8 days in Crete Itinerary

8 days in Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Kaunas
+2
Train + Fly + Shuttle:  12 h
1
Elafonissi
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Chania Town
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Elounda
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Heraklion
— 2 nights
Fly:  10 h
End: Kaunas

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Aspri Limni Beach, then trek along Elafonisi Viewpoint, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Elafonissi Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Elafonissi trip itinerary planning app.

Kaunas, Lithuania to Elafonissi is an approximately 10.5- hour combination of train, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Kaunas in May, with highs in Elafonissi at 29°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Aspri Limni Beach ©
Aspri Limni 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.
Souda Bay War Cemetery and The Venetian Fortezza will appeal to history buffs. Get outdoors at Balos Lagoon and Samaria Gorge National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chania Town: Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa) and Rethymnon (Archaeological Museum of Rethymno & Rethymnon Old Town). There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor and explore the different monuments and memorials at German War Cemetery.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Chania Town trip planning app.

You can drive from Elafonissi to Chania Town in 1.5 hours. May in Chania Town sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Elounda.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Rethymnon, Balos Lagoon, Kastro Gramvoussas, Souda Bay War Cemetery, German War Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Samaria Gorge National Park ©
Samaria Gorge National Park

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 11th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Havania Beach, then head off the coast to Fortress Spinalonga, and then stop by Trilogy Bookshop.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Elounda travel route site.

You can drive from Chania Town to Elounda in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a shuttle. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Heraklion.

Things to do in Elounda

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Havania Beach
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Havania Beach
Havania Beach
Trilogy Bookshop ©
Trilogy Bookshop

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then stop by Nerium Oleander, then explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, and finally do a tasting at Winery Stilianou.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Heraklion vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Elounda to Heraklion in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Heraklion when traveling from Elounda in May, with lows around 18°C. On the 13th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Winery Stilianou, The Palace of Knossos
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Winery Stilianou ©
Winery Stilianou

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