8 days in Crete Itinerary

8 days in Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

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 discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Amman, Jordan to Elounda is an approximately 12.5- hour combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Amman in August: highs in Elounda hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Elounda

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Spas
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Chania Town: Elafonissi Beach (in Elafonissi), Rethymnon (Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno & Rethymnon Old Town) and Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos). Next up on the itinerary: go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, see the interesting displays at MINOAN'S WORLD, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Samaria Gorge National Park, and step into the grandiose world of Kastro Gramvoussas.

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Getting from Elounda to Chania Town by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a shuttle. In September in Chania Town, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to take a shuttle to Heraklion.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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): take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then stop by Nerium Oleander, then steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: 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 pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Heraklion trip itinerary website.

You can take a shuttle from Chania Town to Heraklion in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites 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
The Natural History Museum of Crete ©
The Natural History Museum of Crete

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