What you'll do
Juktas - the mountain of Zeus! Offer yourself an exciting and fun experience through picturesque scenery, beautiful flora and great view all the way. We initiate our journey from Heraklion to the medieval aqueduct of Ayia Eirini Spilia, before we depart for our main destination through a rural road full of vineyards. Mount Juktas was considered sacred for the Minoans whom built two sanctuaries in its territory. The one on the foothill (Anemospilia), considered to have preserved the remnants of a human sacrifice! Afterwards we are going to follow an easy rural road, that goes all the way to the top (811m.). From there we will have a panoramic view to the countryside of the central part of the island and to the Cretan Sea. When we descend, an exploration on the colourful alleys of the venetian Archanes and a visit to a local taverna (extra) or the local museum (optional) to see old crafts such as wine/olive oil making e.t.c., will conclude this inspirational experience. From sacred caves and sanctuaries to beautiful pine groves full of herbs, this tour will leave you with the best of memories and a generous "nature" feeling!As for myself I will make sure you have a relaxing and educating tour and leave the experience with one more friend. Zeus and his mountain awaits you!Don't keep them waiting! Note: We will not visit organized archaeological site
Born and raised in Crete I have been always fascinated by Greek culture. It was then natural for me to get involved with local history and archaeology. My studies include a MSc in Archaeology and a 2nd BA in History and History of Art. My degrees and excavation experience have equipped me with an in-depth and up-to-date knowledge of antiquity. Having run tours for years, as a host I am aiming to promote nature-oriented travel and sustainable local economies, along with providing my guests with useful information in order to make their vacations a unique experience - off the ordinary path.
Fresh organic fruits and local homemade delights
Water, refreshment/coffee Feel free to share your preference and I will do my best to accommodate
Local pick up will be provided by experienced and licensed driver throughout the experience.
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Where you'll be
On our way we will encounter important historical sites and rich plant biodiversity which comprise the Juktas Ecological-Archaeological Park. In fact its territory is included in the European Nature Network Natura 2000 for "the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora”. It is considered an Important Bird Area (IBA) of the EU as well as enlisted in the European "Corine Biotopes", the important biotopes to be conserved.
Keep these in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 3 guests aged 6 and up can attend.
You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.
For other dates/hours or food arrangements, please contact. A discount for the younger members of families, is provided.
Conquer the Mountain of Zeus
£71 / person
£71 / person