SKY - CITIES… KAVOUSI Off the bitten track, with an archeologist

A journey to an area with a hundred of significant archaeological sites and in the dramatic period of 1200 B.C., in a mountainous and wild landscape with an impressive view to the Cretan sea. 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.


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 travelers through the excursion series “Sky-Cities” will have the opportunity to visit a number of these ancient settlements.



  • Introduction by the sea: the natural and human-made landscape from minoan period up to now.
  • The timeless culture of olive: visiting the ancient olive tree in the valley of Kavousi.
  • Up to the mountains: trekking along the European path E4 and/ or alternatively, driving to the wild landscape by a 4x4 vehicle (option 1).
  • Archeological treasures: tour to the archeological sites of Vronda, Kastro and / or Azorias (12th-6th BC), at the excavated areas, or from a distance.


Option 1 : Including trekking

  • Walks to different areas of interest
  • Trekking to Kastro, the highest sky-city of Kavousi, and back (2-4 hours)
  • Level of difficulty: Moderate. Not for begginers. Not for people who suffer from vertigo.
  • Duration: 8-10 hours


Option 2: Not including trekking

  • Walks to different areas of interest
  • Level of difficulty: Easy
  • Duration: 5-7 hours


The price includes: 

  • An experienced archaeologist
  • Personal accident insurance, powed by Lloyd's Insurance company
  • Thematic booklet
  • Walking poles (on request, depending on availability)
  • Transport by 4X4 from Kavousi to the sites to be visited and return (for option 1)
  • First Aid kit
  • Light lunch in nature
  • Water (1 lt)
  • Third Party Liability
  • Taxes


The price does not include:

  • Transport from/to your accommodation (upon request)
  • Beverages and drinks
  • Personal expenses & tips
  • Anything not mentioned above


* This trip is a private excursion.
* Necessary personal equipment: Sunscreen oil, Hat, Sunglasses │ Trekking or walking shoes │ Small rucksack with your personal items
* (!) Please inform us of any dietary needs/particularities you might have (allergies, intolerances) or other health issues we have to take into consideration.
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Duration: Option 1: Up to 10 hours Option 2: Up to 7 hours
Dates: All year long
Note: With at least 3 days’ notice
Location: Thripri Mountains, Lassithi
Languages: English
Note: For other languages, it is possible to have an interpreter, with a supplement.
Cost: Upon request


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