Samaria Gorge Tour

Xyloskalo - Agia Roumeli - Chora Sfakion
16 hours

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Description

Samaria Gorge Tour. Starting our journey early in the morning, we drive to the west, towards Rethymno. Here we will have our first stop for a quick coffee, before moving on to Omalos Plateau. Omalos is the village next to the entrance of the National Park of Samaria.

Our descent into the national park begins from Xyloskalo area and comes to an end at the village of Agia Roumeli.

The gorge of Samaria is the longest in Europe, some 18 km and varies from 2 to 40 meters wide, with a depth of 250 to 600 meters. Walking through this magnificent gorge usually takes 6 to 7 hours. It is an area of stunning natural beauty with ever changing views and wonderful rare species of flora and fauna.

The stony path along the way follows the route of the ancient river Taras. You will go through waters  and forests of ancient cypresses and pines. Midway you come to the ancient village of Osia (Santa) Maria with the stone huts. You then move on, through fantastic wild, high, steep vertical cliffs, you taste the fresh cold water from the numerous springs, and finally you get to the narrow passage of Sideroportes (Iron doors), 300 meters high but only a few meters wide.

Once through the Iron Gates, you are out of the National Park, and after a while you end up in the small fishing village of Agia Roumeli. Here you can enjoy a meal in one of the local taverns or a swim in the crystal clear waters of the Libyan Sea. In the afternoon you board the boat to Chora Sfakion, where you get your coach for the trip back, through the scenic route of Imbros Gorge and the Plateau of Askifou.

Comfortable bus drive along the scenic route of the northwest coast of Crete Island.
See Omalos Plateau located on the top of White Mountain.
Feel the grandeur of Cretan Nature walking through the Samaria gorge.
Taste the fresh cold water from the numerous springs along with Samaria gorge.
Discover the ancient village of Samaria (Osia Maria).
Admire the beautiful small churches of Agios Nikolaos and Afendis Christos.
Reach the passage of Sideroportes, “Iron Doors”, the narrow passage of Samaria for unforgettable photos.
Enjoy a meal at the village of Agia Roumeli at the end of the gorge.
Swim and sunbathe in the crystal clear waters of the Libyan sea.
Board the boat from Agia Roumeli, relax on board, and enjoy the view of the shoreline of southwest Crete.
Complete the day, by visiting the picturesque village Of Chora Sfakion, with its wonderful port.

Hiking Tour to Samaria Gorge Itinerary:

05:00 – 06:00 am:

  • Bus Departure for Samaria Gorge

Stop at Skaleta:

  • A brief stop at Skaleta, a charming village near Rethymno.

Pass Omalos Plateau.

Stop at Xyloskalo – Start Point:

  • The entrance of Samaria Gorge.

Stop at Agia Roumeli:

  • Arrive at the small fishing village of Agia Roumeli. Boat trip from there to Chora Sfakion. Time to rest, swim and eat.

Pass by Chora Sfakion:

  • At Chora Sfakion we board our buses for the return journey.

22:00 – 23:00: Return Time

Important Information:

Our Samaria gorge tour guide will accompany you inside and stay with you throughout the journey. The guide will ensure everyone’s safety and make sure they have everything they need to complete the hike. He will always be the last to exit the gorge and he is responsible for all participants. In case of an emergency, the guide has direct contact with the local authorities.

Springs along the way minimize the need to carry much water. The park provides toilets in several locations, along with numerous rubbish bins. Despite the high volume of daily visitors, litter is surprisingly minimal. Additionally, visitors receive a set of rules for the protection of the Samaria park. Those rules ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

The local authorities at Samaria are very careful about weather conditions. If the weather is bad, they close the gorge to visitors to ensure their safety.

Must Bring:

Walking shoes with rubber soles for a good grip.

Also pack a swimming suit, a towel, a hat, sunglasses, and a sun cream.

Bring an extra pair of socks and a big bottle of water.

Samaria Tour Pricing:

The Samaria Gorge Hike Tour price is €39 for an adult, and €19.5 for a child.

Not Suitable:

The Samaria hiking tour is not for everyone. Please consult your doctor if you have heart, breathing, or moving problems.

Route Map:

Schedule - Days and Languages

Days and Languages:

Tuesday: English, French.

Thursday: English, French.

The Samaria Hike Tour Includes:

✅ Hotel pick up and drop off. Transportation by modern buses.

✅ Professional tour guide (live).

✅ Insurance cover.

✅ Easy cancellation (Cancel up to 24 hours prior to departure time and receive a full refund).

Excludes:

❌ Entrance Tickets to Samaria Gorge. 5€ per adult Entrance. FREE for children under 15 years old and EU citizens above the age of 65.

Boat Ticket from Agia Roumeli to Chora Sfakion  cost 13€ per adult and 6.5€ for children under 12 years old.

❌ All meals and drinks.

Samaria Gorge Tour

Cancellation Policy:

  • Full refund if cancelled 24 hours before start time.
  • Weather-dependent; if cancelled due to bad weather, choose a new date or get a full refund.

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