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The excursion is a combination between the past and the present of the island. We start the day visiting the Lassithi plateau on the Dikti mountain, through legends, myths, history, culture and breathtaking nature not touched by touristic development. The plateau is situated at 850m above the sea level, surrounded by mountains of 2184m height and 18 picturesque villages producing potatoes, fruits and vegetables. Our fist stop is the Monastery of Kera, known not only of his frescoes but of a Virgin Mary miraculous icon. Next stop is the village of Psichro where the Dikti Cave is located, which is believed the birth place of Zeus, the father of the Greek gods, according to ancient Greek mythology. Afterwards we continue driving through the several villages of the plateau reaching the Ecopark Lasinthos, outside the village Agios Giorgos, There you can visit the zoo with the domesticated Cretan animals as well as different workshops such as pottery, candle making, woodcarving, weaving on loom etc. and eventually have a traditional lunch enjoying the marvelous view of the plateau. Our beautiful and interesting day will end in the afternoon by visiting the palace of Knossos 5 km in the south of Heraklion. The mysteries and the myths of the oldest European culture will be revealed through the guided tour in the building of the 1500 rooms. Don’t miss this unforgettable trip in the heart of Cretan Nature, culture and history.