8 days in Crete Itinerary

8 days in Crete Itinerary

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8 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Glasgow
Fly + shuttle:  9​h
1
Chania Town
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Elafonissi
— 1 night
shuttle:  2​h 45​min
3
Hersonissos
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Glasgow

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 find plenty of places to visit near Chania Town: Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos), Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa) and Lake Kournas (in Kournas). There's lots more to do: go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, explore the stunning scenery at Samaria Gorge National Park, take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, and examine the collection at MINOAN'S WORLD.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Chania Town trip itinerary planning website .

Glasgow, UK to Chania Town is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Time is 2 hours. When traveling from Glasgow in July, plan for much warmer days in Chania Town, with highs around 37°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Souda Bay War Cemetery, Balos Lagoon, Rethymnon Old Town, Kastro Gramvoussas, Samaria Gorge National Park
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Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Samaria Gorge National Park ©
Samaria Gorge National Park
Lake Kournas ©
Lake Kournas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Elafonisi Viewpoint, kick back and relax at Elafonissi Beach, and then kick back and relax at Aspri Limni Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Elafonissi vacation planner.

You can drive from Chania Town to Elafonissi in 1.5 hours. July in Elafonissi sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Elafonissi  Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Aspri Limni Beach ©
Aspri Limni Beach

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.
Explore Hersonissos' surroundings by going to Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda), Heraklion (Heraklion Archaeological Museum & The Natural History Museum of Crete) and Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos). The adventure continues: meet the residents at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, kick back and relax at Matala beach, examine the collection at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, and steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hersonissos trip planning tool .

Traveling by shuttle from Elafonissi to Hersonissos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Elafonissi in July, expect nights in Hersonissos to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are little chillier, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Heraklion, Fortress Spinalonga, Lake Voulismeni, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Matala beach
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos

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