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Samaria Gorge Trek: Full-Day Excursion from Rethymno

Samaria Gorge Trek: Full-Day Excursion from Rethymno

From $39.87 per person

Enjoy a challenging trek through one of the longest and most famous gorges in Europe. On this excursion from Rethymno you’ll marvel at natural wonders throughout the day, from the White Mountains to thousand-year-old forests and more.

About this activity

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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German, French
Pickup included
Please provide your hotel details upon booking to arrange a pickup in Rethymno.

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
Samaria Gorge, the longest and likely the best-known gorge in Europe, lies 4,000 feet above sea level. Your full-day (12-hour) excursion to Samaria Gorge begins 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. The trek will take you over rocks and stones, through a forest of thousand-year-old trees and along a river and by fresh-water springs. Along the way, you’ll have spectacular views of Crete’s most beautiful mountain range and you are likely to see mountain goats roaming in the wild. You will be accompanied by a professional mountain escort who speaks English, German and Greek.  Your escort will be there to explain all the necessary information about your hike and provide you the tickets for the entrance and ferry boat. Entrance fee : 5€ (children up to the age of 15 years old are free of charge). Ferry fee : 11€ ( Sougia ferry). These fees have to be paid to the guide upon arrival. After your breakfast you 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 you’ll 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 you’ll board a boat that will take you from Agia Roumeli to Sfakia, where the bus will be waiting to transfer you back to the starting point.
Includes
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off (in Panormo, Scaleta, Adele, Platanias, Missiria, Rethymno town, Atsipopoulo, Kavros and Georgioupoli)
  • Bus tickets
  • Guide
  • Admission to Samaria (€5)
  • Boat ticket (€11)
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
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

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 525 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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Great adventure, but would recommend walking boots. Be very careful to obey rules on keeping to path and stop walking to admire flora and fauna and taking photos. Quite arduous if you are not used to walking in the heat of the day. But please don’t be put off just be very careful where you step.

September 23, 2021

Well settled. Our guide jorge (bald sweet man) was great and very clear. The tour was up to our expectation. The tour itself is really great. As said; good shoes, fit enough and go for it !! It can take you a whole day, so enjoy it and don't forget to check the area every now and then. It's really beautiful

September 12, 2021

We hiked through the Samaria Gorge on 09/10/21. Actually, the hike was for the 08.09. planned, but was postponed due to bad weather. We were immediately offered an alternative date. We were picked up at the hotel in the morning by bus. Our tour guide George was super personable, competent, helpful and couldn't have done a better job. It took us about 6 hours, we are young, agile, but not really super athletic. We still took a lot of time to take photos and enjoy it. Many, of different ages, took part and made it through successfully. Sturdy shoes such as sneakers or hiking boots are recommended. A really unbelievably beautiful experience with great nature, which I can only recommend to everyone who is on Crete.

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September 10, 2021

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