Gorge Imbros

Gorge Imbros: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Rethymno/Chania: Imbros Gorge Hike

1. From Rethymno/Chania: Imbros Gorge Hike

Discover the Imbros Gorge, which runs parallel to the more famous Samaria Gorge. Although the Imbros Gorge is smaller, many people prefer to cross here because it offers a very different hiking experience than the Samaria Gorge. Hike 8.5 kilometers and discover the exquisite beauty of nature in this narrow passage and learn about the stunning rock formations. Hear about the legend of the two Greek brothers that the town of Imbros is named after. For many years, the Imbros Gorge served as part of the trail that connected the city of Chania to the Hora Sfakion village. Stroll through a piece of World War II history, as walk in the Gorge where thousands of British soldiers passed through after the Battle of Crete order to get to Egypt. After the hike, take a swim in the stunning refreshing Libyan sea. Eat lunch with the locals in the taverns. 

Rethymno: Private Guided Day Trip to Gola Di Imbros & Lunch

2. Rethymno: Private Guided Day Trip to Gola Di Imbros & Lunch

Escape into the wilderness of Crete on a private guided day trip to the Gola Di Imbros and Hora Sfakion from Rethymno. Explore the canyon, spotting rare species of birds as you hike, and refuel with a traditional Cretan lunch. Make a stop in Hora Sfakion and soak in the sun on Vrissi beach. Get picked and drive to the Gola Di Imbros, enjoying scenic views of Crete on the way. Arrive and follow your guide to the beginning of the trail. Descend into the canyon, winding between the narrow, towering rock faces that cover the trail with shade. Listen to your guide as they point out rare plants and wildlife that grow and live in this arid environment. Look out for tulips, Dyer’s alkanet, and the colorful scabiosa. Hear distant bird calls and keep an eye in the sky for blackbirds, thrushes, crows, hawks, and eagles. Pass by a stone arch and depending on how you feel, choose to end your hike here and get lunch back at the starting point, or continue another 15 minutes through the canyon to the village of Komitades for lunch in a traditional Cretan tavern. On your private trip, the choice is yours. After lunch, leave the Gola Di Imbros behind and drive to the coastal town of Hora Sfakion. Take a relaxing walk on pebble beaches or the picturesque Vrissi beach. Wave goodbye to the sea and transfer back to Rethymno.

From Chania: Sfakia, Frangokastelo, Imbros, and Vrysses Tour

3. From Chania: Sfakia, Frangokastelo, Imbros, and Vrysses Tour

Discover the beauty of Crete on this tour to from Chania to the villages Sfakia and Vrysses. Go for a swim at Frangokastelo beach and admire the views at Imbros Gorge. Drink cold soft drinks, beer, wine, and bottled water. Snack on sandwiches and Cretan kalitsounia (cheese pastry).  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Chania. Sit back and relax as you drive through the southernmost part of Greece. Watch an audiovisual presentation of Cretan customs as you drive. Have access to free Wi-Fi and USB charging onboard.  Stop at the remote seaside village of Chora Sfakion. Spend some time to exploring the narrow streets in the village and go shopping for local products. Continue to Frangokastelo beach, which is famous for its sand and stunning Venetian castle.  Take some time to soak up some sun on the beach and swim in the crystal clear waters. Learn about the Drosoulites visions which are seen by locals in the region. Make your way to the entrance of Imbros Gorge where you can take pictures of the breathtaking view.  Visit the traditional village of Vrysses. View the tall plane trees in the village and explore the local tavernas and cafes. Return to your accommodation in Chania at the end of your tour. 

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What people are saying about Gorge Imbros

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 140 reviews

The trip to imbros gorge was very nice. Ideal for walkers who are armatures too amd don't want to do the long hike. This walk is done easily in 2.5 hours if not 2 thats with stopping for pictures and a sandwich halfway. Some helpful tips Entrance to gorge €2.50 you need cash, there is a cafe at entrance. 50c to use the toilet at the entrance which is a swiz. The guid was friendly however, he does not lead the group onto the gorge he goes in last to ensure knowone has fallen over so you won't see him/her. You get about 1 hour at the cafe at the end of the gorge depending in your speed ect. Do not get into any random taxi at the end there are people at the end asking you to get in a taxi this is a scam. Someone lost €35 to this scam. You get about 1 hour in the village, the bus meets you at the end of the gorge and takes you to village and home. The time for pickup said 5-7am chania alpha bank don't be alarmed it will be 9 20am most likely once you get confirmation.

We had a wonderful time on this excursion! The guide was very informative and made instructions clear in order to get us all down the gorge safely. The hike itself is not too strenuous although some older folks in our group seemed to struggle with it. It’s mostly loose rocks and gravel of all different sizes so it is easy to lose balance. The whole thing is downhill too. After everyone had made it through the gorge, we took another 20 min ride to a small town at the coast and you were able to get food and swim on the beach for about 2 hours before returning to the bus. The whole thing went from about 9:30am to 6pm when we were dropped back off at our hotel due to the 1.5hour bus ride each way. Overall a really wonderful experience and well worth the money for a full day of adventure. Make sure you bring lots of water, snacks, good shoes, and cash for the entrance fee (2.50 per person).

Walked the Imbros gorge with a teenager of 15 years, it is very doable, we started at 09:25 and walked a lot, and it took 2 hours, you walk quite a lot in the shade, which is very nice. The gorge was not crowded, in many places we walked alone. Consciously chose this gorge and not the Samaria gorge because it can be quite busy. We had enough water with us, you can buy something on half.

The hike through the Imbros Gorge was great, the restaurant overlooking the sea and the beach were beautiful. Unfortunately there wasn't enough time for swimming. Unfortunately, the tour guide Costas didn't tell anything about Crete and the gorge, which I personally missed.

Great guide. Hike easily feasible for the inexperienced :) sturdy sports shoes are sufficient. beach is a dream :)