8 days in Crete Itinerary

8 days in Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Porto
Fly + Shuttle:  10 h
1
Hersonissos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Chania Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Porto

3
nights
Hersonissos

Hersonissos ©
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hersonissos: Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos), Heraklion (Heraklion Archaeological Museum, The Natural History Museum of Crete, &more) and Elounda (Eklektos Bookshop & Fortress Spinalonga). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, and take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hersonissos tour itinerary maker.

Porto, Portugal to Hersonissos is an approximately 10- hour combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Porto to Hersonissos, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Porto in July, expect Hersonissos to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Heraklion, Elounda, Lake Voulismeni, Malia Minoan Palace, Folklore Museum of Gouves
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre ©
Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rethymnon (The Venetian Fortezza, Rethymnon Old Town, &more), Elafonissi (Elafonisi Viewpoint & Elafonissi Beach) and St. Nicholas Church (in Georgioupolis). There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, take in the exciting artwork at Apostolakis Handmade Ceramics, examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum, and explore the historical opulence of Kastro Gramvoussas.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Chania Town trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Hersonissos to Chania Town by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Chania Town are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. On the 28th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

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