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Zeus Cave and Lassithi Plateau Day Tour

1. Zeus Cave and Lassithi Plateau Day Tour

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 Monastery.

Crete: Sarakina Gorge, Forests, and South Coast Safari

2. Crete: Sarakina Gorge, Forests, and South Coast Safari

This tour will take you high into the mountains of the Lassithi Range (or Dikti Range), offering you an abundance of stunning panoramic views. Picking you up from your accommodation at 10:00AM, you will then start your climb up through several very picturesque traditional villages, one of which you shall stop at for a short break to shop or grab coffee. You will next go off road and move on up through the Kroustas Forest to a point approximately 1,000 meters above sea level. From way up there you will be able to see both the Lybian Sea (south coast) and the Aegean Sea (north coast). You will also be able to view the stunning peaks of the snow capped Mount Spathi (2,140 meters above sea level, second highest on the island), whose north face is home of the Psychro Cave, birth place of the Greek god Zeus. The views you will encounter throughout your tour can't be beaten, and there will be plenty of opportunities to stop for photographs. Whilst in the mountains you will be taken to a traditional Greek taverna for a meze lunch with local wine, and at the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned to your point of origin.

Richtis Waterfall and North Coast Tour

3. Richtis Waterfall and North Coast Tour

Take a tour to Richtis beach on the far side of Mirabello Bay and trek through the forest to the stunning Richtis waterfall. After pickup from your accommodation, enjoy the beautiful scenery on the 1-hour drive to the bay of Mirabello. Leave the asphalt and travel off road down to Richtis beach, hugging the mountainside.  Park at the bottom and enter Richtis gorge to start the 30-minute walk to reach the falls. Follow a trail through the forest, listening to the sounds of birds and running water. Stop to admire the incredible waterfalls, with time to climb up the stairs to the top of the falls, take photos, or swim in the cool waters.  When you are ready to leave, head back to the beach along the same trail. During the tour you’ll enjoy a traditional lunch at a local tavern, with wine and water included. At the end of your tour, you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel in the Elounda area.

Crete: Full-Day Private Tour

4. Crete: Full-Day Private Tour

The ideal way to discover the island of Crete is with a private tour. Share a car and enjoy a full day with your group. Embark on an incredible island adventure with your friends or family, after planning the tour together with your professional guide. Beginning with pickup at your accommodation in Elounda, Agios Niklaos, Ierapetra, Malia, Crete, Hersonissos, or Ammoudara, the world is your oyster.  Settle into a comfy and luxurious Land Rover Discovery equipped with 6 seats and air conditioning. Discover local sites, hit the beach, or simply drive around taking in panoramic views. Perfect for a wedding trip or a birthday, relish in total privacy and the utmost luxury. Included in the tour is a fresh, high-quality dinner at a local taverna.

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

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

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.

Agios Nikolaos: Toplou and Vai Palm Beach Day Trip

6. Agios Nikolaos: Toplou and Vai Palm Beach Day Trip

Following collection from select areas, the experience starts from Agios Nikolaos heading east. This is an excellent opportunity for you to admire the sublime Gulf of Mirabello, which is Eastern Crete's riviera. You will then pass through many picturesque villages before reaching the 15th-century Toplou Monastery. The compound features a small museum with notable exhibits of Christian-Orthodox art, such as sacred utensils and chalcography by the monks of Mount Athos. There is also an olive press which produces olive oil of outstanding quality, as well as wine-making facilities. Both the olive oil and the wine produced in the monastery are exported all over the world. You may participate in a wine and spirit tasting session (optional) at the monastery’s cellar, after which you will pay a visit to one of the main attractions in eastern Crete, the protected Palm Forest of Vai. It is unique in Europe and is located next to one of the most beautiful beaches of the island. At this location there will be plenty of time for you to enjoy swimming, as you bask in the rare beauty of the landscape. On your way back, you will stop at Platanos where you can watch the sunset in an area which boasts an enchanting view.

Crete: Land Rover Safari Through Katharo Plateau

7. Crete: Land Rover Safari Through Katharo Plateau

Discover Crete and cross the Katharo Plateau. Follow the enchanted path through a huge woodland area and admire the wild nature. Begin with a fantastic view of Mirabello Bay. Then travel through the incredibly beautiful landscape alongside the largest forest on the island and up to a height of 1,500 meters. At the next stop, enjoy a unique view of the Lassithi Plateau and the northern coast of Crete. Discover the Lassithi Plateau, where time seems to stand still. The local society remains largely agrarian, using donkeys in their everyday lives and making regional products according to ancient traditions. Enjoy a delicious barbecue and local wine, then visit the birthplace of Zeus, the father of the gods. Head to the little town of Krasi, known for its 2,000-year-old sycamores and natural springs. Stop in Selinari on the way back and see the vultures increasingly threatened by extinction.

From Lasithi Area: Richtis Gorge Experience

8. From Lasithi Area: Richtis Gorge Experience

Your experience starts from Agios Nikolaos, heading east with the Gulf of Mirabello on your left side. You will then drive to Istron and the stunning beaches of Karavostasi, as wel as Agios Panteleimonasm Golden Beach Voulisma and the village of Kavousi. Following that, you will visit the Minoan settlement of Azoria where the oldest olive tree in the world is located. You will then explore the mouth of the mind boggling Richtis Gorge, where you will explore an amazing trail within the gorge see the falls of Richtis. The falls. will prove to be a provider of wonderful images, and will be well worth the effort of walking along the trail, which leads to a pebbled beach. The hike is very easy, even for young children, and on the way back you can stroll around the alleys of the picturesque village of Tourloti

Lasithi Area: Cretan Culture & Nature Tour

9. Lasithi Area: Cretan Culture & Nature Tour

After getting picked up from your hotel, begin your journey along a 100-kilometer route that will show you the best of Cretian culture and history. First, head to the traditional village of Kritsa. Here, stroll around picturesque alleys and admire handmade artifacts or pay a visit to Kritsa Agricultural Cooperative where award-winning olive oil is produced. Afterwards, don't miss a visit to Panagia Kera Church, where you can admire 1000-year old frescoes and murals. Continue towards Katharo Plateau, admiring sheep, goats, and maybe even Cretan vultures along the way. Afterwards, head to Lassithi Plateau, where you will have the opportunity to visit the birthplace of Zeus at the Diktaean Cave. Then, begin your descent through the village of Potamoi, where you will stop to refresh under the shade of palm trees and drink fresh spring water. Stop for a visit of the Monastery of Kremasta before continuing to the village of Houmeriako where you will visit a Venetian mansion and the home of the Ottoman Pasha. FInally, cross the plain of Limnes with its vineyards, olive groves, and orchards. Make a stop at the village of Limnes to stretch your legs and meet its kind-hearted residents before beginning the journey back to your hotel.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 48 reviews

Our full day adventure was incredible, our tour guide Michael was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable - from Cretan history and culture to Greek Mythology and vegetation. The hike through the gorge was exhilarating, not too long but not too short either! Michael was very helpful, guiding everyone up and down the gorge. The food at lunch was amazing - we stopped at a very local taverna (very authentic compared to other touristy one we have stopped at on different tours). However, we must mention the wasps flying around whilst try to eat really wasn’t nice. They had smoke to try keep them away but it didn’t work that well.

Wir hatten einen super lieben Fahrer, der alles toll erklärt hat (Natur, griechische Mythologie,…). Es war ein sehr schöner Ausflug, den wir unbedingt weiterempfehlen können! Vor allem, wenn man mal aus den eigentlichen Touri-Orten rauskommen möchte (Latishi-Hochebene). Der Weg zur Zeushöhle kann allerdings wieder etwas überfüllt sein und der Weg ist relativ steil. Für geheingeschränkte Personen leider nicht geeignet. Das Mittagessen war super lecker und klassisch griechisch. Hier wird vorher auch nach Essenswünschen (vegetarisch, kein Schwein,…) gefragt.

The tour to the Zeus cave and on the way to the Lasithi plateau were very varied and our guide Petra was great. At the beginning we visited a family business that produces olive oil. Good footwear is recommended for the ascent and descent into the Zeus Cave. The food in the tavern was very informal and we made further stops along the way, which we really liked. I highly recommend the tour with Petra.

Very nice and funny guide Ralf who chauffeured us well and showed and explained the area. In addition to a visit to a modern olive oil factory, he showed us small villages and beautiful viewpoints. The highlight was the Zeus cave which you could explore on your own. Then there was a delicious hearty meal. We enjoyed the tour!

Highly recommend the trip to Zeus cave. Our tour guide- Petra, was amazing and answered any questions that we had. The views were out of this world and Petra kindly pulled over to allow our group to take some amazing photos. Thank you!