11 days in Crete Itinerary

11 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete itinerary planner

©
Make it your trip
Fly
1
Chania Town
— 5 nights
Drive
2
Elounda
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Heraklion
— 3 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16

Chania Town

— 5 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.
Visit The Venetian Fortezza and Souda Bay War Cemetery for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Royal Octopus DIVE CENTER and Samaria Gorge National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chania Town: Ancient Olive Tree (in Vouves), Georgioupolis Safari (in Georgioupolis) and Lake Kournas (in Kournas). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Elafonissi Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Ioannis Prodromes, explore the different monuments and memorials at German Military Cemetery, and visit Rethymnon Old Town.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Chania Town day trip tool.

Dublin, Ireland to Chania Town is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Dublin to Chania Town due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Dublin in October, with highs in Chania Town at 28°C and lows at 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Elounda.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 8:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Voulismeni, then pause for some serene contemplation at Panagias Keras Church, then delve into the distant past at Archaia Poli tis Lato, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Cave Of Zeus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Spinalonga Beach, then head off the coast to Fortress Spinalonga, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ieros Naos Agios Konstandinou kai Elenis.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Elounda vacation planning website.

Traveling by car from Chania Town to Elounda takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In October, daytime highs in Elounda are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Heraklion.

Things to do in Elounda

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 10:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Heraklion

— 3 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 The Palace of Knossos and Castello del Molo (Koules). Get outdoors at The Natural History Museum of Crete and Ecologiko Parko Giouchta. Change things up with a short trip to Diver's Club Crete in Agia Pelagia (about 30 minutes away). There's more to do: take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum and look for gifts at Nerium Oleander.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Heraklion trip planner.

Traveling by car from Elounda to Heraklion takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 13:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Crete travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Ruins · Islands
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.