8 days in Crete Itinerary

8 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete trip itinerary planner
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Fly
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Heraklion
— 1 night
Drive
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Rethymnon
— 1 night
Drive
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Chania Town
— 4 nights
Drive
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Heraklion
— 1 night
Fly

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Heraklion — 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Melidoni Cave as well as Old Venetian Harbor of Heraklion. On the 15th (Thu), take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor of Heraklion.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Heraklion trip builder site.

Riga, Latvia to Heraklion is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In September, Heraklion is somewhat warmer than Riga - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow time for the shuttle ride to Rethymnon.
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Rethymnon — 1 night

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 16th (Fri): visit Rethymnon Old Town, take in the waterfront at Old Venetian Harbour of Rethymno, and then contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza.

For where to stay and tourist information, go to the Rethymnon road trip planner.

Take a shuttle from Heraklion to Rethymnon in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Chania Town.
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Balos Lagoon as well as Falassarna Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Chania Town: Seitan Limania Beach (in Akrotiri), Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia) and Kourtaliotiko Gorge (in Plakias). Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, kick back and relax at Elafonissi Beach, steep yourself in history at Castello del Molo (Koules), and explore the activities along Lake Kournas.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Chania Town trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Rethymnon to Chania Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Chania Town sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can take a shuttle to Heraklion.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
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Heraklion — 1 night

Watercity Waterpark Themed Park has been added to your itinerary.

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

Traveling by shuttle from Chania Town to Heraklion takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) 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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