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Full-Day Land Rover Safari from Heraklion with Lunch

From US$75,04
  • 8-hour off-road adventure from Heraklion
  • Travel through the gorgeous Cretan mountains in a Land Rover
  • Visit traditional farming villages and an eco park
  • Stop at the Diction Cave, the mythological birthplace of Zeus
  • Take in spectacular views of the Lassithi Plateau
  • Learn about the history of Crete and the ancient Minoan civilization
  • Includes lunch at a local tavern
  • Small group ensures personal service
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Full-Day Land Rover Safari from Heraklion with Lunch
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Full-Day Land Rover Safari from Heraklion with Lunch
From US$75,04
Discover ancient Minoan history, Cretan farming culture, and magnificent island views on this full-day off-roading adventure from Heraklion. Travel in a rugged Land Rover along historic mountain trails, stopping along the way to visit the mythological Diction Cave, shepherds’ villages, the scenic Lassithi Plateau, and an eco park where traditional ways of life are still practiced. Replenish your energy with an included lunch and taste of ‘raki’ liqueur at a local tavern.
What to Expect
The adventure begins with morning pickup at your Heraklion hotel and a trip out of town in a sturdy Land Rover with a small group. Drive along the coastline and into the Cretan mountains, stopping first at the Aposelemis Basin Reservoir and an ancient Roman aqueduct. Journey on to the foothills of the Afendi Mountains for a hearty breakfast (own expense) and sampling of raki brandy in the village of Kastamonitsa.
Follow an ancient Minoan path, winding through scenic mountain passes as your guide relates the history and myths of Crete. Get a glimpse into the local shepherding lifestyle with a visit to a mitato to feed the livestock and watch a cheesemaking demonstration. Next, snap photos of the Lassithi Plateau on the way to the famous Dikteon Cave, known as the birthplace of Zeus according to Greek mythology. If you like, pay a small entry fee and climb the rocky steps up to the cave.
After working up an appetite, break for lunch at a local tavern, where you can choose from traditional and vegetarian starters and main courses, served with wine. In the afternoon, observe traditional ways of mountain life and handicrafts at the Lassinthos Eco Park and the farming village of Seli, located on the Lassithi Plateau. Make a final stop in Krassi, known for its natural spring water and 2,000-year-old tree, before the scenic return drive to your hotel.
Reviews (86)
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Reviewed 31 October 2018 via mobile
Whole day tour

Marinos was our guide and made our tour a wonderful experience. My sister and I had the best time with our group, I highly reccomend this company and Marinos who is knowledgeable, fun and kind . 👍👍

Thank Erika H
Reviewed 24 October 2018
Great day out

Definitely recommend this trip. Darryl picked up from our hotel (Laguna) and was so informative our our surroundings as we climbed up the mountain in the Land Rover. Stopped at a wonderful village en route and had refreshments etc. On up we went Darryl giving...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Andy W
Reviewed 23 October 2018
Hairy mountain roads and loads of fun

We like jeep safaris, usually do one per holiday, and this was one of the best in the world. Simon was our driver, our host and entertainer (as a stand up, he should not give up the day job!). Great fun, with a boozy lunch...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 554TonyCo
Reviewed 7 October 2018
The best ever 4 x 4 adventure!!!

A great trip into the mountains with loads of interesting information. Our guide and driver Daryl had us all on the edge of our seats in every sense of the phrase. Everything from history to herbs and healing and views of vultures to die for....More

Date of experience: October 2018
4  Thank m183
Reviewed 6 October 2018
A tour of the nature and village life in Crete

This tour was an excellent way to get off the beaten track and see the natural life of Crete as well as traditional life. We were in a jeep with a total of 8 people plus a guide. Our guide Darryl was really knowledgeable and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank James N
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12 February 2019|
Response from ClareD933 | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, they pick up and drop you off outside your hotel! Have a lovely trip!
Monica C
23 October 2018|
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Response from 554TonyCo | Reviewed this property |
Original start at 08.30h but changed to 09.00h. Finish around 17.00h.
26 July 2018|
Response from singhasam | Reviewed this property |
When we made our trip we were collected from points east of Heraklion. Our driver then kept in radio contact with a colleague driver who was collecting another LandRover full from pick-up points west of Heraklion. Both... More