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Operates: Tuesday, Friday. Lasithi Plateau (half day tour). Start the day by visiting the traditional village of Krasi & Vidiani Monastery. On our way to Zeus Ca
Operates: Tuesday, Friday.
Start the day by visiting the traditional village of Krasi & Vidiani Monastery. On our way to Zeus Cave (Diktaion Andron), admire the remaining famous windmills of Lasithi Plateau and in Psychro village. We get the chance to see some pottery and how it's been made at the Eco park! On our way back a stop to the Monastery of Kera Kardiotissa.
Ammoudara (Gazi), Heraklion, Karteros, Kokkini Chani, Gournes, Gouves, Analipsis, Anissaras, Chersonissos, Stalis, Malia, Sissi.
Pick-up service at or near your hotel, guided tour to: Krasi, Vidiani & Kera Monastery, Zeus Cave & Psychro.
Extra Fees (not included in the price)
Extras payable on the spot: Entrance to Zeus cave: 6€, Kera: 2€, lunch
Krasi, Vidiani & era Monasteries, Lassithi tour (Potery demo, Cave of Zeus, Scenic mountain side drive).
6 hours approximately - 100 km.
The excursion begins with our tour towards the centre of the island, where we visit the traditional small village of Krasi, with the oldest tree on Crete. On our way to Zeus cave, we will stop to the beautiful monastery of Vidiani.
Moving on inland and driving up to the Lassithi Plateau, we have the chance to admire the remaining famous windmills, the ditches, the “linies” as they are known, the Venetian drainage system of the plateau that turned the arid area into the most important grain-growing region of Crete and of course the small traditional villages that still keep the scent of another era. The most famous of all is the village of Psychro, where we can admire the primeval traditional art of pottery-making by the remaining craftsmen and of course we have the opportunity to visit a very significant place for religious worship of the Minoan era, the cave of Psychro, mostly known as Dictean Cave. A cave of exceptional beauty, it is considered as the place where Zeus, the father of the Olympians Gods, was born.
Our next stop is the Eco park, to see how traditional products are made like olive oil, wine, raki, ceramic potts etc.
Next stop to the lovely Monastery of Kera Kardiotissa, which was named after a miraculous icon of Virgin Mary. In an idyllic landscape, the monastery, run currently by nuns, is known for its artistic and its historical importance, as well as its remarkable murals.
Our excursion ends, with lunch (not included in the price) in a traditional taverna for lunch. There will be big variety of local dishes made from local products of Lassithi plateau, home made wine and meat from the surrounding mountains.
Adults: Over 12 years old (Full fare)
Children: 4-11 years old (50% discount)
Infants: 0-3 years old (Free of charge)
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1st stop: Traditional small village Krasi for photos of the oldest tree on Crete and toilet about 20'
2nd stop: Vidiani monastery for about 25'
3rd stop: Zeus cave for about 1h10min.The mythical birth place of the king of gods Zeus
4th stop: Eco park for about 45' to see how traditional products are made like olive oil,wine,raki,ceramic potts etc
5th stop: Kera monastery for about 30'
6th stop: In a traditional taverna for lunch (the lunch is not included in the price). There will be big variety of local dishes made from local products of Lassithi plateau, home made wine and meat from the surrounding mountains