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Zeus Cave & Lassithi Plateau

Highlights
  • Visit off-road sites in Crete that would be hard to access alone
  • No getting lost—travel through forests with a guide
  • See the spectacular Lassithi Plateau and Zeus Cave in one day
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Zeus Cave & Lassithi Plateau
From $101.36
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Zeus Cave & Lassithi Plateau
From $101.36
Overview
Explore the rugged and wild side of Crete on the off-road adventure tour. You’ll travel comfortably in a Land Rover high up into the Dikti mountain range. By going on an organized tour, you won’t have to worry about getting lost in unmarked rural areas and an experienced driver will drive with confidence on the mountain roads. Highlights include reaching Lassithi Plateau and exploring Zeus Cave. When you’ve worked up an appetite, a delicious local Cretan lunch in a taverna is provided.
What to Expect
This tour takes you high up into the Dikti Range of mountains to the Plateau of Lassithi (850 metres above sea level).
We will pick you up from your accommodation at 10 am and then go on our way onwards and upwards into the Dikti range. On a steady climb the views will be outstanding and you'll pass through several traditional and very picturesque mountain villages, there will be plenty of opportunities to stop for photos or maybe coffee at a real taverna.
At the Lassithi Plateau you may well see Eagles and Vultures as both nest around this area. You will begin to circle the plateau, soaking up the scenery until we reach the base of Mount Spathi (2,140 metres above sea level) second highest on the island. On the north face of Spathi is the Psychro Cave , the birth place of the greek god Zeus.
From here you have a 15 minute uphill walk to the entrance to the cave , it's a fairly steep climb and may not suit very elderly or disabled people. At the cave there is a small entrance fee to be paid and from there follow the defined path down into the spectacular cave. Again it's steep in and out but there are hand rails and proper steps. The cave is beautifully lit and photos are a must, but please note, No Flash Photography.
After the cave you shall be taken for your traditional cretan meze lunch which includes local wine . Please inform us if you have special dietary requirements.
After lunch you'll continue around the plateau and then descend taking in views of the north coast and the impressive Aposelemis Dam Which holds 27,000,000 cubic metres of water, again plenty of photo opportunities. You will then visit the oldest plane tree on the island (2400 yrs old) as well as the male monastery at Selinari.
This tour contains many outstanding views therefore there are a number of stopping points on route, but the driver will be happy to stop anywhere you choose provided it's safe to do so.
Inclusive: Land Rover Discovery with air condition, experienced driver, refreshments/water, Cretan Lunch.
Reviews (12)
1 - 5 of 12 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
Cultural Crete in a Day!

My Wife and I were picked up by our driver Petra at the given time. After a quick round of introductions we jumped into the Land Rover and were given a tour and the background of Agios Nikolaos, Lassithi Plateau and the Zeus Cave. It...More

1  Thank Harkz-Bal
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
Very steep

We visited as part of a day safari. Although we were told it was 200 steps down to cave we were not really ready for the VERY steep walk up beforehand. We took the supposedly easier of the two routes. Their were donkeys to use...More

Thank DawnDancer
Reviewed 1 week ago
Spell binding

We absolutely loved this cave and the beautiful, mountainous journey to get here from Irakleion. The history is fascinating and the site was understandably holy to ancient people. We visited in February and the entrance fee was very reasonable. The walk up to the cave...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank soniat175
Reviewed September 26, 2018
Best day out

We were picked up prompt at 10am by Michael our driver in a very comfortable Land Rover who then took us up into the mountains telling us all the different legends and facts along the way stopping for photos,showing us different herbs,almond trees. We also...More

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank MaryJ2149
Reviewed September 12, 2018 via mobile
Great day out

Our day in the mountains was undoubtedly the highlight of our holiday in Greece. Spectacular views and scenery together with our exceptional guide Paul made it a day to remember. Lunch at Dimitri & Johanna's Taverna was so much fun with great food, wine and...More

2  Thank _ab_logan
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