8 days in Crete Itinerary

8 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete journey planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Chania Town
— 3 nights
Drive
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Elafonissi
— 1 night
Taxi to Chania Airport, Shuttle to Hersonissos
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Hersonissos
— 3 nights
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Chania Town

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Kournas (in Kournas), Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia) and Rethymnon (The Venetian Fortezza, Rethymnon Old Town, &more). There's much more to do: go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, kick back and relax at Balos Lagoon, delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, and get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Chania.

Plan my day in Chania Town using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Chania Town is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Traveling from Riyadh to Chania Town, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Riyadh in September; daily highs in Chania Town reach 34°C and lows reach 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:

Elafonissi

— 1 night
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 27th (Mon): trek along Elafonisi Viewpoint, then kick back and relax at Elafonissi Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Aspri Limni Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Elafonissi online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Chania Town to Elafonissi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hersonissos: Agios Nikolaos (Lake Voulismeni & Panagias Keras Church), Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda) and Heraklion (Heraklion Archaeological Museum & Nerium Oleander). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos, see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, and take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Crete.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hersonissos travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Elafonissi to Hersonissos by combination of taxi and shuttle takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:

Crete travel guide

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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.