8 days in Crete Itinerary

8 days in Crete Itinerary

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8 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Rethymnon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Elafonissi
— 1 night
shuttle:  2​h 45​min
3
Hersonissos
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Tel Aviv

3
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rethymnon: Reptisland (in Melidoni), Chania Town (Greek National Football Museum & Old Venetian Harbor) and Souda (Ancient Aptera & Souda Bay War Cemetery). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Arkadi, stroll through Preveli Beach, and view the masterpieces at Ilys ceramics.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rethymnon trip maker .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Rethymnon is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Tel Aviv in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Rethymnon, with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Souda, Chania Town, Preveli Beach, Reptisland, Ilys ceramics
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor

1
night
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.
On the 30th (Mon), kick back and relax at Aspri Limni Beach, kick back and relax at Elafonissi Beach, and then hike along Elafonisi Viewpoint.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Elafonissi trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Elafonissi takes 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to take a shuttle to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Elafonissi  Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Aspri Limni Beach ©
Aspri Limni Beach

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hersonissos: Heraklion (The Natural History Museum of Crete, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, & more), Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos) and Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, do a tasting at Winery Stilianou, meet the residents at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, and see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hersonissos trip itinerary website .

Take a shuttle from Elafonissi to Hersonissos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. In September in Hersonissos, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Heraklion, Fortress Spinalonga, Winery Stilianou, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Lake Voulismeni
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga

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