8 days in Crete Itinerary

8 days in Crete Itinerary

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8 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  16 h
1
Chania Town
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Hersonissos
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  15 h
End: Toronto

3
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 Beach (in Elafonissi), Rethymnon (Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, Rethymnon Old Town, & more) and Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos). There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery, learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Crete, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada).

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Chania Town sightseeing tool .

Toronto, Canada to Chania Town is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Toronto to Chania Town. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Toronto in September; daily highs in Chania Town reach 34°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Rethymnon, Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), Elafonissi Beach, German War Cemetery, Souda Bay War Cemetery
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town

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: Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda), Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos) and Heraklion (Irida Family Workshop, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, & more). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, and take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hersonissos tour itinerary website .

You can drive from Chania Town to Hersonissos in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. On the 20th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

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