15 days in Crete Itinerary

15 days in Crete Itinerary

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15 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + shuttle:  16​h 30​min
1
Chania Town
— 5 nights
shuttle:  2​h
2
Heraklion
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Elounda
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Kissamos
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

5
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 Falassarna Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rethymnon Old Town and Souda Bay War Cemetery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chania Town: Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa), St. Nicholas Church (in Georgioupolis) and Rethymnon (The Venetian Fortezza & Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Samaria Gorge National Park, learn about winemaking at Manousakis Winery, examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum, and stroll the grounds of German War Cemetery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Chania Town road trip planning website .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Chania Town is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly. Traveling from Johannesburg in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Chania Town, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to take a shuttle to Heraklion.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Rethymnon, Souda Bay War Cemetery, Falassarna Beach, Manousakis Winery, Balos Lagoon
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Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Samaria Gorge National Park ©
Samaria Gorge National Park

3
nights
Heraklion

Heraklion ©
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Matala beach and Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos). Get a sense of the local culture at The Palace of Knossos and The Natural History Museum of Crete. Step out of Heraklion to go to Sivas and see Palace of Faistos, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, and stop by Nerium Oleander.

Before you visit Heraklion, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by shuttle from Chania Town to Heraklion takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Heraklion sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Elounda.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Matala, Palace of Faistos, The Palace of Knossos
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Matala beach ©
Matala beach

2
nights
Elounda

Elounda ©
Long a sleepy fishing settlement on Crete's northern coastline, Elounda today serves as a major travel destination, drawing vacationers with a blend of unspoiled natural scenery and luxury resorts.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): stop by Trilogy Bookshop, then step off the mainland to explore Fortress Spinalonga, and then stroll through Plaka Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Elounda vacation builder site .

Getting from Heraklion to Elounda by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Elounda are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kissamos.

Things to do in Elounda

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Trilogy Bookshop ©
Trilogy Bookshop

2
nights
Kissamos

Kissamos ©
A quiet port town situated on Crete's western tip, Kissamos attracts mostly domestic tourists and possesses more of the quintessential Greek feel than livelier resorts strung along the island's coastline.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Balos Travel as well as Vigglia Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Falassarna Beach and Sfinari Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Archaeological Museum of Kissamos and Church Of Saint Spyridon. It doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Ioannis Prodromes.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kissamos road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Elounda to Kissamos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kissamos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Falassarna Beach
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Sfinari Beach ©
Sfinari Beach
Falassarna Beach ©
Falassarna Beach
Archaeological Museum of Kissamos ©
Archaeological Museum of Kissamos

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