11 days in Crete Itinerary

11 days in Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: St. Petersburg
Fly:  7 h
1
Heraklion
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Elounda
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
3
Chania Town
— 6 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  9 h
End: St. Petersburg

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Reptisland and Matala beach. When in Heraklion, make a side trip to see Agia Marina Donkey Rescue Sanctuary in Mires, approximately Mires away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, look for gifts at Nerium Oleander, do a tasting at Lyrarakis Winery, and delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Heraklion trip itinerary website.

St. Petersburg, Russia to Heraklion is an approximately 7.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from St. Petersburg to Heraklion, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from St. Petersburg in July, expect Heraklion to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Elounda.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Winery Stilianou, Agia Marina Donkey Rescue Sanctuary, The Palace of Knossos, Reptisland, Matala beach
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Matala beach ©
Matala beach
Reptisland ©
Reptisland

1
night
Elounda

Elounda ©
Long a sleepy fishing settlement on Crete's northern coastline, Elounda today serves as a major travel destination, drawing vacationers with a blend of unspoiled natural scenery and luxury resorts.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Panagias Keras Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Ammoudara Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Voulismeni, and finally step off the mainland to explore Fortress Spinalonga.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Elounda tour planner.

Drive from Heraklion to Elounda in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Elounda can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Chania Town.

Things to do in Elounda

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Agios Nikolaos
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Lake Voulismeni ©
Lake Voulismeni
Panagias Keras Church ©
Panagias Keras Church

6
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Elafonissi Beach and Falassarna Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Balos Lagoon and Frangokastello Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Chania Town: Elafonisi Viewpoint (in Elafonissi), Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia) and Rethymnon (Rethymnon Old Town & Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Old Venetian Harbor, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Church, learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Crete, and stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery.

To find out how to plan a trip to Chania Town, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Elounda to Chania Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Elounda, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Chania Town, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Elafonissi, Sfakia, Rethymnon, Falassarna Beach, Souda Bay War Cemetery
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town

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