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Zeus Cave and Lassithi Plateau Day Tour

4.9 / 5

38 reviews

Zeus Cave and Lassithi Plateau Day Tour

From US$ 103.26 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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Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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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 Monestary.
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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  • 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

4.9 /5

based on 38 reviews

Review summary

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

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Had a very nice tour and saw many "secrets" of the island. Nice dinner with a local shepherd. We were with an Italian and a German and she really took the time to explain everything in 3 languages, English, German and Dutch. If you are a Dutch person, I recommend asking about Petra! Thank you :)

July 22, 2021

Good trip. We drove in comfort into the hills in the south, visiting little villages, Zeus Cave and viewing spots. Lunch was copious, fresh and really pleasant. Amin who runs Crete Adventures who run the trip was extremely pleasant. A good day out and a great chance to see a bit more of this pretty Island.

May 24, 2021

Petra was the perfect tour guide and driver in one. Very competent and always detailed information on every question, plus a pleasant and safe driving style. We saw a lot in a small group, even off the beaten track, with small stops in local shops and a delicious meal in a tavern. Pick-up on time, arrival to the door and what also stood out, a very well-kept Land Rover, where Safety and cleanliness left a good feeling, in short: highly recommended!

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October 22, 2020

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