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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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Pickup included
You will be picked up from your hotel in Chania when the activity starts


  • 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
Full description

Samariá Gorge is the longest gorge in Europe. An area of stunning natural beauty, it is rich with 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. You will 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
  • 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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based on 253 reviews

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Fantastic experience, great guide and I have the aching muscles and photos to prove I did it. Excellent value for a whole day trip. The breakfast was not great, so bring a packed breakfast/lunch, the gorge has free drinking water so don't bother to bring much of that with you. Fabulous views on the way to the Gorge, during the descent, then again on the boat trip round to the coach and route through the White Mountains to our drop off.

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May 21, 2022

We had a really great overall experience! Our guide Ornestis was really great and approachable and provided the information about the meeting points and preferred hiking times during the bus ride - we then also needed to take a picture of the information before starting the hike. We also stopped at the tourist cafe place, however you're not obliged to get off the bus and in addition to this, most pickup points are nearby open coffee shops where you can get breakfast/coffee if you get there a few minutes earlier while waiting for the bus. we arrived with 2 other buses so the lines were long, but there are toilets at each of the checkpoints anyway. The hike itself is beautiful, but seems much longer than 16km - my Garmin tracked 17km - but I started my watch late - and another couple who started their app at the beginning of the hike tracked 19km which excludes the additional 2km back into the village. But I recommend this experience! Well worth it

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May 18, 2022

We really enjoyed the hike - the bus was on time, very comfortable and with an excellent driver. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and also very pleasant. We hiked at our own pace, separated from the group early on as we are not really keen on being a part of a group and that was fine - as long as you get down to the village by 4-5pm (the boat leaves at 5.30pm) you will have enough time to enjoy the magnificent views and take plenty of photos. The hike is absolutely brilliant, the views are breathtaking. The only part of the tour which we thought was unnecessary was the stop at a tourist trap cafe at the beginning of the hike (in Omelos). The coffee was absolutely disgusting (and overpriced at €2.50 for a small cup of a weak, tasteless coffee) and because two coaches arrived at the same time, the queues were really long - both to buy something and to use a toilet.

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May 8, 2022

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