8 days in Crete Itinerary

8 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Chania Town
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Plakias
— 3 nights
Shuttle
3
Heraklion
— 2 nights
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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.
We've included these beaches for you: Marathi Beach and Agia Marina Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Rethymno Beach and St. Nicholas Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chania Town: Rethymnon Old Town (in Rethymnon) and Seitan Limania Beach (in Akrotiri). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Agii Apostoli Beach, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete, and enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse of Chania.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Chania Town trip itinerary builder site.

Athens to Chania Town is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Plakias.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Plakias

— 3 nights
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Plakias Beach and Souda Beach. Visit Skinaria Beach and Triopetra Beach for some beach relaxation.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Plakias online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chania Town to Plakias takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to take a shuttle to Heraklion.

Things to do in Plakias

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
On the 9th (Thu), contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos, steep yourself in history at Castello del Molo (Koules), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, and finally get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Karavostasi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Psaromoura Beach, and then kick back and relax at Ligaria Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Heraklion planning app.

Take a shuttle from Plakias to Heraklion in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Heraklion, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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.