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Full-Day Land Rover Safari from Heraklion with Lunch

From US$93.10
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  • Full-day 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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Overview
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.
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We booked the trip via the TUI rep at the hotel, very easy to book! We had Darrel as our driver who had lived in Crete for 30 years after moving from the UK. The TUI rep said he was one of the best and...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank sarahparker09
Reviewed 1 week ago

Hi there, so, my new husband Paul & I did the safari with Leonadis on Monday 13th May. First of all, we want to thank Leonadis wholeheartedly for his professionalism, expertise & experience, but also, huge thanks for his kindness & friendliness. We felt totally...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Marian M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a great way to see Crete. Jammed packed with sights and stories. Extremely professional. You travel in a group of 9 in a tiny jeep, which sounds awful, but the comraderie of it all was part of my favorite experience. I didnt care...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Sara186
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What can I say! Had the best day out with Safari Club. Darryl was our guide and he was amazing, warm, welcoming, funny, informative. Can not fault this trip, highly recommend to anyone visiting Crete. Learnt so much and saw some spectacular views. And had...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Sarah H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I decided to book onto the Minoan Route 4x4 Tour as it sounded incredible, and it did not disappoint! We had the best tour guide, Darryl, who was funny and full of knowledge about Crete. He has lived in Crete for 28...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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April 23, 2019|
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Yes they do. We did the trip last October and got picked up and returned to the Laguna. Got to say it was a brilliant trip and would have no hesitation in recommending it. Food is provided during the day etc - you will not... More
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Jake D
April 7, 2019|
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Been on 4 different tours with our child . so should be no problem ! Great days out !! Great value
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April 1, 2019|
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Response from ClareD933 | Reviewed this property |
Well, the roads are very bumpy and do circle around big mountains. And although you stop. You are in the jeep for a while. So maybe not good.
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