9 days in Crete & Santorini Itinerary

9 days in Crete & Santorini Itinerary

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9 days in Crete & Santorini Itinerary

Start: Heraklion
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Heraklion
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Chania Town
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 15​min
3
Elafonissi
— Few hours
shuttle:  9​h 45​min
4
Agios Nikolaos
— 1 night
taxi + ferry:  4​h 30​min
5
Fira
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h
End: Heraklion

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, then get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Crete.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Heraklion trip builder.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Heraklion International Nikos Kazantzakis Airport, Chania International Airport and Santorini Airport. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Heraklion

#Museums, #Historic Sites
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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 get in some beach time at Balos Beach and Lagoon and Kalathas Beach. Get some historical perspective at Kastro Gramvoussas and German War Cemetery. When in Chania Town, make a side trip to see Olive Tree Museum of Vouves in Vouves, approximately 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Manousakis Winery, enjoy the sand and surf at Chrissi Akti Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), and explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Chania Town itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Heraklion to Chania Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Chania Town sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Chania Town

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), Ancient Olive Tree, Kalathas Beach, Manousakis Winery, Chrissi Akti Beach
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Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Manousakis Winery ©
Manousakis Winery

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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.
On the 10th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Chryssoskalitissa Monastery and then enjoy the sand and surf at Elafonissi Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Elafonissi trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Chania Town to Elafonissi in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Agios Nikolaos.

Things to do in Elafonissi

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Chryssoskalitissa Monastery ©
Chryssoskalitissa Monastery

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Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then examine the collection at Folk Art Museum of Agios Nikolaos, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Agios Nikolaos trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Elafonissi to Agios Nikolaos takes 10 hours. In May in Agios Nikolaos, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Fira.

Things to do in Agios Nikolaos

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Adventure

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Folk Art Museum of Agios Nikolaos ©
Folk Art Museum of Agios Nikolaos

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Fira

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Church Of Candlemas Of The Lord and then enjoy the sand and surf at KAMARA BEACH. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Ernesto Workshop & Gallery, then kick back and relax at Perissa Black Sand Beach, then delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, and finally stroll through Red Beach.

To see photos and more tourist information, read our Fira trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Agios Nikolaos to Fira takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry back home.

Things to do in Fira

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Akrotiri, KAMARA BEACH, Perissa Black Sand Beach
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Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Akrotiri LightHouse ©
Akrotiri LightHouse
KAMARA BEACH ©
KAMARA BEACH

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