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Samaria Gorge (ex Chania)

Samaria Gorge (ex Chania)

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Samaria excursion from Chania (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… The excursion operates every Tuesday, with pick-ups: East of Chania (starting Georgioupolis, Kalyves) and West Chania (Chania town, Kalamaki, Agia Marina, Platanias, Maleme, Tavronitis, Kolymbari). Our excursion includes: Pick-up service at or near your hotel & return, guided tours. Available Tour Languages are: English.


Tour info

1 day
Tour Type:
Walking Tour
Group size:
~50 pax

Accompanied service

Guides Transport Insurance


1st stop: Samaria gorge. The impressive gorge, the longest in Europe will give you many beautiful views of the surrounding White mountains, the small river that runs through the gorge and the Cretan wild goats kri-kri. It's 17km long and takes around 5-hours to walk

2nd stop: Agia Roumeli, at the exit of the gorge by the Libyan sea. A beautiful isolated village lying between the huge rocks of Samaria gorge and the Libyan sea. There will be enough time for participants to enjoy a relaxing and refreshing swim in the Libyan sea and lunch at one of the local small tavernas. From Agia Roumeli the boat departs to the village Chora Sfakion

3rd stop: Arrival at Chora Sfakion, after a 1hour boat trip, embarkation onto the buses and return to the resorts

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Samaria excursion from Chania (the long way) 

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

Samaria excursion from Chania (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 at its end...

Pick-up's from:
Kolymbari, Minothiana, Rapaniana, Kamisiana, Tavronitis, Maleme, Kontomari, Gerani (Chania), Platanias (Chania), Agia Marina, Kato Stalos, Kalamaki, Glaros, Kato Daratso, Agioi Apostoloi, Chrissi Akti, Makris Tichos, Kladisos, Chania town, Kalives, Georgioupolis, Kavros. [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 Tuesday

English: All days

Tour includes:
Pick-up service at or near your hotel, Escort

Extra Fees (not included in the price)
Extras payable on the spot: Boat ticket to Sfakia 12€ (adult), 6.80€ (Children 4-8 yrs old / Free chd 0-3 yrs.), Gorge entrance: 5€ (Free entrance children 0-14 yrs old)

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

Southwestern Crete

13-14 hours approximately - 110 km. (depending on where you get on - this estimate is from Chania town)

The great walking adventure on Crete; join in for the famous Samaria gorge!

Samaria Gorge has proclaimed a National Park in 1962 and it hides a wealth of natural beauty. We offer an early pick up in the morning as to be one of the first groups to arrive. You will start at an altitude of 1200 m. and descend until sea level. This 17 km long walk through the beautiful landscape is tough but unforgettable and covers an average walking time of 5 to 6 hours.

At the end of the walk in the village of Agia Roumeli on the south coast, you have the opportunity for a refreshing swim in the Libyan Sea or to enjoy a meal at one of the local taverns. The group will meet again to continue by boat from Agia Roumeli to Chora Sfakion, from where our bus will return you to your hotel...

- Boat departure from Agia Roumeli at around 17.30 hrs. "indication"
- Bring along: comfortable clothing, a cap, a (salty) snack, a bottle of water, swimwear + sunblock.
- Walkers should be in good shape without health problems and wear appropriate walking shoes!

Essential Tips for Conquering Samaria Gorge: A Hiker's Guide:
To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience, please keep the following points in mind:
1. Hydration is Key: Carry at least 2 liters of water per person to stay hydrated during the 18km hike.
2. Sun Protection: Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, and lightweight clothing to shield yourself from the sun.
3. Comfortable Footwear: Use sturdy and comfortable hiking shoes or boots with good grip to navigate the rocky terrain.
4. Snacks and Energy: Bring energy-rich snacks like nuts, fruits, and energy bars to keep you fueled along the trail.
5. Swimwear and Towel: Pack swimwear if you'd like to take a refreshing dip in the sea at the end of the hike.
6. Respect Nature: The gorge is a protected area, so please do not litter and stay on marked paths.
7. Listen to Guides: Pay attention to your tour guides and follow their instructions for a safe journey.

Age Definition:
Adults: Over 11 years old  (Full fare)
Children: 3-11 years old  (Children's fare)
Infants: 0-2 years old  (Free of charge)

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
For Bookings less 24hrs: All seats are on request 24hrs prior to the date of the excursion, so, please contact us, in order, to help you book your excursion.

This excursion includes in its price: Your transfer r/t from your hotel, escort tour. The Adult Fare is applied to passengers of any age above 11 years old. The Child Fare applies to children between 3 and 11 years old and the Infant Fare to any child under 3 years old (Free of Charge // No seat reserved).

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

Samaria excursion from Chania area

Pick up timetable

Places Pick up points Pick up time
Grand Bay at the Statue 05:45
Avra Imperial Beach, Spilia Village Avra Hotel 05:45
Chryssana Beach Main road bridge 05:45
Euphoria Resort Euphoria Market (main road) 05:45
Chrispy World, Selini Suites Selini Suites (main road) 05:50
Cavo Spada Main road church 05:50
Kastalia, St. Nikolas Kastalia (main raod) 05:55
Katsikoulakis Apt, Mari Helen at corner main road = across Zacharakis 05:55
Lycasti Apt, Landhouse Elia, Antilia Pharmacy in center Tavronitis 05:55
Creta Princess Hotel's main road 05:55
Bella Pais, Maleme Mare, Castro Supermarket SYNKA 05:55
Carisa Summer Lodge (main road) 05:55
Asterion, Solimar Aquamarine, Ilion Beach Solimar Aquamarine (main road) 06:00
Enorme Eanthia Beach Front of the hotel 06:00
Silver Beach at the bridge, next to “Small Paradise Restaurant” 06:00
Geraniotis Supermarket LIDL (main road) 06:00
Minoa Palace, Sunset Suites, Panos Beach, Villa Giorgos Minoa Palace (main road) 06:00
Alkionides Apts Santa Helena 06:00
Indigo Mare, Lolas, Lambrinos Suites Indigo Mare (main road) 06:00
Porto Platanias Beach+Village, Troulakis Village, Villa Dora Porto Platanias Beach (main road) 06:00
Sunrise Apts Oscar Suites (main road) 06:00
Troulakis Beach Thalassa Beach 06:00
Odysseus, Marina Sands, Epimenidis Haris (main road) 06:05
Solimar Turquoise (=ex Canea Mare) Canea Mare (main road) 06:05
Alexandros Apts, Minos Village Silk gas station 06:05
Amalthia Hotel (main road) 06:05
Chryssida, Eleftheria, Alexandros Houses Ross, Ekavi, Minerva Dore ,Santa Marina Plaza Bus Stop across Alexandra Beach 06:10
Elotis Suites, Relax, Orion Star, Iolida Beach Elotis Suites (main road) 06:10
Santa Marina Beach Hotel (main road) 06:10
CTS Office Main road 06:10
Creta Palm, Koukouras Creta Palm (main road) 06:15
Pegasus hotel "Maria’s" restaurant 06:15
Cretan Dream Royal Hotel (main road) 06:15
Panorama Hotel (main road) 06:15
Kalamaki, Ikaros Htl Bus Stop Pizzeria "Nisaki" 06:15
Kalliston Hotel (main road) 06:20
Domes Noruz Bakery (main road) 06:20
Sirios Village, Mediterranea BMW car dealer (main road corner) 06:20
Elea, Elotia Htl, Airis Boutique Htl Supermarket SYNKA (corner traffic lights) 06:20
Golden Sand Pharmacy across Moderno 06:25
Kladisos area Bus stop across Psillakis gas station 06:30
Christina Htl, Chania Flair by Corissia, Nea Chora Christina hotel 06:25*
Casa Delfino Suites, Casa Veneta Alpha Bank (1866 Sq. - Halidon Str. Corner) 06:20*
Porto Veneziano, Kriti, Ionas, Halepa, Avra City Htl Agora = Municipal market square 06:20*
Stavros Area from Kladisos by our meeting point bus 06:30
Kiani Beach Main road corner 06:05
Kalives Apts Apartments (main road) 06:05
Artemis Apts Supermarket SYNKA 06:05
Kalyves Beach Laundry corner 06:00
Vamos, Almyrida Meet us at Kalives Laundry bus pick up 06:00
Georgioupolis Café Grigoris (on the National road) 05:40*
Kavros Kavros Beach, Vantaris Beach or Mare Monte 05:35*

*: Available only when 2 or more people from the pick-up point

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.


All you need to know about Samaria gorge in this article:
- Samaria's Gorge Geology
- Samaria's Gorge History
- Tips (What you will see, What to have with you, Download the App)
- Useful Information about Samaria Gorge
ARTICLE: Journey Through the Natural Wonders of Crete! A Dive Into the Mystical Samaria Gorge!


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


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