Lasithi Plateau Cave tours

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

1. 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.

Private Group Tour in Lasithi & Traditional Cretan Villages

2. Private Group Tour in Lasithi & Traditional Cretan Villages

Ever felt you wanted to get away from crowds and blaze your own trail? This is your chance to enjoy the many sights, tastes and aromas of Crete on your own terms. Take advantage of this personalized tour service and get ready for private tour that will take you from one sight to the next, from breathtaking views to traditional villages to the secret villages of Crete – each one chosen by you. Are you into wine culture, archaeological sites, traditional Greek cooking lessons, unique beaches, or Mediterranean gastronomy? This tour will take you from the heights of the rocky Lassithi plateau to the traditional villages tucked away off the beaten path. Start at the village of Krasi and visit the huge 2,400-years-old Writer’s Plane Tree, named so because it was beloved by Nikos Kazantzakis, one of the most famous Greek writers of the 20th century. In the same village, see how the Cretans used to wash their clothes in the traditional manner. Next up is Panagia Kera, a 13th century Byzantine monastery where you can find a depiction of the Catholic St. Francis, who is famous in Crete among the gorgeous iconography. Afterwards, the tour will ascend to the unique Lassithi Plateau, a rocky and austere place, long treasured for the beauty of its scenery. There you can visit the Diktaion Andron, an ancient cave believed to be the mythological birthplace of Zeus. Have lunch in a traditional taverna outside Krasi, at your own expense.

Heraklion: Tour to Cave of Zeus, Mochos Village, & Knossos

3. Heraklion: Tour to Cave of Zeus, Mochos Village, & Knossos

Explore the history of Crete on this tour from Heraklion. Soak up local culture at the villages of Mochos and Krasi. Find out where the mythological figure Zeus was thought to have been born. Travel to the archaeological site of Knossos and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up in a comfortable van from your accommodation in Heraklion. Sit back and relax on the way to the traditional mountain village of Mochos. Admire its narrow alleys, cobbled streets, and colorful gardens.  Continue to Krasi village to view a Platanus tree that is 2,400-year-old. Stand in the shade of this tree which is locally known as the Writer's Tree. Travel to the cave of Diktaion Andron, which is believed to be the birthplace of Zeus. Have the chance to purchase tickets to go inside the cave. Admire views of the Lasithi Plateau before heading to the archaeological site of Knossos. Buy a ticket to the site to see richly colored frescos amid the remains of this Bronze Age palace. Purchase a ticket to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum to explore collections of Minoan art and artefacts. Feel free to stop and purchase lunch during the tour. Return to your accommodation in Heraklion at the end of the tour. 

Crete: Lasithi Plateau and Knossos Palace Day Tour

4. Crete: Lasithi Plateau and Knossos Palace Day Tour

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. 

From Chania: Cave of Zeus and Knossos Palace Private Tour

5. From Chania: Cave of Zeus and Knossos Palace Private Tour

Come with us on a journey along East Crete reveling in the endless luxuries of the Lassithi Plateau which is basked in allure forests & fertile land dotted with iconic windmills. From the comfort of a luxury chauffeured vehicle at your disposal, our knowledgeable local insider will ensure you experience the best of the whole itinerary. Discover quaint villages, local lifestyle, storied monuments, Byzantine Monasteries & Cretan art. Tuck into a culinary odyssey & savor genuine tastes loved by our legendary forefathers. It’s our job to hook you up with only the most authentic eateries. Amble in the footsteps of gods to the Cave of Zeus. Plunge into the mythical birthplace & sense the sanctity of this ancient site. When in Knossos Palace, luxuriate in the eternal magnificence of the Minoan ruins & frescoes. Succumb to the personalized service of a top history-archaeology guide & let us stimulate you with eclectic information by ensuring a stress-free pace in all archaeological areas.

From Elounda or Agios Nikolaos: Private Truffle Hunting Tour

6. From Elounda or Agios Nikolaos: Private Truffle Hunting Tour

Immerse yourself in Cretan culture with a private day trip into its renowned truffle country: Lasithi Plateau. Take part in a traditional truffle hunt and learn about the art of cooking them from a local chef. Enjoy stops at the village of Krasi, Psychro Cave, and an ancient monastery. Get picked up from your accommodation in Elounda or Agios Nikolaos and head into the striking Lasithi Plateau. Join a search for the rare Cretan black truffle. Hear all about the importance of this typical ingredient and learned how to cook it in a typical family restaurant. Travel through the vast fields and iconic windmills of the plateau while gaining a deeper understanding of the relationship between recipes, people, and traditions. Explore the quaint village of Krasi, admire the mindblowing formations of Psychro Cave, and see an ancient monastery.

Agios or Elounda: Cave of Zeus and Knossos Palace Day Trip

7. Agios or Elounda: Cave of Zeus and Knossos Palace Day Trip

Join an art-historian guide on this journey along Eastern Crete. Discover the beauty of the Lassithi Plateau which is covered in forests and fertile land dotted with iconic windmills. Choose from a range of luxury vehicles that range from 3-12 seats. Be picked up from your accommodation in Agios Nikolaos or Elounda area. Follow your local insider guide for insider-access opportunities and tailored experience. Pass by quaint villages, storied monuments, and Byzantine Monasteries. Amble in the footsteps of gods at the Cave of Zeus. Plunge into the mythical birthplace of the king of the Greek gods and sense the sanctity of this ancient site. Get local recommendations on where to tuck into the genuine flavors of Crete.   Arrive at the Knossos Palace and admire the Minoan ruins and frescoes. Engage with the site as your art-historian guide reveals the past to you at a stress-free pace. Return to your accommodation at the end of your tour. 

Heraklion: Lassithi Plateau Guided Truffle Hunting Day Trip

8. Heraklion: Lassithi Plateau Guided Truffle Hunting Day Trip

Travel to the Lassithi Plateau to search for the rare Cretan black truffles with a local hunter on this tour from Heraklion. Watch a cooking demonstration, visit a family-run pottery shop, and see the Cave of Zeus. Capture pictures of windmills in Krasi and admire an ancient monastery.  Choose from a range of tour options that offer luxury vehicles that seat from 3-12 passengers comfortably. Be picked up at your accommodation in Agia Pelagia, Heraklion, or Hersonissos and relax on the drive to the Lassithi Plateau. Stay connected with WIFI and USB charging during your trip. Sip on mineral water and savor fresh fruit and snacks during your trip. Meet your local truffle hunting guide and begin your journey into uncovering local flavors with the help of Lagotto Romagnolo Italian dogs.  Learn how to cook your Cretan black truffles with the help of a local chef during a cooking demonstration. Submerge yourself in an authentic way of life in one of the island’s most beautiful regions with a stop to see the windmills in Krasi and the mythical Cave of Zeus.  Gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between recipes, people, and traditions. Check out local art at a family-run pottery shop and be transported in time at an ancient monastery. Return to your accommodation at the end of your day trip. 

From Heraklion: Eastern Crete and Psychro Cave Private Tour

9. From Heraklion: Eastern Crete and Psychro Cave Private Tour

Discover all of eastern Crete's unspoiled beauty on a private tour from Heraklion and Hersonissos regions. Unearth the mystery of the sacred Psychro Cave in Lasithi as you stroll through it. Immerse yourself in Greek culture in the authentic villages of Mochos, Krasi, and Agios Nikolaos. Enjoy a transfer from your Heraklion hotel or villa and drive over to the eastern side of Crete. Travel through the mountain region of the Lasithi Plateau on your way to traditional villages. Explore the charming streets of Mochos and Krasi, interact with local people, and engage with nature. Reach the ancient Psychro Cave for a scenic walk along the sacred Minoan path, surrounded by stalactites and stalagmites. Add a guided wine tasting or typical lunch if you'd like to upgrade your experience. Finally, visit a ceramics workshop in the town of Agios Nikolaos.

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What people are saying about Lasithi Plateau

This tour was fantastic and the best way to see the natural beauty of Crete. Travelers rarely go beyond the beach so this is a great opportunity to see the real Crete. All of the tour guides are excellent and can speak multiple languages. The SUV's were divided by spoken language which made the narrative easy to understand for the participants. All of the activities - including goat milking, wild herb gathering, viewing the new dam and more - lead up to the most delicious lunch. It was just a perfect tour and day on Crete. Shout out to tour guides Vagelis and Nikos. Simply the best!

The travel guide was top You only have to reckon with the fact that you have a 2-3 hour drive if you have accommodation in Nea Alikarnassos/Heraklion. Otherwise you can see a lot!

Honestly the best trip I’ve ever done, it was so fun, interesting & had breathtaking views. Our tour guide Demetris made the day so enjoyable

The tour is well chosen, although long in time, not too strenuous due to interesting destinations and breaks. We will consider other offers.

Best travel experience: great guide, nice and authentic programs, beautiful natrue and landscape. Defenetely recommended.