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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

1st stop: The little traditional village Krasi with its beautiful freshwater springs and the oldest tree on Crete, for about 20'

2nd stop: The historical Kera monastery for about 30'

3rd stop: Vidiani monastery for about 25'

4th stop: Zeus cave for about 1h10min. The mythical birth place of the king of gods Zeus, decorated with impressive stalactites and stalagmites

5th stop: Ceramics workshop for about 45' to see how traditional products like olive oil, wine, raki and ceramics are made

6th stop: A traditional tavern for lunch. There will be a big variety of local dishes made from local products of the Lassithi plateau, homemade wine and meats from the surrounding mountains. (The meal is not included in the price)

7th stop: Knossos palace. There will be a guided tour for about 1hour and free time for photos

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


Following the Minoan footsteps, visit Zeus Cave (Diktaion Andron), then Knossos Palace Archaeological site, in between a short stop in Kera monastery!

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:
Pick-up service at or near your hotel & return, guided tour

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

Tour highlights:
Knossos Archaeological Site, Lasithi tour, Cave of Zeus, Kera & Vidiani Monasteries, Krasi traditional village, Ceramics workshop, Scenic mountainside drive

Direction:
Central Crete

Duration:
8 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 of 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 best, here’s a table of hotel accommodations and their nearest pick-up’s:

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 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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