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From Heraklion: Day Trip to Knossos and the Lasithi Plateau

1. From Heraklion: Day Trip to Knossos and the Lasithi Plateau

Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Lasithi Plateau on a day trip from Heraklion. Admire the remaining windmills and the drainage system that dates back to the Venetian Empire. Pass through traditional villages such as Psychro. Visit the Dikteon Cave, where Zeus is said to have been born. Continue to the village of Tzermiado and enjoy lunch in an authentic tavern before going to the Keras Kardiotissas Monastery, known for its remarkable murals. Next, visit the Minoan Palace of Knossos and learn the legend of the settlement at sites such as the Throne Room and Royal Chambers.

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

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

3. 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. 

From Heraklion: Private Guided Tour of East Crete

4. From Heraklion: Private Guided Tour of East Crete

Experience East Crete like a local on a private guided tour from Heraklion. Get the inside track as you uncover the region's best-kept secrets, venturing from village to village to marvel at sights like the Kroustas Forest Historical Landscape Park, Agia Fotia, and much more. Start your guided day trip with a convenient pickup from your hotel and travel in your choice of luxury vehicle as you set out to explore East Crete. Venture from village to village to see the island through the eyes of a local. Stop at the hanging Byzantine monastery of Kremasta, an oasis of calm. Then, head to the villages of Kritsa and Kroustas for a glimpse into the past. Connect with locals as you wander around these traditional Cretan villages where time seems to have slowed. Next, go off the beaten track and follow ancient trails across the Minoan mountains as you visit the Kroustas Forest Historical Landscape Park. Admire Crete's natural beauty as you breathe in the clean mountain air and take in panoramic views of the Libyan and Aegean Seas. From here, you'll make your way to Agia Fotia, the ideal spot to break for lunch at one of the local taverns (cost not included). Then, travel to Sarakinas Gorge to discover a canyon with gurgling water, rich vegetation, and bird life. Finally, head to Ierapetra to bask in the warm turquoise waters of the Libyan Sea. Hop back into your vehicle, sit back, relax, and enjoy some complimentary snacks as you travel back to your accommodation in Heraklion, where your tour comes to an end. 

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What people are saying about Lasithi Plateau

We loved the experience, super comfortable bus ride. We had a guide who often provided us with information about the places we passed. We stopped for lunch at a local restaurant where the food was delicious and cozy. Very interesting to visit lassithi and the palace in Knossos. We were pleasantly surprised by the fact that on the way back there were several mini buses available for us to take them to the hotels faster, unlike what happens with other companies where the return journey takes the same time as the initial trip. I recommend.

An invaluable excursion to discover the interior of the island. Very nice participants and a lot of quality and friendliness in the guide, Mrs. Irene. I take this opportunity to tell you that I did not do the tour of Knossos not only because I had already done it but because they were waiting for me in Heraclius. Unfortunately, due to the rush, I had to leave my black sunglasses (ray band) on the bus seat. If you hear anything about them, I'll be at the Aquila Atlantis until Sunday the 10th. Thank you

Had a wonderful day guide was the best .. Told us everything best experience on our trip to Crete high recommend it private tour get to go at your pace .. We loved it

Excellent and very interesting day. The guide was very friendly, accommodating and available. Very good driving, very clear explanations. We recommend this excursion

Knowledgeable guide (Irene) volunteering all the information one would want. Well paced. Nice restaurant.