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Our most recommended Heraklion Jeep & 4WD Tours

Knossos Palace and Village Pottery Tour

1. Knossos Palace and Village Pottery Tour

Explore the Palace of Knossos and learn the traditional craft of pottery on this tour of Cretan culture and heritage. After pickup at your hotel, start your day at the Palace of Knossos, one of the birthplaces of the modern world. Visit the palaces, the villas and other excavated buildings. Continue to a traditional pottery village in the mountains, driving on pretty roads lined with olive trees. See how Cretans have produced their wonderful pottery for thousands of years. Enjoy the fantastic opportunity to try your hand at this ancient craft, with the guidance of a master potter.  During the tour, enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant with wine or water included. At the end of a wonderful day, start the drive back to your hotel, where you’ll be dropped off.

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Crete: Full-Day Private Tour

2. Crete: Full-Day Private Tour

The ideal way to discover the island of Crete is with a private tour. Share a car and enjoy a full day with your group. Embark on an incredible island adventure with your friends or family, after planning the tour together with your professional guide. Beginning with pickup at your accommodation in Elounda, Agios Niklaos, Ierapetra, Malia, Crete, Hersonissos, or Ammoudara, the world is your oyster.  Settle into a comfy and luxurious Land Rover Discovery equipped with 6 seats and air conditioning. Discover local sites, hit the beach, or simply drive around taking in panoramic views. Perfect for a wedding trip or a birthday, relish in total privacy and the utmost luxury. Included in the tour is a fresh, high-quality dinner at a local taverna.

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Crete: Land Rover Safari Through the Plateaus

3. Crete: Land Rover Safari Through the Plateaus

Discover Crete with a drive through the plateaus. Follow the path of your choice and admire the rugged nature. Begin in the idyllic little town of Kastamonitsa at the foothills of the Afentis Mountains and enjoy a typical Cretan breakfast. Drive through the unbelievably beautiful landscape, along rural roads and mountain passes and discover the diversity of animal life. At the next stop, enjoy a one-of-a-kind view of the Lassithi Plateau and the northern coast of Crete. Visit the Psychro Cave, the birthplace of Zeus, father of the gods.  Then enjoy a selection of local and regional specialties in a local tavern. Discover the Lassithi Plateau, where time seems to stand still. The local people are mostly farmers and still use donkeys in their daily lives. Visit the little town of Krasi, known for its millennia-old sycamore trees and natural springs. On your way back, pass olive groves and admire the spectacular coast of Crete with its deep blue waters beyond. 

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Winery Tour & Tasting, Lasithi Plateau and Psychro Cave

4. Winery Tour & Tasting, Lasithi Plateau and Psychro Cave

This full-day program in a diverse excursion that introduces visitors to the flavors and natural beauty of Crete, along with its archaeology and mythology. En route to a well-known and multiple-award-winning winery from Heraklion you’ll enjoy a drive along a route lined with vineyards and olive groves. You’ll be taken on a tour of its vineyards followed by an unforgettable wine-tasting experience. Taste 6 quality wines, with snacks to accompany the tastings. Afterwards you’ll ascend to the Lasithi Plateau, reaching an altitude of over 800 meters. See the windmills that act as water pumps, helping with the cultivation of this fertile soil. Enjoy the views from one of the first wind parks in Europe. Visit the Cave of Psychro, a site of archaeological importance and great natural beauty. The Minoan and Neolithic artifacts excavated from the cave during the past century are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion.

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Heraklion: SUV Tour to Matala and Ancient Phaistos

5. Heraklion: SUV Tour to Matala and Ancient Phaistos

Your experience starts from Heraklion, from where it will head south to Matala. In the 1960s, hippies from all over the world flocked to the area and lived in the caves as part of their beliefs and way of life. Along the road, you will come across the many vineyards and olive groves of the fertile plain of Messara. Next, stop at the Monastery of Panagia Kalyviani, which is famous for its charitable work. The compound of the monastery that was gradually formed around the 14th-century single-nave church became very famous in the 19th century, due to its reputation as a miraculous icon. Following that, visit the Palace of Phaistos, where the famous Phaistos Disc was unearthed and whose script was only recently deciphered. Your final stop is the famous Matala Beach, where you will visit the caves where the hippies used to live. It will be there that you can also cool off with a swim in the crystal waters of the Libyan Sea, before heading back to your point of origin.

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From Rethymno or Heraklion: Jeep Safari to Preveli Beach

6. From Rethymno or Heraklion: Jeep Safari to Preveli Beach

Discover the southern coast of Crete in a Jeep and enjoy a genuine adventure through old towns and past impressive olive fields and vineyards. Visit the picturesque town of Spili and indulge in a little break with a refreshing drink from the town's freshwater spring. Continue to the beautiful palm tree-lined beach of Preveli. Enjoy a typical Cretan lunch in a traditional taverna on the beach, then take a dip in the crystal clear water of the Libyan Sea or relax in the shade of the palm trees. Continue your tour in the afternoon and take a look at the unique landscape around the Kourtaliotiko Gorge, then head back to Rethymnon on the old main road.

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Crete: Minoan Paths and Wine Experience

7. Crete: Minoan Paths and Wine Experience

Αdmire the Minoan civilization through a walking tour of the area's various charismatic paths. This experience will allow you to let your eyes wander over the endless vineyards, as you follow the various wine routes. Following your tour in Knossos, you will head towards the picturesque town of Archanes to begin your journey over the Cretan wine routes. Crete boasts a wine tradition that is 4,000 years old, and if you are a wine enthusiast you may complement your gastronomic experience by taking part in a wine tasting session at a vineyard of your choice. The area is reminiscent of Tuscany in Italy. There are cultural, archeological, religious, and historical interests there, as well as Byzantine churches with frescoes on the walls, and historical monuments which date back to the 15th century. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be left with a fantastic taste of Crete.

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Southern Crete: Land Rover Safari With Lunch and Wine

8. Southern Crete: Land Rover Safari With Lunch and Wine

See Crete from a different angle on this all-day Land Rover safari tour. Begin the day in Heraklion, where you will get to know your guide and listen to a short presentation of the excursion before heading south, to the foot of Mount Giouchtas, where, according to myth, Zeus is buried. Continue the journey via the provincial roads through some of the oldest and historically rich villages of Crete until you reach Vasiliki. There, have a coffee or soda before heading to Tripiti Beach. Swim in the crystal water of southern Crete, enjoy the sun, and have a drink at a small hippie-style tavern. Later, visit the isolated and lesser known Fylakas Beach, and explore the seabed with a snorkeling mask. Enjoy lunch at an authentic tavern that offers delicious, high-quality traditional Cretan food, located inside the oldest known olive tree grove. Continue the journey toward the village of Krotos, and see the wild beauty of an untouched landscape. After a short drive, reach Panagia Vithano, where you can should be sure to take more photos.

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Crete: Land Rover Safari with Lunch in Agiofarago & Matala

9. Crete: Land Rover Safari with Lunch in Agiofarago & Matala

Journey into the wild and untamed side of Crete by Land Rover. Visit quiet, spiritual Agiofarago with its wild beauty, then experience the contrast of noisy Matala with its hippie style. After being picked up from your hotel, drive south through the plain of Messara, to Agiofarago: the gorge of the Saints. Enjoy a drink in the traditional village of Siva, then stop at the 14th century Odigitria Monastery. From there the rugged dirt tracks will lead you to Agiofarago. Stretch your legs along a 30 minute path crossing the gorge, scattered with oleander and olive trees. Discover a beautiful beach stretching to the Libyan Sea, where you can swim and snorkel. Enjoy a delicious picnic with local Cretan products. Continue to Matala, a small but crowded village, with a long sandy beach and crystal clear deep waters. Explore carved Roman tombs, have a swim at the beach, and eat lunch in a traditional local tavern.

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Heraklion: Psiloritis Mountain Land Rover Safari

10. Heraklion: Psiloritis Mountain Land Rover Safari

See Crete from a different angle on this all-day Land Rover safari tour. Begin the day in Heraklion, where you will get to know your guide and listen to a short presentation of the excursion before heading to the Livadi Plateau. Enjoy the incredible views of Heraklion and the Cretan as the Land Rover climbs through the mountainous, provincial road to the eastern slopes of Psiloritis. Marvel at the breathtaking atmosphere of the plateau, including the thousands of apple and pear trees that are scattered throughout the area. Continue on to the plateau of Vromonero, where you will enjoy a picnic of Cretan specialties under the shade of oak trees. After eating lunch, go on the off-road route to the plateau of Nida, where you will visit Idaion Andron, the cave where Zeus was born. On the way back, stop at Ancient Zominthos, which was only discovered in 1982 but is considered one of the most important archeological discoveries in Crete.

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What people are saying about Heraklion

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 161 reviews

So we just liked it from the beginning to the end, our tour was postponed due to Corona, but great communication and everything went perfectly! You got to know the country and the people and our guide Petra was just great ... she seemed to us as if we had known her for years and she told so many interesting things about Crete and nature ... just great

Great day- journey to Psychro cave was marvellous. The scenery is simply stunning. Our guide was informative, friendly, accomodating. Enjoyed the winery tour and tasting very much. Thorough recommended.

a great day with a very informative guide

We greatly enjoyed our visit to the Lasitti plateau, visit to the so-called Cave of Zeus and wine-tasting in a local winery. Our guide was very helpful and informative.

Lots of travel time ... don't forget good shoes for the ascent and descent to the cave ...

Fantastic tour with an experienced and very personable tour guide.