8 days in Crete Itinerary

8 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete trip itinerary planner
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Fly
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Chania Town
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Rethymnon
— 1 night
Drive
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Agios Nikolaos
— 1 night
Drive
4
Ierapetra
Drive
5
Sitia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chania Town
— 1 night
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Chania Town — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse of Chania and then enjoy the sand and surf at Balos Lagoon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Samaria Gorge National Park.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Chania Town online driving holiday planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Chania Town is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Chania Town is 1 hour. In October, Chania Town is somewhat warmer than Brussels - with highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rethymnon.
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Rethymnon — 1 night

Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
On the 7th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Rethymno Beach and then visit Rethymnon Old Town.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rethymnon trip planner.

Getting from Chania Town to Rethymnon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Rethymnon can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Agios Nikolaos.
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Agios Nikolaos — 1 night

A tour of Agios Nikolaos leads visitors through charming neighborhoods with white washed houses, squares with taverns, steep pedestrian streets, and sea as a backdrop, ideal for exploration on foot.
On the 8th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Voulismeni and then head off the coast to Spinalonga (Kalydon).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Agios Nikolaos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Agios Nikolaos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 9th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ierapetra.
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Ierapetra

Ierapetra, Europe's southernmost city, sits on Crete's southwestern coastline and draws attention with its mild weather and award-winning beaches.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): make a trip to Minoan Water Tanks, kick back and relax at Koutsounari beach, and then look for gifts at Blue Shades.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Ierapetra trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Agios Nikolaos to Ierapetra takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Agios Nikolaos in October since evenings lows in Ierapetra dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sitia.
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Sitia — 2 nights

Sitia is a port town and a municipality in Lasithi, Crete, Greece. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Richtis Gorge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Moni Toplou, and then stroll through Sitia Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sitia tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ierapetra to Sitia in 1.5 hours. In October in Sitia, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Chania Town.
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Chania Town — 1 night

On the 11th (Tue), stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery, kick back and relax at Agii Apostoli Beach, and then kick back and relax at Iguana Beach. On the next day, kick back and relax at Platania Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Agia Marina Beach, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Chania Town road trip app.

You can drive from Sitia to Chania Town in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can fly back home.
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Crete travel guide

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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.
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