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Samaria, the longest Gorge in Europe!Tour from Heraklion Area!

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Sfakia, Greece
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At a Glance

12 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English and 3 more
Spend a day appreciating the great outdoors and discovering remote rural sites on this guided day tour. Save time booking transport with hotel pickup and drop-off included. You’ll travel effortlessly... More
Spend a day appreciating the great outdoors and discovering remote rural sites on this guided day tour. Save time booking transport with hotel pickup and drop-off included. You’ll travel effortlessly in an air-conditioned vehicle before commencing a hike with your guide at Xyloskalo. Explore the gorge of Samaria, see the ancient river Taras, and discover old caves. You’ll walk through the abandoned village of Samaria, see the Church of Ossia Maria, and the Iron Gates.

Highlights

  • Incredible opportunity to see one of Europe’s longest gorges—Samaria
  • Heraklion area hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Explore remote areas with a guide so you don’t get lost
  • Enjoy a hike that showcases caves, rivers, and wild goats

What To Expect

Itinerary
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Stop At: Samaria Gorge National Park, Old National Road Chanion-Kissamou Lefka Ori, Sfakia, Crete 730 05 Greece

Our venture starts with the Bus pick-up
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Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Samaria Gorge National Park, Old National Road Chanion-Kissamou Lefka Ori, Sfakia, Crete 730 05 Greece

Our venture starts with the Bus pick-up very early in the morning( 06.00 Hours)

After a short stop near Rethimno Town, where we can get breakfast, we will reach the Omalos Plateau and the
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Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Samaria Gorge National Park, Old National Road Chanion-Kissamou Lefka Ori, Sfakia, Crete 730 05 Greece

Our venture starts with the Bus pick-up very early in the morning( 06.00 Hours)

After a short stop near Rethimno Town, where we can get breakfast, we will reach the Omalos Plateau and the entrance of the Gorge at an altitude of 1100m.

The hike begins from Xiloskalo, where we enter the 18km long Gorge of Samaria. The passage follows the route of the ancient river Taras. During the walk, we can admire the caves that protected the Cretans in war times, creating a natural shelter which now has been embedded and accepted by the mother nature, creating a natural habitat of the well-known, as well as endangered species Kri-Kri (wild goats). We will discover Herbs and Plants, many of which are growing only on Crete. Halfway, we walk through the abandoned village of Samaria and the Church of Ossia Maria reaching the Iron Gates (Sideroportes), the most remarkable and narrow spot of the route with a height of 300 meters, but only a few meters of width, making even the bravest worried about walking through them.

Finally, to offer the ultimate relief to our tiredness we arrive at the end of our journey, the village of Aghia Roumeli, where there will be enough time to rest, taste a real Cretan lunch and enjoy a swim in the crystal clear waters of the Libyan Sea, before the ship leads us back along the coast to the village of Sfakia.


Duration: 7 hours

What's Included

Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off from Heraklion East Crete Area
Air-conditioned vehicle
Entrance fee for the Gorge (5 euro)
One way boat ticket to Chora Sfakion (11 euro per person)
Food and drinks
Gratuities

Departure & Return

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Designated Pick-up point starting from Sissi Village area up to Apollonia Hotel in Amoudara(please provide accommodation address at the time of the booking).

Departure Time

5:30 AM

Before You Book

The fine print

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for travelers with
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Excursion starts from Heraklion East Crete Area.
  • Minimum age is 15 years old.
  • You need absolutely good shoes- mountain boots or, at least,
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Excursion starts from Heraklion East Crete Area.
  • Minimum age is 15 years old.
  • You need absolutely good shoes- mountain boots or, at least, strong trainers along with sun screen, a hat, sunglasses, a towel, swimsuit, an extra pair of socks and a light jacket.Please keep in mind that it is not an easy walk,but a hike through the biggest Gorge on Crete!
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not recommended for travelers with Knee or Leg Problems!
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Beautiful but dangerous in heat
359elanag
, Jul 2019
The Samaria gorge itself was beautiful and well worth the trip to hike it. However, this excursion was unsafe. It was over 100 degrees Fahrenheit and since our group came from Heraklion, we had to finish the hike by a certain time in order to make the last boat. This did not feel feasible and the tour only provided a bus ride from Heraklion and back. I am in healthy condition and still ended up with heat stroke and dehydration. The tour should not have run in this heat and I did not feel taken care of by the staff.
Response from Host , Jul 2019
Dear Elana, we would like to thank you very much for your feedback in this review and say that we are really sorry you didn't enjoyed the tour as much as we would like to.Through our description we are trying our best to inform our visitors,that the Samaria Gorge is a long and difficult Gorge. That is the reason we don't allow Children or people with health problems to enter. But it is a famous place and we can prevent people visiting it. Also we are forced to cross it in a certain time span, due to the boat times. Our Tour leaders are always around and do their best to help in any difficult case and many times visitors have to be carried out of the Gorge with donkeys or 4weel cars.Your feedback will be communicated to our Guides, so they will be even more active next to the Hikers. Thank you again! Best Regards! The Travel ID Team

Product code: 85134P1

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