Samaria Gorge hiking from Heraklion

Availability: Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Duration: 13 hours
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Do this because
  • Hike through the longest gorge in Europe
  • Enjoy a stunning landscape of dense vegetation, streams and steep cliffs
  • Admire local flora and fauna in their natural environment
What to expect

Your day will begin around 6.00am as the bus will come to pick you up. After a short stop near Rethymno Town, where we can get breakfast, we will reach the Omalos Plateau and the entrance of the Gorge. The hike will begin from Xyloskalo, where we'll enter the 18km long Gorge of Samaria. The trail follows the route of an ancient river and along the way the scenery becomes more exciting. You may have the chance to encounter the endangered species Kri-Kri (wild goats) and discover the beauty of rare species of flowers that are endemic only in the gorge. Halfway, you will reach the abandoned village of Samaria and the Church of Osia Maria. The gorge gradually narrows and when you'll reach Sideroportes ("iron gates") the soaring walls will be as high as 500m above sea level with only 3,5m width. This route also goes past Venetian castles and ruins of prehistoric settlements as well as remnants of many other historical periods. The hike will finish at Ayia Rouméli, where there will be enough time to rest, taste a real Cretan lunch and enjoy a swim in the crystal clear waters of the Libyan Sea. Lastly, the ferry will bring you back to the village of Sfakia.

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What's included
  • Hiking escort
  • Transport on an air-conditioned coach
  • Pick-up and drop-off from designated areas
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Boat ticket from Agia Roumeli to Sfakia (11,00 € per adult /6,00 € per child)
  • Samaria Gorge entrance fee (5,00 € per person paid on the spot)
Reduced price
  • The tour is not recommended for young children
  • Child (7-12): 50% discount
Meeting point:

Please confirm the pick-up place and time directly with the local operator. You can find their contact information in the voucher after booking

What to remember
  • Infants won't be provided with seats on the bus
  • The trip is not recommended to any person with a history of knee problems, high blood pressure, cardiac and pulmonary problems, to pregnant women, young children and anybody who suffers from vertigo/fear of heights.
  • Please confirm the pick-up place and time directly with the local operator. You can find their contact information in the voucher after booking
  • The travel agency reserves the right to alter or cancel the tour due to adverse weather conditions, insufficient passengers number or force majeure 12 hours prior to departure time with a notification to the traveler.
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  • On Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
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Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100 % refund if you cancel up to 48 hours before the activity begins.

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