Day trip

Samaria Gorge: Day Trip from Agia Pelagia, Heraklion & Malia

4.7 / 5

47 reviews

Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS

Samaria Gorge: Day Trip from Agia Pelagia, Heraklion & Malia

Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS

From US$ 46.51 per person

Enjoy a challenging trek through one of the longest and most famous gorges in Europe. On this excursion from Heraklion you’ll marvel at natural wonders throughout the day, from the White Mountains, to thousand-year-old forests, and much more.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures are in place. Check your activity voucher once you book for full details. Learn more
Duration 14 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, German
Pickup included
Pickup for this option is only from the areas of Ligaria, Agia Pelagia, and Fodele Beach. Pickup begins earlier than the stated starting time and is from your hotel or the closest point accessible by a 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 a drive to the White Mountains
  • Visit the village of Agia Roumeli after the trek
Full description
Your full-day excursion to Samaria Gorge begins with pickup in Heraklion and a drive to Omalos, in the heart of the White Mountains, where you can enjoy breakfast before you begin your hike. The trek will take you over rocks and stones, through a forest of thousand-year-old trees and along a river by fresh-water springs. Along the way, you’ll have spectacular views of Crete’s most beautiful mountain range, and you are also likely to see mountain goats roaming in the wild. You will be accompanied by a professional mountain escort who speaks English, German and Greek. Your escort will be there to explain all the necessary information about your hike and provide you with the tickets for the entrance and ferry. After your breakfast you will enter the Samaria Gorge, where you can walk at your own pace as your guide waits at the end of the group to help you out if you need them. At the end of the trek you’ll visit the village of Agia Roumeli, where you’ll find a number of taverns, bars, and shops. You can enjoy some free time to take a swim or have some lunch. Late in the afternoon you’ll board a boat that will take you from Agia Roumeli to Sfakia, where your bus will be waiting to transfer you back to the starting point.
Includes
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off (in Malia, Stalis, Hersonisos, Anissaras, Analypsi, Gouves, Gournes,Heraklio, Ammoudara, Agia Pelagia/Lygaria, and Fodele)
  • Bus tickets
  • Guide English and French
  • Entrance to Samaria (€5)
  • Boat ticket (€12)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 6 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
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

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Hiking 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 (in the areas of Malia, Stalis, Hersonisos, Anissaras, Analypsi, Gouves, Gournes, Heraklio, Ammoudara, Agia, Pelagia/Lygaria, and Fodele)
  • 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 47 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.1/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5

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You will get an email confirmation about the time when your bus will pick you up in the morning. Our one was 5:20 from Hersonissos. We had 2 stops on the way there plus all passenger collection, got to the destination at 10:30. Our guide gave us the map and collected money (me and my wife paid 32€ together for the boat and entrance to the Samaria George) which you need in cash for the boat transfer at the end of the tour. Make sure to wear good shoes as you're just about to go 1200 meters downhill and all surface is out of rock with slippery or sharp shape. There is plenty of stops where you can refill the water straight from the spring and couple of toilet stops. We got back to hotel at around 11pm and on the way back we had one stop. Departing 17:30 from the port.

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September 10, 2022

Really a beautiful trip! However, a little harder than expected. Remember swimwear! It is delicious to take a swim in the sea afterwards. The guide was in control of everything with tickets, including tickets for the ferry. The bus driver drove very well and comfortably on the uneven terrain. Huge recommendation from here

August 10, 2022

Excellent excursion, surrounded by nature and with beautiful landscapes. Located at the far end of the island compared to my vacation spot, the bus transfer was very long, around 8 hours round trip. Attention, the trek is done independently without a guide!! Plan sandwiches because at the stop just before our destination no choice.

August 6, 2022

Product ID: 294260