13 days in Crete Itinerary

13 days in Crete Itinerary

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13 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + shuttle:  15​h
1
Hersonissos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Sitia
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Kissamos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Rethymnon
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  16​h
End: New York City

2
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Palace of Knossos and Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Hersonissos side-trips: Heraklion (The Natural History Museum of Crete, Nerium Oleander, & more), Kazantzakis Museum (in Myrtia) and Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, meet the residents at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, learn about winemaking at Winery Stilianou, and examine the collection at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hersonissos tour itinerary planning website .

New York City, USA to Hersonissos is an approximately 15-hour combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. In June, daily temperatures in Hersonissos can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Sitia.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Heraklion, Winery Stilianou, Stalis Beach, The Palace of Knossos, Kazantzakis Museum
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

3
nights
Sitia

Sitia ©
Sitia is a port town and a municipality in Lasithi, Crete, Greece. Visit Vai Beach and Achlia Beach for some beach relaxation. Do some cultural sightseeing at Moni Toplou and Archaeological Museum of Sitia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sitia: Evotry (in Kavousi), Goudouras Beach (in Xerokampos) and Galini Beach (in Achlia). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Lagoufa Beach and stroll through Erimoupolis Beach.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sitia journey planner.

You can drive from Hersonissos to Sitia in 2 hours. June in Sitia sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Kissamos.

Things to do in Sitia

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Achlia, Evotry, Lagoufa Beach, Archaeological Museum of Sitia, Goudouras Beach
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Vai Beach ©
Vai Beach
Goudouras Beach ©
Goudouras Beach
Galini Beach ©
Galini 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Manousakis Winery and Kastro Gramvoussas. Visit Elafonissi Beach and Agia Marina Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Kissamos' surroundings by going to Psilos Volakas Beach (in Palaiochora) and Elafonisi Viewpoint (in Elafonissi). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Balos Lagoon and tour the pleasant surroundings at Falassarna Beach.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kissamos online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sitia to Kissamos takes 4.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Kissamos can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Kissamos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Elafonissi, Kastro Gramvoussas, Psilos Volakas Beach, Paralia Ravdoucha, Falassarna Beach
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Falassarna Beach ©
Falassarna Beach

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rethymnon Old Town and Souda Bay War Cemetery. Explore Rethymnon's surroundings by going to Ancient Aptera (in Souda) and Chania Town (Old Venetian Harbor & Maritime Museum of Crete). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Arkadi, take an in-depth tour of Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza, and get outside with Fragma Potamon Amariou.

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Traveling by car from Kissamos to Rethymnon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In June, daytime highs in Rethymnon are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Souda, Chania Town
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Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Souda Bay War Cemetery ©
Souda Bay War Cemetery

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