Follow the trail of Greek mythology on the island of Crete and learn the secrets of the Cretans in the Lassithi plateau, the valley of the 1,000 windmills. In this tour, you will visit the birthplace of Zeus and be enchanted by the breathtaking mountainous scenery.
What You’ll Do
Learn more about the daily life of a Cretan family during a visit to a traditional mountain village
Explore the Cave of Zeus in the Lassithi plateau, the valley of the 1,000 windmills
Discover the secrets and traditions of the Cretans in the Lassinthos Eco Park
Enjoy a traditional Cretan lunch including local wine and soft drinks.
Relax in the privacy of a modern, air-conditioned minibus
What to Expect
From your hotel, you will set off in the privacy of a modern air-conditioned minibus towards the mountains of Dikti in Lassithi. On the way to the top, you will enjoy the view of the stunning scenery and go past the dam of Aposelemi, where the almost sunken village of Sfentili is located. Afterwards, a visit to a traditional mountain village where a typical Cretan family will be waiting to talk to us; soon you will arrive at the birthplace of Zeus. On the way there you will learn all about the history of the Olympian God, his father and siblings.
Following our visit to the cave, we will visit Lassinthos Eco Park where you will learn about the traditional, centuries-old lifestyle of the Cretans. A truly unique experience for all visitors. You’ll also learn the secrets of Cretan cuisine, the traditional method of preparation of homemade jams, honey, wine, raki, and the process of drying and using the local, fragrant herbs. You will also learn about the art of pottery, weaving and the old methods of agriculture.
After such a lively morning full of new sights and information, it is time for lunch in a cosy traditional tavern. With good food, wine and the best “Parea” (company) and the chance to share stories with the villagers. Finally, round off the day with a visit to the mountain village Krassi.
Krassi located at an altitude of 600 meters was the summer residence of one of the most famous personalities of the island, the writer of Alexis Zorbas, Nikos Kazantzakis. Now it is time to slow down. Marvel at the 1,500-year-old sycamore tree and cool off by the spring. Enjoy a little Greek coffee before heading back to the minibus and slowly making our way to your hotel for rest.