The Samariá Gorge Hike from Chania or Rethymno

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The Samariá Gorge Hike from Chania or Rethymno

From US$ 21.74 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.

About this activity

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Duration 1 day
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Live tour guide
English, German
Pickup included
Your hotel in Chania.

Experience

Highlights
  • 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
Full description
Samariá Gorge is the longest gorge in Europe. An area of stunning natural beauty, it is rich with many flowers and herbs and the crystal-clear spring waters that flow from the mountains. Following an early morning pick-up (between 05:30 and 06:30) from the nearest point to your accommodation in Rethymno or Chania, travel through the mountains passing the plateau of Omalos. You will 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. Indicative Timetable: 5:20 AM ‐ 6:10 AM: Pickup 7:30 AM: First stop at Omalos Plateau 8:00 AM: Begin the Xyloskalo hike 2:00 PM: End the hike at Agia Roumeli Village Please note that this timetable depends on how fast you walk and how much free time you take to eat.
Includes
  • Bus transfer
  • Guide
  • 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
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 157 reviews

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Overall really enjoyed the experience and thought it was great value for the price! The beginning of the hike was a little hectic as two bus loads of people entered the trail at once (where it's very narrow and slippery), but after about 20 minutes of walking people started to spread out and walk at various paces. It took my group about 3.5 hours to complete the trail, we walked at a brisk pace and only stopped once for 15 minutes to eat our lunch. We really enjoyed the beautiful scenery and quiet (not as many visitors in October). Once we reached the end, we walked through the town to get to the beach and enjoyed a couple of hours there in the sun.

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October 23, 2020

Our most challenging excursion, what an adventure, a great experience and achievement, we were all impressed with ourselves at the end with over 6 hours of walking over 30,000 steps on very rocky ground and steep hills up and down, walked across water on a rickety bridge. Am still suffering with some aches and pains on my thighs and calves Well organised will recommend to others for sure

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September 21, 2020

First this is a trek not a hike. Nikos is awesome. The beach at the end of the trek was super relaxing and well needed after hours of physical exertion. This is not an easy excursion by any means. It is actually a very difficult activity. Wear hiking shoes! Entrance fee and boat ticket are separate costs.

September 8, 2020

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