Full-Day Samaria Gorge Trekking Excursion from Chania

Full-Day Samaria Gorge Trekking Excursion from Chania

From $36.49 per person

Enjoy a challenging trek through one of Europe's longest gorges. Marvel at natural wonders, from the White Mountains to a thousand-year-old forest.

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Duration 10 - 12 hours
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Pickup included
Pickup is only available from the Kalyves and Almyrida areas with this option. The pickup point is from your hotel or the closest point accessible by vehicle. You'll receive specific pickup information in a separate email from the local partner (please check your spam folder).

Experience

Highlights
  • Experience a challenging trek in Samaria Gorge
  • Admire the stunning natural beauty on the drive to the White Mountains
  • Visit the village of Agia Roumeli after the trek
Full description
Samaria Gorge, the longest gorge in Europe, is located 4,000 feet above sea level. Enjoy a trek in the gorge on a 12-hour excursion that begins with a pick-up in Chania and a drive to Omalos, in the White Mountains. Trek over rocks and stones, through a forest of thousand-year-old trees, along a river and by freshwater springs. Take in spectacular views of Crete’s most beautiful mountain range and see mountain goats roaming in the wild. At the end of the trek, visit the village of Agia Roumeli that boasts numerous taverns and shops. Late in the afternoon, board a boat for the trip from Agia Roumeli to Sfakia, where a bus will be waiting to transfer you back to the starting point.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off available from Chania, Kalyves, and Almyrida, depending on option selected
  • Bus tickets
  • Guide
  • Admission to Samaria (€ 5)
  • Boat ticket (€ 11)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • 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
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes

    Know before you go

    • At the time of booking please mention your hotel name and location. You will be notified by email about the pickup point and time
    • Pickup begins up to 90 minutes before tour starts and is done from central meeting points near the hotels, only in the areas of Perivolia, Halepa, Halidon Street Alpha Bank, Chania center, Kladissos, Nea Chora, Agioi Apostoloi, Xrysi Akti, Daratso, Galatas, Kalamaki, Stalos, Agia Marina, Platanias, Gerani, Kontomari, Pyrgos, Psyionfrou, Maleme, Tavronitis, Kolymvari, Minothiana, Paraniana and Kamisiana
    • The 5 to 6-hour trek is challenging. You must have good trekking shoes or at least a sturdy pair of trainers
    • This trek is not recommended for children under the age of 6, pregnant women or anyone with health problems
    • Infants will be seated with their parents on the bus and will not have their own seat
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 / 5

    based on 598 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.6/5
    • Transportation
      4.6/5
    • Value for money
      4.6/5
    • Safety
      4.6/5
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    It is very difficult and challenging hike. 16 km 99% downhill rocky-slippery route. Requires 100% attention and you always have to watch your steps. You must stop and look around and go again. You should walk with medium speed (slow will kill your knees, fast will kill u) I advice to invest into pro hiking shoes that hold the ankles. It is good to have walking stick(s). Be prepared, but it is doable. A timeframe is provided by the guide. I is possible to keep it. That are 3 major stations to rest for about 10-10-20 minutes.

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    July 21, 2021

    So you will hear bring good shoes a lot. They aren't kidding! While you can get away with sneakers like I did, you will feel it. You are pretty much walking on all sizes of rocks in the trail for 10 miles. Slippery, river, gravel, etc. This is an advanced trail, but not difficult with the right shoes!!! I saw a couple of people with a twisted ankle at the end. I recommend buying some cheap hiking shoes. Donate them afterwards if you don't have luggage space. A lot of it was downhill, they we some uphill too. I did it end of June and it was hot so bring a water bottle. They are spring stations every few miles that you can refill your bottle with water from the mountains. Trust me you will! The last third was the hardest for me. Make sure to refill your bottle on the station after the village (ghost town) because there won't be any more water stations after that until the finish line which is miles away. You will pretty much be going through the gorge right after. Absolutely worth it!!!

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    July 7, 2021

    This was my first hiking experience and I enjoyed it so much. Great service provided by the tour operator. A small bus came to pick us up at 5 mins from our stay, then we onboarded on the bigger bus direct to the gorge. Fair price, helpful and experienced guide (thumbs up for Thomas!) and the drivers. You are left free to enjoy the hike with your time and pace. The site is stunning, it alternates rocky landscapes, water springs, and forests. You will walk inside the largest canyon in Europe, following the path that the old river excavated between the White Mountains (Lefká Óri) and Mt. Volakias. Bring good shoes, rent a trekking stick and take only 1 big bottle of water with you (you will find numerous water sources to refill). At the end of the walk, you will arrive in Agia Roumeli where you can rest taking a swim in the Lybian sea and have lunch in one of the nice restaurants on the coast. Then, boat to Sougia and bus-drive back to Chania.

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    July 5, 2021

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