8 days in Crete Itinerary

8 days in Crete Itinerary

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8 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Amman
+4
Bus + Foot + Fly + Shuttle + Bus:  12 h 30 min
1
Elounda
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
2
Chania Town
— 4 nights
Shuttle:  2 h
3
Heraklion
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  8 h 15 min
End: Amman

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.
On the 1st (Sun), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, step off the mainland to explore Fortress Spinalonga, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Elounda day trip planner .

Amman, Jordan to Elounda is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Amman in August, expect nights in Elounda to be a bit warmer, around 29°C, while days are little chillier, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Elounda

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Spas

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.
Explore Chania Town's surroundings by going to Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos), Rethymnon (Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno & Rethymnon Old Town) and Elafonissi Beach (in Elafonissi). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Old Venetian Harbor, explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery, step into the grandiose world of Kastro Gramvoussas, and examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Chania Town trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Elounda to Chania Town by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to catch the shuttle to Heraklion.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Rethymnon, Samaria Gorge National Park, Souda Bay War Cemetery, Balos Lagoon, Elafonissi Beach
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, stop by Nerium Oleander, then explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, and finally meet the residents at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Heraklion trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Chania Town to Heraklion takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Heraklion, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, The Palace of Knossos
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