Traveling Heraklion to West Crete
by Ms Diane
We will be flying into the airport in Heraklion mid-morning in July and leaving from that airport mid-morning, 7 days later.
So we have 7 days and 6 nights in Crete. We plan to rent a car at the airport. I have put together an itinerary for my family (2 adults and 2 teens).
Could you please give me advice?
Day 1 - arrive mid-morning at Heraklion airport and drive to Knossos to explore. Drive to Rethymnon that afternoon to explore and stay overnight in Rethymnon.
Day 2 - Drive to Chania and explore Chania, go to Falasarna Beach and stay in Chania
Day 3 - take a one day tour from Chania to Balos, stay in Chania
Day 4 - drive to Elafonisi Beach and stay in Paleochora?
Day 5 - go to the Samaria Gorge or do that on Day 4?
Day 6 - drive to Archanes and sleep the night there
Day 7 - fly out of Heraklion mid-morning
Thank you so much for any advice that you can offer and any advice about accommodation for a family of four!
West Crete Itinerary - Old Towns and Beaches
You itinerary sounds marvellous. We have simply added notes and suggestions to your itinerary below. We have provided options on accommodation, to choose according to your budget. You have a wonderful trip planned and we trust you will enjoy it and will love getting to know Kriti.Day 1
Arrive mid-morning at Heraklion airport
Pick up hire car
Drive to Knossos 7 km. Allow 2 hours to explore
Drive to Rethymnon (81 km) that afternoon to explore and stay overnight in Rethymnon
Sounds great, see our mini guide to the west of Crete for an alternative route from Knossos to Rethymnon, a little bit off the beaten track, 145 km.
In Rethymnon stay in the old townStay Avli Lounge Apartments (luxury option)Or Afroditi Hotel (mid range)Day 2
Drive to Chania 61 km
Visit Falasarna Beach 51 km
Stay in Chania old townStay Mama Nena Charming HotelOr Helena Hotel (mid range)Day 3
Take a one day tour from Chania to Balos Lagoon
Stay in Chania Old TownDay 4
Take a one day tour from Chania to Samaria Gorge
Stay in Chania Old TownDay 5
Drive to Elafonisi Beach 134 km returnStay in country guesthouse near Kissamos – Kaliviani Traditional HotelDay 6
Drive to Archanes 175 km direct
Choose to visit on way:
• Georgioupoli Beach with little chapel
• Lake Kournas
• Agreco Traditional Farm
• Agia Pelagia Beach for a final swim
Stay Archanes VillageStay Archontiko StudioDay 7
Drive Archanes to Heraklion Airport 16 km
Drop off hire car
Fly out of Heraklion mid morning
We have listed below some info pages you might find useful, it seems you may have found many of them on our site already.
Bon Voyage! Kalo Taxidi!Knossos PalaceMini Guide to West of CreteRethymnon TownRethymnon AccomChania TownChania AccomFalasarna BeachDay ToursElafonisi BeachGeorgioupolis BeachLake KournasRural Accom Chania
Agreco FarmAgia Pelagia BeachArchanes Village
Bon Voyage! Kalo Taxidi!