17 days in Greek Isles & Croatian Islands Itinerary

17 days in Greek Isles & Croatian Islands Itinerary

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17 days in Greek Isles & Croatian Islands Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Rethymnon, Greece
— 3 nights
shuttle:  1​h 15​min
2
Heraklion, Greece
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Rhodes Town, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
4
Bol, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Toronto, Canada

3
nights
Rethymnon, Greece

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glika Nera Beach and Preveli Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gerani Beach and St. Nicholas Church. Get out of town with these interesting Rethymnon side-trips: Lake Kournas (in Kournas) and Frangokastello Beach (in Frangokastello). It doesn't end there: take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town and admire the local landmark of Rimondi Fountain.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rethymnon trip itinerary app .

Toronto, Canada to Rethymnon is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in May, with highs in Rethymnon at 29°C and lows at 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Heraklion.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

St. Nicholas Church, Lake Kournas, Gerani Beach, Preveli Beach, Frangokastello Beach
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Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Preveli Beach ©
Preveli Beach
Frangokastello Beach ©
Frangokastello Beach

6
nights
Heraklion, Greece

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Havania Beach and Episkopi Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Listis Beach and Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos). Change things up with these side-trips from Heraklion: Matala (Goods of the Ground & Matala beach), Agios Nikolaos (Votsalo Beach & Lake Voulismeni) and Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Stalis Beach, learn about winemaking at Winery Stilianou, steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Phaistos, and experience rural life at Kurtes.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Heraklion trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Rethymnon to Heraklion in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May in Heraklion, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. On the 27th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Matala, Agios Nikolaos, Wooden Museum, Palace of Faistos, Kurtes
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) ©
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos)
Palace of Faistos ©
Palace of Faistos

4
nights
Rhodes Town, Greece

Rhodes Town ©
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Visit Afandou Beach and Agathi Beach for some beach relaxation. Visiting Pefkos Beach and Lindos Beach will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll around Kalithea Springs, delve into the distant past at The Acropolis of Rhodes, and get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Rhodes (Hospital of the Knights).

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rhodes Town trip website .

You can fly from Heraklion to Rhodes Town in 3 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Bol.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pefkos Beach, Agathi Beach, Afandou Beach, Kallithea Springs, Lindos Beach
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Agathi Beach ©
Agathi Beach
Afandou Beach ©
Afandou Beach
Pefkos Beach ©
Pefkos Beach

2
nights
Bol, Croatia

Bol ©
An hour boat ride from Split on the island of Brac, Bol boasts a charming old town, pebble beach, and great windsurfing conditions. Historical charm abounds here in the form of stone houses, narrow pedestrian streets, and historical attractions marked with panels.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): learn about winemaking at Wine Tasting Brac & Olive Oil Brac, then stroll through Murvica Beach, and then explore the historical opulence of Museum of Brac.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Bol trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rhodes Town to Bol. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Rhodes Town in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Bol, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Bol

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Wine Tasting Brac & Olive Oil Brac, Murvica Beach, Museum of Brac
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Murvica Beach ©
Murvica Beach
Wine Tasting Brac & Olive Oil Brac ©

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