12 days in Crete Itinerary

12 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete journey maker
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Heraklion
— 4 nights
Drive
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Knosos
Drive
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Rethymnon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chania Town
— 2 nights
Drive
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Elafonissi
— 3 nights
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Heraklion — 4 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Castello del Molo (Koules) and Palace of Faistos. Museum-lovers will get to explore Heraklion Archaeological Museum and Historical Museum of Crete. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Heraklion: Reptisland (in Melidoni) and Matala (Matala Beach & Moozart Wood Art Shop). There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, relax and rejuvenate at Aegeo Spas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, and go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor of Heraklion.

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

Brussels, Belgium to Heraklion is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Heraklion. Traveling from Brussels in July, things will get a bit warmer in Heraklion: highs are around 34°C and lows about 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Mon) before leaving for Knosos.
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Knosos

On the 1st (Mon), do a tasting at Silva Daskalaki Winery and then explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Knosos attractions planner.

Knosos is just a stone's throw from Heraklion. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Rethymnon.
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Rethymnon — 2 nights

Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop, look for gifts at Thelonto, then explore the activities along Lake Kournas, and finally see exotic creatures in open habitats at Georgioupolis Safari. On the next day, contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza, then get engrossed in the history at Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, then take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Terzisart.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rethymnon travel route planning tool.

Getting from Knosos to Rethymnon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Chania Town.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of Crete, visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse of Chania, browse the exhibits of Folklore Museum of Chania, then get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Chania, and finally look for gifts at Mitos Objects of Art. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Municipal Market of Chani.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Chania Town road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Chania Town takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Chania Town, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Elafonissi.
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Elafonissi — 3 nights

Located just off Crete's southwestern corner, Elafonissi offers an alternative vacation idea for those looking to avoid the larger, more crowded Greek islands.
Visiting Elafonissi Beach and Elafonisi Viewpoint will get you outdoors. Visit Agia Kiriaki Church and Church of the Ascension for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Elafonissi side-trips: Museum of platanias (in Kefali), Deliana Gorge (in Deliana) and Eva's Treasures (in Kandanos). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Aspri Limni Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Elafonissi trip builder tool.

Drive from Chania Town to Elafonissi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Elafonissi are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
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Crete travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
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.
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