8 days in Crete Itinerary

8 days in Crete Itinerary

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8 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  26​h
1
Elafonissi
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Chania Town
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Rethymnon
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Hersonissos
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

1
day
Elafonissi

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.
On the 16th (Thu), kick back and relax at Elafonissi Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Elafonissi trip builder site .

Sydney, Australia to Elafonissi is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, ferry, and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Elafonissi is minus 8 hours. In July, Elafonissi is much warmer than Sydney - with highs of 37°C and lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of Crete, stroll through Old Venetian Harbor, examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery, and finally explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Chania Town trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Elafonissi to Chania Town by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Chania Town are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Souda
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Greek National Football Museum ©
Greek National Football Museum
Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor
Souda Bay War Cemetery ©
Souda Bay War Cemetery

1
night
Rethymnon

Rethymnon ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza, take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, then make a trip to Symbol of Rethymnon City, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Arkadi, and finally look for gifts at Olive Wood Traditional Workshop.

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Take a bus from Chania Town to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Rethymnon are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Olive Wood Traditional Workshop
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Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
The Venetian Fortezza ©
The Venetian Fortezza

3
nights
Hersonissos

Hersonissos ©
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hersonissos: Heraklion (Church of Saint Titus, The Natural History Museum of Crete, & more), Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda) and Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, and go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hersonissos trip itinerary app .

Drive from Rethymnon to Hersonissos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Rethymnon, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hersonissos, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 24°C. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Heraklion, The Palace of Knossos, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Fortress Spinalonga, Lake Voulismeni
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

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