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From Agios Nikolaos: Day Tour to Zeus Cave & Lasithi Plateau

From Agios Nikolaos: Day Tour to Zeus Cave & Lasithi Plateau

From US$ 158.33 per person

Explore the Cretan mountains, see where Zeus was born according to tradition, and meet the locals. Enjoy observing eagles soaring over the mountains and goats grazing near the roadway.

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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Dutch, French, Italian, German, Russian, Polish
Pickup included
Pickup from your hotel in the listed towns is included. Please be waiting in the hotel lobby a few minutes before your scheduled pickup time.
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the traditional village of Kritsa, Panagia Kera Byzantine Church, and the Ancient Lato.
  • Admire amazing view of Gulf of Mirabello from 1000m altitude
  • Visit the Katharo and Iassithi Plateaus
  • See mountain wildlife including eagles and goats
  • Visit the Birth Cave of Zeus
Full description
After pickup from your hotel, the first stop on your tour is Kritsa, a historical village rich in legends. Here you'll discover picturesque gorges and several ancient archaeological and religious sites. From Kritsa, drive higher into the mountains through the pine forest and past Katharo Plateau (altitude 1250m). This plateau is famous for the Cretan dwarf hippopotamus fossils found in the area and features a magnificent landscape surrounded that is home to many legends dating back to the Ottoman era. Next you'll visit the impressive Lassithi Plateau (altitude 1150m). More than 10,000 traditional windmills operated in the area until just a few decades ago. In the 1950s and 1960s, the plateau was actually one of the first wind farms in Europe. If you're lucky, you'll also have a chance to see some native wildlife. From here you'll continue on to the Diktaean Cave, that is, the birthplace of Zeus, which is located at the village of Psychro (altitude 840m). Finally, explore the village of Krasi and take photos of the famous Cretan author Nikos Kazantzakis’ beloved plane tree. This particular plane tree’s circumference is approximately 24 metres and it is estimated that it is 2400 years old.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Guided tour
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Intoxication

Know before you go

  • You will may not participate in the tour if you are drunk.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 5 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    5/5

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Had a wonderful day guide was the best .. Told us everything best experience on our trip to Crete high recommend it private tour get to go at your pace .. We loved it

June 3, 2022

Excellent and very interesting day. The guide was very friendly, accommodating and available. Very good driving, very clear explanations. We recommend this excursion

August 7, 2021

Our guide was super friendly and knowledgeable...we had an amazing time!!

February 13, 2020

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