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Day Trip From Heraklion to The Kera Monastery, Psychro Cave (Cave of Zeus) & Lasithi Plateau

Explore the Monastery of Kera and enjoy the views at the birthplace of the God, Zeus, at Lasithi Plateau

From€160For (1-4 Persons)

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This ride has been booked
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About the ride

The Church of Panagia Kera is a Cretan Byzantine church, located 1 km (0.62 miles) from the village of Kritsa, in the Dikte Mountains. It contains the finest-preserved Byzantine-era frescoes in Crete and is one of the most culturally and historically significant churches on the island.

The Late Greek word ‘Panagia’ is defined as ‘Virgin’ in English, and is among the titles of the Virgin Mary in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Although there is no founding date for the Church of Panagia Kera, historical consensus agrees that the oldest parts of the church (the central nave, its vaulted roof, and dome) were constructed and painted in the 13th century. The side aisles of the church, its western entrance, and the belfry and the buttresses supporting the church, were built and painted later, around the 14th century. The frescoes in Panagia Kera date back to the Paleologian Renaissance, due to their vivid, bright colors. According to the local traditions, the church contained an icon of the Virgin Mary, which was believed to have miraculous powers. During the period of Byzantine Iconoclasm, it was moved to Constantinople but later returned. In 1498, during the Venetian occupation of Crete, the Greek trader stole the icon which was later transported to the temple of Saint Alfonso on the Esquiline Hill in Rome. Panagia Kera was later renovated by the Managgaris family in 1722, and in 1732 the icon of the Virgin Mary was retained in the church by an unknown artist.

The Dikteon Cave (or Dikteon Andron or Dictaean Cave) is one of the most important and famous of the 3,000 caves in Crete and the 8,500 in Greece. It is in the impressive Dikteon Cave, rich in stalagmites and stalactites, that Zeus was born, according to legend. This is why the Dikteon Cave was already famous in antiquity, dedicated to the worship of the greatest of the gods, as the many offerings found there indicate.

In our days the Dikteon Cave continues to receive many travelers from all over the world.


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You will be picked up by a personal driver at a convenient place and time

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Comfortable

Enjoy your trip in a nice air-conditioned vehicle with Wi-Fi

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Customizable

Pick the stops and the time you spend on each one

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Efficient

Spend less time finding locations and waiting, and more time enjoying your travel

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We hand-pick the best, friendliest and most knowledgeable drivers in the city

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There is the Dikteon Antron (Dikteon cavern), and is the cavern of Zeus, he was grown up here ; this country is a real adventure; This highland is the most fertilie in the Lasithi region and has 10.000 windmills, as time goes by, slowly they are disappearing . One after the other, they are replaced by modern Energypumps

Micha S.
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drive up to the plateau through steep mountains was awe inspiring. En route the visit to the monastery of Kera with its 14th century wall paintings & the lovely icons in the church was fascinating.

Katie B.

Included in the price

  • Hotel pickup and dropoff
  • Well-maintained car with an English-speaking driver
  • Fuel and tolls
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Water and snacks

Not included

  • Entrance fees for all attractions
  • Official tour guide (you can include one after the booking)
  • Lunch, other beverages and meals
  • Tips and gratuities

Frequently asked questions
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What happens after I book?

Once you complete your booking you will receive a confirmation email. Feel free to reach out to our customer service team at hello@welcomepickups.com for any specific questions regarding your booking.

 

What is the cancellation policy?

100% cancellation penalty applies when service is cancelled 24 hours or less prior to service delivery date or in case of no-show.

 

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Comfortable Clothes & Shoes

We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing and good walking shoes since certain areas contain many steps and may have uneven or rocky ground.

 

 

Summer Essentials

In the summer months, the sun is especially strong (even on cloudy days) so we recommend that you wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen to protect yourself. Also, be sure to drink enough water throughout the day to stay hydrated.

 

Photography

Photography is permitted in most historical sites unless otherwise mentioned.

 

Local Currency

We recommend you always keep local currency on you (euro) as many local merchants do not accept cards as payment.

 

Accessibility & Special Needs

Should anyone in your group have special needs or have advanced accessibility requirements, please specify upon booking and we will make sure to accommodate your needs and customize your tour accordingly.

 

Adults 2 €, over 65 2 €. Below 18 years of age and students free of charge.

 

 

Admission Fees

 Admission fee to Kera Monastery: €2

 Admission fee to Psychro Cave (Cave of Zeus)General 6€, Reduced 3€

 

Reduced admmision:

 

  • Greek citizens and citizens of other Member - States of the European Union who are over 65 years old, upon presentation of their ID card or passport for verification of their age and country of origin   
  • Students of University - Higher Education Institutes, Technological Educational Institutes or equivalent Schools of countries from outside the European Union, upon presentation of their student ID cards

 

 

 

Terms of service
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  • Please note that the Welcome Drivers are not licensed to be your official tour guide at the local attractions and therefore will not accompany you into the sites. You may, however, hire a professional tour guide at an extra cost
  • Your Welcome Driver will provide you with their local knowledge and personal recommendations between stops. Since your safety is Welcome’s top priority, please refrain from distracting the driver during demanding driving conditions
  • Your Welcome Driver will drop you off and pick you up as close as possible to your stop whilst always respecting local traffic laws
 

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