15 days in Crete Itinerary

15 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete itinerary planner

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Elounda
— 1 night
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Heraklion
— 6 nights
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Elafonissi
— 1 night
Drive
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Chania Town
— 6 nights
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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 11th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Plaka Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fortress Spinalonga. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Milatos Cave, cast your line with Christina Boat, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Voulismeni.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Elounda planning app.

Paris, France to Elounda is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Elounda when traveling from Paris in August, with lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Heraklion.

Things to do in Elounda

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hippocampus Dive Centre (in Bali), Snail Farm and Fun (in Tylissos) and Matala Beach (in Matala). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at CRETAquarium, indulge in some personalized pampering at Aegeo Spas, and learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Heraklion online vacation planner.

Drive from Elounda to Heraklion in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Heraklion

Wineries · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

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Elafonissi

— 1 night
Located just off Crete's southwestern corner, Elafonissi offers an alternative vacation idea for those looking to avoid the larger, more crowded Greek islands.
On the 19th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Museum of platanias, enjoy the sand and surf at Elafonissi Beach, and then trek along Elafonisi Viewpoint.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Elafonissi trip planner.

You can drive from Heraklion to Elafonissi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Museums

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Royal Octopus DIVE CENTER (in Kolymbari), Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos) and Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Old Venetian Harbor, take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at Georgioupolis Safari.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Chania Town tour app.

You can drive from Elafonissi to Chania Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Chania Town sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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Crete travel guide

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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.