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Zeus Cave and Lassithi Plateau Day Tour

4.9 / 5

56 reviews

Activity provider: Adventure-Crete

Zeus Cave and Lassithi Plateau Day Tour

Activity provider: Adventure-Crete
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From US$ 94.19 per person

Enjoy a full-day trip up to the Lassithi Plateau with majestic views and off-roading. Explore Greek mythology and visit Psychro Cave, Zeus' birthplace and enjoy a traditional meze lunch.

About this activity

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Duration 1 day
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Live tour guide
English, French, German, Dutch, Russian
Pickup included
For pick up, look out for our orange Land Rover Discovery.

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit Psychro Cave, Zeus' birthplace
  • Offroad through the mountains
  • Enjoy delicious local food at a Greek taverna
  • Take in the beauty of the Lassithi Plateau
Full description

Start your tour with pick up in an air-conditioned Land Rover from your accommodations at 10 AM and head into the Dikti Mountain Range. You'll pass through several traditional and very picturesque mountain villages.

There will be plenty of opportunities to stop for photos or to have a coffee at a real taverna. At the Lassithi Plateau, you might see eagles and vultures, as both nest around this area. Next, you’ll reach the base of Mount Spathi. The Psychro Cave, the birth place of the Greek god Zeus, is located on the north face of Spathi.

You’ll walk 15 minutes up the steep hill to the entrance of the cave and from there follow the path down into the spectacular cave.   Next, enjoy a traditional Cretan meze lunch with local wine. After lunch, you'll continue around the plateau and then descend taking in views of the north coast and the impressive Aposelemis Dam.

You will then visit a 2400-year-old plane tree, the oldest on the island, as well as the Selinari Monastery.

Includes
  • Hotel pickup from Elounda, Malia, Gouves, Ierapetra, and surrounding areas
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned Land Rover with an experienced driver
  • Refreshments/water
  • Cretan lunch
  • Gratuities
  • 6 entrance fee for adults to the Psychro Cave; entrance for children is free of charge
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Entering the cave is not possible for those with limited mobility, but the rest of the tour can still be enjoyed for those with limited mobility
  • Usually there is no pickup from Heraklion and more east (Direction Chania)
  • A shuttle can be provided by request for an additional cost as this location is 1 hour away
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 56 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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We had a really good time and took a lot of great pictures and tour is worth the money. We made several stops along the way to the Zeus Cave. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. I would've given it a 5 star if it wasn't for the hike to see tge Zeus Cave, it's a 15 minute steep hill and the cave is steep steps to travel through.

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June 4, 2022

This was a absolutely great day trip! Our guide Minas was the best, we really enjoyed the day with him. We were picked up in a nice Range Rover, first stop was Olive Oil plant, we leaned a lot and got to taste samples. Minas knew so much about the island, wild herbs as we stopped along the way, visited local villages, saw a gorge, stopped and met a local woman, tasted wild herbs, it was so much more then we expected!! The hike up to Zeus Cave was a bit longer and harder then expected, we were slower then the rest of our group, so we did feel a little rushed only having an hour total. ( Took us 30 min. up) But we all met up a restaurant nearby and had a wonderful authentic greek meal. Overall it was a fabulous day, with lots of stopes, and a great local guide, Minas made it even better!

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May 19, 2022

Had a very nice tour and saw many "secrets" of the island. Nice dinner with a local shepherd. We were with an Italian and a German and she really took the time to explain everything in 3 languages, English, German and Dutch. If you are a Dutch person, I recommend asking about Petra! Thank you :)

July 22, 2021

Product ID: 248822