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Knossos Palace – Lasithi Plateau

Knossos Palace – Lasithi Plateau

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Following the Minoan footsteps, visit Zeus Cave (Diktaion Andron), then Knossos Palace Archaeological site, in between a short stop in Kera monastery! The excursion operates every Tuesday, with pick-ups: East of Heraklion (starting Malia, Stalis through Hersonissos, Gouves, Heraklion) and West Heraklion (Amoudara). Our excursion includes: Pick-up service at or near your hotel & return, Knossos Palace & Zeus Cave guided tours. Available Tour Languages are: English, French, German, Russian.

 

Tour info

Duration:
1 Day
Transport:
Bus
Tour Type:
Culture Tour
SKU:
VC-10-009
Group size:
~50 pax

Accompanied service

Guides Transport Insurance

Schedule

Morning Pick up: We will start collecting participants from pick-up points in the morning. Depending on the place of your hotel/apartment the bus drive will differ.

Bus Drive from the last pick up: 30 minutes

1st stop: Village of Krasi – 20 minutes: This little traditional village with the beautiful freshwater springs and the oldest and biggest tree on Crete, will be our first stop for about 20 minutes. Enjoy our time in Cretan nature!

Bus Drive: 10 minutes

2nd stop: Monastery of Kera – 30 minutes: Explore the Monastery dedicated to Virgin Mary that is situated near the village of Kera.

Bus Drive: 15 minutes

3rd stop: Vidiani Monastery – 25 minutes: A small, male monastery located at the foot of Louloudaki Mountain will be our next stop.

Bus Drive: 20 minutes

4th stop: Psychro Cave (Cave of Zeus) - 1 hour 10 minutes: Explore the mythical birth place of the king of gods Zeus. Admire the unique site decorated with impressive stalactites and stalagmites.

Bus Drive: 10 minutes

5th stop: Ceramics Workshop – 45 minutes: Our participants will enjoy a professional workshop to see how traditional ceramics are made and why not try to create their own!

Bus Drive: 10 minutes

6th stop: Traditional Tavern for lunch – 1 hour 20 minutes: There will be a big variety of local dishes made from local products of the Lassithi plateau, homemade wine and products from the surrounding mountains. (The meal is not included in the price)

Bus Drive: 1 hour 20 minutes

7th stop: Knossos Palace – 1 hour: Leaving the beautiful region of Lasithi behind, our day will end at the Historical Site of Knossos. There will be a guided tour for about 1hour as well as some free time to take photos of this unique archaeological scenery.

End of the tour – Return to resorts: Embarkation in the buses and drive back to the hotels where we gathered participants in the morning. Depending on traffic and on the pick-up places of each one, the time of journey back to the hotel will differ.

Bus Drive from Knossos: 1 hour

Special offer

Description

Knossos Palace – Lasithi Plateau – Zeus Cave (Diktaion Andron) – Kera Monastery  


This tour will give travelers the opportunity to explore many places at the Plateau of Lassithi such as the historical Cave of Zeus, the Monastery of Kera, and the traditional village of Krasi. Participants will also attend a workshop and learn more about the making of the famous Ceramics ageing back to the Minoan Civilization, as well as how local drinks (wine and raki) and olive oil are produced by the locals. The day will continue in a traditional Cretan tavern where people will enjoy a delicious lunch which will be prepared for our group. Our day will end with a guided tour at the word wide famous Archaeological Site of Knossos, the capital of ancient Minoan civilization, the first in Europe.

Pick-up’s from:
Sissi, Malia, Stalis, Hersonissos (port), Piskopiano, Anissaras, Analipsis, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Hani, Amnissos, Karteros, Heraklion (port), Amoudara (Gazi, Heraklion). [Check the pick-up table list below to find out which is the most convenient pick-up point & time, near your hotel]

Operating Days:
Every Tuesday

Languages:
English, French, German, Russian: All days

Tour includes:
• Transportation in Air-Conditioned bus
• Professional Driver
• Tour Guide
• Ceramic Workshop
• All the legal taxes
• Liability insurance coverage by ALLIANZ

Extra Fees (not included in the price)
Extras payable on the spot: Entrance to Knossos Site: 15€, Entrance to Zeus cave: 6€, Kera: 2€, Lunch in Traditional Tavern (optional)

Tour highlights:
• Get the most out of Lasithi Region
• Visit the Village of Krasi with its water springs and home of the biggest tree in Crete and enjoy time in nature
• Visit the Historical Monasteries of Kera & Vidiani
• Explore the birthplace of Zeus at the Dikteon Cave
• Attend a Ceramic Workshop and create your own pot
• Discover the Minoan Palace of Knossos and learn more about the most famous archaeological site in Crete

Essentials to have with you:
• Hat / Sunglasses / Sunscreen
• Comfortable shoes
• Water

Direction:
Central Crete

Duration:
10 hours approximately – 140 Km

Overview:
Our journey starts by going towards the centre of the island, where we visit the lovely Monastery of Kera Kardiotissa, which was named after a miraculous icon of Virgin Mary. In an idyllic landscape, the monastery, run currently by nuns, is known for its artistic and its historical importance, as well as its remarkable murals.

Moving on inland and driving up to the Lasithi Plateau, we have the chance to admire the remaining famous windmills, the ditches, the “linies” as they are known, the Venetian drainage system of the plateau that turned the arid area into the most important grain-growing region of Crete and of course the small traditional villages that still keep the scent of another era. The most famous of all is the village of Psychro, where we can admire the primaeval traditional art of pottery-making by the remaining craftsmen and of course we have the opportunity to visit a very significant place for religious worship of the Minoan era, the cave of Psychro, mostly known as Dictean Cave. A cave of exceptional beauty, it is considered as the place where Zeus, the father of the Olympians Gods, was born.

Our next stop is Tzermiado, a village that stands out not only for its natural beauty and its breathtaking view but also for its traditional architecture. Here we can use our cameras to immortalize the exquisite landscape, get a rest or enjoy our lunch in one of the numerous authentic taverns in the area.

It is impossible for someone to come to Crete on vacation and not visit its landmark, Knossos. For the island of Crete, Knossos has the same significance as the Acropolis for Athens. The most famous and the most impressive palace of the Minoan era, the biggest and the greatest of the decision-making centers of the Minoan Crete. Our tour in the majestic site travels us back to the past, getting us to know the Neolithic settlement, the new imposing palace, the four wings of the building with the ceremony chambers, the public warehouses, the Throne Room, the Corridor of Procession with the amazing murals, the Propylaea with the famous Double Horns of Consecration, the Royal Chambers, the servants’ dormitories, the storehouses of the palace, the various workshops, the Reservoir Basin, even a stone-built theatre. We are about to hear great myths, relating to the Palace of Knossos, such as the myth of the Labyrinth and the story of Daedalus and Icarus. We are going to walk on Sir Arthur Evans’ steps and we may feel a bit of the excitement and pride he felt when he discovered this exceptional symbol of the Minoan architecture, which even nowadays transfixes everybody with its grandeur.

Age Definition:
Adults: Over 12 years old  (Full fare)
Children: 4-12 years old  (50% discount)
Infants: 0-3 years old  (Free of charge)

Booking Guiding Lines:
Your Tour Language: Please check in the description which tour languages are available per day, and make sure your desired language is available on your chosen date
Your Pick-up Point: Please check the list with all available pick-up points (and hours) from your area, on the table below

PRICING
This excursion includes in its price: Your transfer r/t from your hotel, Knossos Palace, Zeus Cave, Kera Tours. The Adult Fare is applied to passengers of any age above 12 years old. The Child Fare applies to children between 4 and 12 years old (50% discount + extra’s if chosen) and the Infant Fare to any child under 4 years old (Free of Charge // No seat reserved).

PICK-UP TABLE
Just to help you see which pick-up suits you best, here’s a table of hotel accommodations and their nearest pick-ups:

Knossos Palace Lasithi Excursions pick-up list

Pick up place Pick up time
Sissi 08:45
Nikos hotel – Filipidis S/M 08:35
Malia church 08:30
Malia Bay – Malia Park – Sirens 08:35
Drossia – Kernos Beach – Ikaros Village 08:30
Alexander-Ariadni 08:25
Cactus-Aktia 08:25
Mochos Cross 08:20
Stalis bus stop – Blue sea 08:20
Nana B/S – Mediterraneo 08:15
Belvedere – Eri bus stop 08:15
Silva Beach – Pela Maria 08:10
National Bank – Chalkiadakis S/M 08:10
Piscopiano well (pigadi) 08:10
Mathioudakis – Creta Maris 08:05
Hersonissos Village 08:05
Knossos Royal – Royal Mare – Annabelle 08:00
Cretan Village – Laguna – Chrissi Amoudia 07:55
Serita – Zorbas – Anissa – Bella – Lytos 07:50
Analipsi Beach  Road 07:45
Analipsi Bus stop 07:45
Amirantes B/S 07:40
Gouves Beach  Road 07:40
Gouves Cross – Lavris 07:35
Gournes Church 07:30
Rinela – Hatzis 07:30
Knossos beach – Arina 07:20
Karteros – Amnissos 07:10
Astoria Hotel – Galaxy Hotel 07:00
Heraklion port – old bus station roundabout (Entrance OLI) 07:00
Giofyros (Meliriton) 06:55
Amoudara 06:50

LET US HELP! Please don’t hesitate to contact us, in order to help you out choose the best pick-up that suits you best!

CANCELLATION
1. Customers who for any reason fail to participate in our excursions are obliged to inform us at least 24 hours in advance. Otherwise, no refund will be given. Cancelling at least 24 hours prior to departure, 100% full refund!
2. VisitCrete.com reserves the right to alter or cancel any tour, due to adverse weather conditions or, insufficient passenger number or, force majeure.

IMPORTANT INFO
► We do return money in case of bad weather (when the excursion is cancelled by the organizer tour operator).
► IMPORTANT: You need to be at least 10 minutes prior to your pick-up time at your pick-up point.
► COVID-19: All passengers are required to wear masks at all times when in boats and busses or in indoor areas.

 

For further information or bookings please call at telephone No. (+30) 2810341560

 

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