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Mythical Escape: Zeus Cave & Knossos Palace with Lassithi Plateau

Lassithi Plateau Route & Minoan Palace of Knossos


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690 €


8 hours


Crete day trips to immerse you into ancient treasures & modern pleasures


We are all looking to find our own idyllic private guided tour. To connect with history, culture, local people, and flavors. A moment to escape the ordinary and experience things that will truly inspire us. That is why we have designed our Crete day tours that encompass priceless gifts of the ancient worlds and the Minoan Crete grandeur.


Come with us on a journey along East Crete and revel in the endless luxuries of the Lassithi Plateau route that is basked in allure forests and generously fertile land. From the comfort of a luxury chauffeured vehicle, your local personal tour guide will ensure you encounter the best of the whole itinerary. Discover unspoiled colorful villages, shimmering local lifestyle, storied monuments, Byzantine Monasteries, and ancient Minoan art.


Do not miss the chance to tuck into a culinary odyssey by savoring genuine tastes beloved by our legendary forefathers as the delicious scent of garlic and basil simply dazzle your senses. It’s our job to hook you up with only the best and most authentic eateries. Places we eat when we come to this amazing destination.


Encourage your travel curiosity and amble in the footsteps of gods and epic poems to the mythical Cave of Zeus by disconnecting from the real world. Create timeless moments and plunge into this secret birthplace of Zeus that even his father Kronos never discovered, as you can almost sense the sacredness of this ancient holy site. Truly, the island is home to abundant myths and legends that captivate all who listen.


When in the iconic Minoan Knossos Palace, feel the calming energy that transcends from the Cyclopean ruins and succumb to the personalized approach of our brilliant art-historian guide. Let us stimulate you with eclectic information and ensure a stress-free pace in all archaeological tour areas. While luxuriating in the eternal magnificence of Knossos Palace interior along with its palatial corridors and lavish frescoes it is hard not to freeze in overwhelmed excitement.


All to make the most of every moment and give our luxurious-minded adventurers the best stories on the mesmerized Crete, as we meander you along with its illustrious past and vibrant present on our custom Crete sightseeing tours.


Day Tour Itinerary Highlights

  • Hop on from the coast and hop off to the mountains on our captivating day trips from Crete fueled with luxuriant raw natural aromas, scenes, and sounds
  • Connect with our quintessential Lassithi Plateau tour and its essence of bottomless authenticity fueled by the untouched local lifestyle
  • Unearth honored Byzantine monasteries and sense the living monument of the Plateau, a millennial plane tree at the village of Krasi
  • Embrace the Minoan civilization art and encourage your creativity with our pottery artisans
  • Unwind with local Crete wine tasting and savor melt-in-the-mouth traditional delicacies
  • Lift your spirit and explore the Cave of Zeus (Psychro Cave) by soaking up the elemental energy of this mythical place
  • Indulge in an authentic gastronomic experience and scrumptious flavors at the Plateau’s local restaurants
  • Meet our brilliant history-archaeology guide to experience Knossos' private tour with personal touch impressions


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Private Day Tours in Crete by Snami Travel

Zeus Cave & Knossos Tour from Chania | Zeus Cave & Knossos Tour from Rethymnon | Zeus Cave & Knossos Tour from Heraklion | Zeus Cave & Private Tour Knossos from Elounda & Agios Nikolaos


For cruise travelers, we can fully customize our shore excursions in Crete from all major ports:

 Chania, Rethymno, Heraklion and Agios Nikolaos.


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The Crete trip of our Mythical Escape detailed itinerary


A quintessential Crete tour to remember: From dark-wine seacoast to olive-green mountains

Escorted by our brilliant Crete tour guide and from the comfort of a luxury chauffeured vehicle, take the scenic route to the tantalizing Lassithi Plateau. Cherish the blissful weaving of panoramas that capture sun-kissed shores and heavenly mountainous scenes to realize the grand feast of Cretan nature.


Discover our idyllic Lassithi Plateau route and inspire yourself with the harmony of this ancient land. Fertile age-old cropland and luxuriant pastures blended with fragrant scents of wild herbs sprawling up the Plateau, and the climate is spectacular. It is little wonder that Lassithi Plateau is synonymous with ‘the good life’, a life that we will ensure you experience by first-hand on our private East Crete excursions.


Creating & sharing stories: Local guide tour in Lassithi Crete

Let our brilliant guide give you the inside track and village-hop your way along this itinerary to wallow in the charm of histories and legends. Acclimatize yourself to the sparkling lifestyle of the locals, unearth honored Byzantine monasteries, take eye-popping photos by the iconic windmills of Selí Ambélou, and touch the living monument of the Plateau, a millennial plane tree.


Spend time with the locals and soak up insularity. A simple and healthy way of life, and a connection with something archaic that remains in everyday living. This deeply connects with Cretan hospitality, “philoxenia” as we call it in Greece. It is this lust for life that we want to share with you.


Ceramic Artisans & local wines of Crete

Stopover at a family ceramic workshop and winery. Deepen your sensory experience by tasting delicious vintages and appetizing traditional treats. Don’t miss the chance to sample the local varietals of wild mountain herbs of Lassithi.


Having excited your senses, marvel at the prolific Cretan pottery artisan taking symbols and shapes of the prehistoric Minoan culture, which has been found all over the Mediterranean, and bringing them to life in the present. Why not unwind your artistic spirit with our artisans? Creativity is a language in which you can communicate things that you sometimes cannot put into words.


A stunning escape where myths abound: Cave of Zeus (Diktaion Andron / Dikteon Cave)

In Crete, there are half the caves of Greece, about 5,200, but only three can be visited. Zeus Cave fairly captures our attention. Ready to plunge into the enchanting beauty of stalactites, stalagmites, glitter, harmony, and mythical allurement?


Pair up with your Crete private guide and walk the ancient Minoan path that leads to the Cave of Zeus the Thunderer. As compensation, spend time soaking in your surroundings breathing slowly the fresh air and you will be rewarded by the gods of these mesmeric moments. Lift your spirit by stepping into the sacred Cave and lose yourself in the myths and legends of a bygone era.


Captivated by the enticing stories and abstracts from epic poems, perhaps it is the perfect timing for you now to experience the authentic culinary delights of the Plateau.


Genuine Crete food tour: Lassithi is all about crisp, fresh, bright ingredients

Cretan food expresses joy by assembling a mosaic of delicious flavors. Allow us to delve into some delicious details; shepherds' dakos, a brown barley rusk slathered with dense gold-green olive oil and foamy tomato pulp, abundant species of Horta that are used by the local cooks, stuffed grape leaves, creamy tzatziki, perfectly fried vegetables, peasant omelets, regional meats enlivened by splashes of lemon, cinnamon-spiked stifado with beef and onions, thin pasta cooked in potent goat broth and scattered with anthotiro, and salt from the ubiquitous Cretan sea.


Hungry? Ask us for perfect on-the-day recommendations to discover Lassithi’s best local restaurants and let us take you there. After lunch, our last stop of this journey is the Knossos archaeological site, the seat of the legendary King Minos. This timeworn and massively mythologized palace is the life-vein of Crete.


Knossos guided tour: Into the labyrinth of legends of King Minos & Minotaur

Meet our historian Knossos Palace guide at Europe's oldest city where Linear B, the Cretan writing system adopted by the Mycenaeans would be the basis for the Greek in which Homer would write his two masterpieces.


Immerse into a sublime journey into the past, as we will arrange an after-hours skip-the-line tour and encounter the timeless gift of the Minoan Crete unencumbered by the mass groups. Take your time to admire the mosaic floors once tread upon by King Minos, the grand staircase, the astonishing Knossos throne complex, and the Minoans' intriguing murals with vibrant hues. Wander around the ruins of the Palace of Knossos architecture and appreciate it in a way few will ever get the chance to.


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Cave of Zeus & Knossos Palace Guided Tour by Snami Travel

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For cruise travelers, we can fully customize our private Crete excursions from all major ports:

 Chania, Rethymno, Heraklion and Agios Nikolaos.


Want to learn more about what makes our private Crete day trips different?


Call us at ​+30 698 70 97 639 (WhatsApp) or tell us what you're looking for here.

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If your hotel or villa is located in Chania, Rethymno or Heraklion, we can guide your tour in reverse order by adjusting the final Mythical Escape local tour in a comfortable chronological order. Also, Knossos Palace tickets and skip the line tour can be managed by your private Crete guide on the spot.

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Comfortable shoes and proper dress code in Byzantine Monasteries.


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