Day trip

Crete: Land Rover Safari on Minoan Route

Crete: Land Rover Safari on Minoan Route

From $99.67 per person

Explore the scenic landscape of Crete on an 8-hour Land Rover safari, and travel off-road along the old Minoan Path. Enjoy panoramic views during a barbecue lunch with unlimited wine on the Lassithi Plateau. Visit quaint villages, and more.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Dutch, French, German
Pickup included
Pick-up from the main entrance/reception of your hotel in Anissaras
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Drive along off-road paths in the mountains of Crete
  • See the cave where Zeus was born
  • Enjoy a barbecue lunch with unlimited wine
  • Discover one of the mountain shelters used by the shepherds
  • Look at the traditional handicrafts of the Lassinthos Eco Park
  • Visit villages and farmland where time has stood still
  • Taste the grape-based brandy of Crete's popular "raki"
Full description
Explore Crete by Land Rover on a full-day adventure along the Minoan Path, and experience a blend of ancient myths, spectacular landscapes, and a barbecue lunch on the Lassithi Plateau. Following a pick-up from your hotel, drive through spectacular mountains on route to the Aposelemis Basin Reservoir, and see an ancient aqueduct of the Roman Empire. Continue to the village of Kastamonitsa in the foothills of the Afendi Mountains. Stop for a Cretan-style breakfast and raki tasting. Next, brace yourself for the dirt tracks of the Minoan Path. Drive through a stunning mountain landscape to see wildlife and unbelievable scenery. Learn the myths and legends of Crete on the way to a shepherds' mitato (mountain shelter). Feed the animals as you watch the shepherds produce cheese according to traditional methods. Taste some of the fresh, rich cheese. Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Lassithi Plateau and north coast. Continue to Dikteon Cave to marvel at the birthplace of Zeus. Work up an appetite before your lunch at a local taverna. Try a selection of traditional dishes (vegetarian option available) and a glass or two of wine. Then, go to Lassinthos Eco Park to admire traditional handicrafts. Back on the Lassithi Plateau, experience a wilderness and farming land where time has stood still. See donkeys put to work to help farm the land. Then, go to Seli to take photos of the unique scenery. Drive to the village of Krassi, famous for its 2,000-year-old tree and natural spring water source. Continue down the mountain roads, passing ancient olive groves before you reach the spectacular coastline and deep blue sea.
Includes
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Driver/guide
  • BBQ lunch
  • Unlimited wine
  • Fuel and insurance
  • Entrance fee to Zeus's cave (€6, payable at the entrance)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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  • At the time of booking please provide your hotel name and location. You will be notified be email about the exact pick-up details
  • Bring a camera, sun protection and comfortable walking shoes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 158 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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The trip was amazing. In contrast to the North beach part of the Creta the trip takes you to the mountains, full of green, small villages and interesting places. Our guide - Leonidas, was perfect. He told us many interesting information about the Creta, local people, mythology and also herb. I would higly recommend this trip. Just one point. The trip starts about 8 AM and the lunch is about 2 PM. Take some snacks and water.

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July 21, 2021

This was a fun, interesting, and interactive experience. We were lucky to have Darrel as our driver. He taught us so much about the surrounding area, about how cheese is made, the local culture and history, and had us finding griffen vultures. It was a good balance between on and off road driving. We learned a lot and laughed a lot and saw parts of the island of Crete that we never would have seen without doing this tour. I highly recommend this activity, especially if you can request Darrel as your driver.

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July 18, 2021

One of the best, if not the best tour I’ve taken. I have used many tours in many countries but rarely have I enjoyed every moment of the trip, this trip with our excellent, knowledgeable guide Marinos was outstanding. Laughing, tasting, smelling, and experiencing much of the Cretan countryside. My one piece of advice if staying in Heraklion would be to hold off shopping until you’ve taken this tour to get a better idea of local traditions and goods. My wife and I could not have enjoyed more.

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July 9, 2021

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