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From Chania or Rethymno: Samariá Gorge Guided Hike

From Chania or Rethymno: Samariá Gorge Guided Hike

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Hike in the Samariá Gorge on a day trip from Rethymno or Chania. See the rich flora and fauna of Europe's longest gorge. Encounter the Cretan "kri-kri" goat. End with time for a swim in the crystal-clear sea and lunch at a taverna in Agia Roumeli.

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Duration 1 day
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Live tour guide
English, German
Pickup optional
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  • Take a 16-kilometer hike through the Samariá Gorge
  • Marvel at rich flora and see the Cretan "kri-kri" goats
  • See some of the highlights of Crete's majestic landscape
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Embark on a guided hike in the Samariá Gorge on a day trip from Rethymno or Chania. Get your daily dose of exercise, enjoy the panoramic views and take a swim. 

Discover the longest gorge in Europe, an area of stunning natural beauty. See its many flowers and herbs and the crystal-clear spring waters that flow from the mountains. Following an early morning pickup from the nearest point to your accommodation in Rethymno or Chania, travel through the mountains passing the plateau of Omalos. Arrive at some wooden stairs at the start of Samariá Gorge. You can opt to start the walk straight away or get some breakfast at the taverna before you begin. Hike for approximately 6-7 hours and experience the magnificent landscape on a 16-kilometer walk. Once you have finished the hike, there will be ample time for a swim and lunch at a taverna in Agia Roumeli.

  • Round-trip transportation by air-conditioned bus
  • Hike
  • Guide
  • Free WiFi onboard the bus
  • Entrance fees
  • Boat tickets
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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The Samaria gorge was our highlight in Crete. 16kms mostly downhill so your calves & thighs & knees if a problem will let you know about it for a few days. There are many tavernas in Samaria at the bottom & swimming & then after a wait of ~ 2.5 - 3 hours you catch ferry 3/4 hour before bus back to Chania if that's where u are staying. Long day. Caught bus at 6 am & home ~ 8 pm but well worth the effort. 5 Euro to walk gorge & 11 euro on ferry. Just fo it !

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August 4, 2022

Without any hiking experience, I decided to walk this Gorge with my boyfriend, it was a bit tough, but with enough water, a hat to protect the sun and enough rest breaks in between, it was certainly doable! And highly recommended, because the view was beautiful! You experience so much satisfaction when you have completed it. If you are in Crete, I would definitely take the time to do this outing. It took us about 6 hours. The guide/tour was also very well arranged. Picked up and brought home on time. Clear instructions, and we learned some interesting facts about Crete along the way. All this for a very good price.

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August 2, 2022

The hike took us about 6 hours and about half way through, I thought to myself, "What are we doing?". But when we finished -- what an accomplishment! The hike itself is hours of walking over river rocks. The first couple of kilometres are downhill -- which is a bit hard on the knees. The tour company gave us a map of the route and of the break areas -- which was nice. There were plenty of stops and each had fresh water and sitting areas, some had ruins as well, which were neat to see.We did see some people who were really struggling -- if you have hip or knee problems, I wouldn't recommend the hike. I found the hike challenging -- I don't hike very often. But I was very proud of myself after finishing it.

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July 31, 2022

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