9 days in Crete Itinerary

9 days in Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Chania Town
— 4 nights
2
Elounda
— 1 night
3
Heraklion
— 3 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.
Visit Elafonissi Beach and Balos Lagoon for some beach relaxation. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Elafonisi Viewpoint will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Chania Town: Sirikari Gorge - Polyrrinia Trail (in Kissamos), Rethymnon (The Venetian Fortezza, Rethymnon Old Town, &more) and Apostolakis Handmade Ceramics (in Maleme). There's still lots to do: go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, see the interesting displays at Greek National Football Museum, and steep yourself in history at Venizelos Graves.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Chania Town online travel route planner.

London, UK to Chania Town is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Chania Town is 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in April, with highs in Chania Town at °C and lows at °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Elounda.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Rethymnon, Elafonissi, Kissamos, Apostolakis Handmade Ceramics
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Fortress Spinalonga, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, thenget engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Agios Nikolaos, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Panagias Keras Church.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Elounda road trip planner.

You can drive from Chania Town to Elounda in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Elounda are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Heraklion.

Things to do in Elounda

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Agios Nikolaos
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Panagias Keras Church ©
Panagias Keras Church
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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.
Appreciate the collections at Heraklion Archaeological Museum and The Natural History Museum of Crete. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Palace of Knossos and Church of Saint Titus. Get out of town with these interesting Heraklion side-trips: Karavostasi Beach (in Bali), Melidoni (Melidoni Cave & Reptisland) and Thirathen Museum of Musical Instruments (in Krousonas). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete and look for all kinds of wild species at Ecologiko Parko Giouchta.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Heraklion trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Elounda to Heraklion in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Heraklion when traveling from Elounda in April, with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Melidoni, The Palace of Knossos, Ecologiko Parko Giouchta, Karavostasi Beach, Thirathen Museum of Musical Instruments
Highlights from your plan
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos

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