18 days in Crete Itinerary

18 days in Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Manchester
Fly + Shuttle:  8 h 45 min
1
Elafonissi
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Chania Town
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Sitia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Elounda
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Heraklion
— 5 nights
Fly:  7 h
End: Manchester

1
night
Elafonissi

Elafonissi ©
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.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Elafonissi online travel route builder.

Manchester, UK to Elafonissi is an approximately 9- hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. 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

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Aspri Limni Beach ©
Aspri Limni Beach

6
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 a sense of the local culture at Monastery of Arkadi and Greek National Football Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Maritime Museum of Crete and Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno. 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). There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, explore the different monuments and memorials at German War Cemetery, take in the exciting artwork at Maxis Traditional cafe and Handmade Ceramic Shop, and contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza.

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

Traveling by car from Elafonissi to Chania Town takes 1.5 hours. April in Chania Town sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sitia.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Rethymnon, Souda, German War Cemetery, Samaria Gorge National Park, Museum of platanias
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Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Samaria Gorge National Park ©
Samaria Gorge National Park
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town

3
nights
Sitia

Sitia ©
Sitia is a port town and a municipality in Lasithi, Crete, Greece. We've included these beaches for you: Vai Beach and Lagoufa Beach. Get in touch with nature at Chochlakies Gorge and Spiaggia Xerokampos. Change things up with these side-trips from Sitia: Galini Beach (in Achlia) and Terra Zakros Shop (in Zakros). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Moni Toplou, take an in-depth tour of Folk museum of Sitia, and examine the collection at Archaeological Museum of Sitia.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sitia online route planner.

You can drive from Chania Town to Sitia in 4 hours. April in Sitia sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Elounda.

Things to do in Sitia

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lagoufa Beach, Vai Beach, Galini Beach, Archaeological Museum of Sitia, Terra Zakros Shop
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Vai Beach ©
Vai Beach
Archaeological Museum of Sitia ©
Archaeological Museum of Sitia
Moni Toplou ©
Moni Toplou

2
nights
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 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Rodanthi Museum, delve into the distant past at Lato, then kick back and relax at Ammoudara Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Voulismeni, and finally get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Agios Nikolaos.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Elounda visit planning website.

Traveling by car from Sitia to Elounda takes 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Elounda are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Heraklion.

Things to do in Elounda

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Agios Nikolaos, Rodanthi Museum, House of Vrahassi Folk Exhibition, Milatos Cave, Lato
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Lato ©
Lato
Ieros Naos Agios Konstandinou kai Elenis ©
Ieros Naos Agios Konstandinou kai Elenis

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.
Escape the urban bustle at The Natural History Museum of Crete and Matala beach. Let the collections at Heraklion Archaeological Museum and Kazantzakis Museum capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Museum of El Greco (in Fodele), Thirathen Museum of Musical Instruments (in Krousonas) and Reptisland (in Melidoni). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos, do a tasting at Winery Stilianou, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, 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 travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Monastery Savvathiana, Matala beach, Winery Stilianou, Ecologiko Parko Giouchta
Highlights from your plan
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

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