Knossos Palace-Lassithi Plateau-Cave of Zeus Guided Tour

Knossos Palace - Lassithi Plateau - Cave of Zeus
9 hours

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Description

The Knossos Palace and Lassithi Plateau tour start by heading south. Our bus and tour guide will pick you up in the morning around 08:00 am. The return is around 19:00. We use only the best buses and tour guides for our tours and activities.

The Monastery of Kera

The first highlight of our excursion is the historical Monastery of Kera Kardiotissa. The monastery is inhabited and run by nuns. It is found in an idyllic landscape at the heart of Crete. Here you can also witness the miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary,  old frescoes, and a variety of other icons. All dating back to the 14th century.

Lassithi Plateau

Lassithi Plateau is our next destination. It is 850m above the sea level. The plateau is surrounded by the Dikti Mountains and 18 quaint villages. It still retains the atmosphere of another era.

You can admire the remaining famous wind mills, the Venetian ditches and the drainage system of the plateau. The most famous village in the Lassithi Plateau is the village of Psychro. In this traditional village, we pay a short free visit to a traditional potter’s workshop. This ancient ceramic art is today more than 8000 years. You will be able to watch the potters making masterpieces in just a few minutes. You might have the chance to try it also.

The Cave of Zeus 

Then we will visit the Dikteon Cave, the longest in Crete. The Cave of Zeus is a famous spot in Crete. It’s a big cave on the Mount Ida, where, according to legend, Zeus, the king of the gods in Greek mythology, was born. Many people visit this cave every year to see where Zeus might have lived as a baby. Inside the cave, you can see impressive rock formations and feel the cool air.

Tzermiado Village

In the lovely village of Tzermiado, you can enjoy the natural beauty, the breath taking views, and the traditional architecture. You can take pictures of the wonderful landscape, rest for a while. If you wish you may also enjoy a lunch in one of the local taverns.

Leaving the Lassithi plateau we head west. Our next stop is outside Heraklion. The impressive Knossos Palace which dates back to 2000 B.C. and was discovered in 1878 by Sir Arthur Evans.

Knossos Palace Tour

One hour and thirty minutes tour by an official tour guide. The Minoan Knossos Palace is the landmark of Crete. No one should miss the opportunity to live its myth while on the island of Crete. Knossos used to be the capital of the Minoan state, one of the most powerful empires of ancient times. You will learn the history of King Minos, his daughter Ariadne, and the mythical Minotaur that lived in a maze, the so-called Labyrinth.

Exploring the Knossos archaeological site offers a captivating journey into ancient Minoan civilization. The Knossos Palace tour provides a unique glimpse into the past. Visitors leave with a deeper understanding and appreciation of Crete’s cultural heritage.

Essentials:

Bring comfortable walking shoes with rubber soles for a good grip.

Pack a hat, sun glasses, and a sun cream.

Pricing

We are very careful with our pricing. We dislike hidden extras. What you read is what you get. If you need further information please contact us. The Knossos Palace and Lassithi Plateau Tour price is €34 for an adult, and €17 for a child. Infants are free.

Important Information

Itinerary

07:30-09:00: Bus departure.

Stop 1: Kera Monastery (30 min).

Stop 2: Traditional Pottery Workshop (30 min). Witness skilled craftsmen creating masterpieces, and unleash your inner potter with a hands-on experience.

Stop 3: Psichro (1 hour and 15 min). Explore the mythical Dikteon cave, also known as the “Cave of Zeus,” or immerse yourself in the captivating themes of the Mythology Park.

Stop 4: Tzermiado, the Capital of Lassithi Plateau (1 hour and 30 min). Stroll through the village, or savor a leisurely lunch, indulging in the rich flavors of traditional Cretan gastronomy.

Stop 5: Knossos Palace. Enjoy a guided tour lasting 1 hour and 45 minutes, led by a professional authorized guide, unraveling the mysteries of this ancient palace.

17:00-18:00: Approximate return time to your starting point.

Please note that different timetables apply for pickups in various areas, including Heraklion, Ammoudara, Kokkini Hani, Gouves, Analipsi, Anissaras, Stalida-Stalis, and Malia.

Days and Languages

From the 26th of March until the end of April this tour is offered only in English and German.

Monday: English, French, German

Thursday: English, French, German

Includes

✅ Hotel pick up & drop off area: Heraklion, Hersonisos, Analipsi, Anissaras, Gournes, Gouves, Heraklion, Kokkini Hani, Koutouloufari, Malia, Piskopiano, Stalis, Ammoudara.

✅ Transportation by modern air-conditioned buses.

✅ Professional tour guide (live).

✅ Insurance cover.

✅ Printed or mobile tour vouchers accepted.

✅ Easy cancellation (Cancel up to 24 hours prior to departure time and receive a full refund).

Excludes

❌ Entrance Tickets to Archaeological Sites or Places of Interest.

-(Optional) 15€ per adult Entrance Ticket Knossos Palace / FREE for children under 18 years old – 2€ Audio Whispers
-(Optional) 6€ per adult Entrance Ticket to Cave of Zeus / FREE for children under 18 years old
-(Optional) 6€ per adult Entrance Ticket to Cretan Mythology Park / FREE for children under 3 years old
-(Optional) 2€ Entrance Ticket to Kera Monastery.

❌ All meals and drinks.

Not Suitable

This guided tour is not suitable for people with walking difficulties.

You have to be able to walk approximately one and 30 minutes, at a slow pace, on uneven surfaces and steps at Cave of Zeus and more than one hour at Knossos Palace.

Knossos Palace-Lassithi Plateau-Cave of Zeus Guided Tour