8 days in Crete Itinerary

8 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete travel planner
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Elafonissi
— 1 day
Drive
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Kissamos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rethymnon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hersonissos
— 3 nights
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Elafonissi — 1 day

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 2nd (Sun): hike along Elafonisi Viewpoint and then kick back and relax at Elafonissi Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Elafonissi day trip planning website.

London, UK to Elafonissi is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Elafonissi is 2 hours. In October, Elafonissi is somewhat warmer than London - with highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Kissamos.
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Kissamos — 2 nights

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.
On the 3rd (Mon), kick back and relax at Balos Lagoon, step into the grandiose world of Kastro Gramvoussas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Falassarna Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Apostolakis Handmade Ceramics, see the interesting displays at Ancient Olive Tree, look for all kinds of wild species at Royal Octopus DIVE CENTER, then explore the different monuments and memorials at German Military Cemetery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Agia Marina Beach.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kissamos road trip planner.

You can drive from Elafonissi to Kissamos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Kissamos, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rethymnon.
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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.
On the 5th (Wed), steep yourself in history at The Venetian Fortezza, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kournas, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Georgioupolis Safari. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, identify plant and animal life at Gorge of Mili, then relax in the rural setting at Paraschakis Olive Oil - Crete, then look for all kinds of wild species at Reptisland, and finally look for gifts at Ilys ceramics.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rethymnon trip planner.

Drive from Kissamos to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Rethymnon can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hersonissos.
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Hersonissos — 3 nights

Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Palace of Knossos and Monastery Savvathiana. You'll explore and learn at Heraklion Archaeological Museum and Historical Museum of Crete. Explore Hersonissos' surroundings by going to Panagias Keras Church (in Agios Nikolaos), The Natural History Museum of Crete (in Heraklion) and Elounda (Trilogy Bookshop, Spinalonga (Kalydon), &more). It doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with Coral Diving Crete and look for all kinds of wild species at Gouves Animal Shelter.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hersonissos trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Hersonissos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can 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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