ONE OF THE LESSER KNOWN AREAS OF CRETE

Lasithi Plateau and Zeus Cave with Olive Oil Farm Visit

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Mountains, valleys, ancient plane trees and a visit to the birthplace of the most important ancient Greek god. 

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Crete: Lasithi Plateau and Zeus Cave Tour with Olive Oil Farm Visit

The region of Lasithi is located on the easternmost side of Crete island and is often the least visited despite its numerous offerings and unspoiled natural landscape. Nature lovers will fall in love with the drive through the mountains of Dikti (also known as Lassithiotika) that border the prefectures of Lasithi and Heraklion, the old traditional windmills, and the quaint villages we will visit that offer a glimpse of a different era.

Our tour will start with pick up from your hotel in Heraklion, giving us plenty of time to explore the region.

Moving east from Heraklion past the popular area of Hersonissos and Malia, we will turn south towards the village of Krasi. Framed by a beautiful forest of evergreen oaks, the village is situated among verdant hills and is lined with cobblestone streets that lead to a beautiful central square. Next to the stone-built spring fountain, we find one of the oldest plane trees on the island (and even in Europe) that is estimated to be over 2300 years old. Here, one of the most renowned Cretan writers, Nikos Kazantzakis, is thought to have sat for hours to find inspiration for his writing. The large water fountain (Megali Vrisi) provides the village with clean potable water year-round and was once where women would bring clothes to be washed.

Heading further south, about a half an hour drive from the village of Krasi, we reach the cave of Diktaion Antron, also known as Psychro Cave. This spectacular cave has wonderful stalagmites and stalactites is one of the possible locations where the Greek Olympian god Zeus was born and raised. Inhabited since at least the Neolithic Period (6000 BC), it is one of the rare examples of settlements at such high altitudes. During its rich past, it was also a place of worship. You will have the chance to visit the cave and learn more about its history and the protected habitat of the Dikti mountain range with its incredible diversity of wild flora and fauna.

The next stop on our tour will be the village of Kritsa, on the other side of the Lasithi Plateau. Here you will get the chance to visit Panagia Kera, an impressive church known for its wonderful Byzantine frescoes. Although the date of its original construction is still unknown, the oldest frescoes found on the sanctuary of the central aisle dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin (there are three aisles, each one dedicated to another saint) date back to the 13th century.

The fresh mountain air will undoubtedly increase your appetite, which is excellent, considering that Lasithi is also famous for its fantastic traditional taverns. At Krasi, we will enjoy traditional Cretan food and taste various delicacies. The region around the Lasithi plateau was historically significant for its agricultural produce, and there are still plenty of shepherds and local producers keeping the traditions alive, with local sheep and goat milk cheese that are not to be missed!

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1. Olive Oil Farm Visit

We will visit a family estate, world-renowned for its olive oil and traditional tsikoudia. There will be opportunities to shop for products to bring home.

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3. Panagia Kera

A majestic triple-aisled church set in the beatiful setting of the Dikti mountains.

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2. Krassi

Home to the oldest plane tree on the island and a favorite spot of the renowned writer Nikos Kazatzakis.

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4. Windmills

Old, new, steel, or white-washed. Once upon a time there were thousands of working windmills in this part of the island. The few that remain standing are very much worth visiting.

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5. Cave of Zeus (Diktaion Andron)

A place where myth and religion meet. Located at an altitude of 1025 meters.

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7. Return to Heraklion

The tour ends in Heraklion unless otherwise agreed.

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6. Lunch Break

We will stop for lunch at a nearby traditional village.

Trip Details

About the tour

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Prices for this group, vary by group size. 

  • 1-3 people per group – 350€
  • 4-7 people per group – 420€
  • 8-15 people per group – 525€

If you have a larger group or require a custom service, please contact us and we will be happy to arrange something for you. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! The food spots we will visit during the tour are able to accommodate different dietary restrictions. Please inform us in advance, so we can ensure suitable options. 

No, our tour packages are transparent, and all costs and fees are clearly outlined. There are no hidden costs. The price you see includes all specified transfer services. 

Yes! We can accommodate specific preferences and tailor the itinerary to better suit your interests. 

Know Before You Go

  • Greeks dress modestly when visiting religious sites. Avoid beachwear or revealing clothing in such places. 
  • If the itinerary includes a church or monastery visit, it is recommended guests bring a long scarf or shawl to cover the shoulders, arms and below the knees. Men should also have their arms covered and avoid shorts. 
  • Comfortable shoes are advisable, especially if you plan on exploring historical sites with uneven terrain.
  • While casual wear is accepted in many places, dressing slightly more formally in the evenings is appreciated in some restaurants and venues.
  • The official currency is the Euro (€). Ensure you have some cash on hand for small purchases, as not all places may accept credit cards. A mix of smaller bills is also a practical approach. 
  • ATMs are widely available in urban areas, but it’s advisable to inform your bank about your travel dates to avoid any issues with card usage.
  • Currency exchange services are available at airports, banks, and currency exchange offices, offering competitive rates.
  • In some places, we might stop by local vendors and small shops. Having small cash with you is recommended for such places.
  • Many tourist sites and accommodations have made efforts to be accessible, but it’s advisable to check in advance and communicate any specific needs.
  • Please inform us of any special needs in advance to ensure a smoother experience.
  • Pack comfortable clothing suitable for the weather during your visit, including swimwear for beach destinations.
  • If you take medication, don’t forget to bring that with you on your day pack or bag. 
  • Sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses are essential, especially during the hot summer months.
  • Consider bringing a portable charger for Full Day Tours, to ensure enough battery for your electronics (camera, phone). 
  • We also suggest bringing a reusable water bottle to minimize plastic waste during the tour, aligning with our responsible tourism values.
  • The basic Greek greetings are: “Kalimera” (Good morning), “Kalispera” (Good evening), “Efharisto” (Thank you).
  • English is widely understood, but learning a few phrases in Greek can enhance your experience and interaction with locals.
  • Greek cuisine includes staples like olives, feta cheese, moussaka, and souvlaki. Don’t miss trying local specialties.
  • The Greek diet is also well suited to vegan, and vegetarian diets, especially if you are visiting during the Easter period (Lent). 
  • For travelers with gluten-free or celiac dietary requirements, it’s worth noting that while accommodating these needs can be more challenging in some parts of Greece, busy touristy areas often have a growing awareness and offer a more accessible range of options to cater to these specific dietary preferences.”
  • In restaurants, it’s common to linger over meals. Don’t rush; enjoy the leisurely pace of dining.
  • Greeks tend to order and eat “from the middle”, which is similar to tapas style. The food is placed in the middle, including salads, appetizers, and mains and everyone helps themselves to everything. 
  • Tipping is customary, and rounding up the bill is a common practice.
  • Tap water is generally safe to drink, with the exception of most islands.
  • Bottled water is best to avoid any sensitive stomach issues, and is very affordable to purchase. 
  • In certain crowded tourist areas, pickpocketing is a potential threat. This is especially the case for the area around Syntagma Square in Athens.
  • At We Know Transfers we support and promote environmentally sustainable pratices and responsible tourism guidelines. We are also Climate Neutral Certified. 
  • As a tour company that relies on cars and busses, we are actively moving away from petrol and diesel vehicles to more electric and hybrid vehicles.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations made more than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time will receive a full refund. 
  • In the case of a no-show, no refunds are eligible. 
  • We Know Transfers reserves the right to modify or cancel tours due to unforeseen circumstances, such as extreme weather conditions. In such cases, customers will be offered an alternative tour or a full refund. 

Learn more about our Cancellation Policy. 

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