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Samaria Gorge guided hike & Agia Roumeli

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Trip highlights

Samaria Gorge, view from the plateau of Omalos, Crete, Greece
Experience the magnificent views on your bus trip from Heraklion to the White Mountains
Samaria Gorge Trail, Crete Chania
Navigate with our guide to the majestic paths of Samaria Gorge.
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Capture the essence of Crete's natural beauty the Gorge's wild landscapes.
Agia Roumeli Tavern
Visit Agia Roumeli Village and relax at a local tavern.
Greek village of Agia Roumeli, Chania, Crete, Greece
Take a refreshing swim at Agia Roumeli's beach.
Libyan Sea, Agia Roumeli Crete
Embark on a boat across the Libyan Sea from Agia Roumeli to Sfakia, followed by a bus journey back to Heraklion.

Overview

Breathtaking Samaria Gorge. Nestled in the heart of Crete,.

Samaria Gorge from Rethymnon is waiting to be explored.  As you step onto the trail, the adventure unfolds beneath the shadow of towering cliffs. The path, winding and rugged, invites you to embrace the wilderness. Along the way, the beauty of Samaria Gorge captivates you. Crystal-clear streams cross your path, while the songs of birds echo through the ancient trees. Here, nature is untouched, wild, and free. Each step offers a discovery, from rare flowers to the elusive kri-kri goats, native only to Crete. Midway, a rest at one of the shaded spots provides a moment of tranquility. The journey, though challenging, rewards you with unparalleled views and a sense of accomplishment. The gorge's narrowest point, known as the "Iron Gates," is particularly awe-inspiring, with walls almost touching the sky.

Agia Roumeli seaside village at the south part of the island:

Finally, the trail leads you to Agia Roumeli, a serene village by the sea, south of Crete. This hidden gem, accessible only by foot or boat, is where your journey culminates. The contrast of the rugged mountains against the calm, azure sea is striking. In Agia Roumeli, the pace of life slows. You can relax on the pristine beach, swim in the crystal-clear waters, or enjoy a well-deserved meal at a local tavern. Agia Roumeli village, with its welcoming atmosphere, is the perfect end to an adventurous day. As the sun sets, painting the sky in hues of orange and pink, you reflect on the day's journey. The trek through Samaria Gorge to Agia Roumeli is not just a walk; it's an experience that connects you with the heart of Crete, leaving lasting memories of its majestic beauty and serene landscapes. Book now online a day tour to Samaria Gorge from Rethymnon and get best rates!
Duration of trip
16 - 17,5 hours The trip duration varies depending on the location of your hotel.
Mobile ticketing
Simply present your digital voucher to either the guide or the driver, and they will be ready to assist you accordingly.
Pickup - Available
Pick-up and drop-off service are both included in the price of your booking. Our pick-up service covers different points, including hotels and bus stops. After making your booking, we will reach out to inform you about the specific location and time for the pick-up that is convenient for your accommodation.
Free cancellation
In order to obtain a full refund, it is necessary to cancel your reservation at least 48 hours before the scheduled event or booking.
Covid 19 requirements
Currently, there are no specific requirements for participating. However, if the government's COVID regulations mandate any specific requirements, we will contact you to inform you accordingly.

Tour schedule

4:50am - 6:25am

Participants will be collected from designated pick-up points within the specified time frame. The exact pick-up time will be determined based on the location of your accommodation.

This tour requires an early start due to the distance to Samaria Gorge's entrance at the Omalos plateau from Heraklion, which is roughly 150 kilometers or 93 miles away. The bus ride to the gorge can take about 3-4 hours, with the duration being dependent on the specific pick-up location and current traffic conditions.

Additionally, we'll include a 20-minute stop along the way for a rest break!

Embark on a memorable adventure starting at the Omalos Plateau, where we'll gather last-minute supplies and prepare for the trek ahead.

Samaria Gorge (4.5 to 6 hours)
Delve into the heart of Europe's longest gorge, Samaria, for a majestic trek. This 16km journey unveils the White Mountains' grandeur, a gently flowing river, and sightings of the rare kri-kri. Led by an experienced guide, this trek promises awe-inspiring moments.

The time it takes to pass through Samaria Gorge in Crete can vary depending on individual pace, fitness level, and the number of breaks taken along the way. On average, it takes hikers about 4.5 to 6 hours to complete the 16-kilometer (approximately 10 miles) trek from the starting point down to the village of Agia Roumeli on the Libyan Sea.

Agia Roumeli
After exiting the gorge, you'll find the peaceful haven of Agia Roumeli, with its breathtaking beach nestled between the cliffs of the gorge and the Libyan Sea. Indulge in leisurely swims, unwind on the beach, and savor a lunch featuring local dishes at a nearby taverna.

Boat Trip
The adventure proceeds with a nearly 1-hour boat ride from Agia Roumeli to Chora Sfakion, signaling the start of our return journey. The exact duration can vary slightly depending on sea conditions. The boats used for this service are equipped with seating areas and toilets. Most of them have a snack bar where you can purchase refreshments during the trip!

Chora Sfakion
Here, we transition back to buses, ready to take us to our drop-off points in Heraklion Region!

22:00 - 23:00

Night Drop-off

Upon the conclusion of the tour, participants will board the buses and head back to their respective points, where they were originally picked up in the morning. The duration of the return journey to each hotel may vary depending on traffic conditions and the individual pick-up locations for each participant.

Extra information

Included
  • Morning pick-up & evening drop-off
  • Travel in comfort aboard our air-conditioned bus
  • Professionally trained driver
  • Guided tour during the trek with a well-experienced escort
  • All fees & legal taxes
  • Participants covered by Public Liability Insurance
Not Included
  • Admission fee to Samaria Gorge: 5€
  • Ferry fare from Agia Roumeli to Sfakia: 13€
  • Lunch & refreshments
What to bring
  • Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • Swimsuit and beach towel
  • Comfortable hiking shoes
  • Water as there is no snack bar in the Gorge
Know before you go
  • Some experienced and faster hikers might complete the trek in a shorter time, while others may take longer, especially if they stop to enjoy the scenery, rest, or take photographs.
  • Boat Ticket Purchase: Tickets are available for purchase at Agia Roumeli, with our guide providing advice. It is advisable to bring cash since poor signal reception may prevent some boats from processing card payments.
  • Individuals interested in personal trekking gear should consider bringing walking sticks and a backpack for the hike, although they are not mandatory. While there is a shop at the entrance of Samaria Gorge, it's important to note that the selection may be limited.
Important Information

The tour requires a good level of physical fitness and is not recommended for pregnant women or individuals with heart conditions or serious health issues.

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