Lassithi Plateau – Cave of Zeus Tour

Kera Monastery - Cave of Zeus - Mythologigal Park - Pottery Factory
7 hours

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Description

Starting our Lassithi Plateau and Cave of Zeus tour we drive south. The first highlight of our tour is the historical Monastery of Kera Kardiotissa. A monastery inhabited and run by nuns, which is located in an idyllic landscape at the heart of Crete.

Here you can witness the miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary, plenty of frescoes, and a variety of other icons, dating back to the 14th century.

Lassithi Plateau is 850m above the sea level. Surrounded by the Dikti Mountains and 18 quaint villages, it still retains the atmosphere of another era. You can admire the famous windmills, the Venetian ditches, and the drainage system of the plateau.

The most famous village in the Lassithi Plateau is Psychro. In this traditional village we will pay a short visit to a traditional potter’s workshop. This ancient ceramic art completes today more than 8000 years. You will be able to watch the potters making masterpieces in just a few minutes.

Cave of Zeus

The Dikteon Cave, nestled within the scenic Lassithi Plateau, is a mesmerizing geological wonder steeped in myth and history. Its labyrinthine passages and caverns evoke a sense of awe as visitors traverse its depths. According to legend, it was here that Zeus, the king of the gods, was born, adding to the cave’s mystique. The striking stalactites and stalagmites create a surreal atmosphere, inviting exploration and contemplation. As one delves deeper into its chambers, the ancient echoes of myth and civilization resonate, making the Dikteon Cave a truly unforgettable experience in the heart of Crete’s natural beauty.

Tzermiado, the next place we visit, is the capital of the villages on the Lassithi plateau. In the lovely village of Tzermiado, you can enjoy the natural beauty, the breathtaking views, and the traditional architecture. You may take pictures of the wonderful landscape. Or rest for a while, and enjoy your lunch(optional) in one of the local taverns.

Essentials:

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

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

Bring a small bottle of water.

Optional and Advices:

Do not bring too much money. Every business in Crete accepts bank cards.

Try to limit your luggage. Too much weight is always a problem.

Leave your valuables at your hotel. Bring your personal medication.

You must always carry a copy of your passport with you. Although not required it is always a good idea.

Pick-Up Locations

We offer the Lassithi Plateau tour from many locations of the island. Visitors staying in Hersonissos (Chersonissos), Koutouloufari, Piskopiano, Malia, Stalida (Stalis), Anissaras, Agkisaras, Analipsi, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Hani, Karteros, Heraklion, Ammoudara, and Agia Pelagia can easily partake in this experience. For better understanding of our pick up points please visit the following page: Pick Up Points. Please note that because of the size of the page the list is only visible on big screens.

Important Booking Information

On the ticket of the Lassithi Plateau tour we will provide full details of the meeting point. We will carefully select the closest and safest pick up place, based on your hotel location.

We include a Google pin and a photograph of the meeting point. This ensures that you can easily identify and locate the meeting spot with confidence.

Our team is always available to assist you. Feel free to contact us at any time. We will provide you an emergency telephone number. This will ensure a stress free experience from the moment you embark on your tour or activity. Your satisfaction and comfort are our top priorities.

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 Lassithi Plateau Tour is €29 for an adult, and €14.5 for a child. Infants are free.

Itinerary and Important Information

Itinerary

Below you can read the timetable and schedule of the activity you are viewing. We do everything in our power to be always on time and avoid any long delays.

07:30-09:00: Bus departure.

Stop: Kera Monastery (30 min).

Stop:  a traditional pottery workshop (30 min).

Watch the craftsmen making masterpieces and you can try your potter’s skills.

Stop: Psichro (1 hour and 15 min).

Time to visit the Dicti cave/”cave of Zeus” or the theme Mythology Park.

Stop: Tzermiado the capital of Lassithi Plateau (1 hour and 30 min).

Walk around the village, or rest and enjoy lunch, tasting traditional dishes of Cretan gastronomy.

16:00-17:30: Approx return time back.

Different timetables apply for pickups in different areas like Heraklion, Ammoudara, Kokkini Hani, Gouves, Analipsi, Anissaras, Stalida, and Malia. Our customer service will provide you with the correct pick up timing and a google map pin point of its exact location.

 

 

Days and Languages

Monday: English, German

Thursday: English, German

Included

The following list contains everything that is included in the activity you are viewing.

Services and Products Included

✅ 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. -Instant confirmation.

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

 

Excluded

We have tried our best in avoiding any hidden costs for our customers. In the event that any hidden costs appear, through one of our suppliers, please contact us and we will solve the matter with no further discussion.

Services and Products Excluded from this Activity and payable if occur by the client:

❌ Entrance Tickets to Archaeological Sites or Places of Interest.
-(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
2€ Entrance Ticket to Kera Monastery.

❌ All meals & drinks, unless mentioned otherwise in the tour description or the included section above.

❌ Any other destination not mentioned in the itinerary. – Any services or activity charges other than those included in inclusions.

Not Suitable

This tour is not suitable for people with walking difficulties in case your main interest is to visit the Cave of Zeus.

You have to be able to walk approximately 1/2 hour, at a slow pace, on uneven surfaces and slippery steps.

Lassithi Plateau – Cave of Zeus Tour