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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.


  • 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

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.

John P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was a fantastic walk through a beautiful Gorge. The guide service and transportation was excellent. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys hiking. Make sure you have comfortable shoes and are fit enough for a ten mile intense walk. It will test you.

Caitlin K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

B.eautiful environment and a great walk

Gay T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Beautiful day and amazing hike. And Irena was a wonderful guide who thoroughly prepared us. Would do it again. And make sure you follow the hike with a swim.

Marion G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Absolutely stunning. It was run very efficiently, I booked online the day before, was told where and when to go to be picked up. The guide was helpful and informative. Really enjoyed my day

Sal M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Trip was well organized and the tour operator worked closely with us to make sure and pick us up and dropped off at a convenient location and on schedule.

Cindy C R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The hike was extremely well organized, and the sites were beautiful!

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