7 days in Crete Itinerary

7 days in Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Chania Town
— 4 nights
2
Heraklion
— 1 night
3
Elounda
— 1 night

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chania Town: Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa), Kissamos (To Pantopolion & Balos Lagoon) and Elafonissi (Elafonissi Beach & Elafonisi Viewpoint). There's lots more to do: go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, visit Rethymnon Old Town, explore the activities along Lake Kournas, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Samaria Gorge National Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Chania Town trip planner.

Valletta, Malta to Chania Town is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, ferry, and car; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Valletta to Chania Town due to the time zone difference. July in Chania Town sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the shuttle to Heraklion.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kissamos, Elafonissi, Kastro Gramvoussas, Samaria Gorge National Park, Lake Kournas
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Samaria Gorge National Park ©
Samaria Gorge National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, look for gifts at Nerium Oleander, thenexplore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Heraklion trip itinerary planning site.

You can take a shuttle from Chania Town to Heraklion in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. July in Heraklion sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Elounda.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Voulismeni, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then head off the coast to Fortress Spinalonga.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Elounda tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Heraklion to Elounda by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Elounda

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lake Voulismeni
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Lake Voulismeni ©
Lake Voulismeni
Scuba & Snorkeling

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