23 days in Crete & Chania Itinerary

23 days in Crete & Chania Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Reykjavik
Fly:  11 h
1
Heraklion
— 1 night
Shuttle:  2 h
2
Chania Town
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Elafonissi
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Chania
— Few hours
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  2 h
5
Pitsidia
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Sissi
— 5 nights
Drive:  45 min
7
Gournes
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Reykjavik

1
night
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.
For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Heraklion online driving holiday planner.

Reykjavik, Iceland to Heraklion is an approximately 10.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and ferry. 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

Tours Outdoors Parks

5
nights
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.
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 Aspri Limni Beach and Agia Marina Beach will thrill your kids. You'll explore and learn at Maritime Museum of Crete and MINOAN'S WORLD. And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse, do a tasting at Manousakis Winery, and take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Chania Town journey tool.

Traveling by shuttle from Heraklion to Chania Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Chania Town are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 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

Side Trips

Astrikas Estate Biolea, The Gorge of Aradena, Aqua Creta Limnoupolis, Aspri Limni Beach, Agia Marina Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Maritime Museum of Crete ©
Maritime Museum of Crete
Manousakis Winery ©
Manousakis Winery

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.
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.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Elafonissi driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Chania Town to Elafonissi takes 1.5 hours. 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

Side Trip

Balos Lagoon
Highlights from your plan
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach

few
hours
Chania

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 2 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

Beaches Outdoors Parks

7
nights
Pitsidia

Pitsidia ©
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. Palace of Faistos and Monastery Panagia Kaliviani will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Pitsidia: Zaros (Cave Hermitage of St. Efthimiou, Zaros Lake, &more), Anogia (Skinakas Observatory & Cave Of Zeus) and Open Air Cinema (in Palaiochora).

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Pitsidia tour itinerary tool.

Explore your travel options from Chania to Pitsidia with the Route module. 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

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Zaros, Mires, Sivas, Anogia, Domaine Zacharioudakis, S. - B. Tsipa O.E.
Highlights from your plan
Komos Beach ©
Komos Beach
Palace of Faistos ©
Palace of Faistos
Moni Odigitrias ©
Moni Odigitrias

5
nights
Sissi

Sissi ©
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 Minos Boats and Kolokithia Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Sissi: Areti Monastery (in Karidi), Elounda Beach (in Elounda) and Plaka Beach (in Plaka). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Milatos Cave, let the kids burn off some steam at Sissi Mini Golf, stroll through Boufos Beach, and get engrossed in the history at House of Vrahassi Folk Exhibition.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sissi road trip app.

Traveling by car from Pitsidia to Sissi takes 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Gournes.

Things to do in Sissi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Elounda, Milatos, Areti Monastery, Amazonas Park, House of Vrahassi Folk Exhibition
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Milatos Cave ©
Milatos Cave
Agios Georgios Monastery ©
Agios Georgios Monastery

3
nights
Gournes

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

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, 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

Side Trips

Myrtia, Kassakis Bros, Nikos Doxastakis Pottery, Neroulakia Farm
Highlights from your plan
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
Kazantzakis Museum ©
Kazantzakis Museum
Neroulakia Farm ©
Neroulakia Farm

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