1. Greece
  2. Crete
  3. Chania
  4. Samaria Gorge

From Agios Nikolaos Area: Samaria Gorge Day Trip

Product ID: 245747
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Hike the entirety of the longest gorge in Europe in one day. Marvel at one of Greece's natural treasures, filled with unique flora and fauna. Gaze up at the nearly 1,200-foot-tall cliffs rising above you.
About this activity
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Duration: 1 day
Starting time 4:30 AM
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Live tour guide
English

Pickup included

Please wait on the main road in front of your Hotel

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Experience

Highlights
  • Experience Europe's Grand Canyon
  • Walk along the bottom of the massive gorge, squeezing through tight passages as narrow as 10 feet
  • Sail from Agia Roumeli to Sfakia across the stunning Aegean
Full description
After pickup from your hotel in Agios Nikolaos or Elounda, you’ll head straight to the Omalos plateau, followed by Xyloskalo, the northernmost entrance to the Samaria Gorge. The walk begins with a descent into the bottom of the gorge, changing altitude by over 600 meters. Gaze up at the stark, lush cliffs that line the narrow canyon, keeping your eyes peeled for the rare kri-kri goat, a species endemic to Crete and known for its massive, curled horns.

About halfway into the walk, you’ll find the ruins of the Samaria Village, whose inhabitants were relocated after the region was designated as a national park. After a small rest, you’ll continue through the Gorge, passing the church of Osia Maria, from which the gorge takes its name. Shortly thereafter, reach the most famous portion of gorge—the Gates, where the path narrows to less than 10 feet, while cliffs rise over 1,000 feet in the air.

With the majority of the path behind you, you’ll soon enter the Agia Roumeli village, set against the stunning Aegean Sea, where you’ll hop on a boat bound for a bus to take you back to your accommodation.
Includes
  • Hotel pick up and drop off from the areas of Agios Nikolaos and Elounda
  • Experienced guide to take you through the gorge
What’s Not Included
  • 5 EUR entrance fee to Samaria
  • 11 EUR boat ticket from Agia Roumeli to Sfakia
Not suitable for
  • Children under 7 years
  • Pregnant women

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Snacks
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking
Know before you go
• This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility or health problems, as it involves a 16-kilometer, or 10-mile, hike.

From US$ 71.85 per person

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Product ID: 245747