Samaria Gorge: Day Trip from Agia Pelagia, Heraklion & Malia

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Samaria Gorge: Day Trip from Agia Pelagia, Heraklion & Malia

From $72.98 per person

Explore Europe's most majestic gorge. Follow the route of the ancient Taras River and experience one of the most spectacular treks in Crete.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 17 hours
Starting time 5:30 AM
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Live tour guide
English, German
Pickup included
The bus stops near hotels on the main road in Malia, Stalis, Hersonissos, Analipsi, Anissaras, Gouves, Gournes, Heraklion and Ammoudara.


  • Hike through a vast canyon to the sea
  • Explore the abandoned village of Samaria
  • Enjoy a boat trip along the south coast of Crete
Full description
Enjoy breakfast at Rethymno, the first stop on this 17-hour Samaria Gorge excursion. Begin your trek at Xiloskalo, where you'll enter the vast, 18-kilometer canyon. Hike along a path that follows the route of the ancient Taras River. Admire the caves that formed a natural shelter for the Cretans in war times and now are home to wild goats. See the abandoned village of Samaria before reaching the Iron Gates, 3 kilometers before the end of the gorge. Rest and enjoy lunch (at your own expense) at the small fishing village of Agia Roumeli. Cool off with a refreshing swim in the Libyan Sea before boarding the ship that takes you back to the village of Sfakia.
  • Round-trip bus transportation
  • Multilingual tour guide
  • Pick-up at the main road near your hotel
  • Lunch
  • Entry ticket for Samaria National Park (€5)
  • Boat ticket (adults €11; children 5-12 years old €6)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Water
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  • Tours operate in English, German, French and Dutch every Tuesday and in English, French and Russian every Thursday
  • The local tour operator will inform you of your pick-up point and time by email
  • This tour is not suitable for handicapped persons or children under 5 years of age
  • Be sure to bring hiking shoes, water, sun protection, a hat, sunglasses, an extra pair of socks, a swimsuit and a light jacket
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 30 reviews

Review summary

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Idilia was a wonderful guide. She really explained well what to expect in the gorge. We love hiking and so we had a wonderful experience - the Samaria gorge is awesome. But we saw many people who didn't have the right footwear. You really need hiking shoes to do this gorge and walking sticks help as well. I'm an avid runner and yet by the end of the hike my ankles and knees were feeling it. I was wearing a solid pair of running shoes. my husband had hiking boots and he did much better. You are walking on stones and boulders throughout the 13 kilometres and its tough on the joints. I totally recommend this experience - the Samaria gorge is very much worth visiting and hiking but make sure you are prepared, you have the right footwear, that you are in reasonably good shape and you take your time.

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September 20, 2019

Fantastic walk and amazing scenery, not to be missed!

Well organised trip and had a brilliant day. It was a long day being picked up at 6am and not getting back to hotel until 10pm but thoroughly enjoyed it. The Gorge is awesome and the walk was challenging in the heat but well worth the effort. The swim in the sea at the end was heavenly as was the cold beer after! Getting the boat back for part of the way was fab and also the stop for souvlaki being cooked outside for us.

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July 24, 2019

Unser Guide Athena war sehr nett und motiviert und hat uns stets mit einem Lächeln begleitet. Die Schlucht an sich ist spektakulär und war für mich das Beste während meiner Woche in Kreta. (Wobei man danach 2-3 Tage Muskelkater in den Waden einplanen muss, wenn man nicht öfter wandern geht, deswegen eventuell etwas für den Schluss des Urlaubs. Es ist kein Spaziergang sondern wirklich eine Wanderung). Bei uns gab es auch keinerlei Schwierigkeiten mit der Organisation. Also alles in allem war es super :) kann ich nur empfehlen. PS: man kann die Tour auch vor Ort buchen, dann ist sie etwas billiger. Es kann aber auch aktuell an der Corona Lage liegen, dass die Preise vor Ort generell günstiger waren als online.

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September 11, 2020

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