9 days in Crete Itinerary

9 days in Crete Itinerary

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9 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Vilnius
Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
1
Plakias
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Chania Town
— 2 nights
shuttle:  2​h
3
Heraklion
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  9​h
End: Vilnius

1
night
Plakias

Plakias ©
On the 13th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Kourtaliotiko Gorge, then kick back and relax at Skinaria Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Damnoni Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Plakias driving holiday site .

Vilnius, Lithuania to Plakias is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Vilnius in October, things will get much warmer in Plakias: highs are around 28°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Plakias

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Kourtaliotiko Gorge ©
Kourtaliotiko Gorge
Skinaria Beach ©
Skinaria Beach
Damnoni Beach ©
Damnoni Beach

2
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.
On the 14th (Mon), stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery, kick back and relax at Seitan Limania Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), make a trip to Chania Venetian Lighthouse, then brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of Crete, and finally explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Agii Apostoli Beach, stroll the grounds of German War Cemetery, then learn about winemaking at Manousakis Winery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church, and finally stop by Kurkuta.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Chania Town visit planning app .

Traveling by car from Plakias to Chania Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Chania Town can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to catch the shuttle to Heraklion.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors Beaches Historic Sites

Side Trips

Souda, Akrotiri, St. Nicholas Church, Manousakis Winery, German War Cemetery
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Souda Bay War Cemetery ©
Souda Bay War Cemetery
Manousakis Winery ©
Manousakis Winery
German War Cemetery ©
German War Cemetery

5
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.
Do your shopping at Vasiliki Agios Markos Municipal Art Gallery and Kurtes. Get a sense of the local culture at The Palace of Knossos and Douloufakis Winery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Heraklion: Palace of Faistos (in Sivas), Komos Beach (in Pitsidia) and Karavostasi Beach (in Bali). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Reptisland, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Minas.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Heraklion route planning app .

Traveling by shuttle from Chania Town to Heraklion takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Karavostasi Beach, The Palace of Knossos, Palace of Faistos, Komos Beach, Kurtes
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Reptisland ©
Reptisland
Komos Beach ©
Komos Beach

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