Day trip

Crete: Lasithi Plateau and Knossos Palace Day Tour

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Activity provider: Altino Travel
Day trip

Crete: Lasithi Plateau and Knossos Palace Day Tour

Activity provider: Altino Travel

From US$ 48.79 per person

Take a journey through history and culture on this day tour. See the epic views of the Lasithi Plateau and explore the Knossos Palace.

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Duration 9 - 11.5 hours
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English, German, Galician
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Private group available


  • See incredible panoramic views of Lassithi Plateau from Seli Ambelou with lunch
  • Learn the history of the Kera Kardiotissa Monastery and see the Virgin Mary icon
  • Visit a pottery establishment in Psychro and see ceramic art being made
  • Explore the ancient Knossos Palace, see the throne room, frescoes, and more
  • Discover the Dictaean Cave, learn its deep history and explore its mythology
Full description

Visit the monastery of Kera Kardiotissa and the Dictaean Cave then meet a potter at work on this exciting day trip. You’ll see panoramic views of the Lasithi Plateau and discover the epic Minoan Palace of Knossos.

Your first stop is the Monastery of Kera Kardiotissa, an Orthodox nunnery dedicated to the Virgin Mary, situated near the village of Kera. Famous for the icon of Mary, believed to be miraculous, it’s surrounded by fortified walls and the church features murals dating back to the 14th century.

The next stop is the village of Psychro, where you’ll take a walk to reach the Dictaean Cave, found above the village of Psychro at 1025 meters altitude. According to Greek mythology, it’s believed to be the place where Zeus, the father of Greek gods, was kept and fed from Amalthia, a goat, in secret to be protected from his father. 

A most impressive sight is the lake at the lowest point, surrounded by massive stalactites and stalagmites.

In the village of Psychro, a local potter will show the process of making his art at his ceramic workshop, following centuries-old traditions. A great opportunity to try it for yourself! 

The next stop is Seli Ambelou for lunch with a panoramic view of the Lassithi Plateau. 

It’s then time for the final destination, a visit to Knossos Palace, the capital of Minoan civilization. You’ll walk through the ancient site and learn how the citizens, believed to be the first Europeans in an organized community, lived 4,000 years ago. You’ll explore the palace and learn about the throne room, the frescoes, and the Minoan columns. 

  • Pickup and drop-off
  • Transport with AC
  • Professional Guide
  • Admission fees
  • Food and drinks
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  • People with mobility impairments

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  • Comfortable shoes
  • Hat
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Très bien. Guide allemand anglais. L'anglais était très rapide il fallait être concentré pour comprendre. Bonne excursion, prévoir bonne chaussure de marche.

September 27, 2022


Es war einfach toll.....die Führung wurde mit Empathie und sehr engagiert bestritten, es gab absolut NICHTS zu bemängeln......Gerne wieder....

September 14, 2022


August 3, 2022

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