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

PLATEAU OF LASSITHI

LASSITHI PLATEAU - DIKTAION CAVE - ORTHODOX MONASTERY KERA CARDIOTISSA
Category: 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.
Thursday, Wednesday, Wednesday.
English, German, Russian.
7 hours, depending on your location.
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.

  • Visit the monastery of KERA KARDIOTISA. The history of the icon in this sacred place remembers numerous attempts to abduct the holy image, but each time the icon miraculously returned to the island. The monastery preserved not only the miraculous icon of the Mother of God, but also ancient frescoes on the walls of the monastery church.

  • Visit famous and mythical Cave of Zeus, ofr DIKTEON ANDRON CAVE. It is located in one of the rocks at an altitude of 1025 m., where according to legend, the supreme god of Olympus Zeus was born.

  • Get the experience of traveling on the amazingly beautiful mountain routes to the delightful LASSITHI PLATEAU.

  • Enjoy clay modeling under the guidance of an experienced potter.

  • Appreciate the delights of high-mountain Cretan cuisine in a TRADITIONAL TAVERN at the end of the journey.

  • Pick-up from your hotel or any other place within North Heraklion region (for other regions of the island extra charges may apply).

  • We start driving to the mountain range heading to the beautiful plateau of LASSITHI shaped like a bowl, framed by the mountain Dikti.

  • The bus continues to travel among farmland, approaching the place of a hiking climb.

  • Two paths paved with stone lead up to the "Dikte Cave" or better known as the "Cave of Zeus". You can climb on foot (about 20 minutes) or take a donkey for an additional fee. Then, descend the stairs into the depths of the cave.

  • Upon returning from the Lassithi plateau (at an altitude of 622 meters), we stop at the Orthodox convent of Kera Cardiotissa - the Heart of the Virgin Mary, erected in the 13th century.

  •  A pleasant conclusion of this day will be a stop at the pottery workshop, where, under the guidance of the best local craftsman, you will be able to make a ceramic vessel in memory of Crete and dine at a traditional Cretan tavern.
  • Drop-off at your hotel.
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