Crete, Greece

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clock-o8 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 3 more

Overview

Get a little wild on Crete thanks to this 8-hour excursion exploring the island’s unpopulated mountains, small villages and forgotten paths. Travel off road by 4x4 as you traverse the rugged mountain terrain, stopping to visit a shepard’s ‘mitato’ (inn), tasting local cheese, and exploriung the agrarian ways of life on the isolated Lassithi Plateau. Round-trip hotel transport and three-course lunch are included.
  • Explore Crete's rugged interior during a full-day 4x4 cultural tour
  • Visit small mountain villages and sample local products like fresh-made cheese
  • Admire the dramatic scenery of mountain passes and the turquoise-blue of the island coast
  • Enjoy an included three-course lunch of local Crete specialties accompanied by unlimited wine
  • Get off the beaten track in a 4x4
  • Shop for traditional handicrafts in the Lassinthos Eco Park
  • Great way to get off the typical tourist track in Crete
Get picked up from your hotel in the morning, traveling up into the rugged mountains in the island’s interior to explore the beautiful scenery, laid-back rhythm of daily life in small villages, and tasty local food products.
Start at the Aposelemis basin reservoir, where you can explore an ancient Roman aqueduct, then head into the foothills of the Afendi Mountains. You’ll visit the village of Kastamonitsa, where you can enjoy a Cretan-style breakfast accompanied by the local liquor, Raki. After breakfast, continue off road higher into the mountains, stopping at a shepard’s “mitato,” a typical lodge or inn, where you can sample traditional cheese.
Drive deeper into the mountains and pause a local overlook, offering dramatic views of the Lassithi Plateau and Crete’s north coast. Proceed from the overlook to Diction Cave, reported to be the home of Zeus in classic mythology (entry fee at own expense). When you finish in the cave, take a break for lunch, which will feature three courses of local Crete specialties (vegetarian option available). You’ll also enjoy unlimited wine during your meal.
After lunch, continue to the Lassinthos Eco Park, an area where you can browse for traditional handicrafts and get a taste for daily life in the island’s small farming villages. Make a brief stop in Seli for photos before heading to the village of Krassi, which is known for its ancient tree and natural spring. Begin heading back down toward the coast, passing through groves of olive trees as you descend out of the mountains. You’ll eventually be dropped off back at your hotel.

Reviews

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B
, Jul 2018

Had a wonderful day trip with Jeff! Extremely knowledgable. Wonderful look beyond the tourist areas into the beauty of Crete and it's people. Highly recommend!

R
, Nov 2017

The tour covered more then what the tour listing showed. the guide is the one who really makes it interesting and enjoyable. Highly recommend any of the tours that Viator has to offer.

D
, Sep 2017

This is a MUST in terms of activities to do on Crete! Jeff was an amazing tour guide!! Im not usually one to go in for guided tours because I like to be more spontaneous. However, THIS tour could not be done better. Youll fall in love with the real Crete and its people as you get away from the tourist hotels and beaches on an amazing day long drive on an off-road adventure in a Land Rover Defender. Jeff took us to beautiful vistas and rural villages where we were introduced to age old culture, people, history, and traditions of the island. The tour winds up a beautiful mountain range and the down into the fertile valley beyond before finally connecting with the main highway on Crete and the drive back to the hotels. Lunch is provided and there are a few other stops where one could grab a snack from a local stand. Breakfast is NOT provided, as the tour literature describes, so eat a hearty breakfast beforehand or pack food. Pack light as there is little extra room in the Defender. ENJOY!!!!!!!

R
, Jun 2017

Awesome tour! Thank you Sam! Definitely a great way to see the Lassithi Plateau.


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