Ile de Crete

Un Itinéraire Personnalisé
L'île de Crète

Chania in Crete - the ochre building is the Maritime Museum


Ile de Crete - A Trip in Crete - We Answer our Visitor’s Questions

Bonjour, I am looking to spend about a week in in Crete in the first week of June. Je cherche à passer environ une semaine en Crète dans la première semaine de juin. I wish to visit mainly war museums, je souhaite visiter principalement des musées de guerre, Askifou museum, Spinalonga, Elounda, Agios Nikolas plus other sites, so I assume I either need a car or to travel by bus & spend nights in different places.

Below are the places I would like to visit. Voici les endroits que je voudrais visiter. I can extend the holiday up to about 10-12 days if you think that would be easier: Je peux prolonger les vacances jusqu'à environ 10-12 jours si vous pensez que ce serait plus facile:

  • Spinalonga
  • Elounda and Agios Nikolaos
  • War museum Askifou
  • War Caves
  • Commonwealth Graveyards
  • War Shelter of Platanias
  • Maritime Museum in Chania harbour
  • Santorini

Karina




Ile de Crete
A Customised Itinerary

Yiasas & Bonjour Karina,

Your itinerary sounds wonderful and you can certainly achieve it within the timeframe, however we always suggest more time! This is so that you are not rushed and can experience the true Greek way of life, and of course, be open to serendipity along the journey.

When visitors want to see both the west and east of the island, we generally say it is best to set aside 10 days. Then you could have 2 days in Santorini. Of course it is flexible and you can amend the itinerary below, which is just a suggestion.

We suggest you arrive into Chania and depart from Heraklion to Santorini. In this way,  you will see the west of the island, then move over to the east then come back to Heraklion, ready to depart on the morning ferry to Santorini.

This can all be better with a car, especially for Askifou, or you could choose a car for just one day, and take the buses, which are very good, frequent and reliable. We have prepared your itinerary with a hire car in mind. Please let us know if you need more information about the buses.

As we are not sure what style of accommodation you prefer, we have suggested mid-range small hotels and guesthouses, full of local character.

June is a good time of year to visit Crete, with temperatures not too hot and not too many crowds. Spring weather and lots of flowers. If you have any further questions please let us know.

L'île de Crète - un itinéraire personnalisé

Day One

Arrive Chania (Le Canée) port or airport
Pick up your hire car
Stay in Chania Old Town
Visit Maritime Museum
Visit Folklore Museum
Stay at Pension Eva

Day Two
Day trip to Askifou Plateau 100 km return
Visit War Museum in Kares, see towers & caves
Perhaps visit Georgioupolis Beach or Lake Kournas on return journey
Stay in Chania Old Town
Stay at
Pension Eva

Day Three
Rest day from history
Visit Balos Lagoon, Falasarna Beach or Elafonisi Beach
Relax at beach or explore the Old Town
Stay in Chania Old Town
Stay at Pension Eva

Day Four
Visit the Allied Cemetery at Souda Bay 10 km return
Visit Platanias war shelter 22 km return
Visit beaches at Maleme, Platanias and Agia Marina
Maleme also has a war museum
Stay in Chania Old Town
Stay at Pension Eva

Day Five
Drive from Chania to Rethymnon 65 km
Explore Old Town of Rethymnon
Stay for lunch
Drive from Rethymnon to Archanes Village near Heraklion 94 km
Stay in Archanes
Stay at Arhontiko Studios
Or drive from Rethymnon to Agia Pelagia Beach 60 km
Stay in Agia Pelagia
Stay at Aquarius Apartments

Day Six
Early visit to Knossos Palace (Le Palais de Knossos) archaeological site (10 km from Archanes, 25 km from Agia Pelagia)
Allow 2 hours for the visit
Drive from Knossos to Agios Nikolaos and Elounda 66 km
Stay in Elounda or Plaka
Stay at the Cottage by the Sea

Day Seven
Rest day by the beach
Stay at the Cottage by the Sea

Day Eight
Visit Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Island
Stay at the Cottage by the Sea

Day Nine
Visit Spinalonga Island or beaches
In the afternoon drive to Heraklion 66 km
Drop off your hire car
Stay in Heraklion town near the port
Stay at the Hotel Lato (very convenient to the port)

Day Ten
Ferry to Santorini – depart Heraklion port 8.40am
Arrive 10.25am
Stay in Firostephani
Stay at the Ellinon Thea Hotel

Day Eleven
Enjoy Santorini
Stay at the Ellinon Thea Hotel

Day Twelve
Take a ferry or flight from Santorini to Athens
Flight information here
Ferry information here




Ile de Crete - Info for Your Trip

Ile de Crete - information pages for this itinerary:

Chania Airport

Accommodation in Crete

Car Hire Crete

Chania Crete

Chania Region

Askifou Plateau

The White Mountains

Elounda

Lasithi Region

Agios Nikolaos

Heraklion Town

Heraklion Region

Knossos Palace

Tips for Visiting Knossos

Santorini Guide

Accommodation in Santorini

Athens Guide

Askifou Plateau is 50 km from Chania townAskifou Plateau is 50 km from Chania town in the White Mountains
Try a Sfakian pie whilst in the regionTry a Sfakian pie whilst in the region - with plenty of local honey






Your Itinerary in Pictures

Stay in the Old Town of Chania as it is full of atmosphere and close to all the museums you want to seeStay in the Old Town of Chania as it is full of atmosphere and close to all the museums you want to see.

Ile de Crete - aujourd'hui, certains quartiers datant de la période vénitienne sont encore intacts, ainsi que des quartiers juifs ou turcs très bien conservés.


Chania Crete - the old harbourChania Crete - the old harbour

En longeant de l’intérieur les murs de la ville, vous pourrez apercevoir de charmantes ruelles.


The Allied War Cemetery is at Souda Bay, close to ChaniaThe Allied War Cemetery is at Souda Bay, close to Chania

The Old Harbour and Lighthouse in RethymnonThe Venetian Old Harbour and Lighthouse in Rethymnon

Ile de Crete - stroll throught the old town to the Venetian Fortezza on the point which provides a wonderful view back over the town to the mountains, then stroll to the tiny Old Harbour for a seafood lunch amongst the hubbub. Try Zefyros there or En Plo on the seaside next to the Fortezza, for a bit more space with a seaside view.


Elounda is a lovely sandy beachElounda is a lovely sandy beach

Visit the cafes around Lake Voulismeni in Agios NikolaosVisit the cafes around Lake Voulismeni in Agios Nikolaos


Take a local boat across from Plaka to Spinalonga Island and absorb the history of this mysterious placeTake a local boat across from Plaka to Spinalonga Island and absorb the history of this mysterious place

Ile de Crete - Spinalonga Island holds such a fascination for modern travellers who like to delve into its secrets since the times of pirates, to Venetian and  Turkish conquerers and to the unimaginable suffering of those isolated here in the leper colony between the years of1903 to 1957.

A modern novel outlining this dramatic history entitled simply "The Island" caught so much attention worldwide that it was made into a tele-drama, made in Greece and Crete "To Nisi - Το νησί".


Views are everywhere in SantoriniViews are everywhere in Santorini



Getting to the Ile de Crete

Flight icon

Flights from Athens ATH to Chania CHQ

Flight icon

Flights to Chania from France with Olympic Airlines

Ferry icon

Ferries from Athens Pireaus Port to Chania Port

Ferry icon

Ferries from Heraklion Port to Thira Port Santorini





See more Q&As for travelling in Crete...

Getting to Crete...

Getting Around in Crete...





Crete Travel Guide
Travel to the Greek Islands
Travel to Athens




Buy Now

Five Days in the West of Crete e-book

28 pages
Only €2.48 EUR




Buy Now

Five Days in the East of Crete e-book

28 pages
Only €2.48 EUR




Buy Now

Two e-book Bundle

56 pages in two books
Only €4.60 EUR for two books