8 days in Crete Itinerary

8 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete travel planner

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Heraklion
— 3 nights
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Chania Town
— 4 nights
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Heraklion

— 3 nights
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.
Visiting Reptisland and Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Church of Saint Titus and Historical Museum of Crete. Get out of town with these interesting Heraklion side-trips: Melidoni Cave (in Melidoni) and Sfentoni Cave (in Zoniana). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, steep yourself in history at Castello del Molo (Koules), make a trip to Venetian Walls and Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis, and ponder the world of politics at Loggia.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Heraklion trip planner.

Stockholm, Sweden to Heraklion is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Stockholm to Heraklion is 1 hour. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Stockholm in December: high temperatures in Heraklion hover around 19°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to take a shuttle to Chania Town.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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Chania Town

— 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like MINOAN'S WORLD and Maritime Museum of Crete. Visiting St. Anthony Gorge (Gorge of Patsos) and Seitan Limania Beach will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to St. Nicholas Church (in Georgioupolis) and Rethymnon (Rethymnon Old Town, Old Venetian Harbour of Rethymno, &more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Greek National Football Museum, stroll the grounds of German Military Cemetery, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Chania, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Agii Apostoli Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Chania Town day trip planning site.

You can take a shuttle from Heraklion to Chania Town in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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.