15 days in Athens & Crete Itinerary

15 days in Athens & Crete Itinerary

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15 days in Athens & Crete Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Athens
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Chania Town
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Elafonissi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Rethymnon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Hersonissos
— 4 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  15​h
End: New York City

4
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Athens: Archaeological Site Mycenae (in Mycenae) and Fortress Palamidi (in Nafplio). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, and wander the streets of Monastiraki.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Athens trip itinerary website .

New York City, USA to Athens is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 7 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Archaeological Site Mycenae, Fortress Palamidi
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

2
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.
On the 2nd (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Old Venetian Harbor, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), and finally experience rural life at Astrikas Estate Biolea. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cool off at Aqua Creta Limnoupolis, then explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, then see the interesting displays at MINOAN'S WORLD, and finally see the interesting displays at Greek National Football Museum.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Chania Town road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Athens to Chania Town takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Athens in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Chania Town, with lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Chania Town

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Souda, Aqua Creta Limnoupolis, Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), Astrikas Estate Biolea
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Astrikas Estate Biolea ©
Astrikas Estate Biolea
Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor
Souda Bay War Cemetery ©
Souda Bay War Cemetery

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 4th (Tue): kick back and relax at Aspri Limni Beach, then stroll through Elafonisi Viewpoint, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elafonissi Beach.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Elafonissi trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Chania Town to Elafonissi takes 1.5 hours. In August in Elafonissi, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 72°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Elafonissi

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

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 5th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monastery of Arkadi, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Church, then get engrossed in the history at Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, and finally take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): see Off-Road Tours, then relax in the rural setting at Paraschakis Olive Oil - Crete, then identify plant and animal life at Reptisland, and finally look for gifts at Athos Workshop.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rethymnon trip planner.

Getting from Elafonissi to Rethymnon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in August, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Reptisland, St. Nicholas Church, Athos Workshop
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi

4
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: Heraklion (Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Nerium Oleander, & more), Agios Nikolaos (Lake Voulismeni & Panagias Keras Church) and Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, and take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hersonissos journey planning tool .

Getting from Rethymnon to Hersonissos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Heraklion, Agios Nikolaos, The Palace of Knossos, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Winery Stilianou
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Winery Stilianou ©
Winery Stilianou
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

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