11 days in Crete Itinerary

11 days in Crete Itinerary

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11 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  31​h
1
Elafonissi
— 1 day
bus:  2​h 15​min
2
Kissamos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Rethymnon
— 2 nights
4
Heraklion
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne

1
day
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 1st (Mon): stroll through Aspri Limni Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Elafonissi Beach, and then trek along Elafonisi Viewpoint.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Elafonissi trip itinerary app .

Melbourne, Australia to Elafonissi is an approximately 31-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Melbourne to Elafonissi. Traveling from Melbourne in October, expect Elafonissi to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Kissamos.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach

2
nights
Kissamos

Kissamos ©
A quiet port town situated on Crete's western tip, Kissamos attracts mostly domestic tourists and possesses more of the quintessential Greek feel than livelier resorts strung along the island's coastline.
On the 2nd (Tue), examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum, take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, and then stroll through Agia Marina Beach. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sirikari Gorge - Polyrrinia Trail and then enjoy the sand and surf at Balos Lagoon.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kissamos trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by bus from Elafonissi to Kissamos takes 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Kissamos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Chania Town, Agia Marina Beach
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Greek National Football Museum ©
Greek National Football Museum
Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon

2
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.
On the 4th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sacred Monastery of Arkadi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Panagia Chalevi, then contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza, and finally take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Greek Shop, take an in-depth tour of Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, then look for all kinds of wild species at Reptisland, and finally explore the activities along Lake Kournas.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rethymnon attractions planning tool .

Traveling by car from Kissamos to Rethymnon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. October in Rethymnon sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Heraklion.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Reptisland, Lake Kournas
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town

4
nights
Heraklion

Heraklion ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Heraklion: Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos), Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda) and Lychnostatis Open Air Museum (in Hersonissos). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, see the interesting displays at Kazantzakis Museum, get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Heraklion road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Heraklion takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Heraklion, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hersonissos, The Palace of Knossos, Kazantzakis Museum, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Fortress Spinalonga
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga

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