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Off road Trip to Giouhtas – The Holy Mountain

Off road Trip to Giouhtas – The Holy Mountain

Product Code : 7244


  • 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

Total Duration

  • 6 Hours

Full description

Embark on an extraordinary off-road journey that blurs the boundaries between myth and reality, delving into the enchanting realm of Mountain Giouhtas. Situated approximately 10km south of Heraklion, west of Archanes, this mountain may not reach towering heights (maximum altitude of 811m), but its significance in mythology and the hearts of the Cretans is unparalleled. Nestled within a unique landscape adorned with vineyards and olive groves, it carries a sacred allure that captivated the ancient Minoans, who revered it as a divine mountaintop. Its distinct shape, resembling a human face gazing at the sky from the northwest, further solidifies its mythological connection. As legend has it, Zeus himself rests in eternal slumber within its depths, lending credence to the mountain’s name, Giouhtas, derived from the Latin Jupiter, the almighty Zeus.

After acquainting yourself with your knowledgeable guide and receiving a concise briefing, our off-road expedition commences, leading us towards the summit of Giouhtas. Following a scenic dirt road that winds through a picturesque pine forest on the mountain’s eastern side, we reach the exquisite Church of Christ the Lord, constructed in 1443. From this vantage point, an awe-inspiring panorama unfolds, showcasing the sprawling vineyard-clad Archanes Valley, the majestic Psiloritis and Dikti mountains, and the vibrant city of Heraklion. Take this opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty of the surroundings, search for aromatic herbs, and marvel at the graceful flight of the majestic vultures, finding solace on the rugged cliffs.

Our journey continues as we venture towards the winery, where an exceptional wine tasting experience awaits at the Fabrika Wine Experience. Delve into the intricate process of winemaking, from grape to bottle, while gaining insight into traditional winemaking techniques and tools, including the grand cement tanks used during the fermentation period. Indulge your senses as you savor the flavors of meticulously crafted Cretan wines, a true delight for wine enthusiasts.

Concluding our exploration, we traverse the remarkable Archaniotiko Gorge, immersing ourselves in a fairy-tale-like landscape that sets the stage for a culinary feast in the idyllic village of Syllamos. Indulge in the excellence of Cretan cuisine, embracing the flavors and aromas of this gastronomic paradise.

The return journey to Heraklion follows the charming old road of Archanes-Heraklion, meandering amidst vineyards and olive groves. Along the way, we pause for a brief stop, allowing you to capture the timeless beauty of the Venetian aqueduct constructed in 1628 by Morozini. Immerse yourself in its architectural splendor and appreciate its grandeur through the lens of your camera.

Price Excludes:

  • Personal expenses, including coffees and alcoholic drinks
  • Anything not mentioned in the “Includes” list

What to Bring

  • Walking shoes or sandals

  • Camera

  • Sunscreen

  • Hat – Sunglasses


  • Experienced 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 and one juice box per person

  • Binoculars (2 pairs per car)


  • Minimum of 3 participants


  • Starting Time 08:00
  • Ending Time 16:00

Meeting point

Hotel Pick Up ( North Heraklio area)

Cancellation Policy - Flexible

  • Whenever you cancel 4 days or earlier than the confirmed activity starting date, your fee will be refunded for the entire activity charge.
  • In case of cancellation within 48 and 96 hours before the scheduled activity starting date, you'll get 50% reimbursed.
  • Those who cancel 48 hours or beyond are considered last-minute cancellations. There will be no refunds

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