The Samariá Gorge Hike from Chania or Rethymno
- Pickup available
- Duration: 1 day
See Crete on a guided tour that combines history and craft for a hands-on experience. Visit the most historical spots on the island, learn their history, and enjoy a pottery lesson and olive oil tasting. Visit the Museum of Ancient Eleftherna, Melidoni Cave, and more. Start by getting picked up from your accommodation in Rethymno, then arrive at the most important monastery of Crete: the Monastery of Arkadi. Explore the museum where many icons, monastic relics, and weapons reveal the monastery’s history. Enjoy an hour of free time. Next, visit the Museum of Ancient Eleftherna with its historical findings from Homer’s era. This is the first archaeological site museum in Crete. The museum hosts the whole history of Eleftherna from 3000 B.C. to 1300 A.D. Afterward, enjoy a tour of the pottery workshop “TSIKALARIO” in the village of Margarites to learn about the art of pottery and create ...
Immerse yourself in the history of Crete and visit one of the most famous archeological sites. The Minoan Palace of Knossos, first built in 2000 B.C., was the residence of the legendary King Minos. The building, with an estimated 1,300-1,400 rooms, was excavated around 1900 by Sir Arthur Evans and partially reconstructed. Afterwards, embark on a short journey into more recent history and discover the old town of Heraklion with the well-known Morosini Fountain in Lions Square, the Loggia and St. Mark's Basilica.
Immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere, hike through the narrow streets, visit the market, browse the local shops, or visit the Venetian port with its fortress. Explore small parks, street cafés, and many historical buildings and fountains from Venetian and Turkish times. After visiting the excavation site see a very special performance. Once more experience...
Start your Rethymno excursion with a visit to Maria's traditional wood oven bakery, passed down from generation to generation, in the picturesque village of Axos. Here, enjoy a short demonstration on how to make traditional Cretan baked goods, like paximadi, a twice baked bread, and smell the freshly-baked biscuits coming straight out of the oven. Close off this visit with a sip of local Raki, a fragrant, grape-based pomace brandy. Next, continue further into the village and meet another local resident, Mr. Giorgos, who makes spectacular, oversized wooden sculptures. Using wood from local fallen trees, some of his sculptures are three meters high, including the iconic image of Hercules killing the lion of Nemea. Carry on to visit Mrs. Antonia, who is known for her traditional embroidery and weaving techniques. Learn how Cretans have used sheep's wool to create intricate patterns over ...
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I had dislocated my toe earlier that week, simply walking was a bit of a struggle. But my fiancé really wanted to go on this hike, so I took some painkillers and agreed. And it was manageable, after a few rest stops even quite enjoyable. The beginning of the trail is a steep downhill climb through a rocky trail. Basically all you can see for the first 1,5 - 2h is what’s under your feet. With my injured toe I was very tense for the first part. But after reaching Samaria village the trail got easier, and the views were spectacular. The guide was simply amazing, transportation was straightforward and comfortable. I suggest you take this hike on your last days in Crete, cause it has been two days and my leg muscles are still letting me know what they have been through.
Great adventure, but would recommend walking boots. Be very careful to obey rules on keeping to path and stop walking to admire flora and fauna and taking photos. Quite arduous if you are not used to walking in the heat of the day. But please don’t be put off just be very careful where you step.
Amazing experience. It is quite difficult hike and you must be careful to not get injured. Suggest to have proper hiking shoes since with my soft pad sneakers I was feeling every rock and was quite slippery
Very punctual and organized pick-up and drop-off at our hotel. Our guide Nikos was awesome and gave us great advice on how to hike down safely. Great sights surrounded by nature!
Very well organised trip - the pick-up point was very close to our camping, the whole day was well planned with the bus rides, hike, ship transfers.