10 days in Crete Itinerary

10 days in Crete Itinerary

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10 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Heraklion
shuttle:  11​h
1
Chania Town
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Elafonissi
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Sitia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Hersonissos
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
End: Chania

3
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Balos Lagoon and Agii Apostoli Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Chania Town side-trips: Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa), Falassarna Beach (in Falassarna) and Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia). There's much more to do: make a trip to Old Venetian Harbor, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Chania, enjoy the sea views from Chania Venetian Lighthouse, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Chania Town trip itinerary builder .

Heraklion to Chania Town is an approximately 2-hour shuttle ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kastro Gramvoussas, Samaria Gorge National Park, Falassarna Beach, Balos Lagoon
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Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Falassarna Beach ©
Falassarna Beach

1
night
Elafonissi

Elafonissi ©
Located just off Crete's southwestern corner, Elafonissi offers an alternative vacation idea for those looking to avoid the larger, more crowded Greek islands.
On the 21st (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Aspri Limni Beach, don't miss a visit to Chryssoskalitissa Monastery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Elafonissi Beach, and finally trek along Elafonisi Viewpoint.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Elafonissi online route planner .

Traveling by car from Chania Town to Elafonissi takes 1.5 hours. August in Elafonissi sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Sitia.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Chryssoskalitissa Monastery
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Elafonissi  Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Aspri Limni Beach ©
Aspri Limni Beach

1
night
Sitia

Sitia ©
Sitia is a port town and a municipality in Lasithi, Crete, Greece. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): kick back and relax at Lagoufa Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Goudouras Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Karoumes Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Moni Toplou, enjoy the sand and surf at Erimoupolis Beach, then kick back and relax at Itanos Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Vai Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sitia online day trip planner .

You can drive from Elafonissi to Sitia in 5.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Sitia are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Sitia

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Goudouras Beach, Itanos Beach, Vai Beach, Lagoufa Beach
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Vai Beach ©
Vai Beach
Goudouras Beach ©
Goudouras Beach
Karoumes Beach ©
Karoumes Beach

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Hersonissos

Hersonissos ©
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Acqua Plus Water Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Stalis Beach, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, and finally meet the residents at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): make a splash at Star Beach.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hersonissos online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Sitia to Hersonissos takes 2 hours. August in Hersonissos sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Theme Parks Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Stalis Beach
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Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos

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