Day trip

Crete: Sarakina Gorge, Forests, and South Coast Safari

Activity provider: Adventure-Crete
Day trip

Crete: Sarakina Gorge, Forests, and South Coast Safari

Activity provider: Adventure-Crete

From US$ 106.69 per person

Explore the Greek coast and countryside on this full-day tour. Enjoy exciting off-roading and spectacular vistas, as you zip down towards the south coast and the Sarakina Gorge for even more breathtaking sights.

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Duration 1 day
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Live tour guide
English, Dutch, French, Russian, German
Pickup included
Keep a look out for an orange Land Rover Discovery vehicle when you are waiting for pickup.


  • Witness the natural diversity of Crete
  • Hike through the Sarakina Gorge through waterfalls and rivers
  • Enjoy a local meal in a classic taverna
  • Take a dip in the stunning Lybian Sea
Full description
This tour will take you high into the mountains of the Lassithi Range (or Dikti Range), offering you an abundance of stunning panoramic views. Picking you up from your accommodation at 10:00AM, you will then start your climb up through several very picturesque traditional villages, one of which you shall stop at for a short break to shop or grab coffee. You will next go off road and move on up through the Kroustas Forest to a point approximately 1,000 meters above sea level. From way up there you will be able to see both the Lybian Sea (south coast) and the Aegean Sea (north coast). You will also be able to view the stunning peaks of the snow capped Mount Spathi (2,140 meters above sea level, second highest on the island), whose north face is home of the Psychro Cave, birth place of the Greek god Zeus. The views you will encounter throughout your tour can't be beaten, and there will be plenty of opportunities to stop for photographs. Whilst in the mountains you will be taken to a traditional Greek taverna for a meze lunch with local wine, and at the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned to your point of origin.
  • Hotel pickup from Elounda, Malia, Gouves, Ierapetra, and surrounding areas
  • Professional guide and full-day tour
  • Lunch in a local "taverna"
  • Gratuities

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Important information

What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Hiking shoes

Know before you go

  • Please indicate any dietary requirements during booking
  • Pickup from Heraklion and more west (direction Chania) is not usually provided
  • If interested, a shuttle can be provided for an additional cost
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 24 reviews

Review summary

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Our full day adventure was incredible, our tour guide Michael was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable - from Cretan history and culture to Greek Mythology and vegetation. The hike through the gorge was exhilarating, not too long but not too short either! Michael was very helpful, guiding everyone up and down the gorge. The food at lunch was amazing - we stopped at a very local taverna (very authentic compared to other touristy one we have stopped at on different tours). However, we must mention the wasps flying around whilst try to eat really wasn’t nice. They had smoke to try keep them away but it didn’t work that well.

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March 25, 2023

Le guide français étant malade nous avons dis oui pour un guide en anglais. Michael etait GÉNIAL ! Il a une énorme connaissance des lieux et des histoires de l'île. Il etait très gentil et drôle . Il a prit le temps de nous faire sentir pleins d'herbes (menthe, basilic etc) et était très attentif à notre bien être. Pour le passage à l'escalade celui-ci nous a bien montré comment faire et nous a également aidé et encouragé dans l'aventure. Il était très patient avec ceux ayant le plus de difficultés ce qui est vraiment top et rassurant. Nous recommandons vivement cette excursion qui s'est avérée être la meilleure de notre semaine de vacances !

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March 25, 2023

Dieser Ausflug war das Highlight unseres Kreta-Urlaubs. Unser Guide war einfach so klasse. Er hat uns so viel Interessantes und Wissenswertes über diese wunderschöne Insel vermittelt und das sehr kurzweilig und voller Humor. Höhepunkt war natürlich die Sarakina Schlucht. Und unbezahlbar der Ausblick. Die gesamte Tour inclusive Rast in der Taverne hat sich gelohnt.

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March 25, 2023

Product ID: 248842