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Hiking Along the Samaria Gorge

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  • Enjoy a cruise to the pretty coastal village of Chora Sfakion
  • Hike along the Samaria Gorge, one of the longest gorges in Europe

The Samariá Gorge is a National Park on the island of Crete, and a major tourist attraction of the island. A "must" for visitors to Crete is to complete the walk down the gorge from the Omalos plateau to Agia Roumeli on the Libyan Sea, followed by a scenic sail to the nearby village of Chora Sfakion.

Hike through the dramatic geological formations and wildflower-strewn cliffsides of the Samaria Gorge National Park, at 16 kilometres one of Europe’s longest. Get immersed in some of the best scenery that Crete has to offer despite the slightly arduous trek. At one point the walls are only 3 metres apart and are known as the ’Iron Curtains’ with sides rising sheer up to 100 feet.

The hike is followed with a short cruise around the southern coastline to the pretty costal village of Chora Sfakion.


The tour begins from Mainroad Hotel Minoa Palace. Accompanied by an English-speaking guide, set out in an air-conditioned vehicle for a hiking tour to the Samaria Gorge. The gorge of Samaria is situated in the National park of Samaria, in the White Mountains in West Crete.

Arrive at the head of the gorge called Xyloskalo after about an hour’s drive.

Begin your hike along the 16 kilometre-long Samaria Gorge, beginning at an altitude of 1250m and taking you all the way down to the shores of the Libyan sea in Agia Roumeli. The trek takes between 5-6 hours.

Trek through the Iron Curtains with sides rising sheer up to 100 feet.

There are facilities for drinking water all along the gorge and you can stop for a break to refill your bottles.

At the end of the gorge is Agia Roumeli, a village with restaurants and accommodation, and boats to Chora Sfakion. Enjoy a short cruise around the southern coastline to the pretty costal village of Chora Sfakion where your coach will be waiting to take you back to Chania.

The tour returns to the starting point.

Please note
This activity is not recommended for: pregnant women, for persons with high blood pressure, heart problems, knee problems and those who suffer from vertigo
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • English-speaking guide
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Boat ticket
  • Entrance to the gorge
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
01 May - 30 Sep: Sundays
12 hours
Start time
0600h (6:00am)
Meeting point
The tour starts from Mainroad Hotel Minoa Palace.
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
Ending point
The tour ends at the starting point
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Additional information
There is plenty of drinking water along the length of the gorge
It takes about 5-6 hours to walk the entire 16 kilometres (10 miles)
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have
Dos & Don'ts
Bring a water bottle which you can refill on the way as there is drinking water available all long
Carry sun cream and a hat
Sneakers or good hiking boots are recommended
Some food as there is no food available inside the National Park. A supply of plasters in case of blisters.

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