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From Chania or Rethymno: Samariá Gorge Guided Hike

From Chania or Rethymno: Samariá Gorge Guided Hike

From US$ 34.35 per person

Hike in the Samariá Gorge on a day trip from Rethymno or Chania. See the rich flora and fauna of Europe's longest gorge. Encounter the Cretan "kri-kri" goat. End with time for a swim in the crystal-clear sea and lunch at a taverna in Agia Roumeli.

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Duration 1 day
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English, German
Pickup optional
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  • Take a 16-kilometer hike through the Samariá Gorge
  • Marvel at rich flora and see the Cretan "kri-kri" goats
  • See some of the highlights of Crete's majestic landscape
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Embark on a guided hike in the Samariá Gorge on a day trip from Rethymno or Chania. Get your daily dose of exercise, enjoy the panoramic views and take a swim. 

Discover the longest gorge in Europe, an area of stunning natural beauty. See its many flowers and herbs and the crystal-clear spring waters that flow from the mountains. Following an early morning pickup from the nearest point to your accommodation in Rethymno or Chania, travel through the mountains passing the plateau of Omalos. Arrive at some wooden stairs at the start of Samariá Gorge. You can opt to start the walk straight away or get some breakfast at the taverna before you begin. Hike for approximately 6-7 hours and experience the magnificent landscape on a 16-kilometer walk. Once you have finished the hike, there will be ample time for a swim and lunch at a taverna in Agia Roumeli.

  • Round-trip transportation by air-conditioned bus
  • Hike
  • Guide
  • Free WiFi onboard the bus
  • Entrance fees
  • Boat tickets
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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The hike is not very simple due to very steep descending for first 5 km. But it is manageable. We started at 8:30 am and came to the village at 4 pm. For the first 4-5 km we were being late, my husband started having a knees issues. But then we catch up when the trail became not so steep. The views are gorgeous. But we spent most of time looking down because trail is very rocky. Did not have much time to enjoy the views considering the terrain and the time needed to reach the ferry downhills. But we are still happy we tried and did that. Thanks to our guide Dimitris. He kept us on pace and helped with everything.

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September 25, 2022

We were picked up in Chania at 0610 as advised and after a short breakfast break (best bring your own) transported to Omalos at the start of the gorge. You walk the gorge at your own pace and meet up with the guide at a taverna about 1630 where you collect your ferry tickets for the return trip. In our case the ferry went at 1730 so quite a bit of waiting around. The guide does not walk with you but brings up the rear in case anyone requires assistance. Several good but basic tavernas to choose from in Ag Roumeli. There was a bit of a mix up on the return trip which and it took much longer than expected to get back to Chania. We got back to our hotel at about 2200. The bus driver was obviously very experienced but in my opinion and I think a few others he was going far too fast on the mountain roads which made for an uncomfortable experience.

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September 21, 2022

I loved the hike! Having a guide to organize the stops made it a little easier, and it was also an opportunity to meet some new people. Orestis, our guide, was great and very clear with the group. Spent a couple of hours at Agia Roumeli beach before having to get the ferry from there back to the bus. Highly recommend for any visits to Crete!

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September 15, 2022

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