7 days in Crete Itinerary

7 days in Crete Itinerary

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7 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Bristol
Fly:  6 h 45 min
1
Heraklion
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Elounda
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
3
Chania Town
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  8 h 30 min
End: Bristol

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos, then take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, then look for gifts at Nerium Oleander, and finally get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Heraklion trip planner .

Bristol, UK to Heraklion is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bristol to Heraklion. September in Heraklion sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Elounda.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

The Palace of Knossos
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1
night
Elounda

Elounda ©
Long a sleepy fishing settlement on Crete's northern coastline, Elounda today serves as a major travel destination, drawing vacationers with a blend of unspoiled natural scenery and luxury resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): stop by Eklektos Bookshop, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then step off the mainland to explore Fortress Spinalonga.

Plan my day in Elounda using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Heraklion to Elounda takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Elounda

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Eklektos Bookshop ©
Eklektos Bookshop

4
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at mariannas and Omen Art Gallery-Art Shop. Get some cultural insight at Rethymnon Old Town and Souda Bay War Cemetery. Change things up with these side-trips from Chania Town: Reptisland (in Melidoni), Elafonissi Beach (in Elafonissi) and Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, learn about winemaking at Manousakis Winery, don't miss a visit to Chania Venetian Lighthouse, and take in the exciting artwork at Apostolakis Handmade Ceramics.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Chania Town trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Elounda to Chania Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Chania Town can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Maleme, Rethymnon, Elafonissi Beach, Manousakis Winery, Souda Bay War Cemetery
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town

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