Full-Day Samaria Gorge Trekking Excursion from Chania
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- Duration: 12 hours
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I enjoyed the walk very much. Beautiful scenery throughout and well organised. I would recommend proper shoes (not sandals or trainers) as the stones are rough and slippery. You can hire sticks for €3 each and I would recommend those too. It felt like the guide was pushing us a bit time-wise, but he did so to ensure we walked the canyon in the shade: if you do not like the heat this is important. It took us six hours from start to finish so we had almost 3 hours in Agia Roumeli to enjoy the beach. The beach in Agia Roumeli has a few stones; you can rent umbrella and chair for €7. There are restaurants and small grocery / souvenir shops there too. We were originally booked on a Tuesday, but when we got to Omalos we were told the weather was too bad and we returned home: I think they could have predicted this sooner and avoid us waking up at 5...but they rescheduled for two days later and it was all smooth. Those who could not go got a refund. Omalos' bar has food but is not great.
It was a wonderfully memorable experience, our guide Thomas was super cool, and prepared us well for the day. Make sure your knees are in good shape, wear proper shoes that support your ankle, you will be glad you did, also knee support like knee sleeves might help. Have a hat for the last few km, it will get sunny and have swim gear for when you get to Agia Roumeli, it's a shame not to enjoy that blue water at the end. The ferry to Sougia will be the cherry on the cake, gorgeous 1h boat ride with superb sights of the mountains meeting the sea. The 1.5h drive back through the mountains is on very bendy mountain roads, so don't eat or drink too much before; it's about 50 min of non stop bends, if you're car sick be prepared. It will surely be a once in a lifetime experience, but it will totally be worth it, be prepared to be limping around for the next 3 days, it's no joke, your legs will feel this hike!
Really great full day trip to Samaria Gorge! Very well organized, our guide Thomas explained everything in great detail, very competend and helpful guide! The early morning pick up at the hotel was on time and we were among the first to enter the gorge and start the hike. The hike is individual, not in the group, so you can walk your own pace and take time for breaks whenever you like. After an approx. 5h hike (this is without taking longer breaks!), we arrived in Agia Roumeli at around 13:00 and had plenty of time to walk around, relax at the beach, swim and have something to eat at a local Taverna. The ferry back is at 17:30 and we arrived back in Chania by bus at around 20:15. All in all a really great day, so I highly recommend this tour!
Overall really enjoyed the experience and thought it was great value for the price! The beginning of the hike was a little hectic as two bus loads of people entered the trail at once (where it's very narrow and slippery), but after about 20 minutes of walking people started to spread out and walk at various paces. It took my group about 3.5 hours to complete the trail, we walked at a brisk pace and only stopped once for 15 minutes to eat our lunch. We really enjoyed the beautiful scenery and quiet (not as many visitors in October). Once we reached the end, we walked through the town to get to the beach and enjoyed a couple of hours there in the sun.
The overall experience was absolutely fantastic. Not only was it such good value for money, the instructors and staff were so friendly and encouraging and felt very at ease even when slightly out of my comfort zone. You are collected from your hotel or close to it and brought to the most beautiful beach to start off the activities. The water is crystal blue which makes the snorkelling so enjoyable as you can see the wildlife surrounding you. While paddle boarding you are able to see the gorgeous coast of Crete.