4x4 V.I.P. Jeep Safari tour on the Holy Mountain of Giouhtas, Crete

Activity ID : 2457
6 hours
Apr - Oct
For all ages
English, Greek

Activity Description

A journey to the limits between myth and reality.

Mountain Giouhtas is located west of Archanes, about 10km south of the city of Heraklion. Its maximum altitude may not exceed 811m, but it holds a prominent place in mythology and the hearts of the Cretans. It is located in a unique landscape surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. For the ancient Minoans, it was a sacred mountain, mainly because of its shape: from the northwest, the mountain looks like a human face looking at the sky. According to the legend, Zeus is buried there. After all, the mountain got its name from him, since Giouhtas comes from the Latin Jupiter, which is Zeus.

After getting acquainted with your guide and following a short briefing, we will start driving towards the highest peak of Giouhtas, following the dirt road through a beautiful pine forest, on the east side of the mountain. There, the small church of Christ the Lord is located, built-in 1443. The view to the valley of Archanes, which is a vast vineyard, Psiloritis, Dikti, and Heraklion, is amazing! You will also have the opportunity to search for herbs and observe the imposing vultures, that find refuge on the steep cliffs.

Then we will drive to the winery, where you will have the opportunity to experience a special wine tasting at the Fabrika Wine Experience, tracing step by step the process of winemaking, maturation, and bottling of wine, while also getting acquainted with traditional wine-making processes and tools such as the great cement tanks that hold the must during the fermentation period.

Finally, through the beautiful and impressive Archaniotiko Gorge, you will reach Syllamos village, where, in an almost fairytale landscape, we will enjoy the excellent Cretan cuisine.

Your return to Heraklion will be through the old road of Archanes - Heraklion, between beautiful vineyards and olive groves, which passes next to the Venetian aqueduct built in 1628 by Morozini where we will have a short stop for some pictures and for you to be able to observe the structure in all its beauty.


  • The visit to the Holy Temple of Christ the Lord on the top of Giouhta.
  • The view from the top of the mountain.
  • The drive-through vineyards and olive groves in Syllamos.
  • The food


  • Total tour duration 6 hours
  • Family-friendly: Yes


• Wine tasting
• Free Wi-Fi
• Experienced, English speaking driver
• Free transport from/to your hotel. (as long as you are within the predefined pick-up area)
• Land Rover Discovery 3 – fuels
• Lunch (wine, soft drinks, water)
• 2 bottle of water per person
• Binoculars (2 pairs per car)

Not included

• Private expenses (coffees, alcoholic drinks etc.)

Do nοt forget

• Walking shoes or sandals
• Camera
• Sun Screen
• Hat – sun glasses
Cancellation policy

Cancellation policy


  • Cancellation 7 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date. You are automatically reimbursed for the full activity price.
  • Cancellation between 3 and 7 days prior to the agreed activity starting date. You are entitled to a 50% reimbursement.
  • Cancellation 3 days or later are what we call last-minute cancellations. No reimbursements will be effected.


* If the activity is canceled by the activity provider (due to weather, non-completion of minimum entries, force majeure, etc.), the price of your activity, is refunded in full.

  •  Many activities are based on the weather, so it is recommended that you contact the company before the activity.
  • It is a good idea to be at the meeting point on time, before the scheduled start time.
  • After your reservation it is enough to give your details to the cooperating company so that you can carry out your activity. However, it is recommended that you have the booking confirmed in digital or printed form.
  • Read the benefits of the activity carefully to avoid possible extra charges from additional optional services.
  • Read the cancellation policy carefully before booking.



Meeting Point

Address: Irakleio, Crete

Notes: Free transport from/to your hotel. (as long as you are within the predefined pick-up area)

Point of activity

Region: Archanes, Irakleio

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