1. MINOAN ROUTE
This is the best way to explore central Crete with plateaus, ancient paths, and wildlife. Our journey begins from your hotel around 09:00. Making our way through the spectacular mountains of Crete we visit the Aposelemis basin reservoir and an ancient Roman aqueduct. From here, we will visit the village of Kastamonitsa nestling in the foothills of the Afendi Mountains where we will experience the Cretan way of life and we will taste a local product, Raki. Brace yourselves for dirt tracks, following the Minoan path going through mountain passes, experiencing spectacular wildlife, unbelievable scenery, mythology, history and enjoy seeing the local nature at its best. Here, up high in the mountains we stop at a shepherds' Mitato where we can feed the animals whilst seeing shepherds produce cheese, the traditional old fashioned way and even taste this fresh delicacy. Next stop is a birds-eye view of the plateau of Lassithi and the North coast, a great photo opportunity not to be missed. We continue towards the Diction cave, the birth place of Zeus (Every Wed, Fri there is a 6€ entry charge and walking shoes are recommended). After building up and appetite we head for lunch at a local tavern where we will have the opportunity to try a selection of traditional local starters and main courses (vegetarian option available) and enjoy a glass of wine! Once refreshed we continue on to Lassithi visiting the Lassinthos Eco park where traditional handicrafts and the local way of life can be experienced. Then on to Lassithi plateau where time has virtually stood still and the local people are mainly farmers. We will also see many donkeys at work. We then make our way to Seli, where once again we have an opportunity to take photos of this unique scenery. As we continue driving, we reach the village of Krassi, which is famous for a 2,000-year-old plane tree and also has a natural spring water source. Leaving Krassi, meandering down the mountain roads and past just some of the many olive tree farms on the island we will again see the spectacular coastline and deep blue sea. This is a day full of surprises. Our return to the hotel ia estimated around 17:00.
2. KATHARO ROUTE
Our day is the perfect way to explore the central part of Crete with two different plateaus, mythology and lots of information about Crete and the local life. Our journey begins from your hotel around 09:00. We pass through the award winning village of Kritsa, famous for its Olive Oil to our first stop for an amazing photographic opportunity on a mountain top where we have a panoramic view of both sides of the island, the Cretan Sea and the Libyan Sea. We continue our journey to the plateau of Katharo passing through the biggest forest of the island, where the roads are non-existent and the mountains reach a height of 1.500 meters. There we will have the opportunity for a refreshment stop at a local kafenion. We then continue through the dirt tracks, goat valley and across rivers where the journey really gets exciting. Our next stop gives us the opportunity to take photographs of the Lassithi Plateau. Then we stop for our BBQ lunch. After lunch we go back in time on a visit to the Eco Village where we can see local crafts being made as they were made in olden times. Our next stop is at Zeus’s cave where according to Greek mythology Zeus the father of all gods was born ( there is a 4€ entrance fee and walking shoes are recommended). Then on to Lassithi plateau where time has virtually stood still and the local people are mainly farmers. We will also see many donkeys at work. We then make our way to Seli, where once again we have an opportunity to take photos of this unique scenery. As we continue driving, we reach the village of Krassi, which is famous for a 2,000-year-old plane tree and also has a natural spring water source. Heading back we pass through the area of Selinari where we will see vultures, which are now considered to be an endangered species. This is a day full of surprises. Our return to the hotel ia estimated around 17:00.