15 days in Crete Itinerary

15 days in Crete Itinerary

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Heraklion
— 7 nights
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Hersonissos
— 7 nights
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Heraklion

— 7 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Gortyna and Skotino Cave. The Palace of Knossos and Moni Palianis will appeal to history buffs. Explore Heraklion's surroundings by going to Domaine Zacharioudakis, S. - B. Tsipa O.E. (in Plouti), Agia Pelagia (Diver's Club Crete & Agia Pelagia Beach) and Monastery Panagia Kaliviani (in Mires). Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Cretan Ethnology, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, and examine the collection at Kazantzakis Museum.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Heraklion online trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Heraklion is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Manchester to Heraklion. In September, Heraklion is somewhat warmer than Manchester - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hersonissos

— 7 nights
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Visiting Analipsi Beach and Off-Road Tours will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Agios Georgios Monastery and Panagias Keras Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Monastery of Kremasta (in Neapoli), Kolokithia Beach (in Elounda) and Milatos (Milatos Cave & Milatos Beach). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Archaia Poli tis Lato, enjoy the sand and surf at Stalis Beach, stroll through Boufos Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Mirabello Bay.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Hersonissos trip maker website.

Hersonissos is just a stone's throw from Heraklion. Traveling from Heraklion in September, Hersonissos is slightly colder at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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.