8 days in Crete Itinerary

8 days in Crete Itinerary

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8 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Bus + Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Chania Town
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Hersonissos
— 3 nights
+3
Shuttle + Fly + Bus + Subway:  16 h
End: Washington DC

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.
Kids will enjoy Elafonissi Beach and Samaria Gorge National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chania Town: Rethymnon Old Town (in Rethymnon), Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos) and Ancient Olive Tree (in Vouves). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at MINOAN'S WORLD, explore the historical opulence of Kastro Gramvoussas, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Chania Town trip planner .

Washington DC, USA to Chania Town is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, flight, and shuttle; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Chania Town is 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in August, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Souda Bay War Cemetery, Ancient Olive Tree, Rethymnon Old Town, Balos Lagoon, Samaria Gorge National Park
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Samaria Gorge National Park ©
Samaria Gorge National Park

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 visit kid-friendly attractions like The Palace of Knossos and Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre. Explore Hersonissos' surroundings by going to Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos), Heraklion (The Natural History Museum of Crete & Heraklion Archaeological Museum) and Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda). There's still lots to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, and see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hersonissos online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Chania Town to Hersonissos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. August in Hersonissos sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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