8 days in Crete Itinerary

8 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete attractions planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Heraklion
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Plakias
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chania Town
— 2 nights
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Heraklion

— 2 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Karavostasi Beach and Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos). Step out of Heraklion to go to Pitsidia and see Komos Beach, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos, take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor of Heraklion, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, and get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Heraklion day trip planning tool.

Budapest, Hungary to Heraklion is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Heraklion when traveling from Budapest in August, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Plakias.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Plakias

— 3 nights
Step off the beaten path and head to Frangokastello Beach and Triopetra Beach. When in Plakias, make a side trip to see Agia Galini-Massage Wellness Services in Agia Galini, approximately Agia Galini away.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Plakias online vacation planner.

Take a shuttle from Heraklion to Plakias in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Plakias

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Spas

Side Trips

Chania Town

— 2 nights
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): kick back and relax at Agii Apostoli Beach, then kick back and relax at Agia Marina Beach, and then do a tasting at Manousakis Winery. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of Crete, make a trip to Lighthouse of Chania, then see the interesting displays at Greek National Football Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Seitan Limania Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Chania Town trip tool.

You can drive from Plakias to Chania Town in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Chania Town are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wineries

Side Trips

Crete travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Islands
Great Island
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete offers travelers more than just sun, sea, and sand. Famed for its warm hospitality, outstanding infrastructure, and contrasting landscapes, the island represents one of the world's richest areas in terms of history and culture. Crete burst onto the world scene over 4,000 years ago, when it served as the center of the Minoan civilization, one of Europe's earliest organized societies. Despite the island's wealth of developed beaches, the traces of the mysterious and enchanting Minoan empire remain Crete's top attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world. The island capital Heraklion provides an ideal base for exploring a renowned Minoan palace complex, the site of Europe's oldest city.