Jeep Safari – Zeus Trails

Duration:
8-9 hours
Transport:
Jeep
Tour Type:
Daily Tour
Language
English, German, French

75,00 

Discount:
Departure:
Total: 75

Escape the routine and embark on an unforgettable off-road adventure! Our jeep tour will take you on a journey through Crete's rugged beauty, far from the tourist crowds. Imagine the peaceful countryside sounds and breathe in the fresh mountain air, fragrant with wildflowers and herbs.

This thrilling off-road adventure winds its way through historic trails, past breathtaking panoramas, and hidden gems. Immerse yourself in Crete's rich history and witness its stunning natural landscapes. You'll also experience the warm hospitality of the locals, getting a glimpse into their traditional way of life.

Prepare for a day filled with excitement, discovery, and a touch of dust! We do promise an unforgettable adventure that will leave you with lasting memories of the magic of Crete.

Specifically, we will explore a hidden Cretan farmstead, meet the locals, and delve deep into their way of life. Then, prepare for an epic adventure as we trek to the legendary cave of Zeus and conquer one of Crete's mightiest peaks!

Included

  • Land rover Defender / Toyota Landcruiser vehicle & fuel
  • Pick up – Drop off
  • Professional Driver
  • Tour Guide
  • All legal taxes
  • Lunch with local wine & water

Not Included

  • Entrance to the cave of Zeus

Full Description

Morning Pick up:

Pick-Up: We will collect the participants from their hotel in the morning.

1st stop: Potamies

Our adventure begins in the charming and verdant village of Potamies, a true gem of Crete. Here, we'll dive into the heart of the island's traditional way of life with a visit to a local a working farm and learn about the life of Cretan farmers and shepherds.

But the experience doesn't stop there!  We'll also get a glimpse into the fascinating art of cheesemaking. See the transformation from fresh milk to creamy cheese, and the passionate techniques used by local artisans.

And the best part? You get to savor the fruits of their labor! Enjoy a taste of the freshly made cheese, a delicious reward after witnessing its creation.

2nd stop: Aposelemis

From the charming village, we'll journey onwards to the Aposelemis Dam, a marvel of modern engineering and the lifeblood of Crete. This impressive dam is the island's largest water source, ensuring a steady flow for homes and businesses throughout the region.

As we approach the dam, a poignant sight awaits. The village of Sfendili, once a vibrant community, now rests beneath the water's surface. A few rooftops and remnants of old houses peek through the clear water, a silent testament to the village's history.

But the dam also fosters new life. The surrounding area has transformed into a natural wetland, a haven for a diverse variety of birds. Keep your eyes peeled – you might spot some feathered wonders making their home here!

3rd stop: Embassa gorge

Our adventure takes an exciting turn as we switch to rugged dirt roads and ascend towards the Embassa Gorge. Imagine the thrill of cruising along these off-the-beaten-path tracks, surrounded by the imposing beauty of the Cretan mountains. Breathe in the fresh air and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife.

The journey reaches its peak at the awe-inspiring Embassa Gorge, where you'll be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views. But the fun doesn't stop there! This is your chance to become a Cretan herb enthusiast. Learn to identify some of the local plant life and perhaps even collect a few fragrant herbs to take home, a reminder of the unique scents and flavors of Crete.

4th stop: Lassithi Plateau

Our Cretan odyssey continues as we reach the Lassithi Plateau, a vast and fertile expanse nestled amidst the mountains. Here, you'll have the chance to choose your own adventure:

  • Descent into Myth: Embark on an optional visit to the legendary Cave of Zeus, said to be the birthplace of the mighty king of the Greek gods. Explore the caverns where Zeus supposedly spent his childhood, and delve deeper into Crete's rich mythology.
  • Panoramic Relaxation: If you prefer to soak in the beauty of the landscape, simply relax and take in the breathtaking panoramic views of the Lassithi Plateau.

Whichever path you choose, the Lassithi Plateau promises a memorable experience.

5th stop: Krasi village

Our adventure concludes in the picturesque village of Krasi. As you step into the village square, you'll be greeted by the sight of cascading fountains and the majestic presence of ancient plane trees. These towering giants, some reaching a staggering 2,000 years old, stand as silent guardians of the village, their imposing stature a testament to the rich history of Crete. Among them is even the oldest plane tree on the entire island, a true natural wonder.

We'll head to a charming traditional tavern, where the aroma of delicious, authentic Cretan cuisine fills the air. Savor the flavors of wood-oven baked dishes, prepared with fresh, local ingredients. This is a true taste of Crete's culinary heritage.

End of the tour Return to resorts:

After boarding the vehicle, participants will be transported back to their respective hotels.

Arrival in Heraklion around 16:00- 16:30

Here are some additional Tips:

  • Comfortable Hiking Gear: Wear comfortable hiking shoes, bring a hat, and apply sunscreen, as the sun can be intense.  Individual Trekking Equipment is also suggested.
  • Ample Water and Snacks: Carry sufficient water and snacks for the hike. Staying hydrated is essential, especially during warm weather.
  • Fitness Level: Be prepared for a challenging hike. Ensure you are physically fit for the journey.
  • Camera: Don't forget your camera to capture the stunning landscapes.

 

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