Lasithi Prefecture, Greece
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clock-o7 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Explore Crete’s rugged interior on a 7-hour off-road buggy trip from Hersonissos. Drive or ride a 4-wheeler and travel through picturesque villages and countryside up to the Lasithi Plateau, framed by the Dikti Mountains. Follow black-topped roads and off-road trails, traverse olive groves and mountain slopes, and stop for photos and to visit the Keras Kardiotissa monastery (own expense). Traditional taverna lunch, driving instructions, and port and hotel drop-off in the Hersonissos area included.
  • 7-hour off-road buggy adventure from Hersonissos
  • Ride roads and trails to the Lasithi Plateau and Dikti Mountains
  • Stop to visit villages and the Keras Kardiotissa monastery (own expense)
  • Travel through olive groves and stop at mountain and reservoir viewpoints
  • Enjoy lunch at a traditional taverna in Psyhro
  • Driving licence required
  • Driving instructions and return hotel and port transfers from Hersonissos area included
After pickup at your Hersonissos hotel or port, or hotels within a roughly 12-mile (20-kilometer) radius of Hersonissos, arrive at your buggy base and settle inside your rugged 4-wheeler.
Then, after a safety briefing and driving instructions, set off on your expedition behind a guide vehicle.
Pass through the main square of the picturesque village of Old Heraklion, and continue toward the mountains, fringing the reservoir between Potamies and Avdou, and leaving the black-top road to follow unmade trails.
Cross a dry riverbed and through olive groves before ascending a mountain slope. Pause for photos of the reservoir dam below and venture through the sleepy village of Avdou and narrow lanes of Gomies before climbing steeply up toward the Lasithi Plateau, a fertile volcanic plain about 2,788 feet (850 meters) above sea level and ringed by the Dikti Mountains. Along the way, stop for photos and hear about points of interest from your guide.
About midway to the plateau, arrive in the village of Kera and after admiring the bird's-eye views from here, choose to visit Kardiotissa monastery, a stone-built Eastern Orthodox monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Head inside (own expense) to admire the church with its icons and frescoes, and perhaps buy souvenirs at the shop.
Back in your buggy, ascend to the plateau and pause for photos at the Havgas lakes, the source of fresh water for Lasithi’s residents.
Then, after a traditional taverna lunch in the village of Psyhro, return to your buggy and pass through Kastamonitas as you follow a scenic mountain road back down to Hersonissos.
After about 7 hours, your buggy adventure concludes with a drop-off at the original starting point.

Reviews

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T
, Jul 2018

We took our teen boys on this adventure and we all loved it!! There are a few nice stops to take pictures, have a coffee, and take a break. We stopped for lunch and lunch was a fabulous traditional Greek lunch. Our guides were extremely nice and friendly. I highly recommend this adventure for a family. We booked the full day adventure and we all still felt we could have gone for longer. One word of caution, if you get car sick do not book this adventure. One person on our trip was sick in the first 10 minutes.

l
, Jan 2018

A fun way to spend your day. The lunch in between was yummy. The views from way up high were beautiful. They insist on being safe which I appreciate. My only wish is that I could've had the buggy all to myself for driving. We had to take turns sharing! :

j
, Aug 2017

Absolutely fantastic experience. We all husband,son and daughter and myself had a fun day driving through some wonderful dirt tracks experiencing wonderful views in the high mountains in Crete. The guides were very professional and all the equipment checked throughout our journey resulting in changing a flat tyre and a flat battery. Where we stopped for lunch provided excellent food and drink. Very very dusty. Face masks are provided so recommend you take them and wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty. Excellent day out.

R
, Feb 2017

This was beyond fantastic! The machines are excellently maintained. The trail they've selected is dynamic and exciting, covering a variety of conditions and scenery. They stop for breaks enough to take care of everyone without interrupting the fun. The lunch provided was delicious and more than enough to fill even the heftiest of appetites. The leaders that accompanied us were fun and engaging. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Our friend's jaws dropped when they saw the video of buggy experience!

J
, Dec 2016

Amazing experience on the holiday in Crete.
Very professional, well run company with brilliant staff who made the day thoroughly enjoyable. The buggies are great fun to drive around the off road course, can't wait to visit Crete again to go and do the full day out once more!

G
, Aug 2016

We pre-booked the safari online using Viator before leaving the UK, on the selected day a car arrived at our hotel reception exactly on time to take us to the venue start point where we were expertly dealt with and issued with the protective clothing necessary to deal with the off road conditions of the safari.

More than 80 of our time in the well maintained and comfortable high performance buggies was spent off road led by our excellent guides who made sure we saw many sights, experienced the best of the rough terrain, enjoyed all that these purpose built off road vehicles could provide and ate well. The Bar B Que included in the price was excellent and filling in ambient al fresco surroundings with lot's of traditional Greek side dishes. The tour itself lasted about 5 hours and the trip to the top of the mountains was great fun, awe inspiring at times with enough stops for photo opportunities. We hired a number of buggies during our stay in Crete for on road use and most were very dubious in their condition but that cannot be said about the Safari buggies, they are all in excellent condition and can go places that even the most powerful and biggest quad bikes cannot.

We would certainly book again if we visit Crete in the future and we would highly recommend this safari to everyone else who visits, you get to see sights you will not experience any other way and in a really fun way.

G
, Jul 2016

This tour was amazing!

D
, Jul 2016

This was the most adventurous and truly amazing experience. The guides were amazing and so very friendly. The tour began with some pre-drive instructions and an overview of what to expect and then we hit the trails through the vineyards and mountainous trails to amazing altitude with spectacular views. About halfway through the tour we stopped for a wonderful lunch with our guides and the other members of the tour. This is an experience that would like to recreate over and over. Thank you to the guide and to the great staff of the tour operation.


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