Day trip

The Samariá Gorge Hike from Chania or Rethymno

The Samariá Gorge Hike from Chania or Rethymno

From US$ 36.20 per person

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.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 1 day
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Live tour guide
English, German
Pickup included
Your hotel in Chania.

Experience

Highlights
  • 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 pick-up (between 05:30 and 06:30) 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. Indicative Timetable: 5:20 AM ‐ 6:10 AM: Pickup 7:30 AM: First stop at Omalos Plateau 8:00 AM: Begin the Xyloskalo hike 2:00 PM: End the hike at Agia Roumeli Village Please note that this timetable depends on how fast you walk and how much free time you take to eat.
Includes
  • Bus transfer
  • 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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Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 238 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Transportation
    4.4/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    4.5/5

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The tour is well organized, you don't lose a lot of time anywhere (e.g. ticket issue) and can therefore enjoy the hike and nature. However, there is a lot of rush in the gorge, you tend to hike in single file. The gorge is still spectacular. Don't forget your swimming trunks when you arrive at Agia Roumeli.

October 14, 2021

I had dislocated my toe earlier that week, simply walking was a bit of a struggle. But my fiancé really wanted to go on this hike, so I took some painkillers and agreed. And it was manageable, after a few rest stops even quite enjoyable. The beginning of the trail is a steep downhill climb through a rocky trail. Basically all you can see for the first 1,5 - 2h is what’s under your feet. With my injured toe I was very tense for the first part. But after reaching Samaria village the trail got easier, and the views were spectacular. The guide was simply amazing, transportation was straightforward and comfortable. I suggest you take this hike on your last days in Crete, cause it has been two days and my leg muscles are still letting me know what they have been through.

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September 19, 2021

They pick you up only if you’re in a place easy to reach for them, like a well known hotel, we’ve stayed close to the old town and had to walk 20’. Not a big deal but they shouldn’t advertise free pickups. Other than that, Vasilis, the guide was great and funny. The hike is kind of easy, and beautiful, we’ve done it in approx 4h without rushing it. After that you have to wait till 5:30 to catch the ferry, but there’re plenty of restaurants to chill at. All in all, a very good experience and well worth the price

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September 7, 2021

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