8 days in Crete Itinerary

8 days in Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Chania Town
— 4 nights
2
Elounda
— 1 night
3
Heraklion
— 2 nights

4
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 find plenty of places to visit near Chania Town: Rethymnon Old Town (in Rethymnon), Elafonissi (Elafonisi Viewpoint & Elafonissi Beach) and Lake Kournas (in Kournas). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Old Venetian Harbor, stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery, enjoy the sand and surf at Balos Lagoon, and browse the exhibits of War Shelter of Platanias.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Chania Town day trip planning app.

Aberdeen, UK to Chania Town is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Aberdeen in June, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Chania Town: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Elounda.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Elafonissi, Rethymnon Old Town, Apostolakis Handmade Ceramics, Kastro Gramvoussas, Balos Lagoon
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
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.
On the 5th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Fortress Spinalonga, tour the pleasant surroundings at Spinalonga Beach, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Voulismeni.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Elounda trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chania Town to Elounda takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Chania Town in July, expect nights in Elounda to be about the same, around °C, while days are slightly colder, around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Heraklion.

Things to do in Elounda

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lake Voulismeni
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Lake Voulismeni ©
Lake Voulismeni

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 6th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, and then delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, thenstop by Inspira, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, and finally learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Heraklion route planner.

You can drive from Elounda to Heraklion in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July in Heraklion, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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

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