37 days in Crete Itinerary

37 days in Crete Itinerary

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37 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Hersonissos
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Ierapetra
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Rethymnon
— 10 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Chania Town
— 11 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Newark

8
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 find plenty of places to visit near Hersonissos: Agios Nikolaos (Lake Voulismeni & Panagias Keras Church), Heraklion (Room Escape Games, Church of Saint Titus, & more) and Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos, take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, kick back and relax at Matala beach, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hersonissos online travel route planner .

Newark, USA to Hersonissos is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Newark to Hersonissos, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in June, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ierapetra.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Heraklion, Lasithi Prefecture, Agios Nikolaos, The Palace of Knossos, Snail Farm and Fun
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

6
nights
Ierapetra

Ierapetra ©
Ierapetra, Europe's southernmost city, sits on Crete's southwestern coastline and draws attention with its mild weather and award-winning beaches.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ierapetra: Vai Beach (in Vai), logari (in Kritsa) and Sitia (Moni Toplou & Erimoupolis Beach). Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Chrissi Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoufa Beach, delve into the distant past at Gournia Minoiki Poli, and kick back and relax at Spiaggia Xerokampos.

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Traveling by car from Hersonissos to Ierapetra takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Hersonissos in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 73°F in Ierapetra. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Ierapetra

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Agios Nikolaos, Xerocambos, Crete, Sitia, Lagoufa Beach
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Vai Beach ©
Vai Beach
Chrissi Island ©
Chrissi Island
Moni Toplou ©
Moni Toplou

10
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rethymnon: Frangokastello (Frangokastello Beach & Orthi Ammos Beach), Melidoni (Reptisland & Melidoni Cave) and St. Nicholas Church (in Georgioupolis). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, explore the activities along Lake Kournas, appreciate the extensive heritage of Imbros Gorge, and contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rethymnon day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Ierapetra to Rethymnon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ierapetra in June: highs in Rethymnon hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Plakias, Spili, Crete, Frangokastello, Melidoni
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi

11
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Chania Town: Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos), Elafonissi (Elafonisi Viewpoint & Elafonissi Beach) and Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa). Next up on the itinerary: go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, experience rural life at Astrikas Estate Biolea, explore the stunning scenery at Samaria Gorge National Park, and examine the collection at MINOAN'S WORLD.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Chania Town online trip itinerary maker .

Take a bus from Rethymnon to Chania Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June in Chania Town, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Platanias, Souda, Akrotiri, Maleme, Elafonissi
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon

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