EXCURSION TO SAMARIA GORGE (Hiking Tour)
Samaria Gorge is situated at the National park of Samaria, in the White Mountains of West Crete. This amazing gorge is considered one of the great attractions of Crete and many tourists want to visit it. But you must realise that it is a very long (5 to 7 hours) walk on rough terrain so you will need to have a certain degree of fitness and walking experience in order to enjoy it. We start very early in the morning.
||From or near to your accommodation from Malia, Stalis, Chersonissos, Annisaras, Analipsi, Gouves ,Gournes, Kokkini Chani,
Kartreros, Herakliom, Amoudara, Agia Pelagia, Fodele.
||he time of departure from your hotel is according to its location and its sometime between 05:00 and 06:30a.m
Return Time back to your hotel is according to its location and its sometime between 22:00 and 23:30.
What is Included
|Air-conditioned bus with professional driver.
Professional guide during the excursion.
The pick-up and drop off from your hotel is included in the price.
||Entrance to Samaria Gorge (5.00€ per person)
Boat from Agia Roumeli to Sfakia (11.00€ per adult and 6.00€ per child)
(Please note that the above fees are NOT included in the price you will pay online)
Drinks or beverages or food during the tour.
Anything that is not specified in the program as included
Children up to 4 years old are free. All children up to 18 years old must be accompanied by their legal guardians.
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability.
Travelers that buy 2 Tours can have FREE OF CHARGE the Heraklion Market and City Tour.
Make sure you bring with you hiking shoes, sun protection cream, a hat, an extra pair of socks, a bottle of water, some food, swimsuit and a light jacket.
NOT SUITABLE FOR PREGNANT WOMEN. REMEMBER THIS IS A 5-6 HOURS HIKING TOUR. OUR TOUR GUIDE CAN NOT BE AT ALL TIME WITH THE ENTIRE GROUP SINCE SOME OF THEM WILL NOT BE ABLE TO FOLLOW THE OTHERS AT THE SAME SPEED. FOR THAT REASON OTHER GUIDES WILL BE THERE TO ASSIST YOU IF NEEDED.
No visit, no vacation to Crete is complete without crossing the Samaria Gorge.
Samaria Gorge was acknowledged in 2010 as one of the wildest, most virgin and unique natural parks in the world and was included in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR) of UNESCO.
Samaria Gorge Tour Overview
Our adventure starts very early in the morning since the gorge is situated on the western side of the island.
Our first stop is in the vicinity of Rethimnon. We have the chance to get our breakfast before moving on to Omalos Plateau. The walk starts from Xiloskalo. At the entrance of the gorge we enter this vast canyon of 18 klm that is considered to be the longest in Europe. Canyon width varies from 2 to 40 meters and a depth of 250-600 meters. We usually need 6-7 hours to cross the rocky gorge down to the shore.
The path follows the route of Taras, a river with gurgling lucid water. It gave its name to the ancient town which was located at the end of the gorge. On the way we can get a glimpse of the caves that formed a natural shelter for the Cretans. In war times and now they are the natural habitat of the well-known wild goats, or kri-kri as they are also called. Halfway we come across the village of Santa Maria, which was abandoned by its last inhabitants in 1962.
The amazingly wild and unspoiled scenery, as well as the vegetation that we come in view of during hiking, is unequalled in relation to those in other places on Crete.
Highlights of Samaria Gorge hiking
- Extraordinary rock formations,
- Indigenous rare plants, flower and bird species,
- Rough downward ground,
- Impressive and primitive view,
- Exquisite landscape that has been under no human intervention,
- Unique sensation of awe and infinite wonder for the untouched grandeur will always be engraved on our memory.
Three kilometers prior to our exiting this majestic gorge, we reach the Iron Gates (Sideroportes), the narrowest spot of the route, just a few meters wide, but 300 meters high – an amazing contradiction that can cause nothing but awe.
A bit later we arrive in the small fishing village of Agia Roumeli, where we have quite a long time to lunch and get a refreshing swim in the deep blue, crystal clear waters of the Libyan Sea, before boarding the ship that leads us back along the coast to the village of Sfakia, where we catch the bus for the return trip.
On the way back we have the chance to admire Imbros Gorge, as well as the villages of Askifou and Vrisses.
An excursion for those who feel adventurous and are pretty fit. A tip for the ones who join in: good hiking shoes, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, an extra pair of socks, swimsuit and a light jacket for the evening hours are essential.