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Zeus Cave and Lassithi Plateau Day Tour

4.8 / 5

95 reviews

Activity provider: Adventure-Crete

Zeus Cave and Lassithi Plateau Day Tour

Activity provider: Adventure-Crete

From US$ 103.10 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
Pickup included
For pick up, look out for our orange Land Rover Discovery.

Experience

Highlights
  • 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 Monastery.

Includes
  • 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
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Important information

Know before you go

  • 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
  • Usually there is no pickup from Heraklion and more east (Direction Chania)
  • A shuttle can be provided by request for an additional cost as this location is 1 hour away
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 95 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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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!

October 23, 2022

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.

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October 20, 2022

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.

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October 13, 2022

Product ID: 248822