11 days in Crete Itinerary

11 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete trip planner

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Fly
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Hersonissos
— 3 nights
Shuttle to Chania Airport, Taxi to Elafonissi
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Elafonissi
— 1 night
Drive
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Chania Town
— 6 nights
Drive to Chania International Airport, Fly to Newark

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Hersonissos

— 3 nights
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 (The Natural History Museum of Crete, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, &more), Agios Nikolaos (Panagias Keras Church & Lake Voulismeni) and Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cretaquarium, relax in the rural setting at Snail Farm and Fun, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hersonissos online trip itinerary maker.

Newark, USA to Hersonissos is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 7 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Elafonissi

— 1 night
Located just off Crete's southwestern corner, Elafonissi offers an alternative vacation idea for those looking to avoid the larger, more crowded Greek islands.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Aspri Limni Beach, trek along Elafonisi Viewpoint, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Elafonissi Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Elafonissi day trip planning app.

You can do a combination of shuttle and taxi from Hersonissos to Elafonissi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Elafonissi can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Chania Town

— 6 nights
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa), Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos) and Lake Kournas (in Kournas). Spend the 9th (Thu) exploring nature at Samaria Gorge National Park. There's still lots to do: go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, discover the deep blue sea with Royal Octopus DIVE CENTER, stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery, and take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Chania Town trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Elafonissi to Chania Town in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Chania Town are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Crete travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Islands
Great Island
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete offers travelers more than just sun, sea, and sand. Famed for its warm hospitality, outstanding infrastructure, and contrasting landscapes, the island represents one of the world's richest areas in terms of history and culture. Crete burst onto the world scene over 4,000 years ago, when it served as the center of the Minoan civilization, one of Europe's earliest organized societies. Despite the island's wealth of developed beaches, the traces of the mysterious and enchanting Minoan empire remain Crete's top attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world. The island capital Heraklion provides an ideal base for exploring a renowned Minoan palace complex, the site of Europe's oldest city.