9 days in Crete Itinerary

9 days in Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  15 h 30 min
1
Chania Town
— 4 nights
Shuttle:  2 h
2
Heraklion
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Elounda
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Newark

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 Souda Bay War Cemetery and The Venetian Fortezza for their historical value. Shop till you drop at Omen Art Gallery-Art Shop and Re-sea shop. Change things up with these side-trips from Chania Town: Falassarna Beach (in Falassarna), Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos) and Elafonissi (Elafonisi Viewpoint & Elafonissi Beach). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, browse the exhibits of Artifacts by Omodamos, view the masterpieces at Terzisart, and step into the grandiose world of Kastro Gramvoussas.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Chania Town trip planner.

Newark, USA to Chania Town is an approximately 16- hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Newark to Chania Town due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Newark in May since evenings lows in Chania Town dip to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can catch the shuttle to Heraklion.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

1
night
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.
On the 22nd (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then look for gifts at Nerium Oleander, then explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, and finally learn about winemaking at Winery Stilianou.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Heraklion journey planner.

Getting from Chania Town to Heraklion by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Elounda.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Winery Stilianou
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Winery Stilianou ©
Winery Stilianou
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

2
nights
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 (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Fortress Spinalonga, stop by Eklektos Bookshop, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ammoudara Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Lake Voulismeni, kick back and relax at Ammos Beach, and then savor the flavors at Agios Nikolaos Wednesday Market.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Elounda trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Heraklion to Elounda takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Elounda sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Elounda

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Agios Nikolaos
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Lake Voulismeni ©
Lake Voulismeni
Eklektos Bookshop ©
Eklektos Bookshop

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