fortress Palamidi, Vouleftiko (Old State House), & more) and Mycenae (Lion Gate & Citadel and Treasury of Atreus). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum, delve into the distant past at Temple of Athena Nike, take a stroll through Plaka, and steep yourself in history at Ancient Agora of Athens.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Athens trip itinerary maker .

Denver, USA to Athens is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Denver to Athens, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in May, you will find days in Athens are a bit warmer (77°F), and nights are warmer (64°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Nafplio, Mycenae, Corinth Canal, Temple of Poseidon
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Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

4
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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Samaria Gorge National Park and Agii Apostoli Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Falassarna Beach and Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera. Take a break from Chania Town with a short trip to Seitan Limania Beach in Akrotiri, about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Greek National Football Museum, learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Crete, don't miss a visit to Chania Venetian Lighthouse, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada).

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Chania Town trip planner .

Fly from Athens to Chania Town in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or ride a ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Chania Town can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Souda, Akrotiri, Samaria Gorge National Park, German War Cemetery, Falassarna Beach
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Samaria Gorge National Park ©
Samaria Gorge National Park
Falassarna Beach ©
Falassarna Beach
Agii Apostoli Beach ©
Agii Apostoli Beach

1
night
Elafonissi

Elafonissi ©
Located just off Crete's southwestern corner, Elafonissi offers an alternative vacation idea for those looking to avoid the larger, more crowded Greek islands.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): stroll through Elafonisi Viewpoint, then enjoy the sand and surf at Elafonissi Beach, and then kick back and relax at Aspri Limni Beach.

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Traveling by car from Chania Town to Elafonissi takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Elafonissi  Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Aspri Limni Beach ©
Aspri Limni Beach

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Monastery of Arkadi and St. Nicholas Church. Appreciate the collections at Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno and Folk Museum of Spili. Change things up with these side-trips from Rethymnon: Palace of Faistos (in Sivas), Lake Kournas (in Kournas) and Frangokastello Beach (in Frangokastello). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Imbros Gorge, look for all kinds of wild species at Reptisland, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Panagia Chalevi, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Five Virgins.

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Traveling by car from Elafonissi to Rethymnon takes 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

St. Nicholas Church, Palace of Faistos, Agia Irini Convent, Church of the Five Virgins, Reptisland
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Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi
Palace of Faistos ©
Palace of Faistos
Reptisland ©
Reptisland

5
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Matala beach and Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos). The Palace of Knossos and Fortress Spinalonga will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Heraklion (Nerium Oleander, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, & more) and Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Stalis Beach, meet the residents at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, observe the fascinating underwater world at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Panagia Gouverniotissa.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hersonissos trip builder website .

Drive from Rethymnon to Hersonissos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Heraklion, Matala, Lake Voulismeni, The Palace of Knossos, Monastery of Panagia Gouverniotissa
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Lychnostatis Open Air Museum ©
Lychnostatis Open Air Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach

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