7 days in Crete Itinerary

7 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete planner
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Fly
1
Chania Town
— 3 nights
Shuttle
2
Heraklion
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Elounda
— 1 night
Fly

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Chania Town — 3 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: Rethymnon (The Venetian Fortezza & Rethymnon Old Town), Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia) and Lake Kournas (in Kournas). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Old Venetian Harbor, enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse of Chania, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Chania, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Chania Town travel route builder site.

Athens to Chania Town is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can take a shuttle to Heraklion.
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Heraklion — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then look for gifts at Inspira, then steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at CRETAquarium. Here are some ideas for day two: ponder the design of Morosini Fountain (Lion's Fountain), learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum of Crete, then explore the historical opulence of Castello del Molo (Koules), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Heraklion holiday builder app.

Take a shuttle from Chania Town to Heraklion in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Elounda.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Spinalonga (Kalydon), then experience rural life at Cretan Olive Oil Farm, then explore the activities along Lake Voulismeni, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Panagias Keras Church.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Elounda online itinerary builder.

You can drive from Heraklion to Elounda in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September in Elounda, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough 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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