8 days in Crete Itinerary

8 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete trip planner

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Fly
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Elounda
— 1 night
Drive
2
Heraklion
— 3 nights
Shuttle
3
Rethymnon
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Chania Town
— 1 night
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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 25th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Agios Nikolaos, then steep yourself in history at Fortress Spinalonga, and then stop by Eklektos Bookshop. On your second day here, explore the activities along Lake Voulismeni, enjoy the sand and surf at Voulisma Beach, and then delve into the distant past at Malia Palace Archaeological Site.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Elounda itinerary planning app.

Brussels, Belgium to Elounda is an approximately 7-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Elounda. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Brussels in May, with highs in Elounda at 26°C and lows at 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Heraklion.

Things to do in Elounda

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 25 — 26:

Heraklion

— 3 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.
Popular historic sites such as The Palace of Knossos and Church of Saint Titus are in your itinerary. For shopping fun, head to Botano Cretan Mountain Herbs or Vassiliki's Herb Broidery. Venture out of the city with trips to Gortyna (in Agioi Deka) and Matala Beach (in Matala). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, steep yourself in history at Castello del Molo (Koules), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at CRETAquarium, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Aegeo Spas.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Heraklion trip tool.

You can drive from Elounda to Heraklion in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Elounda in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 18°C in Heraklion. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 26 — 29:

Rethymnon

— 2 nights
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 30th (Sun): kick back and relax at Rethymno Beach, then wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, then take in the exciting artwork at Artifacts by Omodamos, and finally contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Mon): look for gifts at Olive Wood Traditional Workshop, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Arkadi, then admire the masterpieces at Folk Museum of Spili, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Preveli Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rethymnon tour website.

You can take a shuttle from Heraklion to Rethymnon in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Rethymnon can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 29 — 31:

Chania Town

— 1 night
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of Crete, enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse of Chania, view the masterpieces at Folklore Museum of Chania, stop by Mitos Objects of Art, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery, and finally kick back and relax at Agii Apostoli Beach.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Chania Town vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Rethymnon to Chania Town in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 1:

Crete travel guide

4.3
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.