Day trip

Crete: Sarakina Gorge, Forests, and South Coast Safari

Activity provider: Adventure-Crete

Crete: Sarakina Gorge, Forests, and South Coast Safari

Activity provider: Adventure-Crete

From US$ 103.87 per person

Explore the Greek coast and countryside on this full-day tour. Enjoy exciting off-roading and spectacular vistas, as you zip down towards the south coast and the Sarakina Gorge for even more breathtaking sights.

About this activity

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Duration 1 day
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Live tour guide
English, Dutch, French, Russian, German
Pickup included
Keep a look out for an orange Land Rover Discovery vehicle when you are waiting for pickup.

Experience

Highlights
  • Witness the natural diversity of Crete
  • Hike through the Sarakina Gorge through waterfalls and rivers
  • Enjoy a local meal in a classic taverna
  • Take a dip in the stunning Lybian Sea
Full description
This tour will take you high into the mountains of the Lassithi Range (or Dikti Range), offering you an abundance of stunning panoramic views. Picking you up from your accommodation at 10:00AM, you will then start your climb up through several very picturesque traditional villages, one of which you shall stop at for a short break to shop or grab coffee. You will next go off road and move on up through the Kroustas Forest to a point approximately 1,000 meters above sea level. From way up there you will be able to see both the Lybian Sea (south coast) and the Aegean Sea (north coast). You will also be able to view the stunning peaks of the snow capped Mount Spathi (2,140 meters above sea level, second highest on the island), whose north face is home of the Psychro Cave, birth place of the Greek god Zeus. The views you will encounter throughout your tour can't be beaten, and there will be plenty of opportunities to stop for photographs. Whilst in the mountains you will be taken to a traditional Greek taverna for a meze lunch with local wine, and at the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned to your point of origin.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup from Elounda, Malia, Gouves, Ierapetra, and surrounding areas
  • Professional guide and full-day tour
  • Lunch in a local "taverna"
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Hiking shoes

Know before you go

  • Please indicate any dietary requirements during booking
  • Pickup from Heraklion and more west (direction Chania) is not usually provided
  • If interested, a shuttle can be provided for an additional cost
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 24 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.9/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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Our full day adventure was incredible, our tour guide Michael was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable - from Cretan history and culture to Greek Mythology and vegetation. The hike through the gorge was exhilarating, not too long but not too short either! Michael was very helpful, guiding everyone up and down the gorge. The food at lunch was amazing - we stopped at a very local taverna (very authentic compared to other touristy one we have stopped at on different tours). However, we must mention the wasps flying around whilst try to eat really wasn’t nice. They had smoke to try keep them away but it didn’t work that well.

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October 2, 2022

It was a beautiful tour. We were picked up right in front of the hotel. We learned a lot about the island and also about the history of some places. I found it very interesting and beautiful to visit villages that are outside of tourism. In the gorge itself we had to climb a bit to get to the waterfall. Our guide did that very well, he waited for the slower ones and helped them. We were amazed by what we were allowed to see. Such a beautiful piece of earth.

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August 1, 2022

Fantastic guide !! he was so incredibly sweet and could tell a whole lot about the mountains. he was also very helpful when we had to cross the water and then climb the rocks! can not say a single bad thing about the trip. it was also incredibly beautiful and without a doubt worth the money!

May 8, 2022

Product ID: 248842