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Take on the challenge of hiking across the 16km of the famous Samaria gorge with the help of a knowledgeable guide; the road to fitness was never an easy one!

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Duration
13 hours
Availability
Mon-Wed-Fri (May-Oct)
TRIP ADVISOR RATING
Group Type
Small Group
FROM
100/Person

Tour Highlights

Hike across the world-famous Samaria Gorge in Crete and take in the impressive Cretan nature guided by an expert that will show you around safely. Across its 16km, you’ll pass by several local villages and picture-perfect landscapes that will make you understand why it is considered one of Europe’s most emblematic gorges. At the end of your adventure, reward yourself with a refreshing dive into the crystal-clear waters of Crete and a mouthwatering meal in a traditional local tavern; with one of the greatest experiences of your life written off your bucket list and a stomach full of Cretan delicacies, you’ll be driven to your hotel for some well-deserved rest!

Guided hike across Samaria Gorge

Expert guide to show you around

Swimming at the bright and clear Cretan sea

 

Exploration of the most beautiful Cretan landscapes

Rundown

07:00 Drive from Chania to Omalos Plateau

08:30 Hike of Samaria Gorge (6hrs) 

14:30 Beach and lunchtime in Agia Roumeli 

17:30 Ferry ride to Sfakia 

18:30 Drive back to Chania

20:00 Return to the hotel

What you can expect?

Start your day early and hop on the private vehicle that will take you from the heart of Chania to Omalos Plateau, where you will meet with your expert guide in order for the hiking exploits to begin. 

Stretching out from the White Mountains down to the Libyan sea in 16km of mesmerizing landscapes. The hike will take up approximately 6 hours and will give you the opportunity to appreciate the luscious greenery of Crete, as well as the diversity of its land. Your friendly guide will help you all throughout the hike, creating a safe environment for you to enjoy and narrating fun facts about the impressive gorge and the island of Crete in general. Once you reach your destination, the village of Agia Roumeli at the South coast of Crete, accessible only by boat, you’ll have the opportunity to indulge in a rejuvenating dive in the deep blue waters of the island and even opt for a scrumptious meal full of traditional Cretan flavors at a local taverna (not included in the price).

Having gained a once-in-a-lifetime experience, with a full stomach and with a smile on your face, you’ll take the ferry to the nearby port of Sfakia, where your driver will be waiting to transfer you back to your accommodation in the heart of Chania for the evening. A humbling experience that you’ll never forget, a hike across the gorge of Samaria is one for the books!

Inclusions

  • Guided hike across Samaria gorge
  • Pick up and drop off in luxury vehicle
  • English speaking hiking guide
  • Hiking gear: walking sticks & helmets, a bottle of water and an energy snack
Exclusions:
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees to Samaria Gorge (€5)
  • Tickets to the ferry from Agia Roumeli to Sfakia after the hike (€12)
  • All personal expenses
  • Gratuities

Know before you go:
The walk is long and strenuous and the tour is only suitable for guests that are fit, exercise regularly and have experience in walking long distances. Participants are encouraged to wear light hiking shoes and have with them a backpack, hat, light jacket, sunscreen, swimsuit, sandals/light shoes for the beach, beach towel, snacks – these can also be purchased in Omalos, before the start of the hike. Walking sticks are provided on request, at no charge.  

FAQs

In which language is this tour available?

The tour is available in English.

 

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Reviews

  • An intimidating hike made a thousands time better by the helpful guide. I'd do it again in a heartbeat! Thank you Greeking.me!

    - LeonardoD

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Our tours are always private or have a maximum capacity of 8 persons
Our tours are always private or have a maximum capacity of 8 persons
We encourage the exploration of outdoor sites, monuments and natural landscapes
We encourage the exploration of outdoor sites, monuments and natural landscapes
Our vehicles are sanitized daily and our transportation is private-only
Our vehicles are sanitized daily and our transportation is private-only
We prefer boutique accommodations that follow all safety protocols
We prefer boutique accommodations that follow all safety protocols
Our guides and drivers are always conscious and provide our guests with masks and sanitizers
Our guides and drivers are always conscious and provide our guests with masks and sanitizers
We believe in a slow and sustainable way of travel that respects the environment & the local communities
We believe in a slow and sustainable way of travel that respects the environment & the local communities