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From Rethymno: Samaria Gorge Full-Day Guided Trek

Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS

From Rethymno: Samaria Gorge Full-Day Guided Trek

Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS

From US$ 33.33 per person

Enjoy a challenging trek through one of the longest and most famous gorges in Europe. Marvel at natural wonders throughout the day, from the White Mountains to thousand-year-old forests and more.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German, French
Pickup included
Pickup is from central meeting points near hotels in the areas of Panormo, Scaleta, Adele, Platanias, Missiria, Rethymno town, Atsipopoulo, Kavros, and Georgioupoli. Hotel pickups are scheduled between 06:00 and 07:00 AM. Pickup is from your hotel or the closest point accessible by a vehicle. You'll receive specific pickup information in a separate email from the local partner (please check your spam folder). All the pick ups from Rethymno old Town will be from the bus stop of church of four martyrs (4 martyres church).

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a challenging trek in Samaria Gorge
  • Marvel at the stunning natural beauty on the drive to the White Mountains
  • Visit the village of Agia Roumeli
Full description

Take a day trip from Rethymno to set out on an outdoor adventure into Samaria Gorge National Park. Hike at your own pace with a guide over rocks and stones, through a forest of thousand-year-old trees, along a river, and by fresh-water springs. Keep an eye out for mountain goats roaming in the wild.

Begin your full-day excursion to Samaria Gorge with a pick-up in Rethymno and a drive to Omalos, in the heart of the White Mountains, where you can enjoy breakfast before you start the hike.

Be accompanied by a mountain escort who speaks English, German and French. Get briefed about your hike and get your tickets for the entrance and ferry boat from your escort. These fees have to be paid to the guide upon arrival.

After breakfast, enter the Samaria Gorge. Walk at your own pace as your guide will be at the end of the group to help out if you need them. At the end of the trek, visit the village of Agia Roumeli, where you’ll find a number of taverns, bars, and shops.

Enjoy some free time to take a swim or have some lunch. A meeting point will be arranged so you can collect your ferry tickets from your guide. Late in the afternoon, board a boat to go from Agia Roumeli to Sfakia, where the bus will be waiting to transfer you back to the starting point.

Includes
  • Pickup and drop-off from central meeting points near hotels (in Panormo, Scaletta, Adele, Platanias, Missiria, Rethymno town, Atsipopoulo, Kavros, and Georgioupoli)
  • Bus tickets
  • Bilingual guide
  • Admission to Samaria (€5)
  • Ferry ticket (€12)
  • No pickup from remote hotels such as Grand Rimondi (pickup is from Creta star bus stop)
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • 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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What to bring

  • Hat
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Water

Know before you go

  • At the time of booking please mention your hotel name and location. You will be notified by email about the pickup point and time
  • Pickup begins up to 90 minutes before tour starts and is done from central meeting points near the hotels, only in the areas of Panormo, Scaleta, Adele, Platanias, Missiria, Rethymno town, Atsipopoulo, Kavros and Georgioupoli
  • The 5 to 6-hour trek is challenging. You must have good trekking shoes or at least a sturdy pair of trainers
  • This trek is not recommended for children under the age of 6, pregnant women or anyone with health problems
  • Infants will be seated with their parents on the bus and will not have their own seat
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 791 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Safety
    4.5/5

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Although the walk through the gorge itself is not guided, the excursion is a decent priced way to package your transport to and from the gorge with a multilingual guide to help you with organisation. There are extra charges for gorge entry and the ferry (€17 cash pp) but these are clearly listed before you book. The gorge itself is striking and worth seeing although you really need watch where you are stepping a lot of the time as it is rocky. Wear good shoes or hiking boots as you do not want to have to be rescued by donkey if you turn your ankle. If you are relatively fit then you should have no problem, although you may experience muscle soreness the next day. It is a long day (roughly 6:30AM to 8.30PM) so make sure you take some lunch! There are springs all along the way to top up your water bottle, and also toilets but these could be described as ‘rustic’! At the end there is approx a 2 hour wait for the ferry but there are plenty of places to eat and drink to pass the time.

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September 25, 2022

This was the highlight of my trip to Crete and a great thing to tick off the bucket list! The scenery at Samaria is spectacular throughout, especially during the second half of the hike and the coast at Agia Roumeli when you get there is gorgeous. It was a long day (6am pick-up and return home close to 9pm) but totally worth it. I have a good level of fitness and I wasn’t too achy the next day despite quite a few km of downhill terrain at the start. I would highly recommend taking proper trail shoes or hiking boots for this trek. I only had my running trainers with me and would have felt more comfortable with better ankle support.

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September 21, 2022

The gorge is stunning with many breathtaking views in the unique and constantly changing environment. However not a not a easy hike, especially if it’s too hot. Wear proper shoes. Would be helpful if there is more info along the track to know how you are doing and not to stress out too much that you will be late for the ferry.

September 13, 2022

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