11 days in Crete Itinerary

11 days in Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Dublin
Fly:  9 h
1
Heraklion
— 3 nights
Shuttle:  2 h
2
Chania Town
— 7 nights
Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Dublin

3
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.
Appreciate the collections at Heraklion Archaeological Museum and Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete. Visit The Palace of Knossos and Church of Saint Titus for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Heraklion: Matala beach (in Matala), Reptisland (in Melidoni) and Kazantzakis Museum (in Myrtia). There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, learn about winemaking at Winery Stilianou, meet the residents at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, and stop by Nerium Oleander.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Heraklion trip maker tool.

Dublin, Ireland to Heraklion is an approximately 9- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Heraklion is 2 hours. When traveling from Dublin in July, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Heraklion: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to catch the shuttle to Chania Town.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Winery Stilianou, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, The Palace of Knossos, Matala beach, Reptisland
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The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

7
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.
Let the collections at Maritime Museum of Crete and Archaeological Museum of Chania capture your imagination. Take a break from the city and head to Elafonissi Beach and Falassarna Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Chania Town: Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos), Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa) and Rethymnon (Rethymnon Old Town, Monastery of Arkadi, &more). Spend the 14th (Sun) exploring nature at Samaria Gorge National Park. The adventure continues: go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, kick back and relax at Frangokastello Beach, learn about winemaking at Manousakis Winery, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Chania Town online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by shuttle from Heraklion to Chania Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Chania Town sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Rethymnon, Sfakia, Souda, Falassarna Beach, Elafonissi Beach
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Samaria Gorge National Park ©
Samaria Gorge National Park
Falassarna Beach ©
Falassarna Beach

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