7 days in Crete Itinerary

7 days in Crete Itinerary

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7 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly + Shuttle:  10 h
1
Chania Town
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  2 h
2
Heraklion
— 4 nights
Fly:  8 h 45 min
End: Lisbon

2
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.
On the 23rd (Thu), brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of Crete, visit a coastal fixture at Chania Venetian Lighthouse, then stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery, then kick back and relax at Seitan Limania Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Agii Apostoli Beach, delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Church, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at German War Cemetery.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Chania Town tour site .

Lisbon, Portugal to Chania Town is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time to Eastern European Time is 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Lisbon in July since evenings lows in Chania Town dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the shuttle to Heraklion.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Souda, Akrotiri, St. Nicholas Church, German War Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Souda Bay War Cemetery ©
Souda Bay War Cemetery
German War Cemetery ©
German War Cemetery
Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) ©

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Reptisland and Domaine Paterianakis- Κτήμα Πατεριανάκη. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Palace of Knossos and Church of Saint Titus. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Heraklion: Palace of Faistos (in Sivas), Karavostasi Beach (in Bali) and Komos Beach (in Pitsidia). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, enjoy the sand and surf at Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos), and take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Heraklion online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Chania Town to Heraklion by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July in Heraklion, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Komos Beach, Palace of Faistos, Karavostasi Beach, Reptisland, The Palace of Knossos
Highlights from your plan
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Komos Beach ©
Komos Beach

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