36 days in Florence, Rome & Crete Itinerary

36 days in Florence, Rome & Crete Itinerary

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36 days in Florence, Rome & Crete Itinerary

Start: Plattsburgh, United States
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Florence, Italy
— 11 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Rome, Italy
— 10 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Chania Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Elafonissi, Greece
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Melidoni, Greece
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Sfakia, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Sitia, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Hersonissos, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Plattsburgh, United States

11
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa), Guardastelle Vineyard (in San Gimignano) and Siena (Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, Piazza del Campo, & more). Dedicate the 30th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and admire the striking features of Campanile di Giotto.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Florence trip planner.

Plattsburgh, USA to Florence is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Plattsburgh to Florence is 6 hours. Traveling from Plattsburgh in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Florence, with lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Siena, Guardastelle Vineyard, Leaning Tower of Pisa
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

10
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Step out of Rome to go to Tivoli and see Villa d'Este, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rome journey builder site .

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa d'Este
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
nights
Chania Town, Greece

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Chania Town side-trips: Rethymnon (Rethymnon Old Town, Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, & more) and Cretan Brewery (in Platanias). There's still lots to do: go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Chania, brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of Crete, and pause for some serene contemplation at Gouverneto Monastery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Chania Town trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Chania Town takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Chania Town is 1 hour. Traveling from Rome in October, Chania Town is a bit warmer at night with lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can take a bus to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Chania Town

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Rethymnon, Souda, Cretan Brewery
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Greek National Football Museum ©
Greek National Football Museum
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor

1
night
Elafonissi, Greece

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 22nd (Tue): stroll through Elafonissi Beach.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Elafonissi online journey planner .

Traveling by bus from Chania Town to Elafonissi takes 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Melidoni.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Elafonissi  Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach

1
night
Melidoni, Greece

Melidoni ©
On the 23rd (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Reptisland.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Melidoni trip itinerary site .

Getting from Elafonissi to Melidoni by car takes about 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Melidoni are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sfakia.

Things to do in Melidoni

Wildlife Parks
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland

2
nights
Sfakia, Greece

Sfakia ©
Thanks to Crete's rugged terrain, the big effects of commercial tourism keep evading Sfakia, a tiny settlement on the island's southwestern coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at The Gorge of Aradena and then enjoy the sand and surf at Marmara Beach. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Imbros Gorge and then stroll through Frangokastello Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sfakia online trip maker .

Drive from Melidoni to Sfakia in 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Sfakia are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Sitia.

Things to do in Sfakia

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Imbros Gorge, The Gorge of Aradena, Marmara Beach
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Frangokastello Beach ©
Frangokastello Beach
Marmara Beach ©
Marmara Beach

2
nights
Sitia, Greece

Sitia ©
Sitia is a port town and a municipality in Lasithi, Crete, Greece. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Sitia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Moni Toplou, and then stroll through Vai Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Goudouras Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Karoumes Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sitia trip planner .

You can drive from Sfakia to Sitia in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in October, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Sitia

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Archaeological Museum of Sitia, Goudouras Beach, Vai Beach
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Vai Beach ©
Vai Beach
Moni Toplou ©
Moni Toplou
Goudouras Beach ©
Goudouras Beach

3
nights
Hersonissos, Greece

Hersonissos ©
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hersonissos: Heraklion (Heraklion Archaeological Museum, The Natural History Museum of Crete, & more), Winery Stilianou (in Kounavi) and Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, meet the residents at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, and see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hersonissos trip builder website .

You can drive from Sitia to Hersonissos in 2 hours. Traveling from Sitia in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Hersonissos, with lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Heraklion, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, The Palace of Knossos, Fortress Spinalonga, Winery Stilianou
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The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga

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