8 days in Crete Itinerary

8 days in Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

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 Elafonissi (Elafonisi Viewpoint & Elafonissi Beach), Kissamos (To Pantopolion & Balos Lagoon) and Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa). There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Chania, do a tasting at Manousakis Winery, and wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Chania Town online driving holiday planner.

Bucharest, Romania to Chania Town is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Chania Town when traveling from Bucharest in June, with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Elounda.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Rethymnon, Elafonissi, Kissamos, Souda, German War Cemetery
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Panagias Keras Church, explore the activities along Lake Voulismeni, thenindulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, thenstep off the mainland to explore Fortress Spinalonga, and finally look for gifts at Eklektos Bookshop.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Elounda day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Chania Town to Elounda in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Chania Town in June, you will find days in Elounda are a bit cooler (°C), and nights are a bit warmer (°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Heraklion.

Things to do in Elounda

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Agios Nikolaos
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Lake Voulismeni ©
Lake Voulismeni
Spas

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 9th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, thenstop by Nerium Oleander, thensteep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos, and finally learn about winemaking at Winery Stilianou. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, thenget engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Heraklion trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Elounda to Heraklion by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Elounda in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Heraklion, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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

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