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V.I.P. Jeep Safari in Lassithi, Crete

Activity ID : 2452
Easy
7 hours
Jan - Dec
For all ages
English, Greek
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Activity Description

The starting point for this tour is Hersonissos. After the necessary briefing from the driver, you will head south towards the Lassithi plateau. The road soon leads us to the dam of Aposelemi. There you can see the abandoned village of Sfendili, which, depending on the water level, is visible or not. We continue on the provincial road, among olive groves, to the picturesque village of Amariano, where you can have a drink and see the remains of the Roman aqueduct.

This is where off-road driving begins. The landscape becomes wilder and we quickly gain altitude. However, the panoramic view compensates us. If we are lucky we will see the imposing vultures flying! The road ends at the fertile plateau of Lassithi where there were once more than 1000 windmills, which pumped groundwater to irrigate the fields.

The next stop is the impressive Cave of Psychro (Dikteon Cave) at an altitude of 1025m. There, according to mythology, Zeus was born. The cave is considered an archeological site and can be visited (ticket cost: 6 €). A beautiful and short uphill path leads to it. If you do not want to walk, there are donkeys that take visitors to the cave for a fee.

Right after our visit to the cave, we will have the opportunity to taste the traditional Cretan cuisine in a local restaurant. After our meal, we will start our return and go through the col, where the windmills that the locals used to grind their flour, are still standing.

A few kilometers later, we will visit the monastery of Kera, one of the most important religious monuments in Crete. The monastery (due to its central location, between Heraklion and Lassithi Plateau) was used as a "shelter" for Cretan freedom fighters. Within a few months, between October 1866 and June 1867, Panagia Kera was burned twice by Omer Pasha's army. On the way back we will make one last stop in the village of Mohos, for a drink of raki. The view from the road to the Cretan Sea, Mallia, and Hersonissos is the best end of the day!

Highlights

  • The off-road driving.
  • The view from Afentis to the North, South, and West sides of the island.
  • The imposing and calm flight of vultures.
  • The cave of Zeus with rich decoration.

 Data:

  • Total tour duration 7 hours
  •  Family-friendly: Yes

Included

• 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 Bottles of water and 1 juice box per person
• Binoculars (2 pairs per car)

Not included

• Tickets to museums and archeological sites
• Private expenses (coffees, alcoholic drinks etc.)
• Specialised guides for museums and archaeological sites

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 30 minutes 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.

Location

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Meeting Point

Region: Irakleio, Irakleio

Address: Irakleio, Crete

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

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