17 days in Crete Itinerary

17 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete vacation planner

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Heraklion
— 5 nights
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Elounda
— 1 night
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Sitia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chania Town
— 7 nights
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Heraklion

— 5 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Palace of Knossos and Church and the Museum of St. Aikaterini. You'll explore and learn at Heraklion Archaeological Museum and Historical Museum of Crete. Venture out of the city with trips to Matala Beach (in Matala) and Thirathen Museum of Musical Instruments (in Krousonas). There's much more to do: learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, explore the ancient world of Mionoan Manor Nirou Khani, learn about winemaking at Douloufakis Winery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus.

Before you visit Heraklion, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

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 April, Heraklion is somewhat warmer than Manchester - with highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Elounda.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wineries

Side Trips

Elounda

— 1 night
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 get a new perspective on nature at Rodanthi Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, 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 · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Sitia

— 3 nights
Sitia is a port town and a municipality in Lasithi, Crete, Greece. Visit Vai Beach and Kato Zakros 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: Mazida Ammos Beach (in Xerocambos), Terra Zakros Shop (in Zakros) and Makrigialos Beach (in Makry-Gialos). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Moni Toplou.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sitia trip planner.

Traveling by car from Elounda to Sitia takes 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Elounda in April since evenings lows in Sitia dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Sitia

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Chania Town

— 7 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.
Get some historical perspective at Monastery of Arkadi and Lighthouse of Chania. Take a break from the city and head to Elafonissi Beach and Balos Lagoon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chania Town: Church of St. George (in Kavousi), Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa) and To Pantopolion (in Kissamos). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, stroll the grounds of German Military Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, and brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of Crete.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, 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 catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

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.