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Ancient Cities in Kavousi

Tour Overview

Excursion to an area with a hundred of significant archaeological sites inside a mountainous and wild landscape with an impressive view to the sea north of Crete.
This trip takes place at an area -and an era- that has been presented in the documentary
Bronze Age collapse” of History Channel.

After the decline of the Minoan and Mycenaean civilization on Crete, the island has experienced dramatic upheavals, during the centuries of turning from the 2nd to the 1st millennium B.C., which led many people to seek refuge in the mountains, organizing new defensible settlements in the most inaccessible rocky areas, at the edge of the mountains. The tour at Kavousi area aspires to be an escape route from the dangers of the exposed valley to the safety of the naturally protected peaks of the region and then, a descent route in space and time, from the sky-cities to a forerunner of the city-states.

Tour Highlights

  • The natural and human-made landscape from Minoan period up to now.
  • The timeless culture of olive: visiting the ancient olive tree inside the valley of Kavousi.
  • Up to the mountains: trekking along the European path E4.
  • Archaeological treasures: tour to the archaeological sites of Vronda, Kastro and / or Azorias (12th-6th cen. BCE) on the excavated area.
  • Treking: Ancient Olive Tree – E4 trail – Ancient agglomeration of  Vrontas – E4 trail – Gorge of Mesonas – Ancient agglomeration of  Azorias – Ancient Olive
  • Total distance by car: 5km (Kavousi – Olive Tree – Kavousi)
  • Hiking distance: 8-9 km

Important Tips

  • Travel Bite date and/or time might be modified or cancelled due to weather conditions and in this event the option of an alternative date or full refund will be given.
  • Not recommended for people suffering from vertigo
  • We would recommend to bring with you hiking shoes, hat, sun glasses & sunscreen, a camera.

Tips & Useful Info

Starting point: Kavousi, Λασίθι, Ελλάδα
Languages: English, Greek
Included Amenities: Public Liability Insurance, Guided tour by an archaeologist (English speaking), Manual for each traveler specialized on this particular trip, Outdoor picnic, Transportation by 4X4 from Kavousi to the visited places and return
Excluded Amenities: Personal Travel & Health Insurance, personal expenses, gratuities, meals not mentioned, Airplane (international and domestic) tickets, transfer to and from the meeting point, Entrance fees to museums and organised archaeological sites, soft drinks, anything not mentioned in inclusions.
Minimum number of guests needed: 3
Maximum number of guests: 12
Physical Level: Moderate difficulty. Previous experience is not required. Average level of fitness is needed for travel bite enjoyment.

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