7 days in Crete & Santorini Itinerary

7 days in Crete & Santorini Itinerary

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7 days in Crete & Santorini Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
1
Heraklion
— 1 night
shuttle:  2​h
2
Chania Town
— 1 night
taxi + ferry:  3​h 30​min
3
Fira
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Tel Aviv


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1
night
Heraklion

Heraklion ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete and then learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, then explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, then look for gifts at Nerium Oleander, and finally get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Heraklion trip planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Heraklion is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Tel Aviv in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Heraklion, with lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catch the shuttle to Chania Town.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, The Palace of Knossos
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1
night
Chania Town

Chania Town ©
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of Crete, visit a coastal fixture at Chania Venetian Lighthouse, go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, see the interesting displays at Greek National Football Museum, then stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery, and finally see the interesting displays at MINOAN'S WORLD.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Chania Town day trip planning website .

You can take a shuttle from Heraklion to Chania Town in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Chania Town can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Souda Bay War Cemetery
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Greek National Football Museum ©
Greek National Football Museum
Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor
Maritime Museum of Crete ©
Maritime Museum of Crete

4
nights
Fira

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Go for a jaunt from Fira to Perissa to see Perissa Black Sand Beach about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, explore the striking landscape at Skaros Rock, and explore the activities along Amoudi Bay.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Fira road trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Chania Town to Fira in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Fira can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Oia, Kamari, Akrotiri, Skaros Rock, Perissa Black Sand Beach
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
KAMARA BEACH ©
KAMARA BEACH

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