Cretan Life Route

8 hours
1.250 m

Cretan food

120 km

8 persons / jeep

9 villages

Raki tasting

Route details

There is nothing else quite like a Safari Experts Malia jeep tour across the rugged mountains of Central Crete. Imagine the sound of the cicadas and the tranquil melody of the goat bells tinkling, smell the pungent aromas of mountain herbs and wildflowers, envision the rough and dusty off-road tracks that will lead us to breathtaking panoramic views and sceneries.

See in person where Zeus was born according to the legend, in one of the most well-known caves in Greece, which is of geological interest as stalactites and stalagmites are found inside the cave.

Your day will be one big off-road adventure full of fun and surprises, dust and excitement. Let beautiful Crete amaze you and remember this unique experience for a lifetime. Join Cretan Life Route for an amazing adventure by the best Safari club in Crete.

Prices Includes

  • Pick-up and return from your hotel
  • Land Rover Defender & fuel
  • Experienced and informative drivers
  • Traiditional Cretan lunch
  • Unlimited wine
  • Binoculars
  • Adventure & Fun, Dust & Excitement

Prices Excudes

  • Zeus' Cave, 6€ entrance fee
  • Any Private Expenses


  • Walking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat & Sun glasses
  • Camera

What to Expect

We will travel back in time, experiencing the genuine hospitality of the locals, who will give you a taste of their everyday life, far away from our modern world.

  • Shepherd's paddock
  • Cheese making
  • Sunken village (Sfendili)
  • Embassa Gorge / picking herbs
  • Zeus' Cave
  • Cretan lunch, wine
  • Giant plane tree & water springs
  • Mountain villages
  • Raki, wine tasting
  • Lassithi / Limnakaro plateau (1250m)


8.00 - 8.30 am

Pickup from your hotels

We will pick you up from: Sissi, Malia, Stalis, Hersonissos, Koutouloufari, Anissaras, Analipsi, Gouves, Kokkini Hani, Heraklion, Agios Nikolaos

9.00 am

Shepherd's paddock & cheese making

Visit a local Cretan family at their farm and learn the secrets of cheese making and tasting

9.45 am

Sunken village

Arrive to the dam of Aposselemi, Sfendili sunken village, and take some amazing photos
10.00 am

Traditional village

Passing by traditional Avdou village
10.15 am

Embassa Gorge

Picking herbs from pure Cretan mountains
11.00 am

Zeus' Cave

Get inside great Zeus’ Cave and learn about Greek mythology (optional donkey ride)
1.00 pm

Limnakaro - Lassithi

Upland plateus Limnakaro (1250m) and Lassithi
1.30 am

Cretan lunch

Cretan lunch cooked in the fire wood oven at Kera village
3.15 pm

Giant plane tree

Visit giant plane tree and be amazed by it’s size and it’s 2000 years old age
3.45 pm

Mochos village

Passing by Mochos traditional village
4.00 - 4.30 pm

Return to your hotel

We will get you back to your hotel




Nicola Lightbody
5 star
October 11, 2017
Stathis was a great guide very professional & knowledgeable of the old & new Crete. My dad brother & I had this great experience on Thursday 5th October. The views are spectacular & the driving amazing away up high into the mountains stopping of first to see fresh cheese be made & more stops along the way to take beautiful pictures. I must that my dad cannot stop talking about what a great day it was. The day ended in a lovely Tavern where we had Greek Salad then slow cooked chicken with potatoes from a wood burning oven. It was so tender then a lovely slice of cake washed down with Red or White wine & bottles of water. So lastly a big shout out to Stathis for making the experience so enjoyable & for giving my dad I day he will always remember.
Eric van den Bergh
5 star
September 15, 2017
We had a very good day with safari experts crete. We also had a good friendly guide named Statis who is also the owner. He showed us how the greek lived in the past. If you go to Malia you must have seen this. First you go to the shepherd where you can feed and milk the goats, and you get to see how they make fresh cheese. While we were driving he told us a lot more about the greek people. At the end you get a very good meal cooked from the oven. Almost forgot you see a beautiful cave on the way.
Poppy Esp
5 star
September 6, 2017
We had a wonderful time. Our guide George was fabulous. he is very friendly and patiënt with our children. Every where we went he knew the story about the place . He is very smart. So George keep on the good work. Crete is a very beautiful place to go. I felt in love with valley called the plateau. So we recommend every body who goes to crete to do the excursion with the safari experts.
Nicki White
5 star
August 5, 2017
Just got back from the most amazing day trip I’ve ever been on! Our driver/guide/all round funny guy George Lagoudis (George of the Jungle) was so knowledgable and so much fun! And the whole group were just lovely too! Milking a goat was a whole new experience for me – and to then eat the beginnings of the cheese made from it was fantastic! The views in the mountains and of the Lasithi Plateau were breathtaking! And George’s stories and anecdotes just made the whole day spot on (and the tip about the beach). Thank you!!! Nicki
Ritchie Highland
5 star
June 7, 2017
Fantastic day trip in Crete yesterday (Tuesday 6/06/17) Me and my partner couldn’t have asked for a better guide than George Lagoudis. Would definitely recommend 110%. He had an amazing knowledge of the area, the history, and the people. He Was more like a close friend than a guide was so and easy going and a lot of fun. The views were incredible and everybody we met was so welcoming and friendly. Definitely the best trip we went on during our time in Crete. 🙂 The perfect way to end our holiday Thanks guys!
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