23 days in Crete & Chania Itinerary

23 days in Crete & Chania Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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Heraklion
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Chania Town
— 5 nights
Drive
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Elafonissi
— 1 night
Drive
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Chania
Drive
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Pitsidia
— 7 nights
Drive
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Sissi
— 5 nights
Drive
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Gournes
— 3 nights
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Heraklion

— 1 night
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.
To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Heraklion online driving holiday planner.

Reykjavik, Iceland to Heraklion is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from Reykjavik to Heraklion, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Reykjavik in June, with highs in Heraklion at 32°C and lows at 22°C. On the 29th (Sat), you'll travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Heraklion

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Shopping

Chania Town

— 5 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Archaeological Museum of Chania, Astrikas Estate Biolea, Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete, and other attractions you added. Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Agia Marina Beach will thrill your kids. You'll explore and learn at Maritime Museum of Crete and MINOAN'S WORLD. Take a break from Chania Town with a short trip to Aspri Limni Beach in Elafonissi, about 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse of Chania, and learn about winemaking at Manousakis Winery.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Chania Town attractions planner.

Getting from Heraklion to Chania Town by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Chania Town can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trips

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.
Balos Lagoon has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): kick back and relax at Balos Lagoon, then kick back and relax at Elafonissi Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elafonisi Viewpoint.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Elafonissi driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Chania Town to Elafonissi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Elafonissi are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Chania.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Side Trip

Chania

Chania is the second largest city of Crete and the capital of the Chania regional unit. Before you visit Chania, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Elafonissi to Chania takes 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Chania can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. On the 5th (Fri), you're off to Pitsidia.

Things to do in Chania

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Pitsidia

— 7 nights
Agio Farago (Gorge of Saints) has been added to your itinerary. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Komos Beach and Kali Limenes Beach. Moni Odigitrias and Palace of Faistos will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Pitsidia: Open Air Cinema (in Palaiochora), Anogia (Skinakas Observatory & Cave Of Zeus) and Zaros (Cave Hermitage of St. Efthimiou, Vrondisi Monastery, &more).

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Pitsidia tour itinerary tool.

Drive from Chania to Pitsidia in 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. On the 12th (Fri), you're off to Sissi.

Things to do in Pitsidia

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Sissi

— 5 nights
Quiet and calm, the village of Sissi provides a perfect antidote to the boisterous resorts located elsewhere on Crete's northwestern coastline.
Visit Fortress Spinalonga and Agios Georgios Monastery for their historical value. Visiting Milatos Cave and Plaka Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Sissi: Elounda (Elounda Beach & Kolokithia Beach), Minos Boats (in Plaka) and Areti Monastery (in Karidi). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of House of Vrahassi Folk Exhibition, putt your heart out at Sissi Mini Golf, stroll through Milatos Beach, and get to know the resident critters at Amazonas Park.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sissi travel route builder app.

You can drive from Pitsidia to Sissi in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Sissi can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Gournes.

Things to do in Sissi

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gournes

— 3 nights
Dinosauria Park has been added to your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gournes: Nikos Doxastakis Pottery (in Thrapsano), Neroulakia Farm (in Stironas) and Kassakis Bros (in Galatas).

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Gournes route builder website.

You can drive from Sissi to Gournes in an hour. In July, daytime highs in Gournes are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. You will leave for home on the 20th (Sat).

Things to do in Gournes

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Crete travel guide

4.3
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.

Chania Prefecture travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Marinas · National Parks
Covering Crete's western section, Chania prefecture features some of the island's least spoiled natural areas, as well as its only freshwater lake. Most tourists concentrate on the prefecture's namesake capital, overlooking the dramatic landscapes of the region's sprawling national park. Designated as one of UNESCO's biosphere reserves, the park contains a rugged gorge known for sheltering many endemic plant species and providing a much-needed refuge for the rare kri-kri goat. Test your best hiking shoes by exploring this nature lover's paradise on day trips from the town of Chania, or settle in one of the nearby villages and spend your vacation touring the island's less-frequented southwestern shore.