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Great value to streamline the trip to Samaria Gorge

TOUR == I considered using public transit from Chania to do this trek. But I'm so glad I booked this excursion instead. It made the process so much simpler and even though it was an extra EUR20, for such a long bus ride it was worth it. Tour bus picked me up near my AirBnB (5 min walk), right on time +/- 5 min. Bus was clean, modern, and had good AC. You pay the operator in cash for the park entry (EUR5) and ferry ticket (EUR10) and they got us there without any fuss. Also, as a solo traveler, it was good to know there was someone with an eye out in case I had an emergency during the hike. Note that you can't leave anything on the bus during the day; you have to bring everything with you. HIKE == Beautiful hike! Samaria Gorge was amazing. We got there early enough that it wasn't too hot. Plenty of potable water and WCs on the way. Bring a swimsuit + towel so you can jump into the ocean at the end of the hike! I had about 3.5 hours before the ferry left.

Tour was well arranged and Nikos the guide was very good.

Gorge was beautiful but challenging. Pickup was at 6am and started trekking from 8.15am. Took 6.5hours for a family of 4 with an 8 year old. Very rocky terrain, so have to watch your steps all the way. It can get very hot, so bring a cap as well. Small bottles is sufficient as there are water from the gorge that you can refill along the way, very clean and drinkable. Nikos our guide excellent and advised us on our timings so that we don't complete the gorge too late. Finished the trek around 3pm and took the ferry at 5.30pm. In between you can even swim before boarding the ferry. The bus drop us off at 8.30pm in Chania, therefore be ready for a long day. Overall excellent day and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience even with all the pains in our body at end of the day.

The Samariá Gorge Hike from Chania or Rethymno Reviewed by Gilbert, 08/18/2019

Visit is a must in Crete but guide is only useful for travel

Trekking the gorge was a must, but bare in mind it is strenuous and takes at least 5 hours! The start is early and day is long. You do not get a guide whilst walking! Basically travel from near your hotel location to the gorge and back is provided. This relieves a lot of stress so I would recommend it over public transport. There is a rather long wait between finishing the hike and the boat trip (4 hours). This was actually very welcome as we could spend time recovering on the beach. But just remember, bring swimwear with you as there’s lots of time!

Full-Day Samaria Gorge Trekking Excursion from Chania Reviewed by Anonymous, 08/30/2019

Elafonisi is gorgeous!! A must-do in Crete!

Elafonisi is a gorgeous beach! Transparent and delicious water, white and pink sand, confortable infrastructure. It is one of the most beaches I've ever been! Our driver and guide were nice. I am glad I chose to go with the bus tour, because the road is tricky! My only remarks is that the stops could be in a more interesting location (such as some cute villages we passed by), and that we should have more time at the beach. We arrived at 11.00 and left at 15.00. We could have easily stayed until 17.00 and still come back with day light.

Day Trip to Elafonisi Island from Chania Reviewed by Anonymous, 09/09/2019

Outstanding beach and exciting ride to get there!

This tour does not disappoint. The drive to Elafonissi is so beautiful but if you’re afraid of heights, could be quite unnerving. Our driver was very skilled. The guide was knowledgeable and told us about more than just the history of the area, she talked about Cretan customs (such as how many people are invited to weddings and the story behind all the small shrines/memorials along the road). And the beach! Wow. So beautiful. 4 hours was a good amount of time to spend there...although I would have liked more.

Day Trip to Elafonisi Island from Chania Reviewed by Amanda, 09/08/2019