From Ierapetra: Zeus Cave and Lassithi Plateau Day Tour

From Ierapetra: Zeus Cave and Lassithi Plateau Day Tour

From US$ 105.43 per person

Enjoy a full-day trip up to the Lassithi Plateau with majestic views and off-roading. Explore Greek mythology and visit Psychro Cave, Zeus' birthplace and enjoy a traditional meze lunch.

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Duration 1 day
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Live tour guide
English, French, German, Dutch, Russian
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For pick up, look out for our orange Land Rover Discovery.


  • Visit Psychro Cave, Zeus' birthplace
  • Offroad through the mountains
  • Enjoy delicious local food at a Greek taverna
  • Take in the beauty of the Lassithi Plateau
Full description
Start your tour with pick up in an air-conditioned Land Rover from your accommodations at 10 AM and head into the Dikti Mountain Range. You'll pass through several traditional and very picturesque mountain villages. There will be plenty of opportunities to stop for photos or to have a coffee at a real taverna. At the Lassithi Plateau, you might see eagles and vultures, as both nest around this area. Next, you’ll reach the base of Mount Spathi. The Psychro Cave, the birth place of the Greek god Zeus, is located on the north face of Spathi. You’ll walk 15 minutes up the steep hill to the entrance of the cave and from there follow the path down into the spectacular cave.   Next, enjoy a traditional Cretan meze lunch with local wine. After lunch, you'll continue around the plateau and then descend taking in views of the north coast and the impressive Aposelemis Dam. You will then visit a 2400 year-old plane tree, the oldest on the island, as well as the Selinari Monestary.
  • Hotel pickup from Elounda, Malia, Gouves, Ierapetra, and surrounding areas
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned Land Rover with an experienced driver
  • Refreshments/water
  • Cretan lunch
  • Gratuities
  • 6 entrance fee for adults to the Psychro Cave; entrance for children is free of charge

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  • Entering the cave is not possible for those with limited mobility, but the rest of the tour can still be enjoyed for those with limited mobility
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 / 5

based on 11 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5.0 / 5
  • Transportation
    5.0 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.8 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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We had THE BEST, most authentic day on our tour with Petra. On the day of the tour, we had just spent 3 days in Athens and ten days in Crete and thought we had seen and learned it all... but Petra was the sweetest, most informative guide I’ve ever met! We enjoyed fresh, local food and we were shown a side of Greece we only wished for. Definitely our best day of the whole trip by far!

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December 3, 2019


Outstanding! Pick up at the hotel, departure for the Lassithi plateau with native guides of Lassithi, a father and his daughter who speak French. Huge flexibility on monuments and museums as well as dazzling shots by telling the story of the plateau through eras and seasons. The family context put us in a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere without any time pressure! They took us to meet the locals and their local production and then dropped us off at the Zeus cave, an unmissable "mythology". Finally they brought us to a typical inn to eat, local food, restaurateurs, friends served us generously with a warm welcome exceptional. An organization like this, day with little Cretan onions A huge thank you to Nathalie and her dad for this unforgettable day engraved forever in the minds of my niece and myself, good luck to Nathalie for the rest of her studies

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July 30, 2019

Petra war die perfekte Tourleiterin und Fahrerin in einem. Sehr kompetent und immer auf jede Frage ausführliche Infos,dazu einen angenehmen und sicheren Fahrstil. Wir haben in einer kleinen Gruppe sehr viel gesehen auch abseits der Touristenpfade,dazu immer wieder kleine Stopps in lokalen Geschäften und ein leckeres Essen in einer Taverne.Abholung pünktlich,Ankunft bis vor die Tür und was auch auffiel,ein sehr gepflegter Land Rover,wo Sicherheit und Sauberkeit ein gutes Gefühl hinterließen, Kurzum : Sehr empfehlenswert!

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October 22, 2020

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