17 days in Crete Itinerary

17 days in Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Manchester
Fly + Bus:  7 h
1
Heraklion
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Elounda
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Sitia
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Chania Town
— 7 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Manchester

5
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Palace of Knossos and Church of Agios Mathaios Sinaites. You'll explore and learn at Heraklion Archaeological Museum and Kazantzakis Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Tamiolakis Winery (in Choudetsi), Matala beach (in Matala) and Thirathen Museum of Musical Instruments (in Krousonas). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, stop by Irida Family Workshop, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church and the Museum of St. Aikaterini, and learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Heraklion trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Heraklion is an approximately 7- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 2 hours. In April, Heraklion is somewhat warmer than Manchester - with highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Elounda.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mionoan Manor Nirou Khani, The Palace of Knossos, Tamiolakis Winery, Winery Stilianou, Kazantzakis Museum
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
The Natural History Museum of Crete ©
The Natural History Museum of Crete

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): head off the coast to Fortress Spinalonga, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ieros Naos Agios Konstandinou kai Elenis, then explore the activities along Lake Voulismeni, and finally see the interesting displays at Rodanthi Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Elounda trip planner.

Traveling by car from Heraklion to Elounda takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Elounda can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sitia.

Things to do in Elounda

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Rodanthi Museum, Lake Voulismeni
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Ieros Naos Agios Konstandinou kai Elenis ©
Ieros Naos Agios Konstandinou kai Elenis
Lake Voulismeni ©
Lake Voulismeni

3
nights
Sitia

Sitia ©
Sitia is a port town and a municipality in Lasithi, Crete, Greece. Visit Vai Beach and Lagoufa Beach for some beach relaxation. Appreciate the collections at Archaeological Museum of Sitia and Folk museum of Sitia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sitia: Spiaggia Xerokampos (in Xerocambos), Terra Zakros Shop (in Zakros) and Kato Zakros Beach (in Kato Zakros). It doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Moni Toplou and stroll through Makrigialos Beach.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Sitia online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Elounda to Sitia takes 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Sitia when traveling from Elounda in April, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Sitia

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Makry-Gialos, Archaeological Museum of Sitia, Spiaggia Xerokampos, Terra Zakros Shop, Vai Beach
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Vai Beach ©
Vai Beach
Archaeological Museum of Sitia ©
Archaeological Museum of Sitia
Moni Toplou ©
Moni Toplou

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.
Get some historical perspective at Monastery of Arkadi and Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera. Take a break from the city and head to Elafonissi Beach and Balos Lagoon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chania Town: Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa), Church of St. George (in Kavousi) and To Pantopolion (in Kissamos). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, stroll the grounds of German War Cemetery, see the interesting displays at Byzantine/Post-Byzantine Collection, and get engrossed in the history at Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Chania Town trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Sitia to Chania Town in 4 hours. In April in Chania Town, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Rethymnon, Kissamos, Maleme, Manousakis Winery, Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town

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