Join this 8-hour guided excursion through the beautiful Cretan wilderness. Discover the wonders of the Minoan Route from the comfort of your Land Rover, as your informative driver guides you high into the mountains. Encounter wild animals, stunning landscape, and of course the Cretan inhabitants you will meet along the way who will wow you with their genuine hospitality. Stop at historic sites like an ancient Roman aqueduct and the birth place of Zeus. Meals and drinks at local establishments are provided throughout the day for a literal taste of the local culture.
- Get off the beaten track in a 4×4
- Small group ensures personal service
- Hotel pickup included
- Private guide for a more personalized experience
- A la carte dinner included
Your day-long journey begins at 8:30am with a pickup from your hotel, after which the small group will make its way to the spectacular mountains of Crete. Visit the Aposelemis Basin Reservoir and an ancient Roman aqueduct. From there, you will visit the village of Kastamonitsa, nestled in the foothills of the Afendi mountains, where you will experience a Cretan-style breakfast and can sample a local spirit called Raki, a fragrant, grape-based pomace brandy.
As you continue to follow the Minoan path, the tour will lead you through mountain passes so you can experience spectacular wildlife, unbelievable scenery, mythology, and history. High up in the mountains the tour stops at a shepherd’s mitato, where you can feed the animals while observing the traditional cheese-making process.
The next stop is a birds-eye view of the plateau of Lassithi and the north coast, which provides a spectacular photo opportunity. Continue on toward the Diction Cave (there is a a 4€ entry charge), the birthplace of Zeus. There are many steps leading up to the cave, so walking shoes are recommended; there is a place to wait for those who are not inclined or able to participate in this activity. There is a 4€ entry charge and walking shoes are recommended. After building up an appetite, head for lunch at a local tavern where you will have the opportunity to try a selection of traditional local starters and main courses, with a vegetarian option available, and enjoy a glass or two of the unlimited wine.
Once refreshed, you will continue on to Lassithi to visit the Lassinthos Eco Park where you can observe the local way of life and traditional handicrafts. Then it is on to Lassithi Plateau, where time has virtually stood still and the local people are mainly farmers.
Finally, there will be a scenic stop at Seli and then the village of Krassi, which is famous for its natural spring water source and 2,000-year-old plane tree. The drive home, down meandering mountain roads, will leave plenty of time to reflect and enjoy the spectacular coastline.
8:30am – Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
8 hours (approx.)
Cancelation Policies – 2 Days
Full refund 2 days prior to your experience
- Must be made 2 full days prior to 12:00 AM local time the day your experience is scheduled. For example, if your experience is scheduled for Friday, cancel by the previous Tuesday at midnight (Wednesday 12:00 AM in the experience’s timezone) for a full refund.
- If you cancel less than 2 days in advance, the experience is nonrefundable.
We know that your plans change sometimes, and that’s why we’ve made it possible to cancel your booking if you really need to. Before canceling an experience, however, we suggest that you contact your host - they’re very accommodating and might be able to be accommodating if it’s a simple change of date or time.
If you still need to cancel your booking, you can do so from your Dashboard. Go to Dashboard > Your Bookings to find all your upcoming experiences. Click through to the booking you want to cancel; at the bottom, you’ll find a reminder of the experience’s cancellation policy and a button to cancel your booking.
The experience’s cancellation policy will determine whether or not you receive a full refund. Please note that your experience is only officially cancelled when you receive an email from us confirming the cancellation and your refund status.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to get in touch with us.
Please clarify your preferred pick-up point from the list of pick-up points at the time of booking. We will send you an email with your confirmed pick-up point. You may be denied access to the tour if you do not board at your confirmed pick-up point.
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time. The local service provider will contact with you to verify your exact pickup time.
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