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Katharo Route Tour from Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos, Greece
Katharo Route Tour from Agios Nikolaos

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icon8 hours  (approx.)
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Get a little wild on Crete thanks to this full-day excursion exploring the island’s unpopulated mountains, small villages, legendary caves, and forgotten paths. Travel off road by 4x4 as you traverse the rugged mountain terrain, stopping to visit a shepard’s ‘mitato’ (inn), tasting local cheese, and exploring the agrarian ways of life on the isolated Lassithi Plateau. Round-trip hotel transport and 3-course lunch are included.
  • Explore Crete's rugged interior during a full-day 4x4 cultural tour
  • Visit small mountain villages and sample local products like fresh-made cheese
  • Admire the dramatic scenery of mountain passes and the turquoise-blue of the island coast
  • Enjoy an included 3-course lunch of local Crete specialties accompanied by unlimited wine
  • Shop for traditional handicrafts in the Lassinthos Eco Park
  • Great way to get off the typical tourist track in Crete
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  • Miramare Resort & Spa , Gargadoros, Agios Nikolaos, Crete 721 00 Greece
  • Agios Nikolaos Port
  • 9:00 AM
    We pick up from all hotels between Elounda and Istron
    Get picked up from your hotel in the morning, traveling up into the rugged mountains in the island’s interior to explore the beautiful scenery, laid-back rhythm of daily life in small villages, and tasty local food products.

    Start at the Aposelemis basin reservoir, where you can explore an ancient Roman aqueduct, then head into the foothills of the Afendi Mountains. Visit the village of Kastamonitsa, where you can enjoy a Cretan-style breakfast (own cost) accompanied by the local liquor, Raki. After breakfast, continue off road higher into the mountains, stopping at a shepard’s “mitato,” a typical lodge or inn, where you can sample traditional cheese.

    Drive deeper into the mountains and pause a local overlook, offering dramatic views of the Lassithi Plateau and Crete’s north coast. Proceed from the overlook to Diction Cave, reported to be the birthplace of Zeus in classic mythology (entry fee at own expense). When you finish in the cave, take a break for lunch, which features three courses of local Crete specialties (vegetarian option available). You can also enjoy unlimited wine during your meal.

    After lunch, continue to the Lassinthos Eco Park, an area where you can browse for traditional handicrafts and get a taste for daily life in the island’s small farming villages. Make a brief stop in Seli for photos before heading to the village of Krassi, which is known for its ancient tree and natural spring. Begin heading back down toward the coast, passing through groves of olive trees as you descend out of the mountains. Your tour concludes back at your hotel.
    Stop At:  
    Cave of Zeus
    Psychro Cave is an ancient Minoan sacred cave in Lasithi plateau in the Lasithi district of eastern Crete. Psychro is associated with the Diktaean Cave, one of the putative sites of the birth of Zeus.
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Not Included
    Stop At:  
    Platanus Tree
    In the village square of Krasi, there are three plane trees, the trademarks of the village. The most important of them is the platan in the center of the square, which is considered to be the oldest and most majestic of the plane trees in Crete.
    Duration: 20 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Infant rates only apply provided the child do not occupy a seat
    • Service animals allowed
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Safari Club SA
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Katharo Route Tour from Agios Nikolaos?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    See all safety measures taken by Katharo Route Tour from Agios Nikolaos.
    What is the policy on sanitization during Katharo Route Tour from Agios Nikolaos?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Katharo Route Tour from Agios Nikolaos.
    What is the social distancing policy during Katharo Route Tour from Agios Nikolaos?
    A:The policies on social distancing are:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    See all safety measures taken by Katharo Route Tour from Agios Nikolaos.
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Katharo Route Tour from Agios Nikolaos?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    See all safety measures taken by Katharo Route Tour from Agios Nikolaos.

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    Highlight of our holiday
    , Oct 2021
    Can't even describe how wonderful our day was exploring the mountains and small villages with great and funny guidance from Gary. Our group was so nice and easygoing too and the lunch was a-mazing, the tsatziki, souvlaki and wine meant the business. Even looking back at the pictures this was the happiest we've looked for a long time! Cannot recommend enough.
    icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
    Thank you very much for your kind feedback. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour with us and hope to see you again soon. Your Safariclub Team
    Amazing day in the Mountains of crete
    , Sep 2021
    Amazing day in the Mountains of crete - breathtaking views, Lots of Information and very entertaining Guide. Thank you Jason for this really awesome day! Best, Judith & André
    icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
    We would like to thank you for taking your time to provide us with your wonderful feedback. We hope we can welcome you again one day. Your Safariclub Team
    Great day in Crete!
    , Jul 2018
    Had a wonderful day trip with Jeff! Extremely knowledgable. Wonderful look beyond the tourist areas into the beauty of Crete and it's people. Highly recommend!
    The tour covered more then what the...
    , Nov 2017
    The tour covered more then what the tour listing showed. the guide is the one who really makes it interesting and enjoyable. Highly recommend any of the tours that Viator has to offer.
    This is a MUST in terms of...
    D C
    , Sep 2017
    This is a MUST in terms of activities to do on Crete! Jeff was an amazing tour guide!! Im not usually one to go in for guided tours because I like to be more spontaneous. However, THIS tour could not be done better. Youll fall in love with the real Crete and its people as you get away from the tourist hotels and beaches on an amazing day long drive on an off-road adventure in a Land Rover Defender. Jeff took us to beautiful vistas and rural villages where we were introduced to age old culture, people, history, and traditions of the island. The tour winds up a beautiful mountain range and the down into the fertile valley beyond before finally connecting with the main highway on Crete and the drive back to the hotels. Lunch is provided and there are a few other stops where one could grab a snack from a local stand. Breakfast is NOT provided, as the tour literature describes, so eat a hearty breakfast beforehand or pack food. Pack light as there is little extra room in the Defender. ENJOY!!!!!!!
    Awesome tour! Thank you Sam...
    , Jun 2017
    Awesome tour! Thank you Sam! Definitely a great way to see the Lassithi Plateau.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Découverte Fabuleuse
    , Jun 2019
    La piste du berger, entre couleurs, odeurs, et tellement de beaux paysages. Notre guide Nicolas excellent

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