Heraklion Regional Unit, Greece
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  • Crete: Land Rover Safari on Minoan Route

    1. Crete: Land Rover Safari on Minoan Route

    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 ...

    The trip was great! Only reason the review is 4 stars and not 5, is because the rest of the group was very indifferent about all the activities and that affected everyone's mood.

  • Land Rover Safari on Lassithi Route

    2. Land Rover Safari on Lassithi Route

    This Land Rover excursion is the perfect way to explore the central part of Crete, visiting 2 different plateaus and learning about mythology as well as local life. We head out in the Land Rover to the plateau of Katharo, passing through the largest forest on Crete. The roads here are basically non-existent and the mountains reach heights of 1,500 meters. You’ll have a refreshment stop at a kafenion (coffee shop) somewhere in the wilderness. The tour continues on along dirt tracks, through valleys, and across rivers, and the journey starts to get exciting! At the next stop you’ll have the opportunity to take photos from a spectacular viewpoint above the Lassithi Plateau. You’ll then head to the plateau to enjoy your BBQ lunch, along with unlimited wine. After lunch you’ll travel back in time as you visit the Eco Village, where you can see local crafts being made by traditional methods...

    Unsere Tour mit dem Guide Thomas brachte eine willkommene Abwechslung zu den Strandtagen. Der Tag war sehr abwechslungsreich gestaltet, das Landesinnere bringt völlig neue Eindrücke, man gewinnt einen guten Eindruck vom Leben in den Bergdörfern, der durch sehr viel Informationen zu Fauna Flora, Geschichte, Alltagsleben durch Thomas noch vertieft wurde. Die Tourführung war sehr umsichtig, die kleine Gruppengröße ideal. Preis-Leistungsverhältnis passt. Das Mittagessen in der Taverne bei der Zeushöhle war von sehr guter Qualität und die off-road Passagen im Landrover machten viel Spaß und brachte uns in Gegenden, die mit dem Mietauto nicht zu erreichen sind. Der Tour kann auf jeden Fall empfohlen werden.

  • From Hersonissos: Quad Bike Safari in the Mountains of Crete

    3. From Hersonissos: Quad Bike Safari in the Mountains of Crete

    Depart Hersonissos on a Quad Bike safari into the mountains of Crete and discover a more authentic side of the island as you get back to nature on small, traffic-free roads. Drive to the traditional villages of Koutouloufari, Piscopiano and old Hersonissos before heading to the Lasithi plateau. Continue along the riverbed en route to the village of Potamies, and pass small gardens of fruit trees and olive groves along the way. Enjoy the scent of different herbs and listen to the sound of millions of tiny tsitsikia (insects). Visit some small churches and see sheep and goats grazing as you continue to the traditional village of Karouzanos. Stop at a café before driving towards Askous village. Get an amazing view of Lyttos and Kasteli before traveling downhill to the village. Enjoy an authentic tsikoudia (raki) and some tasty snacks. Then, continue downhill to the Apose...

    I had the absolute best time on the quad bike tour. Andrea is the best guid out there !! Me and my friend shared a quad bike and it was completely comfortable and nice. We switched drivers every once in a while. The pictures don’t do the tour justice, it’s absolute gorgeous!!! The entire tour takes place in the most beautiful places and we got to experience awesome views throughout the day. The tour was extremely family friendly but as teenagers, also allowed us to experience the speed of the bike and at times we got to feel the extreme aspect of the tour. The food provided was delicious and the stop at a local village in the mountains was breathtaking. Personally loved the small group of the tour, everyone including Andreas the tour guide, the civilians at the small local villages and the restaurant were extremely friendly, generous, understanding and delightful. Could not recommend this trip more. 10/10 do yourself a favor and book it now.

  • Spinalonga and Milatos Cave: Safari Excursion & Speedboat

    4. Spinalonga and Milatos Cave: Safari Excursion & Speedboat

    This adventure is a perfect blend of a safari and boat ride to the main area of the region. Venture through the breathtaking mountains and valleys, passing through the small villages, and explore smaller islands off the coast. Visit the local olive oil factory and learn how traditional olive oil is made on a free guided tour. On the way back, take in picturesque views of the Gulf of Mirabello and the historical island of Spinalonga. Once arriving at the village of Plaka, board a speedboat for the short ride to Spinalonga, which once served as a leper colony. Take a short tour of the island before heading back to Crete.

  • Crete: Jeep Safari to Preveli Beach

    5. Crete: 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.

  • Crete: Land Rover Safari Through the Plateaus

    6. 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 a...

  • Knossos Palace and Village Pottery Tour

    7. 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.

  • Crete: Land Rover Safari Nida Plateau Route

    8. Crete: Land Rover Safari Nida Plateau Route

    Get picked up from your hotel in Gazi and head straight off-road along the river bed to the picturesque village of Pendamodi. Here, enjoy a quick stop to see the picturesque church and natural springs. Journey through the vineyards of the largest wine producing area on the island to the village of Krousonas and sample some local produce such as olive oil and raki. Enjoy some free time here to get a coffee and take in the stunning views. Continue towards Livadi Plateau with views of the many apple orchards in the area and meet some friendly local goats. Next, stop at the Nida Plateau, the highest point of the day, and enjoy spectacular views of Crete's highest snowcapped mountain ‘Psiloritis’. Listen to tales of the resistance and Crete’s chequered history, visit a very unusual monument and a traditional Shepherds ‘mitato’, and experience the traditional Cretian method of cheese making. ...

  • 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 trad...

  • Southern Crete: Land Rover Safari With Lunch and Wine

    10. 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 Kroto...

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What people are saying about Heraklion Regional Unit, Greece

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

Simply great from start to finish THANK YOU Marius for the great day.

Departure very late but quickly forgotten by a great experience!

Was great from start to finish wouldn't hesitate to do it again

we really had a good guide who would show us beautiful panorama