14 days in Crete Itinerary

14 days in Crete Itinerary

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Elounda — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Afendis Christos and then cast your line with Christina Boat. On your second day here, stroll through Spinalonga (Kalydon), stop by DES Handmade Jewelry by Despina Kornelaki, explore the activities along Lake Voulismeni, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ammos Beach, and finally make a trip to Panagias Keras Church.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Elounda online vacation planner.

Rome, Italy to Elounda is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. While traveling from Rome, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Elounda, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Heraklion.
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Heraklion — 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Heraklion: Reptisland (in Melidoni), Bali (Karavostasi Beach & Hippocampus Dive Centre) and Matala (Matala Fish Spa & Matala Beach). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, observe the fascinating underwater world at CRETAquarium, and do a tasting at Winery Stilianou.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Heraklion online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Elounda to Heraklion takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Heraklion are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can take a shuttle to Chania Town.
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Chania Town — 6 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Chania Town side-trips: Kissamos (Balos Lagoon & To Kaniski), Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa) and Elafonissi (Aspri Limni Beach, Elafonissi Beach, &more). Spend the 26th (Fri) exploring nature at Samaria Gorge National Park. There's lots more to do: stroll through Old Venetian Harbor, take a memorable tour with Tours, see some colorful creatures with Royal Octopus DIVE CENTER, and stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Chania Town online travel planner.

Getting from Heraklion to Chania Town by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Chania Town can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Crete travel guide

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.