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Samaria Gorge (the Long way)

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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 excursion operates every Tuesday & Thursday, with pick-ups: East of Heraklion (starting Malia, Stalis through Hersonissos, Gouves, Heraklion) and West Heraklion (Amoudara). Our excursion includes: Pick-up service at or near your hotel & return, guided tours. Available Tour Languages are: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Russian.


Tour info

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

Accompanied service

Guides Transport Insurance


1st stop: Before Rethymno for rest, breakfast. About 25'

2nd stop: The plateau of Omalos. Our last stop before entering the gorge for last supplies to buy before the gorge

3rd 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 18km long and takes around 4-hours to walk, always with our guide

4th 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

5th stop: Arrival at Chora Sfakion, after a 1hour boat trip, embarkation onto the buses and return to the resorts

6th stop: One last stop on the way back for rest for about 20'

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Samaria Gorge (the Long way…)


Samaria Gorge 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:
Sissi, Malia, Stalis, Hersonissos (port), Piskopiano, Anissaras, Analipsis, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Hani, Amnissos, Karteros, Heraklion (port), Amoudara (Gazi, Heraklion). [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, Thursday

Dutch, English, French, German, Italian: All days  //  Russian: Tuesdays

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

Extra Fees (not included in the price)
Extras payable on the spot: Boat Agia Roumeli-Sfakia: 11€ (adults), 5.5€ (children 4-9 yrs old), Gorge Entrance: 5€

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

Southwestern Crete

17 hours approximately – 500 km. (depending on where you get on – this estimate is from Heraklion city)

Leaving early in the morning and driving along the north coastline, we stop for a short breakfast break (optional) outside Rethymnon, before we continue to Chania and on to the Plain of Omalos 1300 meters above sea level where we begin our descent into the gorge. The 18 km walk begins with our descent from Xyloskalo (800 meters) onto the floor of the gorge. The gorge of Samaria is one of the longest in Europe, some 18 km (12 miles) and varies from 2-40 meters in width, with a depth of 250-600 meters. It takes 6-7 hours to walk through and it is essential for you to have the correct footwear as it is rocky in some places. However, the ever-changing view and the wonderful scents of pinewood and Cretan herbs make the walk pleasant and the effort worthwhile. Following the path next to the river bed of Taras, with its crystal sparkling water, you pass the stone huts and Osia (Santa) Maria church in the deserted village of Samaria, through fantastic rock formations which have been carved and etched by thousands of years of winter torrents, taste the fresh cold water from the springs on these rocks, and finally get into the narrow pass of Sideroportes (Iron doors) that rises to a height of 300 meters but is only a few meters wide. This brings you to the mouth of the gorge, which is on the shores of the Libyan Sea, at the small fishing village of Aghia Roumeli. Here you can taste a meal in one of the local taverns (optional) or enjoy a refreshing swim in the blue water of the Libyan Sea (optional) . From here you are transported by boat to Chora Sfakion, where we meet our coach for the return journey through the scenic route of Imbros Gorge and the Plateau, the villages of Askifou and Vrisses.

Definitely a trip for the adventurous and fairly fit. (At the beginning and end of the season a change of socks and a jacket would be essential)

Age Definition:
Adults: Over 12 years old  (Full fare)
Children: 4-12 years old  (50% discount)
Infants: 0-3 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

This excursion includes in its price: Your transfer r/t from your hotel, Boat tickets, Lunch and island entrance. The Adult Fare is applied to passengers of any age above 12 years old. The Child Fare applies to children between 4 and 12 years old (50% discount + extra’s if chosen) and the Infant Fare to any child under 4 years old (Free of Charge // No seat reserved).

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
Sissi 04:40
Nikos hotel – Filipidis S/M 04:50
Malia church 04:50
Malia Bay – Malia Park – Sirens 04:55
Drossia – Kernos Beach – Ikaros Village 05:00
Alexander Beach – Ariadni 05:05
Cactus – Aktia 05:05
Mochos Cross 05:10
Stalis bus stop – Blue Sea 05:10
Nana B/S – Mediterraneo 05:15
Belvedere – Eri bus stop 05:15
Silva Beach – Pela Maria 05:20
National Bank – Chalkiadakis S/M 05:20
Piscopiano well (pigadi) 05:20
Mathioudakis – Creta Maris 05:25
Hersonissos Village 05:25
Knossos Royal – Royal Mare – Annabelle 05:30
Cretan Village – Laguna – Chrissi Amoudia 05:35
Serita – Zorbas – Anissa – Bella – Lytos 05:40
Analipsi Beach  Road 05:45
Analipsi Bus stop 05:50
Amirantes B/S 05:50
Gouves Beach  Road 05:50
Gouves Cross-Lavris 05:55
Gournes Church 05:55
Rinela – Hatzis 06:00
Knossos Beach – Arina 06:05
Karteros – Amnissos 06:05
Astoria Hotel – Galaxy Hotel 06:15
Heraklion port – Old Heraklion Bus Station  roundabout (Entrance OLI) 06:20
Giofyros (Meliriton) 06:20
Amoudara 06:25

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.


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


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