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Walk one of Europe’s longest canyons on this full-day hiking experience through the Samaria Gorge from Chania. With an experienced guide, hike the 10 miles (16 kilometers) through this breathtaking gorge, part of the Samaria national park in Crete’s White Mountains. Walk between towering cliffs, pass abandoned villages and absorb the awe-inspiring natural scenery and tranquility. Keep a steady pace during the 6-hour hike, sometimes over rocky terrain, and finish with time for a swim and lunch at Aghia Roumeli village. Numbers are limited for a more personalized, small-group experience.

Highlights

  • A 10-mile (16-km) hike through the stunning Samaria Gorge, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
  • Learn about the history of the area from an expert local guide
  • Hike for 6 hours through a limestone gorge
  • Walk to a village otherwise accessible only by boat
  • Enjoy an hour’s sail after your hike
  • Includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Chania

What You Can Expect

Samaria Gorge Small-Group Hiking Day Trip from Chania

Enjoy this hike through Samaria Gorge and discover the great landscapes of this area

Meet your guide at your central Chania hotel and settle inside your air-conditioned minivan with the rest of your small group. Then, soak up the views of Crete’s White Mountains as you journey southward to the Samaria Gorge.

Along the way, hear how the limestone gorge ranks as one of the longest in Europe, and is part of the Samaria national park. On arrival, get a safety briefing and set off with your guide on the approximately 6-hour hike. Your route will take you along the 10-mile (16-kilometer) long path that leads through and out of the gorge.
Walk at a steady pace that suits you, and follow your guide through the stunning ravine. As you hike, learn about the gorge’s history and geographical make-up, and drink in the untouched scenery.

Follow the rocky trails, where some stretches are uneven and steep, and look out for deserted villages such as Samaria, abandoned by its residents in the 1960s to make way for the park. Watch for birds of prey wheeling overhead, and keep your eyes peeled for rare flowers and kri-kri, the wild goats sometimes spotted on the slopes.

Pass through the spectacular ‘Gates’ stretch of the gorge, where the ravine narrows to just 13 feet (4 meters) wide. Negotiate the path between the steep-sided cliffs that tower more than 300 feet (90 meters) up on either side.

Toward the end of your hike, leave the gorge and follow the downhill tracks to Crete’s southern coast, where the village of Aghia Roumeli flanks a pretty bay. Enjoy free time to relax in the village — accessible only from the sea or through the gorge — and perhaps cool off with a refreshing dip in the sea.

Refuel with lunch (own expense) at a taverna before taking a boat along the coast to a nearby port. Your trip ends with a hotel drop-off back in Chania.

Customer Reviews

Laurent M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was an awesome experience. I am not a hiker but was able to do this hike no problem, besides being a bit tired at the end of course. Our guide Sonia was great from beginning to end, explaining the parts of the hike we would be going through, giving us tips and historical notes about the area. I highly recommend this, a great day!

einarjon

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We had a great time on our tour and the Samaria Gorge is an unbeliveble place. Our tour guide Linda was very good. And a big thanks to our driver who picked us up from Kalives :
To walk the Samaria Gorge is truly a must do when you go to Crete.
Thanks from Iceland, Einar and Herdís

Scott L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We had a small group of only five so we had a lot of personal attention from the guide who was just terrific and we did not feel like we were part of a tour getting herded along. The gorge is magnificent. October was a great time to go because the weather was cooler and the crowds were not as great although there was still a pretty steady stream of hikers.

Dennis A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The Samaria Gorge hike was the highlight of our week on Crete! Our guide Linda was so enthusiastic and informative we learned a lot about the region and its history. Our group was fun and friendly, and the whole tour went smoothly from pick-up to drop-off. I would highly recommend this tour to adventure-seekers who appreciate nature and history.

Despina I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Was so much fun! Tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful throughout the day! Had a great time.

Håkan K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The trip is really recommended. Fantastic views and a pretty tough and varying walk. Do it!!

Tracy B

4 star rating: Recommended October 2016

The guide was pleasant.

Laura D

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better June 2015

I thought it was going to be more informative. But it basically served as transportation.

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