9 days in Crete Itinerary

9 days in Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sofia
Fly + Shuttle:  6 h 30 min
1
Chania Town
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Elounda
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Heraklion
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Sofia

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.
Visit Elafonissi Beach and Agii Apostoli Beach for some beach relaxation. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Souda Bay War Cemetery and Kastro Gramvoussas. Get out of town with these interesting Chania Town side-trips: Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos), Falassarna Beach (in Falassarna) and Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Old Venetian Harbor, enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse, explore the different monuments and memorials at German War Cemetery, and look for gifts at Mitos Objects of Art.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Chania Town vacation builder.

Sofia, Bulgaria to Chania Town is an approximately 5- hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Sofia in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Chania Town, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Elounda.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Rethymnon, German War Cemetery, Balos Lagoon, Kastro Gramvoussas, Falassarna Beach
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town

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 15th (Thu), kick back and relax at Almyros Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then step off the mainland to explore Fortress Spinalonga.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Elounda travel route planner.

Getting from Chania Town to Elounda by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from Chania Town in August, plan for little chillier days in Elounda, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Heraklion.

Things to do in Elounda

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Agios Nikolaos
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Scuba & Snorkeling

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 16th (Fri): explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, then learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then examine the collection at Wooden Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Reptisland. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, learn about winemaking at Lyrarakis Winery, see the interesting displays at Kazantzakis Museum, learn about winemaking at Winery Stilianou, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, and finally take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Heraklion trip builder.

You can drive from Elounda to Heraklion in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Winery Stilianou, Reptisland, Wooden Museum
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The Natural History Museum of Crete ©
The Natural History Museum of Crete
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

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