10 days in Crete Itinerary

10 days in Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Anchorage
Fly:  23 h 30 min
1
Chania Town
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Agios Nikolaos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Heraklion
— 2 nights
Fly:  22 h 30 min
End: Anchorage

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Elafonissi Beach and Platania Beach. Get some historical perspective at The Venetian Fortezza and German War Cemetery. Explore Chania Town's surroundings by going to Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos), Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia) and Rethymnon Old Town (in Rethymnon). There's still lots to do: go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Crete, and visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Chania Town online trip maker.

Anchorage, USA to Chania Town is an approximately 20.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, train, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Anchorage to Chania Town is 11 hours. Traveling from Anchorage in July, things will get a bit warmer in Chania Town: highs are around 89°F and lows about 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Agios Nikolaos.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Rethymnon, Platania Beach, German War Cemetery, Balos Lagoon, Samaria Gorge National Park
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town

2
nights
Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos ©
A tour of Agios Nikolaos leads visitors through charming neighborhoods with white washed houses, squares with taverns, steep pedestrian streets, and sea as a backdrop, ideal for exploration on foot.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ammoudara Beach. On the 25th (Thu), kick back and relax at Ammoudara Beach, then steep yourself in history at Fortress Spinalonga, then explore the activities along Lake Voulismeni, and finally kick back and relax at Voulisma Beach. On your second day here, stroll through Elounda Beach, then relax in the rural setting at Cretan Olive Oil Farm, and then delve into the distant past at Malia Minoan Palace.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Agios Nikolaos trip maker website.

Getting from Chania Town to Agios Nikolaos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from Chania Town in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Agios Nikolaos: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Heraklion.

Things to do in Agios Nikolaos

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Elounda, Malia Minoan Palace
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Lake Voulismeni ©
Lake Voulismeni
Voulisma Beach ©
Voulisma Beach

2
nights
Heraklion

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.
On the 27th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, then get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then look for gifts at Nerium Oleander, and finally explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Heraklion attractions app.

Getting from Agios Nikolaos to Heraklion by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. July in Heraklion sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Agia Pelagia Beach, The Palace of Knossos
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos

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