Cretan Highlands: homeland of Zeus and Whirlwind Roads
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Highlights of the Tour
Enjoy the scenic mountain road, the flowers and tiny villages along the way
Explore the cave in the mountainside of Lassithi plateau - the mythological birthplace of Greek God Zeus and an ancient worship site
Get your hands dirty in one of the potters workshops (kids love it)
Enjoy a traditional Cretan meal in one of the family-owned traditional tavernas in Lassithi plateau
Krasi village halfway to Lassithi is an epitome of a secluded mystic Cretan mountain village
Discover the history of picturesquely seated Monastery of Kera (photos in the monastery are not permitted)
Crete has been a fertile breeding ground for myths and legends and especially so in Lassithi plateau overlooked by mythological mount Ida – a mystic birthplace of great Greek God Zeus. A whirlwind, scenic mountain road takes us up to plateau. Due to difficult access to Lassithi in the past, the area has been spared more from conquerors than rest of Crete. Therefore the DNA of people from Lassithi nowadays is believed to be the closest to Minoans. A flatland of agriculture, mills, potters, and villages, Lassithi plateau is surrounded by scenic mountains. Here we will stop in one of the villages for lunch, and drop in to one of the local potters - they love to let you watch, and kids can get their hands dirty. Krasi villagehalfway to Lassithi with its impressive 2000 years oldlegendary treein the village square, Venetian water fountains and traditional kafeneios is an epitome of a Cretan mountain village. Miracles happen in Crete and theMonastery of Kera(Our Lady of the Heart) is a living example of a power of belief and power of a miracle. This Orthodox Monastery seated in the picturesque mountain setting has a striking story of the miraculous icon. Come along to explore some of the highlands well kept secrets!
It is a full day tour either from Heraklion or Agios Nicolaos area with approx. 3 hours driving time.
Note: this is a private tour and can be modified according to your interests and preferences