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SPINALONGA - CAVE OF ZEUS

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What to Expect
The experience starts from the cosmopolitan city of Agios Nikolaos and heading north to Elounda and Plaka. The route is stunning and justifies the area’s reputation as the favourite place of celebrities and international jet setters. Just a mile off the village of Plaka lies the island of Spinalonga, which is the second most visited archaeological site in Greece.

After a brief stopover, we continue towards the traditional village of Kritsa, a historical village rich in legends, gorges, archaeological and religious monuments and sites. We continue uphill through the pine forest and we reach Katharo Plateau (altitude 1250m), a plateau famous for the Cretan dwarf hippopotamus fossils found in the area. The plateau features a magnificent landscape surrounded by numerous legends and stories that date back to the Ottoman era.

Our next destination is the impressive Lassithi Plateau (altitude 1150m). More than 10,000 traditional windmills operated in the area until some decades ago. In the 1950’s and 1960’s, the Plateau was actually one of the first wind farms in Europe. The Diktaean Cave, that is, the birthplace of Zeus, is located at the village of Psychro (altitude 840m).

As we descend, we make a brief stopover at the village of Krasi and take photos of the famous Cretan author Nikos Kazantzakis’ beloved plane. The plane tree’s perimeter is approximately 24 metres and it is estimated that it is 2400 years old. It is also said that each metre of its perimeter corresponds to 100 years of age.
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Departure Time
10:00 PM
Duration
6h
Return Details
  • Heraklion, Greece - drop off to the hotel
  • Kokkini Hani, Greece - drop off to the hotel
  • Gouves 700 14, Greece - drop off to the hotel
  • Hersonissos 700 14, Greece - drop off to the hotel
  • Malia, Crete 700 07, Greece - drop off to the hotel
  • Agios Nikolaos, Greece - drop off to the hotel
  • Elounda, Greece - drop off to the hotel
  • Ierapetra 722 00, Greece - drop off to the hotel
  • Makrygialos 600 66, Greece - drop off to the hotel
Inclusions
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Lunch
  • Bottled water
Exclusions
  • sightseeing entrance fee
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great tour with Danny. Saw many places and never felt rushed visiting any of them. It was a long day but parts of this tour are only accessible by 4WD so was well worth it. Lunch at local taverna was delicious and...More

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safaricrete, General Manager at Safari Crete Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are glad to hear that you had great experience with Danny. Your kind words give us the strength to keep going!! Thank you very much! we remain at your disposal

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed this tour a lot. Our guide Nickolas was great! Extremely knowledgeable about many subjects. To counter the one review that complained about tickets being separate cost. No tour in Greece has the includes price of admittance for attractions. They are always separate. The...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 30 August 2019

Spinalong Island and Cave of Zeus are both well worth visiting as was the mountainous countryside we traversed and the villages we saw. HOWEVER, our guide/driver had only a halting understanding of English, he did not provide a commentary just answered questions that he knew...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 7 July 2019

Unique experience as i said.real crete,not what hotels want to show you and in the end just stay inside:( we ve seen places I didn't even know was there. We tasted local wine, fruits and food full of taste & aromas. Cant say enough....you have...More

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank Atom N
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  • Safari Crete Experience
  • Duration: 6h
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  • Languages Offered: English, French, German, Russian
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