8 days in Crete Itinerary

8 days in Crete Itinerary

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Heraklion
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Chania Town
— 1 night
Drive
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Elafonissi
Drive
4
Kissamos
Drive
5
Chania Town
— 1 night
Drive
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Loutro
Drive
7
Sfakia
Drive
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Rethymnon
— 1 night
Drive
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Elounda
— 1 night
Drive
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Hersonissos
— 1 night
Drive
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Knosos
Drive
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Heraklion
— 2 nights

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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.
For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Heraklion trip planner.

If you are flying in from Finland, the closest major aiports are Heraklion International Nikos Kazantzakis Airport, Chania International Airport and Santorini Airport. In August, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. You will leave for Chania Town on the 29th (Sun).

Things to do in Heraklion

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Shopping

Chania Town

— 1 night
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Gouverneto Monastery as well as Agii Apostoli Beach. On the 29th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gouverneto Monastery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Agii Apostoli Beach, and then kick back and relax at Agia Marina Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Chania Town trip planner.

You can take a shuttle from Heraklion to Chania Town in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Elafonissi

Located just off Crete's southwestern corner, Elafonissi offers an alternative vacation idea for those looking to avoid the larger, more crowded Greek islands.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): trek along Elafonisi Viewpoint.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Elafonissi trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Chania Town to Elafonissi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kissamos.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Kissamos

A quiet port town situated on Crete's western tip, Kissamos attracts mostly domestic tourists and possesses more of the quintessential Greek feel than livelier resorts strung along the island's coastline.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Falassarna Beach.

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Traveling by car from Elafonissi to Kissamos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Kissamos

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

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Chania Town

— 1 night
Your day by day itinerary now includes Lighthouse of Chania, Old Venetian Harbor and Archaeological Museum of Chania. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Chania, go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, and then enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse of Chania.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Chania Town trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kissamos to Chania Town takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Loutro.

Things to do in Chania Town

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Loutro

Your day by day itinerary now includes Glika Nera Beach. Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): kick back and relax at Glika Nera Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Loutro attractions planner.

You can drive from Chania Town to Loutro in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Sfakia.

Things to do in Loutro

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

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Sfakia

Thanks to Crete's rugged terrain, the big effects of commercial tourism keep evading Sfakia, a tiny settlement on the island's southwestern coastline.
You've now added Vrissi Beach to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Vrissi Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sfakia road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Loutro to Sfakia takes 1.5 hours. In August in Sfakia, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Sfakia

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
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Rethymnon

— 1 night
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
On the 1st (Wed), stop by Biologic of Crete and then wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town.

For maps and other tourist information, use the Rethymnon trip maker.

You can drive from Sfakia to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. August in Rethymnon sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Elounda.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Elounda

— 1 night
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 1st (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Fortress Spinalonga.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Elounda route tool.

Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Elounda takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rethymnon in September, you will find days in Elounda are a bit cooler (30°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Elounda

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hersonissos

— 1 night
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hersonissos tour website.

Traveling by car from Elounda to Hersonissos takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Elounda in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Hersonissos, with lows of 20°C. You will leave for Knosos on the 3rd (Fri).

Things to do in Hersonissos

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nightlife

Knosos

Your day by day itinerary now includes The Palace of Knossos. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Knosos tour itinerary planner.

Knosos is just a short distance from Hersonissos. In September, daily temperatures in Knosos can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Heraklion.

Things to do in Knosos

Historic Sites
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Heraklion

— 2 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Palace of Faistos, Loggia and Venetian Walls and Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): stroll through Agia Pelagia Beach. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Venetian Walls and Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis, admire the local landmark of Bembo Fountain, get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, stop by Nerium Oleander, then ponder the design of Morosini Fountain (Lion's Fountain), and finally ponder the world of politics at Loggia.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Heraklion tour itinerary builder.

Heraklion is just a short distance from Knosos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Crete travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Islands
Great Island
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete offers travelers more than just sun, sea, and sand. Famed for its warm hospitality, outstanding infrastructure, and contrasting landscapes, the island represents one of the world's richest areas in terms of history and culture. Crete burst onto the world scene over 4,000 years ago, when it served as the center of the Minoan civilization, one of Europe's earliest organized societies. Despite the island's wealth of developed beaches, the traces of the mysterious and enchanting Minoan empire remain Crete's top attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world. The island capital Heraklion provides an ideal base for exploring a renowned Minoan palace complex, the site of Europe's oldest city.