7 days in Crete Itinerary

7 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete route planner

©
This plan was created by another inspirock user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

7 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Rethymnon
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Chania Town
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Elafonissi
— 1 night
shuttle:  2​h 45​min
4
Hersonissos
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Tel Aviv

1
night
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 29th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Four Martyrs Church, stop by Ergastiri Kompologiou, and then take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rethymnon online road trip planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Rethymnon is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Tel Aviv in September, Rethymnon is little chillier at night with lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Gorge of Mili
Find places to stay Sep 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
The Venetian Fortezza ©
The Venetian Fortezza
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Four Martyrs Church ©
Four Martyrs Church

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Eisodion tis Theotokou and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Chania Town trip planning app .

Drive from Rethymnon to Chania Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Chania Town can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 1:
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Cathedral of Eisodion tis Theotokou ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): hike along Elafonisi Viewpoint and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elafonissi Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Elafonissi holiday builder website .

Getting from Chania Town to Elafonissi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can take a shuttle to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Elafonissi  Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Fortress Spinalonga and Kera Kardiotissa Monastery. You'll explore and learn at Heraklion Archaeological Museum and The Natural History Museum of Crete. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hersonissos: Cathedral of St. Minas (in Heraklion) and Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos). There's lots more to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, enjoy the sand and surf at Analipsi Beach, and get outside with Platanus Tree.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hersonissos trip planning app .

Traveling by shuttle from Elafonissi to Hersonissos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Hersonissos are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Heraklion, Lake Voulismeni, Fortress Spinalonga, Horseback Riding Tours, Platanus Tree
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
The Natural History Museum of Crete ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Similar Plans

10 days in Crete BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 11 days in Crete BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 9 days in Crete BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL September, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 11 days in Crete BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Crete BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, teens, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, teens, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Crete BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, teens, culture, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, culture, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Crete BY A USER FROM IRELAND June, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 11 days in Crete BY A USER FROM SLOVENIA July, teens, kids, culture, beaches, historic sites, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids, culture, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Crete BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, teens, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, teens, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Crete BY A USER FROM CANADA July, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Crete BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, teens, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, teens, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Crete BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans