8 days in Crete Itinerary

8 days in Crete Itinerary

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Fly
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Elafonissi
— 1 day
Drive
2
Chania Town
— 3 nights
Shuttle
3
Heraklion
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Elounda
— 2 nights
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Elafonissi — 1 day

Located just off Crete's southwestern corner, Elafonissi offers an alternative vacation idea for those looking to avoid the larger, more crowded Greek islands.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Elafonisi Viewpoint and then kick back and relax at Elafonissi Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Elafonissi attractions planner.

Vilnius, Lithuania to Elafonissi is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Vilnius in August, expect Elafonissi to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Chania Town.
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Chania Town — 3 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.
Explore Chania Town's surroundings by going to Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa), Church of St. George (in Kavousi) and Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos). Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, explore the different monuments and memorials at German Military Cemetery, wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, and learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Crete.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Chania Town trip planner.

You can drive from Elafonissi to Chania Town in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. August in Chania Town sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to catch the shuttle to Heraklion.
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Heraklion — 2 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.
On the 10th (Wed), contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos, then relax and rejuvenate at Aegeo Spas, and then relax in the rural setting at Snail Farm and Fun. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Inspira, get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum of Crete, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at CRETAquarium.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Heraklion attractions site.

Take a shuttle from Chania Town to Heraklion in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Heraklion are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Elounda.
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Elounda — 2 nights

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 12th (Fri), head off the coast to Spinalonga (Kalydon) and then get a tailor-made plan with Christina Boat.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Elounda trip website.

You can drive from Heraklion to Elounda in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Elounda sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow time for the flight 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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