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With traditional villages and plenty of warm Mediterranean sunshine, the Samaria Gorge is the longest of its kind in Europe — but it’s also a challenging and rewarding hike, considered by many to be among the toughest in Crete. This adventurous 12-hour combination bus and hiking tour from Chania takes you deep into the gorge itself, where large boulders lie beneath soaring limestone cliffs. Follow a 10-mile (16-km) route though the Samaria Gorge and experience the best of the Crete countryside with a guide.
  • 12-hour Samaria Gorge hike from Chania
  • Trek through Europe’s longest gorge with a guide
  • Admire panoramic views over the limestone cliffs
  • Discover peaceful villages nestled along the gorge
  • Tackle challenging hiking terrain
  • Tour includes pickup and drop-off at your Chania hotel
Meet your guide at your Chania hotel between 4:30am and 5am, then travel out of the city to the Samaria Gorge by air-conditioned coach to begin your 12-hour tour. The longest gorge in Europe, Samaria is widely considered among Crete’s top natural attractions.
During your 10-mile (16-km) hike, follow rugged trails through the Samaria Gorge and marvel at the beautiful scenery you find. Admire high limestone cliffs, and pass traditional villages where life ticks by at a relaxed pace.
Clamber around boulders and navigate thin, rocky passes along the gorge floor. On arrival into Agia Roumeli, stop for a rest and food (own expense). Then, return by boat to Sougia and meet your coach for the return journey to your Chania hotel.
Please Note: this challenging tour is suited only to experience hikers.


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Aug 2017

Understand that this tour is a hiking tour. Now, I'm a fit person, I go to the gym 3-4 times a week, and I'm in relatively good shape. However, I'm not an experienced hiker, and on previous treks I've been given the nickname of twinkletoes due to the amount of times I have fallen over.

The terrain on this hike is rocky and slippery, I wish I had worn better shoes walking boots even. I was not too proud to hire a walking pole from the guide for 2.50 which I felt really helped in some of the areas. Honestly, after looking at your feet for so long it felt like playing an ankle destroying game of Tetris. I did roll my ankles a couple of times, and I saw others do this also. Ouch.

The guide was quite repetitive stating to always be looking at your feet and that this is a long and challenging walk - but in fairness, I think this advice was spot on. Although it was a walk in the park, figuratively it was not in my opinion!. The weather on the day we went was hot, so dress appropriately and sunscreen/hat etc.

The entrance to the park and the boat ticket cost 15 euros which was taken from each passenger in the morning on the coach trip to the park.

For those who prefer premium toilet roll I would recommend trying to backup - your nice toilet stops will be in the cafe/shop stop before you get to the park, and then toilets at the village/town where you take the ferry at the end of the 5 hour walk. Otherwise you'll be stuck with the toilets on the walk, which are squat style, and you'll have to put up with whatever mess the lines of tourists have left for you.

At the bottom of the park you will be advertised/offered a 2 euro bus to the village/town of Agia Roumeli. At this point the walking is easy, downhill, less rocky, and really only another 15-20 mins to the town. So you can save yourself 2 euros but after a long hike I can understand why people take it.

One thing to be aware of. The guide gives times of being at / leaving checkpoints. These are:
1st checkpoint : Aga Nikalous : 9:30
Samaria 2nd checkpoint: 11:00
3rd checkpoint: 13:15 which is the bottom of the national park
20 mins walk to town...
16:45 be at the restaurant to take the boat tickets
17:30 the ferry leaves Agia Roumeli

As you can see with those timings, you can actually take more time in the park. The guide setting those timings made it somewhat rushed. But on a hot day I can understand why you'd want to be out of the park when the sun is at its hottest.

Overall, really good - just wish I took better shoes.

, May 2017

Amazing experience. Although it meant getting up early in the morning you can sleep on the bus ride there. Just made sure you are prepared with food,snacks and water through the gorge.

, Dec 2016

Excellent tour, highly organized and a great guide! The only thing I would change is adding an uphill option for a more challenging hike.

, Sep 2016

This was an amazing day. I would highly recommend this trip if you are good shape and prepared for a very long day. I was picked up at 6:15 AM, the hike began at 8:00 AM and lasted approximately 4.5 hours, I then walked to the village of Samaria and spent the afternoon in tavernas and on a beautiful beach. The only ferries out of the village come at 5:30 PM and take you one village over. The ferry is approximately 45 minutes long. Upon exiting the ferry you get back onto the bus for a hour and a half bus ride. Returning to Chania around 8:30 PM. The day was a lot longer than I anticipated. If you are considering this hike, know there is no where to purchase food along the hike. In order to be prepared I would suggest packing snacks, bring a water bottle there is fountains to fill up, packing a bathing suit for the beach, and bringing along a camera to take pictures of the scenery.

, Aug 2016

You can find the exact same trip locally at less than half of the Viator price. Same bus, same guides, ... However, the Gorge is absolutely worth the visit. The walk is tough, but feasible, even for the not very well trained. Put on good shoes, however. There is a small local bus that runs from the exit of the park to the seaside, which is a good option if you feel you have walked enough as you probably will.

, Aug 2016

The pick up was right on time. Thomas was very informative on the way to the gorge and after the entire hike. He got us to the gorge earlier than a lot of buses get there so you beat the crowds w this tour. The hike was absolutely gorgeous. A mix of Grand Canyon and Zion national park. Recommend it!

, Jun 2016

Great walk, early start to stay ahead of crowds and make most of shade. Well organised, the guide Thomas was super, checked in on everyone at all the rest stops and good commentry on the bus. Spring water available all way down so only need one water bottle folks.

, Jun 2016

The Gorge was wonderful. Thomas was an excellent guide and very helpful. It was definitely an experience I will always remember.

, May 2016

Our trip to the Samaria gorge was very nice. We had to get up very very early but it was totally worth it! Our guide Thomas was nice and friendly and could tell us a lot about the gorge and its environment. It was a very long day but this is something you have to do if you're in Crete.

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