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

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Activity provider: TOURLINE

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

Activity provider: TOURLINE
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From US$ 49.26 per person

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Explore Europe's most majestic gorge. Follow the route of the ancient Taras River and experience one of the most spectacular treks in Crete.

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Duration 15 - 17 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, Dutch, German
Pickup optional
The bus stops near hotels on the main road in Malia, Stalis, Hersonissos, Analipsi, Anissaras, Gouves, Gournes, Heraklion and Ammoudara.


  • Hike through a vast canyon to the sea
  • Explore the abandoned village of Samaria
  • Enjoy a boat trip along the south coast of Crete
Full description
Enjoy breakfast at Rethymno, the first stop on this 17-hour Samaria Gorge excursion. Begin your trek at Xiloskalo, where you'll enter the vast, 18-kilometer canyon. Hike along a path that follows the route of the ancient Taras River. Admire the caves that formed a natural shelter for the Cretans in war times and now are home to wild goats. See the abandoned village of Samaria before reaching the Iron Gates, 3 kilometers before the end of the gorge. Rest and enjoy lunch (at your own expense) at the small fishing village of Agia Roumeli. Cool off with a refreshing swim in the Libyan Sea before boarding the ship that takes you back to the village of Sfakia.
  • Round-trip bus transportation
  • Multilingual tour guide
  • Pickup at the main road near your hotel
  • Lunch
  • Entry ticket for Samaria National Park (€5)
  • Boat ticket (adults €12, children 5-12 years old €6.80)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
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
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Water
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  • The activity provider will inform you of your pickup point and time by email
  • This tour is not suitable for handicapped persons or children under 5 years of age
  • Be sure to bring hiking shoes, water, sun protection, a hat, sunglasses, an extra pair of socks, a swimsuit and a light jacket
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 99 reviews

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Very nice guide very very long day of spar 5h return 10:30 p.m. I start again for those who like hiking and Have real hiking shoes because this descent is very difficult I do not recommend to children under 12 because it is intense, several stops with drinking water fountains and shaded corners with table and toilets. The gorges are super beautiful, we escape with its river and its animals. The hike is 16km with 1200 vertical drop and lasts 4/5h I repeat have good hiking shoes not your sneakers to run or other and do not hesitate to follow the guide or the river because there are not many signs it is only worth crossing the gorges good hike

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July 1, 2022

Incredible, un-missable experience! If you're visiting Crete, don't mind a challenge and want to see some of the most beautiful surroundings you ever seen - this is the trip to take. A very well organised tour. Transportation was comfortable, our guide was very welcoming, enthusiastic and multilingual. Plenty of comfort breaks! The hike itself is as described, 15km over uneven terrain, but so worth it! A definite must see for Crete!

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June 8, 2022

Der Trip hat uns sehr gut gefallen. Die Schlucht ist sehr beeindruckend, auch die Organisation der Wanderung war super. Man muss allerdings gut zu Fuß sein und sich auf ca 6 h Wanderung einstellen. Gute Schuhe sind Pflicht (Blasen Gefahr!). Leider war im Preis nur der Bus Transfer inklusive. Frühstück, Mittag- und Abendessen war auf eigene Kosten. Somit finden wir das Preis Leistungsverhältnis nicht so gut. Busfahrt hat trotzdem super geklappt! :)

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June 1, 2022

Product ID: 144120