5 days in Crete Itinerary

5 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
— 3 nights
Shuttle to Chania Airport, Taxi to Elafonissi
— 1 night
Shuttle to Heraklion, Fly to Ayia Napa



— 3 nights
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hersonissos: Heraklion (The Natural History Museum of Crete, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, &more), Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos) and Elounda (Fortress Spinalonga & Eklektos Bookshop). The adventure continues: observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, meet the residents at Cretaquarium, delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, and get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum of Crete.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hersonissos trip maker website.

Ayia Napa, Cyprus to Hersonissos is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Ayia Napa in August, you will find days in Hersonissos are little chillier (34°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips


— 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 21st (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Elafonissi Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elafonisi Viewpoint.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Elafonissi trip planner.

Do a combination of shuttle and taxi from Hersonissos to Elafonissi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and taxi. August in Elafonissi sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails
Highlights from your trip

Crete travel guide

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.