Jeep Safari Tour the Cretan Rugged Mountains and their Villages

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From $89.43

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 6 hours

Departs: Heraklion, Heraklion

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Explore the rough and wild side of Crete on this full-day adventure. You will travel comfortably in luxury 4WD SUVs in the mountain range. By going on an organized tour, you won't have to worry about getting lost in unmarked rural areas, and an experienced guide drives confidently on the mountain roads. You will go through uncharted routes that no google Maps can find or assist you in getting from point to point.
Psiloritis is a Geopark recognized by UNESCO since 2001. Within its boundaries, you can see rifts, fossils, caves, gorges, and plateaus, which are home to many endemic species of the island and have shaped the culture of the locals.

What's Included

(wine, soft drinks, water)

Air-conditioned vehicle

Bottled water

Coffee and/or Tea

Pick-up and return to your hotel

Small Group, only 4 Guests per Vehicle + Driver

Tour with Luxury 4WD vehicle & fuel

What's Not Included

Any Private Expenses

Extra alcoholic beverages at lunch. Alcoholic beverages is for 18 years old and above only.

Traveler Information

  • CHILD: Age: 5 - 11
  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 99

Additional Info

  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • 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.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

The picturesque village of Krousonas is located at the eastern foothills of the famous and much-sung Psiloritis at a distance of 21 km from Heraklion. It is a mountain village at an altitude of 460 m, built amphitheatrically and during the winter season it gives its visitors the opportunity to encounter snow. An important feature of the area of Krousonas is the sharp transition that takes place, within a few kilometers, from the low, mild and cultivated valleys to the high and rough peaks of Koudouni (1860m), Gournos (1292m) and Voskeros (1119m). ) that belong to the massif of Psiloritis

• Admission Ticket Free

Skinakas Observatory
The Skinaka Observatory is a joint research infrastructure of the University of Crete and the Technology & Research Foundation (ITE). Three telescopes with mirror diameters of 1.3 m, 0.6 m and 0.3 m respectively are installed and operating in the Observatory.

The operation of the Skinakas Observatory is supported by staff of the Department of Physics of the Univ. of Crete and the Institute of Astrophysics of the ITE.

The Observatory is located on Mount Idi (Psiloritis) in central Crete at an altitude of 1750 m. Its distance from the city of Heraklion is 25 km in a straight line, while it is 50 km by road. On the road, 20 km before reaching the Skinaka, meets the traditional town of Anogeia, known for its important role in the recent history of Crete. Northwest of the Observatory, at a straight distance of about 6 km, is the Idaion Andron, the famous cave where, according to mythology, Zeus was raised.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Cave Of Zeus
Ideo Andros or Arsenio is a cave on a plateau on Mount Ida (Psiloritis) in Crete, in which, according to Greek mythology, Zeus, hence the name "Cretan", was raised from his infancy. Its entrance was guarded by the Kurites, mythical figures, and every time the little Zeus cried, they struck their swords against the shields they held so that Saturn would not hear his cry. According to another version, the Curites danced a dance very intense and fast, which made their heavy armor rattle and covered the crying of the infant Zeus.

Today this cave, also called "Speliara" or "Shepherd's Cave", is an archaeological site where excavations have been carried out since 1884, and objects from the Minoan era have been discovered, such as archaic figurines, flasks, bronze shields, etc. which are kept in the Heraklion Museum.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Anogeia is located at an altitude of 730 meters, on the ridge of Armi hill, Psiloritis, and has a population of 2,322 inhabitants, according to the 2011 Census. They are 54 km from Rethymnon.

Their name is due to the location where they are built, i.e. the "upper ground". They are also known as Axikanogeia, or Megala Anogeia and are divided into districts (Armi, Mesochorio or Mesochoria, Perahori, Metohi, and Synoikismos), neighborhoods, and squares. The town is shaped around the respective church around which the social life of the settlement develops, the main arteries, the narrow streets with steps, the densely populated residential fabric, trade, and a network of statues, busts, and monuments.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Free

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