5 days in Crete Itinerary

5 days in Crete Itinerary

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5 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Bournemouth
Train + Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Hersonissos
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  2​h 45​min
2
Elafonissi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Kissamos
— 1 night
+2
Shuttle + Fly + Train:  9​h 45​min
End: Bournemouth

2
nights
Hersonissos

Hersonissos ©
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
On the 7th (Tue), head off the coast to Fortress Spinalonga, explore the activities along Lake Voulismeni, and then delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos. On the next day, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, then examine the collection at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, and finally take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hersonissos online day trip planner .

Bournemouth, UK to Hersonissos is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Bournemouth to Hersonissos, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, Hersonissos is somewhat warmer than Bournemouth - with highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can take a shuttle to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Lake Voulismeni, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Fortress Spinalonga, The Palace of Knossos, Heraklion Archaeological Museum
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos

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 9th (Thu): stroll through Elafonisi Viewpoint, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elafonissi Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Aspri Limni Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Elafonissi tour itinerary maker app .

You can take a shuttle from Hersonissos to Elafonissi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Kissamos.

Things to do in Elafonissi

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

1
night
Kissamos

Kissamos ©
A quiet port town situated on Crete's western tip, Kissamos attracts mostly domestic tourists and possesses more of the quintessential Greek feel than livelier resorts strung along the island's coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): kick back and relax at Balos Lagoon.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kissamos tour itinerary maker .

You can drive from Elafonissi to Kissamos in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Kissamos can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kissamos

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon

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