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Samaria Gorge (the Long way)

Samaria Gorge (the Long way)



Walk the longest Gorge in Europe and admire mother nature at its best! Experience a contradictory landscape between green shading trails and dry rock soil with a rewarding deep blue waters beach in its end. The Long way excursion operates every Thursday, with pick-ups: East of Heraklion (starting Malia, Stalis through Hersonissos, Gouves, Heraklion) and West Heraklion (Amoudara, Lygaria, Agia Pelagia & Fodele). Our excursion includes: Pick-up service at or near your hotel & return, Tour Escort. Available Tour Languages are: Dutch, English, French, German.


Tour info

1 Day
Tour Type:
Walking Tours
Group size:
~50 pax

Accompanied service

Guides Transport Insurance


07:00: Stop in Skaleta for breakfast and WC

07:20: Departure from Skaleta

10:00: Omalos Plateau, 15 min. preparation and beginning of hiking

10:30: Gorge Entrance

17:45: Boat’s departure from Agia Roumeli to Sfakia

18:45: Arrival at Sfakia and boarding on coaches

20:30: Stop in Skaleta for snack & WC

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Samaria Gorge (the long way) 

(Disclaimer: Not all the parts shown on this video are scheduled to be visited on this excursion)

Samaria Gorge Long Way Excursion: Walk the longest Gorge in Europe and admire mother nature at its best! Experience a contradictory landscape between green shading trails and dry rock soil with a rewarding deep blue waters beach in its end…

Pick-up’s from:
Malia, Stalis, Hersonissos, Piskopiano, Anissaras, Analipsis, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Hani, Amnsissos, Karteros, Heraklion, Ammoudara (Gazi), Lygaria, Agia Pelagia, Fodele. [Check the pick-up table list below to find out which is the most convenient pick-up point & time, near your hotel]

Operating Days:
Every Thursday

Dutch, English, French, German: All days

Tour includes:
Pick-up service at or near your hotel & return, Tour escort, and a light meal (Souvlaki, Pita and a soft drink)

Extra Fees (not included in the price)
Extras payable on the spot: Boat ticket to Sfakia 11€ (adult), 7.50€ (Children), Gorge entrance: 5€
Extras payable on our website: –

Tour highlights:
Xyloskalo, Agia Roumeli (optional lunch or swimming at the Libyan sea), Boat trip, Sfakia

Southwest Crete

17 hours approximately – 500 Km (from/to Heraklion)

Hiking shoes, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, a jacket, swimsuit and an extra pair of socks

Come with us to explore Samaria Gorge. This excursion is one of the longest but also one of the most beautiful.

Our adventure starts very early in the morning and our first stop is in Skaleta for breakfast.

Then we move to Omalos Plateau. There the walk starts from Xiloskalo, where we enter this vast canyon of 18 km.

We usually need 6-7 hours to cross the gorge. The path follows the route of the ancient river Taras. On the way, we can see the caves that formed a natural shelter for the Cretans in war times and now they are the natural habitat of the well-known wild goats or kri-kri. Halfway we come across the village of Santa Maria, which is currently abandoned. Three kilometres prior to our exiting this gorge, we reach the Iron Gates (Sideroportes), the narrowest spot of the route, just a few meters wide but 300 meters high.

A bit later we arrive in the small fishing village of Agia Roumeli, where we have quite a long time to lunch and to get a refreshing swim before boarding the slip that leads us back along the coast to Sfakia. There, our coaches wait for us to get us back to hotels.

Age Definition:
Adults: Over 12 years old  (Full fare)
Children: 4-12 years old  (50% discount)
Infants: 0-3 years old  (Free of charge // No seat reserved)

Booking Guiding Lines:
Your Tour Language: Please check in the description which tour languages are available per day, and make sure your desired language is available on your chosen date
Your Pick-up Point: Please check the list with all available pick-up points (and hours) from your area, on the table below

Pick-up Table
Just to help you see which pick-up suits best, here’s a table of hotel accommodations and their nearest pick-up’s:

Pick up place Pick up time
Malia Bay Beach Hotel & Bungalows 05:10
Cretan Malia Park Hotel 05:10
Supermarket Filipidis 05:10
Triton Garden Hotel 05:10
Malia church (St. Nektarios // Taxi rank) 05:10
Sirens Hotels (Beach & Village) 05:10
McDonald’s Fast Food 05:10
Amvrosia Hotel 05:10
Ikaros Beach Resort & Spa 05:10
Alexander Beach Hotel & Village 05:15
Ariadne Beach Hotel
Cactus Beach Hotel & Bungalows
Cactus Royal Spa & Resort Hotel 05:15
I Resort Beach Hotel & Spa (ex Aktia Beach) 05:15
Mochos crossing 05:15
Stalis bus stop No. 28 05:15
Blue Sea Beach  05:15
Nana Golden Beach 05:15
Mediterraneo 05:15
Royal Belvedere (Bus stop) 05:20
Silva Beach 05:20
Pela Maria Hotel 05:20
Piraeus Bank 05:20
Pancreta Bank 05:20
Supermarket Chalkiadakis 05:20
Supermarket Mathioudakis 05:25
Albatros Spa Resort (corner) 05:25
Creta Maris Beach Resort 05:25
Piskopiano Pigadi (Piskopiano well) 05:20
Hersonissos Village Hotel 05:30
TUI SUENO Chrissi Amoudia 05:30
Galini Hotel (crossroad) 05:30
Aldemar Knossos Royal
Annabelle Beach Resort 05:30
Aldemar Cretan Village
Laguna Resort & Spa (Reception)
Serita Beach
Lassithi crossing (Bus stop No.18) 05:30
Hotel Anissa Beach & Village
Hotel Zorbas Village 05:40
Hotel Kosta Mare
Lyttos Beach Hotel 05:40
Lyttos Bus Stop 05:40
Europa Beach Hotel 05:40
Tsalos Beach Hotel
Atlantica Caldera Palace 05:40
Elysium Boutique 05:40
Hotel Golden Star 05:40
Stella Village 05:40
Analipsis Bus Stop 05:40
Amirandes Bus Stop 05:45
Koufalitis church 05:45
The GDM Island Hotel (Beach road)
Aphrodite Beach Club (Beach road)
Marina Beach Resort (Beach road) 05:45
Lavris EKO Gas Station 05:45
CRETAquarium Bus Stop (No.9) 05:50
Gournes church 05:50
Rinela Beach Resort and Spa 05:55
Hatzis Restaurant 05:55
Shotels Sunset Beach 05:55
Arina Beach Resort 05:55
Iti AKS Minoa Palace 05:55
Karteros Hotel 05:55
Galaxy Hotel 06:00
Castello  06:00
Capsis Astoria Heraklion
Koules Fortress / 18 Agglon Sq. (Roundabout) 06:00
Historical Museum 06:00
Vanisko Hotel 06:15
Shell Gas Station 06:15
Vagia Bus Stop 06:15
Candia Maris (TUI Magic Life) 06:15
Agapi Beach Resort (Taxi rank) 06:15
Creta Beach Hotel
Santa Marina Hotel 06:15
Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort 06:15
Roxani Hotel 06:15
Apollonia Beach Resort & Spa 06:15
Atlantica Akti Zeus 06:15
Angel Village 06:20
CHC Athina Palace Resort & Spa 06:20
Hotel & Village Panorama 06:30
Irida Hotel Apartments 06:30
Out Of The Blue Capsis Elite Resort 06:30
Shell St. Nikolas 06:30
Sea Side Resort & Spa 06:30
Blue Bay Resort Hotel 06:30
Happy Cretan Suites 06:30
Fodele Beach & Water Park Holiday Resort 06:35

LET US HELP! Please don’t hesitate to contact us, in order to help you out choose the best pick-up that suits you best!

1. Customers who for any reason fail to participate in our excursions are obliged to inform us at least 24 hours in advance. Otherwise, no refund will be given. Cancelling at least 24 hours prior to departure, 100% full refund!
2. reserves the right to alter or cancel any tour, due to adverse weather conditions or, insufficient passenger number or, force majeure.

► We do return money in case of bad weather (when the excursion is cancelled by the organizer tour operator).
► IMPORTANT: You need to be at least 10 minutes prior to your pick-up time at your pick-up point.
► COVID-19: All passengers required to wear masks at all times when in boats and busses or in indoor areas. All passengers should individually fill out the pre-boarding form, required by the Greek law, and carry it with them at all times.


For further information or bookings please call at telephone No. (+30) 2810341560


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