8 days in Crete Itinerary

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Elounda — 1 night

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.
On the 9th (Tue), explore the activities along Lake Voulismeni and then head off the coast to Spinalonga (Kalydon). Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Loustari Traditional Cretan Products and then see what you can catch with Christina Boat.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Elounda is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Elounda. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in August: highs in Elounda hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Heraklion.
Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
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Heraklion — 2 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.
On the 11th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum of Crete, then relax in the rural setting at Snail Farm and Fun, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at CRETAquarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and then delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos.

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You can drive from Elounda to Heraklion in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to take a shuttle to Chania Town.
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Chania Town — 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rethymnon (The Venetian Fortezza, Rethymnon Old Town, &more), Royal Octopus DIVE CENTER (in Kolymbari) and Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Old Venetian Harbor, learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Crete, explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery, and see the interesting displays at Greek National Football Museum.

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You can take a shuttle from Heraklion to Chania Town in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Chania Town sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Elafonissi.
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Elafonissi — 1 night

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 16th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Elafonissi Beach and then hike along Elafonisi Viewpoint.

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Drive from Chania Town to Elafonissi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can fly back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails
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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.