8 days in Crete Itinerary

8 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete trip planner

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Hersonissos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chania Town
— 4 nights
Drive
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Elafonissi
— 1 night
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Hersonissos

— 2 nights
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Explore Hersonissos' surroundings by going to Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda), Heraklion Archaeological Museum (in Heraklion) and Areti Monastery (in Karidi). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, stop by Hatzis Leather, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos.

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Bristol, UK to Hersonissos is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bristol to Hersonissos. In July in Hersonissos, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Chania Town

— 4 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: Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa), Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia) and Rethymnon (Terzisart, Rethymnon Old Town, &more). Next up on the itinerary: go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, see the interesting displays at Greek National Football Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. George, and visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse of Chania.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Chania Town day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hersonissos to Chania Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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 8th (Thu): trek along Elafonisi Viewpoint and then enjoy the sand and surf at Elafonissi Beach.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Elafonissi trip planner.

You can drive from Chania Town to Elafonissi in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Elafonissi can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails
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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.