Driving south we arrive at the historical Monastery of Kera Kardiotissa, a monastery inhabited and run by nuns, which is located in an idyllic landscape. Here you can admire the miraculous icon of Virgin Mary, plenty of frescoes and a variety of other icons, dating back to the 14th century.
Lassithi Plateau, our next stop, is situated 850m higher than the sea level. Surrounded by the Dikti Mountains and 18 quaint villages, it still retains the atmosphere of another era. You can admire the remaining famous windmills and the Venetian ditches, the drainage system of the plateau. The most famous village of the place is the village of Psychro. Here we pay a short visit at a traditional potter’s workshop. This ancient ceramic art completes today more than 8000 years. Here you will be able to watch the potters making masterpieces in just a few minutes.
Then we visit the Dicteon Cave, which is said to have been the birthplace of Zeus, the father of the Greek ancient gods.
Tzermiado, our final stop, is the capital of the villages on the plateau. Here you can enjoy the natural beauty, the breathtaking views and the traditional architecture, you can take pictures of the wonderful landscape, rest for a while and enjoy your lunch in one of the local taverns.
Leaving the plateau , heading west we reach the impressive Palace of Knossos which dates back to 2000 B.C. and was discovered in 1878 by Sir Arthur Evans.
Knossos is the landmark of Crete; no one should miss the opportunity to live its myth while on the island. Knossos used to be the capital of the Minoan state, one of the most powerful empires of the ancient times. The civilization of the era was remarkable and has kept its features throughout time. Here you learn the history of King Minos, his daughter Ariadne, and of course, the mythical Minotaur that lived in a maze, the so-called Labyrinth. The marvelous architectural plan of the palace drawn up by Daedalus, the rare and luxurious materials, the advanced techniques of construction, the elaborate drainage system and the size of the palace make it one of the most amazing sights on the island.
- Monastery Panagia Kera Kardiotissa
- Dictean Cave
- Psychro – traditional potter’s workshop
- Tzermiado – lunch stop – Cretan gastronomy
- Knossos Palace
08:30: Departure from Hersonissos
09:30: Arrival at the Monastery of Kera
10:00: Departure from Kera
10:30: Arrival at a traditional potter’s workshop. Here you have time
to watch the craftsmen making masterpieces and you can try
yourselves your potter’s skills
11:00: Arrival at Psichro. Here we have 1 hour & 15 min to visit the
Dicti cave / cave of Zeus
12:15: Departure from Psichro
12:30: Arrival at the village of Tzermiado. Here we stop for lunch and
you will have the chance to taste traditional dishes of Cretan
15:00: Arrival at Knossos. 1 hour & 45 min guided tour by
professional authorized guide around the Palace
17:45: Aprx return time back to Hersonissos.
-Hotel pick up & drop off
-Transport by air-conditioned buses
-2€ Entrance ticket for the Monastery of Kera
-6€ Entrance ticket for the cave of Zeus
-15€ Entrance ticket for the Palace of Knossos
-Good walking shoes, hat, sunglasses are required