Crete

EXCURSIONS - CRETE

Knossos

Knossos & Heraklion City Tour

This is the tour that reveals the secrets and life of the Minoans. A flash – back to Crete’s ancient history and Minoan Civilization as well as the spiritual strength which made Crete famous all over the world. Visit Europe’s first Palace and enter the spirit of the myths. Walking round the narrow corridors of the labyrinth construction you’ll have the opportunity to see all the samples and symbols of the progress and culture developed in Crete 4000 years ago as well as feel the mystical evidence of the Minoan grandeur.

The myths come alive again after visiting the Palace of King Minos at Knossos. After Knossos Palace, we will take a guided tour of the beautiful city of Heraklion which is the capital of Crete. You may see many places of interest which will include the recently restored Venetian castle and some other nice Venetian remnants – the Famous Morosine Fountain and the pretty restored Loggia, along with many shops and sidewalk cafes.

Type of excursion: Civilization / city tour Full day
Should take: Comfortable shoes, camera

Stops Approximate time of stay
Knossos Guided tour 1½ hours
Heraklion Guided tour 40 minutes
Free time in Heraklion city 2 – 2½ hours
Back to Hotel 16:00 – 17:30
Oia

1 day cruise to Santorini island

A fabulous one day cruise to the legendary “Atlantis”. Santorini is a magical island, considered to be one of the most picturesque of whole Mediterranean, offering incomparable beauty with volcanic terrain. Enjoy the unique view to the endless blue of the Aegean Sea, offered from whitewashed villages, hanging on the lava rocks and discover the archeological sites of the island, buried under lava, the Aegean Pompeii. Enjoy a long day and offer yourself a unique chance to explore another Greek island!

Type of excursion: Boat / Landscape Full day
Should take: Comfortable shoes, camera, sun cream

Stops Approximate time of stay
Heraklion or Rethymno port to Santorini 2½ – 3½ hours
Santorini 5-6 hours
Back to Heraklion or Rethymno port 20:00 – 21:00
Back to Hotel 21:30 – 23:00
Samaria Gorge

Samaria Gorge (Long Way)

A spectacular trip for those who love walking and have the spirit for adventure. Visit Europe’s longest and most beautiful gorge (18 km long). After an impressive drive along the North coast of Chania through the White Mountains up to Omalos Plateau, you finally face the challenge: a guided walk through the extreme beauty and diverse landscape!

In this national forest you discover the Cretan fauna and flora! This hiking adventure ends at the Libyan Sea, in Ag.Roumeli: an un-spoilt fishing settlement, where you can have a refreshing swim and time for lunch before the ferry takes you along the coast to Chora Sfakion or Sougia. Return to resort by coach. A full day excursion, offering a unique exchange and contrast of landscapes, between the north and south coast, mountains and sea. It is an absolute Must when in Crete!

Type of excursion: Adventure / Full day
Should take: Comfortable walking shoes, sun protection (hat, sun cream), bathing suit, towel, bottle of water (you can refill in the gorge), and snacks.

Stops Approximate time of stay
Coffee stop near Rethymno 20 min.
Crossing of the gorge 5-6 hours
Free time in Agia Roumeli 1½ hours
Boat from Agia Roumeli to Chora Sfakion Boat leaves at 17:00 and arrives at 18:00
Coffee stop near Rethymno 20 min.
Back to Hotel 22:00 – 23:00
Spinalonga Crete

Spinalonga island

A mini-cruise inside the calm waters of the Mirabello Gulf, to the island of Spinalonga is one of the most popular trips. The remains of its Venetian fortification and ghostly leper barracks almost untouched through the centuries, lies silently opposite Elounda’s coast. Spinalonga’s Venetian castle is one of the main castles in Crete which was never conquered during the Turkish occupation.

A guided tour will conduct you to the sorrowful destiny of the islet. The boat sails after to Kolokytha Bay for swimming in the crystal waters and a barbeque lunch. In the early afternoon, you move on to the picturesque town of Agios Nikolaos, where you can enjoy your coffee in one of the many street cafes along the pretty lake in the town center before your return to your hotel.

Type of excursion: Boat / City tour - Full day
Should take: Bathing suit, Sun protection, Camera.

Stops Approximate time of stay
Departure from Agios Nikolaos port 10:00
From Agios Nikolaos to Spinalonga by boat 1 hour
Spinalonga guided tour 1½ hours
Barbeque at Kolokitha bay 2 – 2½ hours
Back to Agios Nikolaos - Hotel 16:00
Stay in Agios Nikolaos 1 hour
Back to Hotel 17:30 – 18:00
Cretan Evening

Cretan evening

An evening full of fun and excitement in a traditional village in the mountains. Experience the local cuisine (meal and unlimited barrel wine is served) and a show consisting of a variety of traditional music, dances and songs from all over Greece.

Dancers in colorful costumes and musicians playing the “lyre” and “bouzouki” perform a live show in front of you. Do not hesitate to try some of the dance steps on the stage! It is there and then that one gets to learn how to dance the Cretan dances. Feel and enjoy yourself as a real Cretan.

Type of excursion: Folklore - Half day
Should take: Comfortable shoes, camera

Stops Approximate time of stay
Arrival in Anopolis 19:00
Departure from Anopolis 22:30 – 23:00
Back to Hotel 23:30 – 24:30
Aqua Park

Aqua Park

Get wild wet in a “water world”! Visit one of the major Greek Aqua parks offering a variety of games and options, such as huge slides, lazy rivers, black hole, wave pools and many other, inviting everyone to a unique opportunity for excitement and real fun.

Relax under the hot sun and explore the playful surrounding area of the park. The best way to escape from the summer heat and get deep inside the holiday feeling.

Type of excursion: Entertainment Full day
Should take: Bathing suit, sun cream, hat, towel, camera

4X4 Safari

4 x 4 Safari

An ideal tour for outdoor adventurers , organized by experts in active tourism : discover the natural beauties and the hidden secrets of the Cretan mountains , canyons and crystal clear seas . Drive on asphalt and non asphalt roads, through mountainous areas with breathtaking views and deserted settlements and get acquaint with the local tradition and lifestyle.

Let us take you to secret spots that you won’t find on any map or in tourist guides. A combination of wild sceneries, dusty tracks, refreshing swim and lunch break (included) in a local tavern. Get a taste of the real Crete, approaching it the “alternative way”.

Type of excursion: Adventure Full day
Should take: Hat, sun cream, camera, bathing Suit, Camera

Meet Crete

Meet Crete

Our island offers much more than only sea and sunshine. This trip brings you to places far from the main tourist resorts of Crete, unspoiled from the effects of modern civilization. An introspective look on the real village life in the hidden mainland: get to know the people, their habits and surroundings! Admire the beauty of the mountains and valleys and feel the hospitality of the authentic villagers.

We pass through many small villages each one offering its own beauty. We visit old churches – ruins, caves and water spring and much more (depending on the part of the island visited).

During this trip nature offers so much beauty and a variety of herbs – flowers and plants. Lunch break takes place at a local tavern well-known for its Greek specialties. This tour gives you the chance to look a little beyond the touristy side of Crete. Taste, enjoy and understand it a little more the Cretan Way!

Type of excursion: Tradition, Folklore, Landscape - Full day
Should take: Comfortable shoes, hat, sun cream, camera

Stops Approximate time of stay
Arolithos 40 min
Anogia 1 hour
Axos 2 hours
Back to Hotel 18:00 - 19:30
Chrisi Island

Chrissi island

An unforgettable cruise from Ierapetra to Europe’s southernmost Mediterranean island. A pleasant boat trip in the Libyan Sea of approx. 45 minutes duration brings you to Chrissi Island, famous for its unique “wild lonely” beauty. After disembarkation, follow the path through the cedar forest to the “golden beach” with the white sand, turquoise waters, the purple shells and fossils.

An ideal place for relaxing, swimming and snorkeling! You can have lunch in one of the taverns. Respect this isolated fragile environment while enjoying its beauties!There is a charge for sun beds.

Type of excursion: Boat, relax - Full day
Should take: Swimming suit, Sun protection, Camera, Snacks.

Stops Approximate time of stay
Departure of the boat from Ierapetra 10:30
Duration of trip 1 hour
Departure from Chrissi 16:00 (17:00 back to Ierapetra port)
Back to Hotel 18:00 - 19:30
Arkadi Crete

West Crete (Arkadi – Rethymno – Chania)

This one day trip takes us to the Arkadi Monastery, located on a high plateau with a nice view of the sea below. One of the most tragic and heroic chapters in the history of the island was written here: the resistance against the Turkish occupation came to its peak in 1866 when approximately 1.000 Cretan took refuge here and instead of surrendering they dared a mass suicide by blowing-up the powder magazine .We will take a look round the monastery and the small museum where many impressive relics of the 1866 Holocaust and icons are kept.

Travelling along the north west coast we reach Chania , the former capital and the most attractive town of Crete : take a relaxing walk through the charming narrow streets in the old part of the city with the “oriental” market .Here you can find a big variety of leather goods and Cretan folk art items.

Break for lunch break here, in one of the nice taverns by the Venetian Harbour. On the way back we stop in Rethymno. Visit the Venetian part of the city with the curling narrow streets and the Venetian Fortress (“Fortezza”), the Turkish minarets and fountains and feel the local turbulent history. Enjoy your coffee in one of the sea front coffee shops.

Type of excursion: Civilization, City tour, Landscape Full day
Should take: Hat, sun cream, camera

Stops Approximate time of stay
Arkadi 1 hour
Chania guided city tour 40 min
Free Time in Chania 2 hours
Rethymno 1 hour
Back to Hotel 18:30 - 20:30
Phaestos

South Crete (Phaestos – Gortys – Matala)

A relaxing trip to “antiquity” and sunshine, south-west of Heraklion, beyond the mountains and through Crete's unique scenery! First stop at Phaestos, the second major Minoan archaeological site of the island, situated on a hill overlooking the fertile Messara plain and offering a wonderful view of the Ida and Asterousia mountains. The ruins of the palace complex here bring evidence of a glorious past destroyed by fire and earthquake and rebuilt shortly after.

Next stop, at Gortys, the capital of the island during the Roman occupation. Visit the ancient Forum and Amphitheatre, St. Titus Basilica (dating from 5th-6th cent. AD.), and admire the famous Doric Law Code carved into stone.

In the village of Matala - a modern holiday resort on the south coast , enjoy your swimming and lunch and explore the Neolithic Caves surrounding the bay (that during the sixties hosted the “hippie” colonies ).

Type of excursion: Civilization Full day
Should take: Hat, sun cream, camera

Stops Approximate time of stay
Phaestos 1 hour
Gortys 1 hour
Matala 2 hours
Back to Hotel 18:00 - 19:30
Gramvousa Chania Crete

Gramvousa – Balos cruise

A delightful trip for sun and nature lovers, along the Gramvoussa Peninsula, on the North West coast of Chania. This is a unique site of rocks and cliffs and a shelter for protected species .A challenging climbing (137 metres) to the Venetian fortress – built to protect the entrance of Kissamos Golf- on the islet of pirates (Gramvoussa) invites you to enjoy the panoramic view! Later on, explore the fabulous lagoon of Balos with the calm waters and the golden seashells.

Go for a walk in the ankle-deep, warm water or sit back and marvel at the breathtaking beauty of the place: the different shades of turquoise and blue contrasting vividly with the white, fine sand.

Do not hesitate to join this adventure and visit one of the most beautiful and most photographed locations of the island!

Type of excursion: Boat, relax Full day
Should take: Hat, sun cream, swimming suit, camera

Stops Approximate time of stay
Departure from Kastelli port 10:15
From Kastelli to Gramvoussa by boat 1 hour
Gramvoussa 3 hours
From Gramvoussa to Balos 15 min.
Balos 2½ hours
From Balos to Kastelli 45 min
Back to Hotel 19:00 – 20:00
Lasithi Plateu

Lassithi plateau – Scenery Tour

The first stop on this magnificent mountain route will be at the monastery of Kera, which is adorned with 14th century wall paintings. Originally named Kardiotissa, it was built in the 17th century and dedicated to the Virgin of Kera. You will have approximately 45 minutes here to tour the monastery and see the lovely Byzantine icons contained within the church. Continuing the ascent along a beautifully wooded route, you will arrive at the plateau of Lassithi. The view of the encircling mountains is absolutely breathtaking from here, as you drink in the fertile landscape below, which is irrigated by the power of windmills. The plateau of Lassithi is dotted with about twenty Greek villages, each more picturesque than the other.

Next stop will be at Psihro where Dicteon Antron is located. A short climb will bring you to the cave, where Zeus, father of all the Greek gods, was born. A guided tour will take you into the heart of the mountain to uncover mythological stories of the ancient stalagmites and stalactites and let your imagination run riot.

Next stop will be the village of Tzermiado before travelling through the plains' villages where time seems to have been standing still for the past 100 years. Crossing the villages of the Plateau we pay a short visit at a traditional potter's factory, this ancient ceramic art, which completes today more than 8000 years. Leaving the Plateau the views down to Pediada Plain are truly magnificent and a short photo-stop will complete the day.

Type of excursion: Culture, Full day
Should take: Hat, sun cream, camera

Stops Approximate time of stay
Kera Monastery 45min
Psychro (Zeus) Cave 1½ hours
Pottery 45min
Tzermiado 1½ hours
Back to Hotel 15:30-16:30

 

 

Crete

EXCURSIONS - CRETE

Knossos

Knossos & Heraklion City Tour

This is the tour that reveals the secrets and life of the Minoans. A flash – back to Crete’s ancient history and Minoan Civilization as well as the spiritual strength which made Crete famous all over the world. Visit Europe’s first Palace and enter the spirit of the myths. Walking round the narrow corridors of the labyrinth construction you’ll have the opportunity to see all the samples and symbols of the progress and culture developed in Crete 4000 years ago as well as feel the mystical evidence of the Minoan grandeur.

The myths come alive again after visiting the Palace of King Minos at Knossos. After Knossos Palace, we will take a guided tour of the beautiful city of Heraklion which is the capital of Crete. You may see many places of interest which will include the recently restored Venetian castle and some other nice Venetian remnants – the Famous Morosine Fountain and the pretty restored Loggia, along with many shops and sidewalk cafes.

Type of excursion: Civilization / city tour Full day
Should take: Comfortable shoes, camera

Stops Approximate time of stay
Knossos Guided tour 1½ hours
Heraklion Guided tour 40 minutes
Free time in Heraklion city 2 – 2½ hours
Back to Hotel 16:00 – 17:30
Oia

1 day cruise to Santorini island

A fabulous one day cruise to the legendary “Atlantis”. Santorini is a magical island, considered to be one of the most picturesque of whole Mediterranean, offering incomparable beauty with volcanic terrain. Enjoy the unique view to the endless blue of the Aegean Sea, offered from whitewashed villages, hanging on the lava rocks and discover the archeological sites of the island, buried under lava, the Aegean Pompeii. Enjoy a long day and offer yourself a unique chance to explore another Greek island!

Type of excursion: Boat / Landscape Full day
Should take: Comfortable shoes, camera, sun cream

Stops Approximate time of stay
Heraklion or Rethymno port to Santorini 2½ – 3½ hours
Santorini 5-6 hours
Back to Heraklion or Rethymno port 20:00 – 21:00
Back to Hotel 21:30 – 23:00
Samaria Gorge

Samaria Gorge (Long Way)

A spectacular trip for those who love walking and have the spirit for adventure. Visit Europe’s longest and most beautiful gorge (18 km long). After an impressive drive along the North coast of Chania through the White Mountains up to Omalos Plateau, you finally face the challenge: a guided walk through the extreme beauty and diverse landscape!

In this national forest you discover the Cretan fauna and flora! This hiking adventure ends at the Libyan Sea, in Ag.Roumeli: an un-spoilt fishing settlement, where you can have a refreshing swim and time for lunch before the ferry takes you along the coast to Chora Sfakion or Sougia. Return to resort by coach. A full day excursion, offering a unique exchange and contrast of landscapes, between the north and south coast, mountains and sea. It is an absolute Must when in Crete!

Type of excursion: Adventure / Full day
Should take: Comfortable walking shoes, sun protection (hat, sun cream), bathing suit, towel, bottle of water (you can refill in the gorge), and snacks.

Stops Approximate time of stay
Coffee stop near Rethymno 20 min.
Crossing of the gorge 5-6 hours
Free time in Agia Roumeli 1½ hours
Boat from Agia Roumeli to Chora Sfakion Boat leaves at 17:00 and arrives at 18:00
Coffee stop near Rethymno 20 min.
Back to Hotel 22:00 – 23:00
Spinalonga Crete

Spinalonga island

A mini-cruise inside the calm waters of the Mirabello Gulf, to the island of Spinalonga is one of the most popular trips. The remains of its Venetian fortification and ghostly leper barracks almost untouched through the centuries, lies silently opposite Elounda’s coast. Spinalonga’s Venetian castle is one of the main castles in Crete which was never conquered during the Turkish occupation.

A guided tour will conduct you to the sorrowful destiny of the islet. The boat sails after to Kolokytha Bay for swimming in the crystal waters and a barbeque lunch. In the early afternoon, you move on to the picturesque town of Agios Nikolaos, where you can enjoy your coffee in one of the many street cafes along the pretty lake in the town center before your return to your hotel.

Type of excursion: Boat / City tour - Full day
Should take: Bathing suit, Sun protection, Camera.

Stops Approximate time of stay
Departure from Agios Nikolaos port 10:00
From Agios Nikolaos to Spinalonga by boat 1 hour
Spinalonga guided tour 1½ hours
Barbeque at Kolokitha bay 2 – 2½ hours
Back to Agios Nikolaos - Hotel 16:00
Stay in Agios Nikolaos 1 hour
Back to Hotel 17:30 – 18:00
Cretan Evening

Cretan evening

An evening full of fun and excitement in a traditional village in the mountains. Experience the local cuisine (meal and unlimited barrel wine is served) and a show consisting of a variety of traditional music, dances and songs from all over Greece.

Dancers in colorful costumes and musicians playing the “lyre” and “bouzouki” perform a live show in front of you. Do not hesitate to try some of the dance steps on the stage! It is there and then that one gets to learn how to dance the Cretan dances. Feel and enjoy yourself as a real Cretan.

Type of excursion: Folklore - Half day
Should take: Comfortable shoes, camera

Stops Approximate time of stay
Arrival in Anopolis 19:00
Departure from Anopolis 22:30 – 23:00
Back to Hotel 23:30 – 24:30
Aqua Park

Aqua Park

Get wild wet in a “water world”! Visit one of the major Greek Aqua parks offering a variety of games and options, such as huge slides, lazy rivers, black hole, wave pools and many other, inviting everyone to a unique opportunity for excitement and real fun.

Relax under the hot sun and explore the playful surrounding area of the park. The best way to escape from the summer heat and get deep inside the holiday feeling.

Type of excursion: Entertainment Full day
Should take: Bathing suit, sun cream, hat, towel, camera

4X4 Safari

4 x 4 Safari

An ideal tour for outdoor adventurers , organized by experts in active tourism : discover the natural beauties and the hidden secrets of the Cretan mountains , canyons and crystal clear seas . Drive on asphalt and non asphalt roads, through mountainous areas with breathtaking views and deserted settlements and get acquaint with the local tradition and lifestyle.

Let us take you to secret spots that you won’t find on any map or in tourist guides. A combination of wild sceneries, dusty tracks, refreshing swim and lunch break (included) in a local tavern. Get a taste of the real Crete, approaching it the “alternative way”.

Type of excursion: Adventure Full day
Should take: Hat, sun cream, camera, bathing Suit, Camera

Meet Crete

Meet Crete

Our island offers much more than only sea and sunshine. This trip brings you to places far from the main tourist resorts of Crete, unspoiled from the effects of modern civilization. An introspective look on the real village life in the hidden mainland: get to know the people, their habits and surroundings! Admire the beauty of the mountains and valleys and feel the hospitality of the authentic villagers.

We pass through many small villages each one offering its own beauty. We visit old churches – ruins, caves and water spring and much more (depending on the part of the island visited).

During this trip nature offers so much beauty and a variety of herbs – flowers and plants. Lunch break takes place at a local tavern well-known for its Greek specialties. This tour gives you the chance to look a little beyond the touristy side of Crete. Taste, enjoy and understand it a little more the Cretan Way!

Type of excursion: Tradition, Folklore, Landscape - Full day
Should take: Comfortable shoes, hat, sun cream, camera

Stops Approximate time of stay
Arolithos 40 min
Anogia 1 hour
Axos 2 hours
Back to Hotel 18:00 - 19:30
Chrisi Island

Chrissi island

An unforgettable cruise from Ierapetra to Europe’s southernmost Mediterranean island. A pleasant boat trip in the Libyan Sea of approx. 45 minutes duration brings you to Chrissi Island, famous for its unique “wild lonely” beauty. After disembarkation, follow the path through the cedar forest to the “golden beach” with the white sand, turquoise waters, the purple shells and fossils.

An ideal place for relaxing, swimming and snorkeling! You can have lunch in one of the taverns. Respect this isolated fragile environment while enjoying its beauties!There is a charge for sun beds.

Type of excursion: Boat, relax - Full day
Should take: Swimming suit, Sun protection, Camera, Snacks.

Stops Approximate time of stay
Departure of the boat from Ierapetra 10:30
Duration of trip 1 hour
Departure from Chrissi 16:00 (17:00 back to Ierapetra port)
Back to Hotel 18:00 - 19:30
Arkadi Crete

West Crete (Arkadi – Rethymno – Chania)

This one day trip takes us to the Arkadi Monastery, located on a high plateau with a nice view of the sea below. One of the most tragic and heroic chapters in the history of the island was written here: the resistance against the Turkish occupation came to its peak in 1866 when approximately 1.000 Cretan took refuge here and instead of surrendering they dared a mass suicide by blowing-up the powder magazine .We will take a look round the monastery and the small museum where many impressive relics of the 1866 Holocaust and icons are kept.

Travelling along the north west coast we reach Chania , the former capital and the most attractive town of Crete : take a relaxing walk through the charming narrow streets in the old part of the city with the “oriental” market .Here you can find a big variety of leather goods and Cretan folk art items.

Break for lunch break here, in one of the nice taverns by the Venetian Harbour. On the way back we stop in Rethymno. Visit the Venetian part of the city with the curling narrow streets and the Venetian Fortress (“Fortezza”), the Turkish minarets and fountains and feel the local turbulent history. Enjoy your coffee in one of the sea front coffee shops.

Type of excursion: Civilization, City tour, Landscape Full day
Should take: Hat, sun cream, camera

Stops Approximate time of stay
Arkadi 1 hour
Chania guided city tour 40 min
Free Time in Chania 2 hours
Rethymno 1 hour
Back to Hotel 18:30 - 20:30
Phaestos

South Crete (Phaestos – Gortys – Matala)

A relaxing trip to “antiquity” and sunshine, south-west of Heraklion, beyond the mountains and through Crete's unique scenery! First stop at Phaestos, the second major Minoan archaeological site of the island, situated on a hill overlooking the fertile Messara plain and offering a wonderful view of the Ida and Asterousia mountains. The ruins of the palace complex here bring evidence of a glorious past destroyed by fire and earthquake and rebuilt shortly after.

Next stop, at Gortys, the capital of the island during the Roman occupation. Visit the ancient Forum and Amphitheatre, St. Titus Basilica (dating from 5th-6th cent. AD.), and admire the famous Doric Law Code carved into stone.

In the village of Matala - a modern holiday resort on the south coast , enjoy your swimming and lunch and explore the Neolithic Caves surrounding the bay (that during the sixties hosted the “hippie” colonies ).

Type of excursion: Civilization Full day
Should take: Hat, sun cream, camera

Stops Approximate time of stay
Phaestos 1 hour
Gortys 1 hour
Matala 2 hours
Back to Hotel 18:00 - 19:30
Gramvousa Chania Crete

Gramvousa – Balos cruise

A delightful trip for sun and nature lovers, along the Gramvoussa Peninsula, on the North West coast of Chania. This is a unique site of rocks and cliffs and a shelter for protected species .A challenging climbing (137 metres) to the Venetian fortress – built to protect the entrance of Kissamos Golf- on the islet of pirates (Gramvoussa) invites you to enjoy the panoramic view! Later on, explore the fabulous lagoon of Balos with the calm waters and the golden seashells.

Go for a walk in the ankle-deep, warm water or sit back and marvel at the breathtaking beauty of the place: the different shades of turquoise and blue contrasting vividly with the white, fine sand.

Do not hesitate to join this adventure and visit one of the most beautiful and most photographed locations of the island!

Type of excursion: Boat, relax Full day
Should take: Hat, sun cream, swimming suit, camera

Stops Approximate time of stay
Departure from Kastelli port 10:15
From Kastelli to Gramvoussa by boat 1 hour
Gramvoussa 3 hours
From Gramvoussa to Balos 15 min.
Balos 2½ hours
From Balos to Kastelli 45 min
Back to Hotel 19:00 – 20:00
Lasithi Plateu

Lassithi plateau – Scenery Tour

The first stop on this magnificent mountain route will be at the monastery of Kera, which is adorned with 14th century wall paintings. Originally named Kardiotissa, it was built in the 17th century and dedicated to the Virgin of Kera. You will have approximately 45 minutes here to tour the monastery and see the lovely Byzantine icons contained within the church. Continuing the ascent along a beautifully wooded route, you will arrive at the plateau of Lassithi. The view of the encircling mountains is absolutely breathtaking from here, as you drink in the fertile landscape below, which is irrigated by the power of windmills. The plateau of Lassithi is dotted with about twenty Greek villages, each more picturesque than the other.

Next stop will be at Psihro where Dicteon Antron is located. A short climb will bring you to the cave, where Zeus, father of all the Greek gods, was born. A guided tour will take you into the heart of the mountain to uncover mythological stories of the ancient stalagmites and stalactites and let your imagination run riot.

Next stop will be the village of Tzermiado before travelling through the plains' villages where time seems to have been standing still for the past 100 years. Crossing the villages of the Plateau we pay a short visit at a traditional potter's factory, this ancient ceramic art, which completes today more than 8000 years. Leaving the Plateau the views down to Pediada Plain are truly magnificent and a short photo-stop will complete the day.

Type of excursion: Culture, Full day
Should take: Hat, sun cream, camera

Stops Approximate time of stay
Kera Monastery 45min
Psychro (Zeus) Cave 1½ hours
Pottery 45min
Tzermiado 1½ hours
Back to Hotel 15:30-16:30