8 days in Crete Itinerary

8 days in Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Toronto
Fly + Shuttle:  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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Chania Town: Elafonissi Beach (in Elafonissi), Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) (in Akrotiri) and Rethymnon (Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, Rethymnon Old Town, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Old Venetian Harbor, see the interesting displays at Greek National Football Museum, learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Crete, and stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Chania Town trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Chania Town is an approximately 14.5- hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight, ferry, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Toronto to Chania Town. Expect somewhat 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) to allow enough time to drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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 (Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Church of Saint Titus, &more). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, and look for gifts at Irida Family Workshop.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hersonissos trip planner.

Getting from Chania Town to Hersonissos by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. In September in Hersonissos, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Heraklion, The Palace of Knossos, Fortress Spinalonga, Lake Voulismeni, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre ©
Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre

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