8 days in Crete Itinerary

8 days in Crete Itinerary

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— 3 nights
Chania Town
— 4 nights


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 Melidoni Cave will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Church of Saint Titus and Loggia. Get out of town with these interesting Heraklion side-trips: Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) (in Matala) and Sfentoni Cave (in Zoniana). The adventure continues: 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 learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete.

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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 changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. 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.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
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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 Souda Bay War Cemetery. Visiting St. Anthony Gorge (Gorge of Patsos) and Agii Apostoli Beach will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Rethymnon (Rethymnon Old Town, Old Venetian Harbour of Rethymno, &more), St. Nicholas Church (in Georgioupolis) and Seitan Limania Beach (in Akrotiri). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Greek National Football Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of Crete, stroll the grounds of German Military Cemetery, and take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Chania.

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Getting from Heraklion to Chania Town by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.
Parks · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors
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Crete travel guide

Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
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.