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Knossos Palace, Lasithi Plateau

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Knossos Palace, Lasithi Plateau

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This is a ‘Tourline’ Excursion

Venture to the stunning Lasithi plateau, nestled in the heart of the island, where you will marvel at the breathtaking scenery and traditional Cretan villages. Explore the famous Dikteon Cave, the birthplace of Zeus, and discover the myths and legends of ancient Greece. Continue your journey at the mythical Palace of Knossos, where you will walk through the ruins of the Minoan civilization and learn about its rich history. With knowledgeable guides, comfortable transportation, and unforgettable sights, this excursion is a must-do for any traveler visiting Crete.

Our first stop is at the historical monastery of Kera Kardiotissa, inhabited and run by nuns. 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.

Then we head to Lasithi Plateau, which is situated 850 m. higher than the sea level. It is surrounded by the Dikti Mountains and 18 quaint villages, which still retain the atmosphere of another era. You can admire the remaining famous windmills and the Venetian ditches, the drainage system of the Plateau.

The next stop will be the village of Psychro. You can visit the Dicteon Cave with the fantastic stalactites and stalagmites, where according to the myth God Zeus was born. Psychro is also well known for its handmade ceramics and the workshop there will leave you with the best impressions after your visit.

Tzermiado, the capital of the villages on the plateau, will amaze you with its natural beauty, its traditional architecture and its breathtaking views. Here you can relax and enjoy your lunch in one of the local taverns.

Our last stop will be the palace of Knossos, the capital of the Minoan state, which was the first European civilization. Here you will have a guided tour and you will learn about King Minos, the Minotaur, the Labyrinth and other interesting mythologies. A must for Crete, one of the most amazing sights on the island!

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