Jeep Safari Crete and Wine Tasting Exprerience: Giouhtas Exploration


Jeep Safari Giouhtas Mountain

The Holy mountain of Zeus

A journey to the limits between myth and reality.
Mountain Giouhtas is located west of Archanes, about 10km south of the city of Heraklion. Its maximum altitude may not exceed 811m, but it holds a prominent place in mythology and the hearts of the Cretans. It is located in a unique landscape surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. For the ancient Minoans it was a sacred mountain, mainly because of its shape: from the northwest, the mountain looks like a human face looking at the sky. According to the legend, Zeus is buried there. After all, the mountain got its name from him, since Giouhtas comes from the Latin Jupiter, that is Zeus.


Jeep Safari in Crete

After getting acquainted with your guide and following a short briefing, we will start driving towards the highest peak of Giouhtas, following the dirt road through a beautiful pine forest, on the east side of the mountain. There, the small church of Christ the Lord is located, built in 1443. The view to the valley of Archanes, which is a vast vineyard, Psiloritis, Dikti and Heraklion, is amazing! You will also have the opportunity to search for herbs and observe the imposing vultures, that find refuge on the steep cliffs.

Wine Tasting

Then through the beautiful and impressive Archaniotiko Gorge we will drive to the winery, where you will have the opportunity to experience a special wine tasting at the Fabrika Wine Experience, tracing step by step the process of winemaking, maturation and bottling of wine, while also getting acquainted with traditional wine making processes and tools such as the great cement tanks that hold the must during the fermantation period.

Cretan Cuisine

Finally, we will reach Archanes village, where, we will enjoy the excellent Cretan cuisine.
Your return to Heraklion will be through the old road of Archanes – Heraklion, between beautiful vineyards and olive groves, which passes next to the Venetian aqueduct built in 1628 by Morozini where we will have a short stop for some pictures and for you to be able to observe the structure in all its beauty.


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• The visit to the Holy Temple of Christ the Lord on the top of Giouhta.
• The view from the top of the mountain.
• The drive through vineyards and olive groves in Syllamos.
• The food.


• Total tour duration: 6 hours
• Family friendly: Yes

PricePrice includesPrice excludesWhat to bring
Minimum number of participants, 3 persons
• Experienced, English speaking driver
• Free transport from/to your hotel. (as long as you are within the predefined pick-up area)
• Free Wi-Fi
• Land Rover Discovery 3 – fuels
• Wine tasting
• Lunch (wine, soft drinks, water)
• Two Bottles of water per person
• Binoculars (2 pairs per car)
• Private expenses (coffees, alcoholic drinks etc.)
• Anything that it is not mentioned at the “Price includes” list
• Walking shoes or sandals
• Camera
• Sun Screen
• Hat – sun glasses

Designated Pickup area

Pickup from any hotel within the highlighted area


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