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

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

From $59.19 per person

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

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 17 hours
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Live tour guide
Dutch, English, French, German
Pickup included
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
  • Pick-up at the main road near your hotel
  • Lunch
  • Entry ticket for Samaria National Park (€5)
  • Boat ticket (adults €11; children 5-12 years old €6)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
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
  • 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

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Water
    • Sunscreen

    Know before you go

    • Tours operate in English, German, French, and Dutch every Tuesday and Thursday
    • The local tour operator will inform you of your pick-up 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

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    4.5 /5

    based on 40 reviews

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    We really enjoyed the tour. I would recommend everyone to do the Samaria Gorge as a tour (not independently). You have to get up early and the journey is very long - but it's worth it. We started from Heraklion and were picked up punctually at 6 a.m. Our guide was very friendly and in a good mood. However, we also saw some older people fighting in the gorge ... I think it's good to push your own limits - but you should have a basic level of fitness so that you can survive the 16 km well and have fun doing it.

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    July 9, 2021

    Our guide Athena was very nice and motivated and always accompanied us with a smile. The gorge itself is spectacular and for me it was the best part of my week in Crete. (Whereby you have to plan for 2-3 days of sore muscles in your calves if you don't go hiking more often, so maybe something for the end of the holiday. It's not a walk, but really a hike). We didn't have any difficulties with the organization either. So all in all it was great :) I can only recommend it. PS: you can also book the tour on site, then it's a little cheaper. But it can also currently be due to the Corona situation that the prices on site were generally cheaper than online.

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    September 11, 2020

    Idilia was a wonderful guide. She really explained well what to expect in the gorge. We love hiking and so we had a wonderful experience - the Samaria gorge is awesome. But we saw many people who didn't have the right footwear. You really need hiking shoes to do this gorge and walking sticks help as well. I'm an avid runner and yet by the end of the hike my ankles and knees were feeling it. I was wearing a solid pair of running shoes. my husband had hiking boots and he did much better. You are walking on stones and boulders throughout the 13 kilometres and its tough on the joints. I totally recommend this experience - the Samaria gorge is very much worth visiting and hiking but make sure you are prepared, you have the right footwear, that you are in reasonably good shape and you take your time.

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    September 20, 2019

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