18 days in Crete Itinerary

18 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete attractions planner

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Elafonissi
— 1 night
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Chania Town
— 6 nights
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Sitia
— 3 nights
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Elounda
— 2 nights
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Heraklion
— 5 nights
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Elafonissi

— 1 night
Located just off Crete's southwestern corner, Elafonissi offers an alternative vacation idea for those looking to avoid the larger, more crowded Greek islands.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): kick back and relax at Aspri Limni Beach, then hike along Elafonisi Viewpoint, and then stroll through Elafonissi Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Elafonissi online travel route builder.

Manchester, UK to Elafonissi is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in April: high temperatures in Elafonissi hover around 24°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Chania Town

— 6 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 a sense of the local culture at Souda Bay War Cemetery and Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno. Museum-lovers will appreciate Maritime Museum of Crete and Museum of platanias. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chania Town: Panagia Of The Two Rocks (in Fres), Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos) and Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Imbros Gorge, get a taste of the local shopping with Maxis Traditional cafe and Handmade Ceramic Shop, contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza, and go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Chania Town trip planner.

Traveling by car from Elafonissi to Chania Town takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Chania Town are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sitia.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Sitia

— 3 nights
Sitia is a port town and a municipality in Lasithi, Crete, Greece. We've included these beaches for you: Vai Beach and Mazida Ammos Beach. Get in touch with nature at Chochlakies Gorge and Galini Beach. Go for a jaunt from Sitia to Zakros to see Terra Zakros Shop about 44 minutes away. It doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Sitia and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Moni Toplou.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Sitia vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Chania Town to Sitia by car takes about 4 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Sitia can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Elounda.

Things to do in Sitia

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Elounda

— 2 nights
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 12th (Sun): stroll through Fortress Spinalonga, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ieros Naos Agios Konstandinou kai Elenis, then take an in-depth tour of House of Vrahassi Folk Exhibition, and finally Head underground at Milatos Cave. Keep things going the next day: learn more about the world around you at Rodanthi Museum, explore the ancient world of Archaia Poli tis Lato, kick back and relax at Ammoudara Beach, then explore the activities along Lake Voulismeni, and finally get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Agios Nikolaos.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Elounda road trip site.

Drive from Sitia to Elounda in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Heraklion.

Things to do in Elounda

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Escape the urban bustle at The Natural History Museum of Crete and Matala Beach. Let the collections at Heraklion Archaeological Museum and Thirathen Museum of Musical Instruments capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Ligres Beach (in Agia Paraskevi), Reptisland (in Melidoni) and Museum of El Greco (in Fodele). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos, do a tasting at Domaine Paterianakis, examine the collection at Kazantzakis Museum, and explore the striking landscape of Ecologiko Parko Giouchta.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Heraklion trip planning website.

You can drive from Elounda to Heraklion in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Heraklion when traveling from Elounda in April, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · 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.