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Crete: Lasithi Plateau and Cave of Zeus Off Road Safari Tour

Crete: Lasithi Plateau and Cave of Zeus Off Road Safari Tour

Discover traditional life in rural Crete by witnessing the daily activities of the locals and visiting the sites where Greek myths were born. Enjoy a tour of Potamies, Aposelemis dam, Empasa, the cave of Zeus, and the beautiful scenery of the plateau. Start with pickup from your accommodation. Visit one of the most characteristic Cretan villages, Potamies, for a tour of a traditional local farm. See the process of milking and cheese-making, meet the animals, and sample their fresh cheese. Next, head to the Aposelemis dam, the largest water supply project in Crete. See the village of Sfendili submerged in the waters of the dam with its impressive old houses fading on the surface of the water. Explore the natural wetlands and spot a unique variety of birds. Continue uphill on the dirt roads to the gorge of Empasa. Enjoy the views of the mountainous landscape and thriving wildlife. Try your hand at foraging for native herbs or relax and take in the panoramic views. Take a trip to Lassithi Plateau to enter Psychro Cave, the fabled birthplace of the Greek God Zeus. Follow the trails of the gods and after that take a tour around the plateau to get a sense of local life. Finally, enjoy authentic food baked in the wood oven in one of the most celebrated taverns in the picturesque village of Krasi. Admire the town square filled with fountains and see imposing plane trees that are up to 2000 years old. Return to your hotel full of unforgettable memories of Crete.

Crete: Lasithi, Zeus Cave, Krasi, & Olive Mill Farm Roadtrip

Crete: Lasithi, Zeus Cave, Krasi, & Olive Mill Farm Roadtrip

Enjoy some time away from the beaches and noisy resorts and explore a different side of Crete on a guided excursion. Step into the mythical Psychro Cave, visit the Vidiani monastery, see the freshwater springs in the small town of Krasi and feel the Cretan culture in the Olive Mill farm. Get picked up from your accommodation in the morning and take a drive to the Psychro Cave. Uncover the secrets of the mythical birthplace of Zeus, decorated with impressive stalactites and stalagmites. Up next, stop at the Greek Orthodox monastery of Vidiani dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The third stop will be at the traditional village of Krasi. Gaze at the beautiful freshwater springs and the oldest tree on Crete as you take in the countryside scenery. Lastly, see the production of olive soap, olive oil and honey and enjoy an unforgetable meal made from local products, at your own expense at the Olive Mill Farm, with unique aromas from the surrounding wild mountain and view to the Aegean sea

Crete: Land Rover Safari with Sunset Viewing, Dinner, & Wine

Crete: Land Rover Safari with Sunset Viewing, Dinner, & Wine

Explore the Cretan mountains outside of Heraklion from the seat of a Land Rover during a guided day tour. Witness a stunning sunset over the Lassithi Plateau before stopping off for a local-style BBQ dinner with wine. Begin your journey with hotel pickup and make your way through the magnificent mountains of Crete. Visit the Aposelemis Dam and an ancient Roman aqueduct as your guide shares interesting insight. Next, stop off in the picturesque village of Kastamonitsa, nestled in the foothills of the Afendi Mountains. Enjoy the chance to sample local products such as olive oil and raki, a distilled alcoholic drink made with grapes and anise. Back in the vehicle, brace yourself as you venture down dirt tracks and follow the Minoan path through mountain passes. Catch spectacular views of wildlife and unbelievable scenery, learning about mythology and history along the way. Take a break to relax over a glass of prosecco and fresh fruit salad while admiring the sunset. Be sure to take plenty of photos to share of the amazing backdrop. After building up an appetite, head to a local tavern for a delicious Cretan-style meal that will include appetizers and main courses as well as vegetarian options. Wash down the food with unlimited wine served with dinner. Make your way back down the mountain roads as you head toward your hotel, marveling at the views of the moonlit coastline and illuminated towns along the way.

Crete: Knossos, Lasithi, Zeus Cave and Olive Farm Combo Tour

Crete: Knossos, Lasithi, Zeus Cave and Olive Farm Combo Tour

Discover Lasithi Plateau and its important landmarks on a guided day trip from Heraklion, with hotel transfers included. Visit the Psychro Cave, the Vidiani Monastery, and Krasi village. Take a taste of the cretan culture in the Olive Mill farm and end your day exploring the traditional village of Knossos Palace. After a hotel pickup, head to the Psychro Cave, the mythical birth place of Zeus. Admire the ancient Minoan sacred cave and its stalactites and stalagmites. Next, explore the Eastern Orthodox Vidiani Monastery, dedicated to Virgin Mary. Continue to the traditional mountain village of Krasi known for its quaint central square with stone fountains and an enormous plane tree thought to be 2,400 years old. See intimate tavernas and cafes scattered among the streets, small stone churches, and freshwater springs. Following, be guided in an Olive Mill Farm and see teh production of olive soap, olive oil and honey and enjoy an unforgetable meal made from local products, at your own expense at the Olive Mill Farm, with unique aromas from the surrounding wild mountain and view to the Aegean sea. Leaving the beautiful region of Lasithi behind, end the tour at the Historical Site of Knossos, Europe's oldest city. Join a 1-hour guided tour and take photos of this Bronze Age archaeological site. Then, hop back on the bus to return to your hotel.

Crete: Land Rover Safari on Minoan Route

Crete: Land Rover Safari on Minoan Route

Explore Crete by Land Rover on a full-day adventure along the Minoan Path, and experience a blend of ancient myths, spectacular landscapes, and a barbecue lunch on the Lassithi Plateau. Following a pick-up from your hotel, drive through spectacular mountains en route to the Aposelemis Basin Reservoir, and see an ancient aqueduct of the Roman Empire. Continue to the village of Kastamonitsa in the foothills of the Afendi Mountains. Stop for a Cretan-style breakfast and raki tasting. Next, brace yourself for the dirt tracks of the Minoan Path. Drive through a stunning mountain landscape to see wildlife and the unbelievable scenery. Learn the myths and legends of Crete on the way to a shepherd's mitato (mountain shelter). Feed the animals as you watch the shepherds produce cheese according to traditional methods. Taste some of the fresh, rich cheese. Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Lassithi Plateau and north coast. Continue to Dikteon Cave to marvel at the birthplace of Zeus. Work up an appetite before your lunch at a local taverna. Try a selection of traditional dishes (vegetarian option available) and a glass or two of wine. Then, go to Lassinthos Eco Park to admire traditional handicrafts. Back on the Lassithi Plateau, experience a wilderness and farming land where time has stood still. See donkeys put to work to help farm the land. Then, go to Seli to take photos of the unique scenery. Drive to the village of Krassi, famous for its 2,000-year-old tree and natural spring water source. Continue down the mountain roads, passing ancient olive groves before you reach the spectacular coastline and deep blue sea.

Crete: Lassithi Plateau, Zeus Cave & Kera Monastery Tour

Crete: Lassithi Plateau, Zeus Cave & Kera Monastery Tour

The first stop is at the historical monastery of Kera Kardiotissa, a monastery inhabited and run by nuns, which is located in an idyllic landscape. Here you can admire the miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary, plenty of frescoes, and a variety of other icons, dating back to the 14th century. Then, you head to Lasithi Plateau, one of the few areas in the Mediterranean with permanent inhabitants at an altitude of over 800 meters. It is surrounded by the Dikti Mountains and 18 quaint villages, which still retain the atmosphere of another era. You can admire the remaining famous windmills and the Venetian ditches, the drainage system of the Plateau. The next stop will be the village of Psychro. You can visit the Dicteon Cave with the fantastic stalactites and stalagmites, where according to the myth God Zeus was born. Psychro is also well known for its handmade ceramics and the workshop there will leave you with the best impressions after your visit. The last stop, Tzermiado, the capital of the villages on the plateau, will amaze you with its natural beauty, its traditional architecture, and its breathtaking views. Here you can take pictures of the wonderful landscape, rest for a while, and enjoy your lunch in one of the local taverns. When seeking out unique and delicious local food on Crete Island, consider visiting a family-owned restaurant. These charming establishments offer authentic Cretan dishes made with love and tradition. The Lassithi Plateau is very famous for its local vegetable products and the taste of their fresh daily picked products will last forever in your mind.

Crete: Monastery, Lasithi Plateau & Dictaean Cave Day Trip

Crete: Monastery, Lasithi Plateau & Dictaean Cave Day Trip

Visit an Orthodox nunnery, the village of Psychro and the Dictaean Cave. Explore the Lasithi Plateau, and make a stop for lunch while learning about the Plateau's history. Visit a small traditional village on the slope of Selena Mountain, and enjoy beautiful views of Crete on this interesting and unique day tour. Visit the Monastery of Kera Kardiotissa, an Orthodox nunnery dedicated to the Virgin Mary, situated near the village of Kera at an altitude of 650m. See the nunnery, famous for the icon of Mary believed to be miraculous, the nunnery's fortified walls, and its 14th and 15th-century murals. Stop next at the village of Psychro, and walk to reach the Dictaean Cave, just above the village of Psychro. See the cave, considered a sacred place of cult worship, and according to Greek mythology, it is believed to be the place where Zeus, the father of Greek gods, was kept and fed from Amalthia. See the most impressive sight is the lake at the lowest point, surrounded by massive stalactites and stalagmites, before moving on to the village of Psychro Reach the northern entrance of the Lasithi Plateau, and stop at Seli Ambelou for a lunch break. Take in a panoramic view of the plateau, where in the 1950s and 1960s, was one of Europe's first wind farms. Stop in Krasi, a small traditional village set on the slope of Selena Mountain, and see its huge ancient plane tree, where the leaves and the branches of the tree provide shade all over the square in a unique and unspoiled environment. Finish the tour at Krasi, and return to your hotel.

Zeus Cave and Lassithi Plateau Day Tour

Zeus Cave and Lassithi Plateau Day Tour

Start your tour with pick up in an air-conditioned Land Rover from your accommodations (Hotel or Villas) 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 Monastery.

Crete: Island Jeep Tour with BBQ

Crete: Island Jeep Tour with BBQ

An incredible day with a team of professionals will be filled with extremes and entertainment! A day that will leave the best and warmest memories of Crete will start early in the morning. A transfer from the hotel will pick you up and take you to the team meeting point. If you have a driver's license, you will be able to drive a jeep by yourself and experience extreme driving on off roads. However, if you do not have a driver's license or you just want to relax, we will provide you with a driver. After meeting your guide and a brief briefing on the day's plan, you will set off on an unforgettable journey. The first location you will be able to enjoy will be Aposelemis Dam. A place of incredible beauty, where you definitely won't be able to resist taking a couple of incredible photos. Continuing along the serpentines and admiring the mountain scenery, you will reach the traditional village of Askoi, where you can taste some traditional delicious or simply enjoy a cup of aromatic coffee. At the middle of the day, an unforgettable BBQ awaits you near the church of Agia Anna, where you can eat deliciously, relax, catch your breath and regain your strength. On the way home, you will see an extremely beautiful landscape combining sea and mountains.

Heraklion: Knossos Palace, Lasithi Plateau, Zeus Cave Tour

Heraklion: Knossos Palace, Lasithi Plateau, Zeus Cave Tour

Embark on a captivating journey through Crete, a land brimming with history, natural beauty, and cultural treasures. Our tour commences at Knossos Palace, the heart of the ancient Minoan Civilization during the Bronze Age. Immerse yourself in the legacy of King Minos, exploring the oldest city in Europe and the cradle of Western Civilization. Departing from Knossos, our scenic coastal route leads eastward to a traditional olive oil factory. Delight in the process of cultivating the 'liquid gold' – olive oil, discovering its rich history, beneficial properties, and savoring its exceptional flavor. As we traverse mountains adorned with olive trees, immerse yourself in the lush flora and fauna. Visit the village of Krasi to capture unforgettable moments by one of the world's oldest plane trees. Indulge in a taste of tradition as you sip on "raki" next to natural springs, creating memories to last a lifetime. En route to the Lasithi Plateau, pass through the historic Kera Kardiotissa Monastery in Northern Diktis, adding a touch of cultural richness to your adventure. Arrive at the vast Plateau of Lasithi, once home to the world's first and most extensive wind farm. Although only a few windmills operate today, the fertile plain surrounded by the imposing Dikti Mountains provides a stunning backdrop. Explore the mythological Diktaean Cave, the supposed birthplace of Zeus, located above Psychro village in Lassithi Plateau. Take in the breathtaking views of the plateau and enjoy a stop at a traditional local taverna, where you'll savor authentic Cretan cuisine made with local products. Conclude your journey in the traditional village of Mochos, where village cafes beckon you to mingle with locals and immerse yourself in the spirit of Crete. As the tour concludes, you'll be driven back to your location, brimming with cherished memories, and a beaming smile, marking the end of an unforgettable Cretan adventure.

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4.5
(294 reviews)

Amazing family-like experience! Marinos was up to and above expected standard, providing us with a unique local touch. Home-made cookies and freshly picked strawberries were a nice surprise. Higly recomendeded for those that wanna see Crete through locals eyes, without rush or crowded tour. P.S. Restaurant, or rather food in it was amazing too )

Fantastic and informative trip, Angie was an amazing guide and very careful driver, the trip was memorable and comfortable also covered a lot but all questions were answered with a personal touch and it felt like exploring with an incredibly knowledgeable friend. Worth the money and highly recommend

We had an amazing time with Angie our tour guide! She was super energetic and very knowledgeable about all things Crete. The pickup and drop off at the hotel was seamless. Lunch was also delicious — best meal we’ve had in Greece. This was a highlight of our trip!

Very nice people and good meal. The riding was good for beginners but also for the ones that already knows how to ride.

really something to do and I advise you to check before your departure because the hotel costs double.