Crete: Follow in the Footsteps of Greek Mythology

4.8 / 5

19 reviews

Crete: Follow in the Footsteps of Greek Mythology

From $115.44 per person

Immerse yourself into Greek mythology and learn more about the secrets of the Cretan's on the Lassithi Plateau, the valley of the 1,000 windmills. Visit the birthplace of Zeus and be amazed by the breathtaking landscape.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 8 hours
Starting time 9:30 AM
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, German
Pickup included
Pick-up will be available from your hotel, the harbor or the airport in Agia Pelagia, Heraklion, Kokkini Chani, Gournes, Gouves, Analipsi, Anissaras, Hersonissos, Stalida or Malia.
Small group
Limited to 15 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Learn more about the secrets and customs of the Cretans and explore old traditions and new ways of living in the Lassinthos Eco Park
  • Hear about the daily life of a typical, Cretan family during a walk through a traditional mountain village
  • Explore the Cave of Zeus or the Cave of Chronos on the Lassithi Plateau and enjoy Cretan delicacies at lunch
Full description
During your stay in Crete, explore the mountains of Lassithi and enjoy the magnificent view of the amazing landscape on your way up. Pass the reservoir of Aposelemi and the village of Sfentili, which has almost completely sunk, and visit a traditional mountain village and a typically Cretan family. Learn everything about the story of the father of the gods and his siblings. Visit one of the caves before heading to Lassinthos Eco Park to hear everything about the Cretan traditional way of living. Learn more about the secret of Cretan cuisine and their special delicacies. Enjoy a refreshing lunch in a cosy, traditional tavern and listen to amusing stories about the villagers while feasting on good food and delicious wine. Round off the day with a visit to the mountain village of Krassi at 600 meters above sea level. Krassi used to be the summer residence of one of the island's most famous personalities, the author of Alexis Zorbas, Nikos Kazantzakis. Marvel at a 1,500-year-old sycamore tree and cool off at a spring with amazing freshwater. Enjoy a Greek coffee and return to your hotel at leisure and with many new impressions and memories.
Includes
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Modern, air-conditioned minibus
  • Local guide
  • Refreshments during the drive
  • Lunch including wine, water and softdrinks
  • Entrance fee for the Cave of Zeus (6 EUR for adults from the age of 18; 3 EUR for EU citizens from the age of 65)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Jacket
  • Cash

Know before you go

  • Please bring an interest in the Cretan traditional way of living, suitable shoes, sunscreen, camera and some change
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 19 reviews

Review summary

  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Safety
    4.6/5
  • Service
    4.4/5
  • Organization
    4.6/5
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This was one of the best tours we have ever been on. Viola was extremely knowledgeable, very fun, and ultra charming. The sites of the mountains and plateau were breathtaking, as was the cave of Zeus’ birth. Lunch was also extraordinary. Viola selected a family run restaurant was amazing tapas in an endearing garden. Truly a phenomenal day!

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May 24, 2018

Outstanding guide and trip!

My mother and I took this tour with Viola in mid-October 2017. It was different than many other tours we've taken because we gained a much more personal view of the local life in the region around Heraklion. We ate at small traditional family-run restaurants, whose owners grew their own produce and ingredients, and we visited smaller villages that the larger bus tours tend to bypass. This gave us a real sense of what Cretan rural life is like. We particularly enjoyed visiting the Cave of Zeus (donkey-ride and all!). Viola's English was easy to understand, yet her knowledge of other languages allowed us to interact with people from several other countries that we ran into throughout the day. Her knowledge of the area as well as the Greek mythology made for a fun and very informative visit. She even adjusted the schedule to make sure we made our evening flight back to Athens, dropping us off at the airport herself. All in all, highly recommended!

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October 22, 2017

Super

We had a really great tour! Our guide Viola was super nice and uncomplicated and has surprised us with lots of information about the island. Especially interesting were the stories about Greek mythology - also for my nine year old son. We were lucky - we were only two and had our guide so only for us. So we could learn a lot about the island and the life on it. I can only recommend it!

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October 10, 2017

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