9 days in Crete Itinerary

9 days in Crete Itinerary

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9 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
1
Heraklion
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Elounda
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Chania Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: London


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2
nights
Heraklion

Heraklion ©
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.
On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Venetian Walls and Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis, contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos, and then meet the residents at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Heraklion trip planner .

London, UK to Heraklion is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in May: high temperatures in Heraklion hover around 28°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Elounda.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
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1
night
Elounda

Elounda ©
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 12th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Panagias Keras Church, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Voulismeni, and then see Flowers of Crete.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Elounda trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Heraklion to Elounda takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Elounda

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Agios Nikolaos
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Flowers of Crete ©
Flowers of Crete
Lake Voulismeni ©
Lake Voulismeni
Panagias Keras Church ©
Panagias Keras Church

5
nights
Chania Town

Chania Town ©
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chania Town: Elafonissi Beach (in Elafonissi), Rethymnon (The Venetian Fortezza, Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, & more) and Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos). On the 16th (Thu), enjoy a day of scenic exploration at Samaria Gorge National Park. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, stop by Mitos Objects of Art, explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery, and learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Crete.

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Getting from Elounda to Chania Town by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Rethymnon, Souda, Balos Lagoon, Elafonissi Beach, Kastro Gramvoussas
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Elafonissi  Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town

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