8 days in Crete Itinerary

8 days in Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Hersonissos
— 2 nights
2
Kato Zakros
— 1 night
3
Chania Town
— 3 nights
4
Elafonissi
— 1 night

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, thenget a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, thenstop by Nerium Oleander, and finally get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, and then contemplate the long history of Fortress Spinalonga.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Hersonissos trip builder site.

Dublin, Ireland to Hersonissos is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Dublin to Hersonissos due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Dublin in August: high temperatures in Hersonissos hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kato Zakros.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

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

1
night
Kato Zakros

Kato Zakros ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Minoan Palace of Zakros. On the 6th (Thu), kick back and relax at Spiaggia Xerokampos, thenkick back and relax at Kato Zakros Beach, and then explore the ancient world of Minoan Palace of Zakros.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kato Zakros road trip planning website.

Drive from Hersonissos to Kato Zakros in 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Hersonissos in August since evenings lows in Kato Zakros dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Kato Zakros

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Spiaggia Xerokampos
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Minoan Palace of Zakros ©
Minoan Palace of Zakros
Kato Zakros Beach ©
Kato Zakros Beach

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Balos Lagoon and Falassarna Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Souda Bay War Cemetery and German War Cemetery. Get out of town with these interesting Chania Town side-trips: Bonsai and Art (in Trachilos), Rethymnon (The Venetian Fortezza, Rethymnon Old Town, &more) and Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera and pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Ioannis Prodromes.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Chania Town trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Kato Zakros to Chania Town by car takes about 5.5 hours. August in Chania Town sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kissamos, Rethymnon, Souda, Kastro Gramvoussas, Falassarna Beach
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Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Souda Bay War Cemetery ©
Souda Bay War Cemetery

1
night
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 10th (Mon), stroll through Elafonisi Viewpoint and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elafonissi Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Elafonissi trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Chania Town to Elafonissi in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach

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