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Samaria Gorge - Semi Private Hiking Day Trip from Chania, with max 10 onboard

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Chania, Greece
Samaria Gorge - Semi Private Hiking Day Trip from Chania, with max 10 onboard

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Overview

Walk one of Europe’s longest canyons on this full-day hiking experience through the Samaria Gorge from Chania. With an experienced guide, hike the 10 miles (16 kilometers) through this breathtaking gorge, part of the Samaria national park in Crete’s White Mountains. Walk between towering cliffs, pass abandoned villages and absorb the awe-inspiring natural scenery and tranquility. Keep a steady pace during the 6-hour hike, sometimes over rocky terrain, and finish with time for a swim and lunch at Aghia Roumeli village. Numbers are limited for a more personalized, small-group experience.
  • A 10-mile (16-km) hike through the stunning Samaria Gorge, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
  • Learn about the history of the area from an expert local guide
  • Hike for 6 hours through a limestone gorge
  • Walk to a village otherwise accessible only by boat
  • Enjoy an hour’s sail after your hike
  • Includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Chania
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Local guide
Food and drinks
Entrance fee to the Gorge and one-way ferry ticket to Agia Roumeli (17 euros per person) payable directly to the guide in cash on the day of the tour
Gratuities

Departure Point

Theotokopoulou 63, Chania 731 31, Greece

Talos Square

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

Nikiforou Foka 10, Str 731 00, Greece

Kriti Hotel

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide at your central Chania hotel and settle inside your air-conditioned minivan with the rest of your small group. Then, soak up the views of Crete’s White Mountains as you journey southward to the Samaria Gorge.

Along the way, hear how the limestone gorge ranks as one of the longest in Europe, and is part of the Samaria national park. On arrival, get a safety briefing and set off with your guide on the approximately 6-hour hike. Your route will take you along the 10-mile (16-kilometer) long path that leads through and out of the gorge.

Walk at a steady pace that suits you, and follow your guide through the stunning ravine. As you hike, learn about the gorge’s history and geographical make-up, and drink in the untouched scenery.

Follow the rocky trails, where some stretches are uneven and steep, and look out for deserted villages such as Samaria, abandoned by its residents in the 1960s to make way for the park. Watch for birds of prey wheeling overhead, and keep your eyes peeled for rare flowers and kri-kri, the wild goats sometimes spotted on the slopes.

Pass through the spectacular ‘Gates’ stretch of the gorge, where the ravine narrows to just 13 feet (4 meters) wide. Negotiate the path between the steep-sided cliffs that tower more than 300 feet (90 meters) up on either side.

Toward the end of your hike, leave the gorge and follow the downhill tracks to Crete’s southern coast, where the village of Aghia Roumeli flanks a pretty bay. Enjoy free time to relax in the village — accessible only from the sea or through the gorge — and perhaps cool off with a refreshing dip in the sea.

Refuel with lunch (own expense) at a taverna before taking a boat along the coast to a nearby port. Your trip ends with a hotel drop-off back in Chania.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Samaria Gorge National Park
The tour includes the hike through the gorge of Samaria, from its starting point in Xyloskalo by the White Mountains to the coastal village of Agia Roumeli in the South coast. Important note : The hike is 16km long and strenuous, on a mainly stoney terrain, which makes the tour suitable only for guests that are fit, exercise regularly and have some experience in walking long distances. Other than that, good knees - because of the steep downhill - and suitable shoes are the most important factors in order to enjoy the day. It does not have to be hiking boots, as long as they are solid with a reasonable grip, rubber soles, preferably with a good ankle support too All participants are required to read and sign an assumption of risk waiver, acknowledging the inherent risk involved in the hiking tour before the tour begins.
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • As the trail is long and strenuous the activity is only suitable for participants that are in very good physical condition and health, are fit and exercise regularly and are familiar with long hikes
  • Please bring your own snacks and water with you to keep up with the hike until the lunch stop
  • Minimum age is 10 years
  • The entrance fee to the Gorge and one-way ferry ticket to Agia Roumeli (17 euros per person) payable directly to the guide in cash on the day of the tour
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Diktynna Travel
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Samaria Gorge - Semi Private Hiking Day Trip from Chania, with max 10 onboard?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Samaria Gorge - Semi Private Hiking Day Trip from Chania, with max 10 onboard.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Samaria Gorge - Semi Private Hiking Day Trip from Chania, with max 10 onboard?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Samaria Gorge - Semi Private Hiking Day Trip from Chania, with max 10 onboard.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Samaria Gorge - Semi Private Hiking Day Trip from Chania, with max 10 onboard?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Samaria Gorge - Semi Private Hiking Day Trip from Chania, with max 10 onboard.

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  • "It's not just hot, it's searing hot - so it's worth taking your flip flops even if it adds a little weight to your bag." See review

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star-5
A must do in Crete
Gareth_J
, Sep 2021
Spectacular scenery, the gorge is beautiful. Long walk 12.2 miles great sense of achievement with lovely swim at the end followed by a cold beer
star-5
Tough but definitely doable.
Cyd_S
, Sep 2021
The challenge of a downhill 9 mile hike over rocks then a 1.5 mike walk to a nifty beach and excellent taverna was definitely memorable! Guide Sofia watched over us quite well-worth it all to have comfortable drive down and back with competent driver and fewer people than a horde crammed into a large bus.
star-5
Go for it!
Jim_M
, Jul 2021
Tough walking Samaria Gorge but the travel company was great. Sonia very knowledgeable about the walk and Crete generally. Air Conditioned Mercedes small coach was luxury. Driver was very good.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Best Day on Crete
Nix2
, Sep 2019
The Samaria Gorge is incredibly beautiful and was the highlight of my trip to Crete. Lina was our guide and she was friendly, funny, and very knowledgeable. There were ten people in our group so nice and small, but we still had some slow walkers which meant that I went ahead and didn't stay with the group. Our guide would stay with the last of the group to make sure we all made it through the gorge. The views in the gorge are spectacular. Starting with a views of beautiful mountain ranges, you end up walking between high and sheer cliff faces with a crystal clear stream bubbling beside you. A couple of things to note is that you are going downhill most of the way, and the first 4 to 6 kms are quite steep, so it can't be very tough on your knees. We were recommended to take hiking sticks, and I am so glad to have it. It released some of the pressure on my knees as well as prevented a few slips. Also note that the beach at the end of the gorge has black sand and it burns your feet. It's not just hot, it's searing hot - so it's worth taking your flip flops even if it adds a little weight to your bag. You can save weight by taking less water, as you can fill up bottles at taps on the way. I highly recommend this experience with this company.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
This was an awesome experience. I am...
Laurent M
, Oct 2016
This was an awesome experience. I am not a hiker but was able to do this hike no problem, besides being a bit tired at the end of course. Our guide Sonia was great from beginning to end, explaining the parts of the hike we would be going through, giving us tips and historical notes about the area. I highly recommend this, a great day!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
We had a great time on our tour and...
einarjon
, Jul 2016
We had a great time on our tour and the Samaria Gorge is an unbeliveble place. Our tour guide Linda was very good. And a big thanks to our driver who picked us up from Kalives : To walk the Samaria Gorge is truly a must do when you go to Crete. Thanks from Iceland, Einar and Herdís
star-5
We had a small group of only five so...
Scott L
, Oct 2015
We had a small group of only five so we had a lot of personal attention from the guide who was just terrific and we did not feel like we were part of a tour getting herded along. The gorge is magnificent. October was a great time to go because the weather was cooler and the crowds were not as great although there was still a pretty steady stream of hikers.
star-5
The Samaria Gorge hike was the...
Dennis A
, Sep 2015
The Samaria Gorge hike was the highlight of our week on Crete! Our guide Linda was so enthusiastic and informative we learned a lot about the region and its history. Our group was fun and friendly, and the whole tour went smoothly from pick-up to drop-off. I would highly recommend this tour to adventure-seekers who appreciate nature and history.
star-5
Was so much fun! Tour guide was very...
Despina I
, Aug 2015
Was so much fun! Tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful throughout the day! Had a great time.
star-5
The trip is really recommended...
Håkan K
, Aug 2015
The trip is really recommended. Fantastic views and a pretty tough and varying walk. Do it!!

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