11 days in Crete Itinerary

11 days in Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Frankfurt
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Chania Town
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Elafonissi
— 1 night
Shuttle:  3 h
3
Hersonissos
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Frankfurt

5
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Loutraki Beach. Get outdoors at Balos Lagoon and Falassarna Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kastro Gramvoussas and Greek National Football Museum. Explore Chania Town's surroundings by going to Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia), Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) (in Akrotiri) and To Kaniski (in Kissamos). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Eisodion tis Theotokou, stroll the grounds of German War Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Firkas Fortress, and explore the historical opulence of The Castle of Frangokastello.

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Frankfurt, Germany to Chania Town is an approximately 6.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Frankfurt to Chania Town, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Frankfurt in August, with highs in Chania Town at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sfakia, Kissamos, Souda Bay War Cemetery, German War Cemetery, Falassarna Beach
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Souda Bay War Cemetery ©
Souda Bay War Cemetery
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Kastro Gramvoussas ©
Kastro Gramvoussas

1
night
Elafonissi

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 (Thu): stroll through Elafonisi Viewpoint, then enjoy the sand and surf at Elafonissi Beach, and then kick back and relax at Aspri Limni Beach.

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

You can drive from Chania Town to Elafonissi in 1.5 hours. In August in Elafonissi, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can take a shuttle to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Aspri Limni Beach ©
Aspri Limni Beach

4
nights
Hersonissos

Hersonissos ©
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Popular historic sites such as The Palace of Knossos and Cathedral of St. Minas are in your itinerary. Visit Stalis Beach and Kalamaki Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hersonissos: Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos), Matala beach (in Matala) and Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, learn about winemaking at Douloufakis Winery, observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, and look for gifts at Luxurious Furs.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hersonissos trip planner.

You can take a shuttle from Elafonissi to Hersonissos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Heraklion, The Palace of Knossos, Lake Voulismeni, Kalamaki Beach, Stalis Beach
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos

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