Private tour

Heraklion: Tour to Cave of Zeus, Mochos Village, & Knossos

Private tour

Heraklion: Tour to Cave of Zeus, Mochos Village, & Knossos


From US$ 538.02 per group up to 10

Uncover the mythology and history of Crete on this tour from Heraklion. Taste local honey and raki liqueur, see the cave where Zeus was born, sit under a 2,400-year-old tree, and travel to Knossos.

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  • Savor local flavors as you taste local honey and traditional raki liqueur
  • Take walk to an ancient Minoan cave where Zeus is said to have been born
  • Capture pictures of the Lasithi Plateau to share with your friends and family
  • Stop to enjoy a refreshing beverage under the 2400-year-old Writer's Tree
  • Travel back in time as you explore the traditional mountain village of Mochos
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Explore the history of Crete on this tour from Heraklion. Soak up local culture at the villages of Mochos and Krasi. Find out where the mythological figure Zeus was thought to have been born. Travel to the archaeological site of Knossos and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up in a comfortable van from your accommodation in Heraklion. Sit back and relax on the way to the traditional mountain village of Mochos. Admire its narrow alleys, cobbled streets, and colorful gardens. 

Continue to Krasi village to view a Platanus tree that is 2,400-year-old. Stand in the shade of this tree which is locally known as the Writer's Tree. Travel to the cave of Diktaion Andron, which is believed to be the birthplace of Zeus. Have the chance to purchase tickets to go inside the cave.

Admire views of the Lasithi Plateau before heading to the archaeological site of Knossos. Buy a ticket to the site to see richly colored frescos amid the remains of this Bronze Age palace. Purchase a ticket to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum to explore collections of Minoan art and artefacts.

Feel free to stop and purchase lunch during the tour. Return to your accommodation in Heraklion at the end of the tour. 

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Fridge
  • Bottled water
  • First-Aid-Kit
  • Honey and raki liqueur tasting
  • Food and drinks
  • Knossos ticket
  • Heraklion Archaeological Museum ticket
  • Cave of Zeus ticket
  • Souvenirs and personal expenses
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  • People with mobility impairments

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Nikolas was a excellent guide! He was very professional, knowledgeable and thoughtful. From providing us cold water and chilled hand towels at every stop, to surprising us with delicious local sweet cheese pastries, to taking wonderful pictures of us, we could have asked for a better guide. This is a great tour for those who don’t have lots of time, but want to see glimpses of the local side of the island as well as some of the top tourist stops. NOTE: You will have to either conduct a self guided tour or pay for a tour guide at Knossos, the driver will not tour you through the ruins. The view of the plateau was beautiful from the mouth of the cave. NOTE: the cave is quite a steel trek up the side of a mountain (~10-15 minute hike). Once you’re at the top, there is a steel staircase that leads down into the cave. Providing you have the time, this tour can be quite flexible, including stops to see an olive oil factory, a pottery shop where you make your own pot, and Raki tasting!

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June 19, 2022

Product ID: 401346