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.