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Full Day Tour to Samaria Gorge

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Heraklion, Greece
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icon16 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 2 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Pull on your walking shoes for a full-day Samaria Gorge hike in Crete. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, head into Crete’s White Mountains to the entrance to the spectacular gorge, one of Europe’s longest. Ogle the awe-inspiring views as you hike down into, and along, the gorge floor past streams, wild goats, deserted settlements and steep cliffs. Walk at your own pace and finish your Samaria Gorge hike at the beachside village of Aghios Roumeli. Ride a boat from here back to your coach for your return journey.
  • Samaria Gorge day tour from Heraklion
  • Explore Europe’s longest and most famous gorge
  • 11 mile (18km) hike from Omalos to Aghia Roumeli
  • Spot goats, wildflowers and birds
  • Sail to the village of Chora
  • Professional local guide
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off included
Hotel pickup and drop off
Air-conditioned vehicle
Professional guide
Gratuities
Entrance fees to the Gorge (5 euro)
Boat tickets from Aghia Roumeli to Chora Skafion (11 euro)
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Selected Crete hotels

Departure Time

Approximate pickup time:
- from Bali and Georgioupolis 6am
- from Agia Pelagia and Fodele 6:30am
- from Ammoudara and Malia 5am
- from Sissi and Milatos 4:30am
- from Agios Nikolaos and Elounda 4am
- from Chania 6am
- from Heraklion 6am

Return Details

Returns to original departure point at approximately 10:00pm
Start your experience with a pickup from your Crete hotel. Then, travel by air-conditioned coach to the entrance of the Samaria Gorge in the White Mountains of west Crete.

Arrive at the plateau of Omalos, the natural gateway to the gorge, and set off on your approximately 11-mile (18 kilometer) hike.

Walk at a pace that suits you and admire the breathtaking views as you follow trails down the mountain slopes. Walk through the gorge’s narrowest section between steep cliffs, and look for wild flowers, deserted settlements, birds of prey and kri-kri, wild goats, along the way.

Toward the end of the hike, walk the gently sloping tracks downhill to the sandy beach and village of Aghia Roumeli on the Libyan Sea.

Rest up from your 5- to 6-hour walk, and then take a boat trip to nearby Chora Sfakion. Step ashore here and rejoin your waiting coach for your return drive. Your trip concludes with a hotel drop-off.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Samaria Gorge National Park
Walk through the gorge, approximately 11 miles (18 kilometers) which begins at the plateau of Omalos. Cross through the White Mountains and finish at the tiny village of Aghia Roumeli on the Libyan Sea. The route is enriched with flowers, herbs and trees, little fountains, abandoned settlements and wild goats known as Kri-Kri, as well as birds of prey. From the secluded village of Aghia Roumeli, take the boat to the village of Chora Sfakion to meet the coach for return trip to Heraklion.
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • The itinerary is subject to favorable weather conditions or low number of participants on the day of the tour
  • Bringing good walking shoes and sunblock is highly recommended
  • Bringing your own food is recommended as there is no food available inside the National Park

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Full Day Tour to Samaria Gorge?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "The first couple of km is hard going as it is steep and although mostly stepped, the rocks are loose and some are slippery." See review
  • "Quite expensive considering one pays for the boat and the Gorge itself." See review

Reviews

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star-1
This is SCAM
Karolina_L
, Jul 2020
This trip is a scam. The status online was confirmed since the beginning, but as many tour operators are not working due to covis, we tried to confirm it with the operator. Phone number given in the confirmation is not working. One day before planned tour we went to the office in person, and they said they'll send us details by the evening. 11pm, still no information. Viator support informed us, that details were sent by fax to our hotel - but our hotel doesn't have fax and never received any documents! Trip never happened. It was total waste of time, a day of our holiday and money. We hope to at least get our money back
star-5
my nephews actually took this...
dluckenbach
, Jun 2018
my nephews actually took this excursion but for 2 20 somethings to say it was worth being ready to be picked up at 5:40 am from our hotel in Heraklion it was a winner-one of the things they tell people about repeatedly as a best memory day!
star-5
Amazing experience. Will make you tired...
Olena L
, Dec 2017
Amazing experience. Will make you tired and happy.
star-5
Excellent trip. Coach ride was...
Matthew E
, Oct 2017
Excellent trip. Coach ride was efficient if somewhat windy!. Quite expensive considering one pays for the boat and the Gorge itself. Our guide Thomas was excellent. Spoke about every aspect of the descent and was friendly and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend this experience if you are in Crete.
star-5
Ridiculously overpriced at 58, not...
Elaine T
, Sep 2017
Ridiculously overpriced at 58, not including gorge entry or ferry ticket but I really wanted to do this walk and am very glad that I did. We are fifty somethings who run a dairy farm, which is our only exercise. As we finished the walk in plenty of time, I can only conclude that anyone with moderate fitness would have no problem. The first couple of km is hard going as it is steep and although mostly stepped, the rocks are loose and some are slippery. It is the busiest section too with possibly two or three coachloads of walkers all starting together. Then you find that you have spread out nicely. The best stuff is just after the half way point at the Samaria village. There are signs with a number on at intervals, but you finish the walk just after the number 12.
star-5
Trip was fabtastic. Easy meet up...
Jude G
, Aug 2017
Trip was fabtastic. Easy meet up place at the start of the day, very well organised but we like it that we were left to walk the track on our own. Meet up end if the day was easy and we loved the boat trip then easy rude in the bus. Perfect way to do the gorge walk from your hotel we were staying in Chania. We loved it that the whole day was so well organised. All we had to do was turn up, but be well prepared with food and water...and sturdy boots. Take your swim suit to swim in the sea at the end of the walk. Essential to have plastic beach shoes too.
star-4
The actual walk through the gorge...
Rachael N
, Aug 2017
The actual walk through the gorge was amazing. The reason why I haven't given this five stars is due to the price charged. We saw a number of agencies local in Crete who offered the same excursion with similar itinerary and transport for a lot less. This is extremely expensive for what you get especially as you have to pay additional fees on top of this for the national park fees and the boat ticket.
star-5
It was great to have the option of a...
Susan O
, Jul 2017
It was great to have the option of a bus trip to Samaria Gorge from where we were staying in the east end of Crete in Hersonissos Town. We were picked up at 5:15 am and dropped off at 11 pm so it made for a long day but we were able to sleep in the bus early in the morning after pickup and especially after the challenging hike on a hot day! The hike took 6 hours and although pretty tough, we were so proud of ourselves for the accomplishment. A swim in the sea cooled us off and the hour and a half boat ride back to the bus was a beautiful way to see the south coastline of Crete. Highly recommended!
star-3
Yes it would be a nice hike so far...
Hans M
, Jun 2017
Yes it would be a nice hike so far, if you pass all the people there. But the bad thing about it, I pay way too much with Viator. A local agency there only ask about half the price for the same tour there.
star-5
An incredible experience! So nice...
Robyndrake
, Jun 2017
An incredible experience! So nice to have the transportation handled, and good advice before starting down the gorge! It's a more challenging hike than anticipated. Definitely wear hiking boots and not runners! So nice to be able to sleep on the bus on the way back from the gorge.

Product code: 2462SAMA

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