11 days in Crete Itinerary

11 days in Crete Itinerary

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Shuttle to Zagreb, Fly to Chania Town
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Chania Town
— 3 nights
Drive
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Plakias
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Heraklion
— 4 nights
Fly to Zagreb, Shuttle to Ljubljana

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Chania Town

— 3 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Seitan Limania Beach and Agia Marina Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) and German Military Cemetery. Get out of town with these interesting Chania Town side-trips: Georgioupolis (Kalivaki Beach & St. Nicholas Church). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Agii Apostoli Beach, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Chania, learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Crete, and enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse of Chania.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Chania Town holiday maker website.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Chania Town is an approximately 9-hour combination of shuttle and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ljubljana to Chania Town. In August, Chania Town is a bit warmer than Ljubljana - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Plakias.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Plakias

— 3 nights
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Preveli Beach and Skinaria Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Frangokastello Beach and Damnoni Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Plakias online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Chania Town to Plakias takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can take a shuttle to Heraklion.

Things to do in Plakias

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Heraklion

— 4 nights
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Ligaria Beach and Karavostasi Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Reptisland and Psaromoura Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Heraklion side-trips: Komos Beach (in Pitsidia), Palace of Faistos (in Sivas) and Cave Hermitage of St. Efthimiou (in Zaros). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Sfentoni Cave, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery Savvathiana, learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse of Heraklion.

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Traveling by shuttle from Plakias to Heraklion takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Heraklion are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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.