SANTORINI 1 DAY TOUR
ferry “SEA JET”
11/07/2020
GASTRONOMY PRIVATE TOUR CENTRAL CRETE
01/03/2019

PLATEAU OF LASSITHI ON CRETE

LASSITHI PLATEAU - DIKTAION CAVE - ORTHODOX MONASTERY KERA CARDIOTISSA
Category: LASSITHI PLATEAU - Group tour on Crete

Included in the price:
  • Transfer service.
  • Pick-up and drop-off at your hotel or any other place within North Heraklion region: Amudara, Analipsi, Anissaras, Gouves, Gournes, Carteros, Kokkini Hani, Hersonissos, Malia, Stalida.
  • Experienced guide, speaking your language.

Exclusions
  • ENTRY TICKETS:
  • Kardiotissa Monastery 2 euro - (up to 18 years old - free).
  • The cave of Zeus 6 euros - (up to 18 years old - free).
  • For pick-up NOT from Heraklion region, extra charges may apply.
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday.
  • 7 to 9 hours, depending on your location.
  • English, German, French, Italian, Russian.
    By bus (up to 2 hours one way).
  • Cancellation 48 hours prior to the tour date and earlier - 100% refund.
  • Cancellation 24-48 hours prior to the tour date - 75% refund.
  • No refunds in case of cancellation less than 24 hours prior to the tour date.
  • Fascinating journey to the picturesque plateau of LASSITHI, located in the DIKTI MOUNTAINS, at an altitude of about 800 meters above sea level.


    Beautiful route with breathtaking views, small traditional villages, cave of Zeus, these are just few of the things you will enjoy on this tour.

  • Experience the amazingly beautiful PLATO LASSITI mountain trails. A special microclimate that encourages local residents to successfully engage in agriculture. The plateau was once strewn with 40 thousand windmills that pumped water from the ground to irrigate fields. Windmills that irrigated the fertile lands of the plateau are now a rare and therefore more valuable decoration of this part of the island.

  • Get to know the history of the Monastery of the Mother of God of the Heart about the numerous attempts to steal the holy image, but each time the icon miraculously returned to the island. The holy monastery of Kera Kardiotissa has preserved not only the image of the miraculous image of the Mother of God, but also the ancient frescoes on the walls of the monastery church, so revered by the believers of the entire Orthodox world.

  • Go down the steps into the depths of the DICTION ANDRON cave, where you will see skillfully illuminated fantastic compositions of stalactite figures reflected in the mirror surface of the formed lake. At a depth of 80 m. To the right of the small lake - "Zeus 'font" YOU will see the hanging stalactite "Zeus' mantle". Archaeologists have proven that the cave was a sanctuary in ancient times.

  • A great opportunity to try your hand at pottery by visiting a ceramic workshop and stopping at a traditional tavern where you can sample the national cuisine and drink good Cretan wine will be a wonderful end to your journey to the heart of Crete.
  • Pick-up from your hotel or any other place within North Heraklion region (for other regions of the island extra charges may apply).

  • The path lies through the mountain range to the beautiful Lassithi plateau like a bowl, framed by the Dikti mountain range, where you will visit:

  • The Kera Kardiotissa Orthodox Convent, named after the miraculous icon - the Mother of God of the Heart. the first mention of which dates back to 1415.

  • Climbing on foot (about 20 minutes) or on donkeys for an additional fee to the cave Dikteon Andron, located in one of the rocks at an altitude of 1025 m, here, according to legend, the supreme god of Olympus Zeus was born.

  • Enjoy clay modeling under the guidance of an experienced potter.
  • Experience the delights of Cretan alpine cuisine at the TRADITIONAL TAVERN at the end of your journey.
  • Drop-off at your hotel.
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