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Iraklio, Greece
Zeus Cave-Traditional-Villages-Old Wind Mills-Olive Oil Factory-Small Group.

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icon8 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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Spend a full day exploring Crete with a local guide. Visit Psychro Cave, the birthplace of Zeus, and a platanus tree that is according to local legend, the oldest tree on the island. You’ll also tour the villages of Mochos and Krasi and enjoy a traditional Cretan lunch in a local restaurant.
  • Local driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Small-group tour.
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Water , coffees
Zeus Cave , Diktion Antron ,entrance fee ( 6 Euro for adults, kids up to 15 for free.
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8:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started. We can pick you up from your hotel or another location that is in and around Heraklion City , Gouves , Anisara Analipsi , Chersonisos , Stalida , Malia , For other areas ( Agia Pelagia and Fodele , Sisi ) there is an extra charge for transfer, We don’t pick up clients from Chania, Rethimnon or Elounda. We can meet up at a meeting point.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats are available on request if advised at time of booking.
  • There is a 15 Minute walk up hill to get to the Zeus cave and then around 150 steps to get inside the cave .
  • Walking up to the Cave is optional. At the bottom of the Cave is a cafeteria where you can enjoy some fresh fruit juice ,
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • The maximum number of people joining this tour is 7 .
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Explore Real Crete
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • 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.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Zeus Cave-Traditional-Villages-Old Wind Mills-Olive Oil Factory-Small Group.?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Zeus Cave-Traditional-Villages-Old Wind Mills-Olive Oil Factory-Small Group.?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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star-5
This tour is a must!
Angie
, Jun 2022
This was one of the best tours we took while in Greece. Our guide, Eddie was fabulous! From the time he picked us up until the time he dropped us off he keep us laughing. He shared his knowledge of Greek history and culture. The villages we visited were stunning and the family style lunch was amazing! If you want to get away from the "city" and see the true culture of Greece, this tour is a must and Eddie is a true gem.
star-5
Our day of joy in Heraklion
Kristan_C
, Jun 2022
We had the pleasure of spending the day with Eddie who shared his Crete and its history with us. Eddie knows everything! Ask him anything and he knows the answer. He says his knowledge base is from being a guide for many years and learning things from people all over the world! The tour was fabulous, we visited all of the places listed in the brochure. However, what made our experience special was the information Eddie gave us as we drove-the history of Crete, the geography of the island, how the population has shifted in the last 50 years, etc. But, he also picked mulberries off a tree for us to sample-who knew mulberries grew on a tree? We sampled plums and cherries off trees along the roadside. We enjoyed an amazing lunch in a beautiful little village. And Eddie entertained, cajoled and informed throughout. We laughed a lot and were very sad when we reached Heraklion and had to say good-bye. Don't miss the opportunity for a day of joy, bring your sense of humor!
star-5
Best Day Trip Ever
ShaunaL_H
, Jun 2022
We had a great day with Eddie (guide) and Mike (driver). They picked us up exactly on time. The van was super clean and in immaculate condition. Mike was an amazing and safe driver (and thats saying something for a greek driver). Eddie was a great guide but also made the small group tour so much fun. He has a ton of energy and enjoys sharing stories about Crete. He had the right mix of inforamtion and fun. The windmills and Zeus cave were amazing. There were also several smaller stops which were also very interesting. The stops were well placed so you had the time to use the rest room if needed. There was a lunch stop where we all shared alot of different plates of greek specialities. I would recommend not only the tour itinerary but also the driver and guide. Make sure you give these guys a big tip! They well deserve it.
star-5
Best Tour Guide - Exceeded Expectations
Matthias_S
, May 2022
I visited Crete with my wife as part of a two week trip to Greece in May of 2022. I booked this tour after reading all of the great reviews. Eddie, the tour guide, met and exceeded all expectations. From the start of the tour when he came to my Airbnb to pick us up, I could sense his warm and vibrant personality. 5 minutes into the tour I was given a nickname by Eddie of "Nick the Greek." There was one other couple in our tour visiting from Germany. The small nature of our group made it friendly and very personal. Eddie, full of knowledge, shared a wealth of facts and information about Crete from how high we were above sea level at specific points in time to informarion about the goats that he drove by. We stopped at multiple places - a farmer's strawberry field to go strawberry picking, an old village high up in the mountains, Zues' cave (where they have a mule that you can ride up and down if you want for ~ 10 Euro each way). We also stopped at a restaurant that Eddie knew well and had great rapport and relationships ship with the owner. We had wine, all different cuts of meat, Greek salad, Raki (strong alcohol good for digestion), and many other foods. I found this tour to be one of the best ones that I had gone on before. Both I and my wife felt like we had a very local experience and were able to see a wide assortment of attractions that we wouldn't have otherwise been able to see. It truly fits the "off the beaten path" description for tours. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Crete that wants an experience from a locals perspective and the ability to see things that you either wouldn't be able to see on your own (even with a rental car), or would have a difficult time with getting to. 10/10. -Nick the Greek
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you very much Nick the Greek for your great review, we are happy to hear that you really enjoyed the tour with our travel agency and hope to meet again for more exploring and new adventures until then though stay healthy and enjoy life .
star-5
Wonderful experience!!
Tania_C
, May 2022
It is impossible to say enough good things about this tour. We had a blast and learned a lot. Eddie was a fountain of local (and random) knowledge and very easy to talk to. My 18 year old son thought it the best tour we’ve ever been on and I agree! We both LOVED the olive oil factory tour and the tour of the village the best - especially because we got to see, for the first time ever, walnut, almond, pomegranate trees and we ate strawberries directly from a strawberry patch. We could not have had a better day. Thank you, Eddie!!!!!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you so much Tania for your lovely review, we are happy to hear that you really enjoyed the tour with our travel agency . Stay healthy and enjoy life .
star-5
Best tour guide in Crete
Stewart_C
, May 2022
Eddie is extremely informative and enthusiastic about Crete. He's very cheeky and fun. The food was great too.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you very much for your lovely review, we are happy to hear that you really enjoyed the tour with us , and yess you are right about Eddie he is cheeky and funny.
star-5
Best Tour Ever
Phillip_N
, Apr 2022
Eddie was such a great guide and storyteller. The entire trip was so full of information about not only Crete, but the rest of the world. It was so interesting to hear comparisons between Crete and the world. The trip gave us a look into what modern Crete looks like but what it also used to look like. The trip to Zeus Cave, the villages we passed thru, the views we had, were all great. The information that tied the views with local history gave us a great appreciation of the history and culture of Crete. Our highlight was lunch at Lithos Restaurant in Mochos. Such hospitality. I would highly recommend Lithos for anyone. Our tour at Omalia Olive Oil Company was also great. Lasithiou Plateau was phenomenal. All in all this was the best tour we have ever been on. Thank you Eddie for such a wonderful day!!!!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you so much Philip for your super great review, we really do appreciate your time and effort and we are happy to hear that you really enjoyed the tour with us . We hope to see you again in Crete for more adventures and create new memories.
star-5
Great way to see a lot in a short time, with a great guide 🌈
Nina_L
, Apr 2022
My partner and I booked this tour last minute on an evening while in Heraklion. We wanted to check out the Zeus/Psychro Cave mostly, and were told that 70 Euro (one way) would be a good price to get there with a taxi. We found this rather pricey for just the cave experience and were looking for trips that included the cave, but also some other nice places around. This offer sounded almost too good to be true for this reason, as it's only a bit more money, and you get so much on top, with a 8hr tour around many cool places. We were a bit sceptical whether everything would work out all right since our booking was on such a short notice, but our worries were unfounded - Communication was quic, friendly, and smooth. Eddie arrived early at the agreed-upon spot, and just swept us off our feet with his charm and friendlyness. I usually don't like those kind of tourist tours, find them tacky and inauthentic, and am quickly annoyed by other tourists and group dynamics 😅 So I was very much positively surprised when there was just a small group (6 people, 3 couples overall), and Eddie seemed authentically friendly, open and warm. He's an entertainer by heart and goes over and beyond to make his tours a special experience. For example, I was worried the uphill walk to the Zeus cave would be a bit much for me, but Eddie made it clear that we were in no rush and that it was imperative that we feel well, are relaxed, and enjoy our stay. Another person from the group mentioned they really liked strawberries, and out of nowhere, Eddie managed to get some magically during lunch 😳 - He even got me and my partner two iced coffees at the beginning, since we didn't manage to get them ourselves before the start of the trip. The 12 Euro you are asked for a huge lunch at Eddie friend's restaurant (if you like, you can also go to a different restaurant if you like) are an absolute bargain for what you get (wine, drinks, appetizers, main dish, dessert were included). I believe Eddie even might have forgotten to ask one of the couples for their lunch money by the end of the tour 😅 My partner and I gave Eddie a tip for all his more-than-100%-effort, and he even offered to take us to the airport for free the next day. This guy is just too nice. Please find it in your heart to tip him generally if he goes out of his way to provide this much of an amazing experience 💕
star-5
Great tour & tour guide :)
sgianiodi
, Apr 2022
This was an awesome tour. Eddie is the best - he is knowledgeable, entertaining and very accommodating. All of our stops were interesting and worthwhile. Eddie ensured we had a great time, not to mention taking us to the best restaurant we experienced on our trip. The food (really feast) was beyond delicious!! Highly recommend!!!
star-5
Fabulous tour
S_D
, Apr 2022
Fantastic tour, recommended Eddie is very knowledgeable and welcoming . Got insight into local life as well Throughly enjoyed
star-5
Great day!
Alix_Z
, Apr 2022
Eddie was engaging, full of information, attentive guide who was happy to answer questions. He put together a wonderful itinerary that gave us a much more complete picture of what life on Crete is like. The stops we made were both interesting and beautiful and the lunch he took us to was delicious. My daughter and I had a wonderful day on this tour and highly recommend it to others.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you very much Alix for your lovely review and choosing our travel agency to explore Crete with , we are glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour with us and we hope to meet again in the future for some more adventures. Explore Real Crete
star-4
The weather was awfully...
marie_b
, Mar 2022
The weather was awfully cold and rainy. We could'nt do the tour because of snow on the road, but the Guide tried to adapt the program. We had a very nice lunch and many informations about history, geography...
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you very much Marie for taking the time to write a review, You are totally right about the weather it was awful , we tried of course to do the tour another day but unfortunately you couldn’t because you were flying back home and we did our best to customize the tour and at the same time to be safe . we hope to see you again in crete and have a tour together so we can make it up to you until then though stay healthy and enjoy life .
star-5
Great Tour Even in Bad Weather
Terry_U
, Mar 2022
Eddie was an outstanding guide. We could not do some of the things on the tour because of weather and Eddie substituted other interesting things. Eddie running commentary sense of humor and outstanding knowledge made the tour a pleasure. Terry and Nancy
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you so much Terry and Nancy for your lovely review, we are happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour despite the bad weather, we hope to see you again here so we can explore Crete while the sun is shining.
star-5
Great day trip to see the real Crete.
Joanne_B
, Feb 2022
Can't say enough about Eddie and the tour. We were lucky enough to be the only ones on the day--so we truly had personalized service. We visited so many different sites--each one a picture perfect experience. Zeus' cave was a challenging walk up hill, but Eddie modified his pace so we did not feel taxed. Seeing some of the small towns in the area showed Crete away from the larger cities. The lunch we had at a lovely taverna in Mochos & were treated as if we were family. I would HIGHLY recommend this tour!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you very much Joanne for your lovely review, we are happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour with our travel agency and we hope to meet again in the future for some new adventures, until then though stay safe and make the most of life .
star-5
True Taste of Greece with a Charming Guide
Tui_S
, Feb 2022
SUPERB! The tour guide, Eddie, is passionate, knowledgeable, and so much FUN. Within moments, I felt comfortable enough to joke around with him. My hubby and I felt like we were being shown around by a long-lost cousin. Eddie takes you to small villages so you get a taste of Greek life. Speaking of "taste," we stopped often to eat fresh produce growing by the roadside: almonds, walnuts, carob beans (love those!), strawberries, fresh pomegranate juice, and several types of apple. All that was before we stopped for lunch at a quaint tavern. The food there was amazing. (See my photos.) Visiting a small olive oil factory was fascinating, too, and I got a kick out of how everywhere we went, people knew Eddie, and would wave or briefly chat with him. He does a great job of weaving ancient and modern history into his tour, and will answer any questions you have. Just be warned: Eddie truly will quiz you on the ride home! (We flunked, but I blame the wine.) I learned a lot from Eddie and would take this tour again! When you go, tell him Tui sent you. :)
star-5
We had awful weather but...
Bryan_B
, Jan 2022
We had awful weather but Eddie was able to make our day fun filled, and he was full of knowledge! We would do again
star-5
Our tour guide Eddie was...
Kevin_M
, Nov 2021
Our tour guide Eddie was great. He really made it a memorable experience. Definitely felt like we got to see the real side if rural Crete.
star-5
A great day trip with an excellent guide!
Aaron_B
, Oct 2021
I had a wonderful day thanks to the fantastic guide Eddie! For a few days prior it was unclear whether the tour would go ahead due to having too few people signed up, but Eddie provided very good communication and made every effort, going above and beyond both before, during, and even after the tour to give his guests the best experience possible. Fortunately he was able to run the tour in the end despite the low number of guests. During the tour we had occasional bad weather, and the recent earthquakes had closed the cave, but Eddie always had a backup plan to help us make the most of the day, so we didn't feel like we were missing out on anything! His sincerity, entertaining personality, and wealth of information made this a very enjoyable tour that I would absolutely recommend!
star-5
Nature and history all at once
Gurhan_K
, Sep 2021
Awesome guide, awesome tour. Got picked up right on time, had a great lunch and saw many of the best spots on the island. We also saw the real Amalthaea. 10/10
star-5
Eddie the guide was...
Vivien_B
, Sep 2021
Eddie the guide was fantastic. Informative, amusing, extremely helpful and patient. Got to see some of the real crete.

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