10 days in Crete Itinerary

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Fly to Heraklion, Shuttle to Elafonissi
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Elafonissi
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Chania Town
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rethymnon
— 2 nights
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Hersonissos
— 4 nights
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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.
On the 8th (Thu), hike along Elafonisi Viewpoint and then stroll through Elafonissi Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Elafonissi trip planner.

Budapest, Hungary to Elafonissi is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Budapest in June, Elafonissi is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Chania Town: Bonsai and Art (in Trachilos), Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos) and Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa). Spend the 11th (Sun) exploring nature at Samaria Gorge National Park. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at 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.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Chania Town online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Elafonissi to Chania Town takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Chania Town can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rethymnon.
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Rethymnon — 2 nights

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 12th (Mon), take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, then take an in-depth tour of Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, then steep yourself in history at The Venetian Fortezza, and finally see Off-Road Tours. On the next day, look for gifts at Ergastiri Kompologiou, then make a trip to Monastery of Arkadi, and then make a trip to Piges Argiroupolis.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Rethymnon trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Chania Town to Rethymnon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hersonissos.
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Hersonissos — 4 nights

Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos), Elounda (Spinalonga (Kalydon) & Spas) and Heraklion (Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Inspira, &more). Spend the 17th (Sat) exploring the striking scenery along Lassithi Plateau. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at CRETAquarium, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, and get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum of Crete.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Hersonissos vacation planner.

Drive from Rethymnon to Hersonissos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight 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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