8 days in Crete Itinerary

8 days in Crete Itinerary

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8 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Athens
Fly:  5​h
1
Elafonissi
— Few hours
bus:  2​h 15​min
2
Kissamos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Rethymnon
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Hersonissos
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h
End: Athens

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Elafonissi

Elafonissi ©
Located just off Crete's southwestern corner, Elafonissi offers an alternative vacation idea for those looking to avoid the larger, more crowded Greek islands.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Elafonissi Beach.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Elafonissi trip itinerary builder app .

Athens to Elafonissi is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also ride a ferry. June in Elafonissi sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Kissamos.

Things to do in Elafonissi

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach

2
nights
Kissamos

Kissamos ©
A quiet port town situated on Crete's western tip, Kissamos attracts mostly domestic tourists and possesses more of the quintessential Greek feel than livelier resorts strung along the island's coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): tour the water at your own pace with Captain Nick's Glass Bottom Boat Aphrodite and then go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Karavitakis Emmanouil and then enjoy the sand and surf at Balos Lagoon.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kissamos travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Elafonissi to Kissamos takes 2.5 hours. June in Kissamos sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Kissamos

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Chania Town, Karavitakis Emmanouil
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Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor

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night
Rethymnon

Rethymnon ©
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sacred Monastery of Arkadi, steep yourself in history at The Venetian Fortezza, and then take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rethymnon trip planning website .

Drive from Kissamos to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods
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Sacred Monastery of Arkadi ©
Sacred Monastery of Arkadi
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
The Venetian Fortezza ©
The Venetian Fortezza

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nights
Hersonissos

Hersonissos ©
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Get out of town with these interesting Hersonissos side-trips: Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda) and Heraklion (The Palace of Knossos, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, & more). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 21st (Thu) at Star Beach. Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre and examine the collection at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hersonissos trip planner .

Drive from Rethymnon to Hersonissos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

#Theme Parks, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Heraklion, Fortress Spinalonga, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
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The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga

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