15 days in Crete Itinerary

15 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete trip itinerary planner
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Fly
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Elafonissi
— 1 night
Drive
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Chania Town
— 5 nights
Shuttle
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Heraklion
— 6 nights
Drive
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Elounda
— 2 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): stroll through Aspri Limni Beach. On the next day, examine the collection at Museum of platanias, trek along Elafonisi Viewpoint, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Elafonissi Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Elafonissi online trip itinerary planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Elafonissi is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Dublin to Elafonissi. In August, Elafonissi is much warmer than Dublin - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Chania Town.
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chania Town: Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos), Rethymnon (Cloclo's Art Handmade Creations, Rethymnon Old Town, &more) and Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa). Spend the 30th (Wed) exploring nature at Samaria Gorge National Park. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Old Venetian Harbor, stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery, explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, and take a tour by water with Royal Octopus DIVE CENTER.

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Getting from Elafonissi to Chania Town by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Chania Town are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to take a shuttle 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: Matala Beach (in Matala), Melidoni (Melidoni Cave & Reptisland) and Hippocampus Dive Centre (in Bali). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, explore the historical opulence of Castello del Molo (Koules), learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Aegeo Spas.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Heraklion attractions planning site.

Getting from Chania Town to Heraklion by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Afendis Christos, then see what you can catch with Christina Boat, then pause for some serene contemplation at Panagias Keras Church, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Voulismeni. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Spinalonga (Kalydon), then head off the coast to Spinalonga, and then look for gifts at Mesostrati Traditional Products.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Elounda tour planner.

Traveling by car from Heraklion to Elounda takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Elounda sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
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Crete travel guide

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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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