• Location: Heraklion, Greece
  • Duration: 16 hours (approx.)
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Pull on your walking shoes for a full-day Samaria Gorge hike in Crete. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, head into Crete’s White Mountains to the entrance to the spectacular gorge, one of Europe’s longest. Ogle the awe-inspiring views as you hike down into, and along, the gorge floor past streams, wild goats, deserted settlements and steep cliffs. Walk at your own pace and finish your Samaria Gorge hike at the beachside village of Aghios Roumeli. Ride a boat from here back to your coach for your return journey.

Highlights

  • Samaria Gorge day tour from Heraklion
  • Explore Europe’s longest and most famous gorge
  • 11 mile (18km) hike from Omalos to Aghia Roumeli
  • Spot goats, wildflowers and birds
  • Sail to the village of Chora
  • Professional local guide
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off included

What You Can Expect

Full Day Tour to Samaria Gorge

Samaria Gorge, Crete

Start your experience with a pickup from your Crete hotel. Then, travel by air-conditioned coach to the entrance of the Samaria Gorge in the White Mountains of west Crete.

Arrive at the plateau of Omalos, the natural gateway to the gorge, and set off on your approximately 11-mile (18 kilometer) hike.

Walk at a pace that suits you and admire the breathtaking views as you follow trails down the mountain slopes. Walk through the gorge’s narrowest section between steep cliffs, and look for wild flowers, deserted settlements, birds of prey and kri-kri, wild goats, along the way.

Toward the end of the hike, walk the gently sloping tracks downhill to the sandy beach and village of Aghia Roumeli on the Libyan Sea.

Rest up from your 5- to 6-hour walk, and then take a boat trip to nearby Chora Sfakion. Step ashore here and rejoin your waiting coach for your return drive. Your trip concludes with a hotel drop-off.

Customer Reviews

Olena L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Amazing experience. Will make you tired and happy.

Matthew E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Excellent trip. Coach ride was efficient if somewhat windy!. Quite expensive considering one pays for the boat and the Gorge itself. Our guide Thomas was excellent. Spoke about every aspect of the descent and was friendly and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend this experience if you are in Crete.

Elaine T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Ridiculously overpriced at 58, not including gorge entry or ferry ticket but I really wanted to do this walk and am very glad that I did. We are fifty somethings who run a dairy farm, which is our only exercise. As we finished the walk in plenty of time, I can only conclude that anyone with moderate fitness would have no problem. The first couple of km is hard going as it is steep and although mostly stepped, the rocks are loose and some are slippery. It is the busiest section too with possibly two or three coachloads of walkers all starting together. Then you find that you have spread out nicely. The best stuff is just after the half way point at the Samaria village. There are signs with a number on at intervals, but you finish the walk just after the number 12.

Jude G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Trip was fabtastic. Easy meet up place at the start of the day, very well organised but we like it that we were left to walk the track on our own. Meet up end if the day was easy and we loved the boat trip then easy rude in the bus. Perfect way to do the gorge walk from your hotel we were staying in Chania. We loved it that the whole day was so well organised. All we had to do was turn up, but be well prepared with food and water...and sturdy boots. Take your swim suit to swim in the sea at the end of the walk. Essential to have plastic beach shoes too.

Susan O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

It was great to have the option of a bus trip to Samaria Gorge from where we were staying in the east end of Crete in Hersonissos Town. We were picked up at 5:15 am and dropped off at 11 pm so it made for a long day but we were able to sleep in the bus early in the morning after pickup and especially after the challenging hike on a hot day! The hike took 6 hours and although pretty tough, we were so proud of ourselves for the accomplishment. A swim in the sea cooled us off and the hour and a half boat ride back to the bus was a beautiful way to see the south coastline of Crete. Highly recommended!

Robyndrake

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

An incredible experience! So nice to have the transportation handled, and good advice before starting down the gorge! It's a more challenging hike than anticipated. Definitely wear hiking boots and not runners! So nice to be able to sleep on the bus on the way back from the gorge.

Tim T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Arrangements for pick up and drop offs was great. Our guide ensured that everyone was kep safe for the duration of the trek. The scenery was awe-inspiring and the mojitos at the end were very refreshing.

Mary F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

an easy way to get to the gorge and know that your transportation there/back is taken care of

Sebastian B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Amazing views and quite easy hike for experienced people, with a non common ending: swimming into the sea at the end of the trail.

Korneel D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The day went perfectly as planned. The guide and bus driver were excellent and very helpful... and of course, the samaria gorge is absolutely amazing. A long descent, but once you arrive, the bay and sea water are very rewarding. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

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