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Samaria Gorge Tour from Chania - The Longest Gorge in Europe
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Overview

With traditional villages and plenty of warm Mediterranean sunshine, the Samaria Gorge is the longest of its kind in Europe—but it’s also a challenging and rewarding hike, considered by many to be among the toughest in Crete. This adventurous full-day combination bus and hiking tour from Chania takes you deep into the gorge itself, where large boulders lie beneath soaring limestone cliffs. Follow a 10-mile (16-km) route though the Samaria Gorge and experience the best of the Crete countryside with a guide.
  • Full-day Samaria Gorge hike from Chania
  • Trek through Europe’s longest gorge with a guide
  • Admire panoramic views over the limestone cliffs
  • Discover peaceful villages nestled along the gorge
  • Tackle challenging hiking terrain
  • Tour includes pickup and drop-off at your Chania hotel
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Local guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
All Taxes
Air-conditioned vehicle
Entrance fee for Samaria: 5 € (Children under 15 y.o : free)
Boat ticket (11 €/ Chd 5,50 € under to 11 years old)
Food and drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel Lobby

Departure Time

7:00 AM
Meet your guide at your Chania hotel for an early morning departure. Travel out of the city to the Samaria Gorge by air-conditioned coach to begin your full-day tour. The longest gorge in Europe, Samaria is widely considered among Crete’s top natural attractions.

During your 10-mile (16-km) hike, follow rugged trails through the Samaria Gorge and marvel at the beautiful scenery you find. Admire high limestone cliffs, and pass traditional villages where life ticks by at a relaxed pace.

Clamber around boulders and navigate thin, rocky passes along the gorge floor. On arrival into Agia Roumeli, stop for a rest and food (own expense). Then, return by boat to Sougia and meet your coach for the return journey to your Chania hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Samaria Gorge National Park
Up into the White Mountains to the omalos Plateau and the entrance to the gorge.
Duration: 5 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The duration of the hike is at least 5 hours and that’s why you must wear proper footwear with socks, a hat, light-colored clothing and sunscreen. You must have a bottle of water with you (there is drinking spring water along the trail), a light snack, if you wish, and of course a walking mood.
  • Camping is not allowed in the gorge, you can’t spend the night there, light a fire, smoke (you can only do so at the special milestones on the trail), you can’t hunt, set traps, bring guns or animals along, you can’t uproot plants and you are of course not allowed to bathe in the river.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • We must keep the lavatories clean for the sake of our own health and we mustn’t throw paper inside the toilets.
  • You must hold on to the ticket issued at the entrance of the gorge until the end of the hike, in order to go through control at the exit gate.
  • WE KINDLY ASK ALL VISITORS TO COMPLY WITH THE RULES OF THE STATE PARK IN ORDER TO ENSURE A SAFER HIKE, AS WELL AS TO HELP PRESERVE THE UNIQUELY RICH FLAURA AND FAUNA OF OUR COUNTRY.
  • You must have with you: Proper footwear and socks -A hat - Sunscreen - A bottle of water - A swimsuit and a beach towel
  • Please notice that extra charges may apply per person or in total of the group for pick-ups from hotels- villas- airbnb outside the proximity of our tour selected pick route. In that case we can provide round trip transfer for customer(s) convenience ad-hoc quoted as per location of customer(s)' property.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY MTM D.M.C Ltd

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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Samaria Gorge Tour from Chania - The Longest Gorge in Europe?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Samaria Gorge Tour from Chania - The Longest Gorge in Europe?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Samaria Gorge Tour from Chania - The Longest Gorge in Europe?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Samaria Gorge Tour from Chania - The Longest Gorge in Europe.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Samaria Gorge Tour from Chania - The Longest Gorge in Europe?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 3 travelers.

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sAMARIA GORGE
Seaside45512055364
, Oct 2019
Our guide was amazing and really helped to make the trip as enjoyable and interesting as possible. She was so encouraging as we found it to be a very difficult hike (and we are experienced and very strong hikers) with the elevation and the smooth slippery rocks along the way that required slow and very careful footing.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Dear Guest, We appreciate your comments regarding your recent trip/tour. Such comments are very encouraging for all of us and enhance even more our commitment for constant upgrade of our services. Looking forward to see you again in the near future to one of our tours and until then, we wish you all the best!
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Great Hike, a Must-do!
mattsondag
, Jun 2019
The gorge is amazing! Hike through several different terrains and scenic views. Allow a full day from departure to return. Transportation to and from was comfortable. If I had to change anything, it would be nice if the guide affixed a flag to the end of her walking stick to use as a visual to gather group at key points like at the ferry departure and coach bus.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Dear Guest, Thank you for posting such a positive feedback of your recent tour in Samaria Gorge. It makes us so glad to read that you enjoyed every aspect of your tour. It is our pleasure to make each guests tour special and one to remember. We hope to have the opportunity of welcoming you back for another even more memorable tour. Best Regards
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Fine Experience
Traveler297020
, May 2019
We did not realize that we would be doing the hike entirely on our own (i.e. the guide was only there to buy our tickets and check in prior to boarding the boat and bus. The hike was gorgeous but entry to the park and the boat (only way to get back to bus) was not included in the price. There are bathrooms along the way but are really just holes in the ground. There are plenty of fountains for water but no where to buy food until the end of the trek. Once the park ended, it was another 2km to the town to board the boat. There are some shops and restaurants there but not much and not all places take credit card. Young/fit individuals may want to consider a different tour (if offered) because this hike can be done in 4 hours and the tour allots ~8 hours before meeting to get on the boat. If there is one that starts later or if there are boats that leave earlier it would have suited better. The boat ride is long and the bus ride back is longer - it is nice since the switchbacks provide a good view of the coastline
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dear Guest, We appreciate your comments regarding your recent tour. It is always a pleasure to receive such a positive feedback. Such comments are very encouraging for all of us and enhance even more our commitment for constant upgrade of our services. Looking forward to see you again in the near future to one of our tours. Best regards
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Understand that this tour is a...
Stuart W
, Aug 2017
Understand that this tour is a hiking tour. Now, I'm a fit person, I go to the gym 3-4 times a week, and I'm in relatively good shape. However, I'm not an experienced hiker, and on previous treks I've been given the nickname of twinkletoes due to the amount of times I have fallen over. The terrain on this hike is rocky and slippery, I wish I had worn better shoes walking boots even. I was not too proud to hire a walking pole from the guide for 2.50 which I felt really helped in some of the areas. Honestly, after looking at your feet for so long it felt like playing an ankle destroying game of Tetris. I did roll my ankles a couple of times, and I saw others do this also. Ouch. The guide was quite repetitive stating to always be looking at your feet and that this is a long and challenging walk - but in fairness, I think this advice was spot on. Although it was a walk in the park, figuratively it was not in my opinion!. The weather on the day we went was hot, so dress appropriately and sunscreen/hat etc. The entrance to the park and the boat ticket cost 15 euros which was taken from each passenger in the morning on the coach trip to the park. For those who prefer premium toilet roll I would recommend trying to backup - your nice toilet stops will be in the cafe/shop stop before you get to the park, and then toilets at the village/town where you take the ferry at the end of the 5 hour walk. Otherwise you'll be stuck with the toilets on the walk, which are squat style, and you'll have to put up with whatever mess the lines of tourists have left for you. At the bottom of the park you will be advertised/offered a 2 euro bus to the village/town of Agia Roumeli. At this point the walking is easy, downhill, less rocky, and really only another 15-20 mins to the town. So you can save yourself 2 euros but after a long hike I can understand why people take it. One thing to be aware of. The guide gives times of being at / leaving checkpoints. These are: 1st checkpoint : Aga Nikalous : 9:30 Samaria 2nd checkpoint: 11:00 3rd checkpoint: 13:15 which is the bottom of the national park 20 mins walk to town... 16:45 be at the restaurant to take the boat tickets 17:30 the ferry leaves Agia Roumeli As you can see with those timings, you can actually take more time in the park. The guide setting those timings made it somewhat rushed. But on a hot day I can understand why you'd want to be out of the park when the sun is at its hottest. Overall, really good - just wish I took better shoes.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dear Guest, We appreciate your comments regarding your recent tour. It is always a pleasure to receive such a positive feedback. Such comments are very encouraging for all of us and enhance even more our commitment for constant upgrade of our services. Looking forward to see you again in the near future to one of our tours. Best regards
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Amazing experience. Although it...
Haider M
, May 2017
Amazing experience. Although it meant getting up early in the morning you can sleep on the bus ride there. Just made sure you are prepared with food,snacks and water through the gorge.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dear Guest, We appreciate your comments regarding your recent tour. It is always a pleasure to receive such a positive feedback. Such comments are very encouraging for all of us and enhance even more our commitment for constant upgrade of our services. Looking forward to see you again in the near future to one of our tours. Best regards
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Excellent tour, highly organized and...
Tracey T
, Dec 2016
Excellent tour, highly organized and a great guide! The only thing I would change is adding an uphill option for a more challenging hike.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dear Guest, We appreciate your comments regarding your recent tour. It is always a pleasure to receive such a positive feedback. Such comments are very encouraging for all of us and enhance even more our commitment for constant upgrade of our services. Looking forward to see you again in the near future to one of our tours. Best regards
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This was an amazing day. I would...
Nicole C
, Sep 2016
This was an amazing day. I would highly recommend this trip if you are good shape and prepared for a very long day. I was picked up at 6:15 AM, the hike began at 8:00 AM and lasted approximately 4.5 hours, I then walked to the village of Samaria and spent the afternoon in tavernas and on a beautiful beach. The only ferries out of the village come at 5:30 PM and take you one village over. The ferry is approximately 45 minutes long. Upon exiting the ferry you get back onto the bus for a hour and a half bus ride. Returning to Chania around 8:30 PM. The day was a lot longer than I anticipated. If you are considering this hike, know there is no where to purchase food along the hike. In order to be prepared I would suggest packing snacks, bring a water bottle there is fountains to fill up, packing a bathing suit for the beach, and bringing along a camera to take pictures of the scenery.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dear Guest, We appreciate your comments regarding your recent tour. It is always a pleasure to receive such a positive feedback. Such comments are very encouraging for all of us and enhance even more our commitment for constant upgrade of our services. Looking forward to see you again in the near future to one of our tours. Best regards
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You can find the exact same trip...
Tom Bevers B
, Aug 2016
You can find the exact same trip locally at less than half of the Viator price. Same bus, same guides, ... However, the Gorge is absolutely worth the visit. The walk is tough, but feasible, even for the not very well trained. Put on good shoes, however. There is a small local bus that runs from the exit of the park to the seaside, which is a good option if you feel you have walked enough as you probably will.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dear Guest, Thank you for posting your feedback of your recent tour. Your detailed review helps us to see our product through your eyes. Do have in mind that what you have experienced is completely different from what you are to be offered on the spot plus transportation in r/t from your hotel and back is not included. We hope to have the opportunity of welcoming you back for another tour. Best Regards
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The pick up was right on time...
Dennis S
, Aug 2016
The pick up was right on time. Thomas was very informative on the way to the gorge and after the entire hike. He got us to the gorge earlier than a lot of buses get there so you beat the crowds w this tour. The hike was absolutely gorgeous. A mix of Grand Canyon and Zion national park. Recommend it!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dear Guest, We appreciate your comments regarding your recent tour. It is always a pleasure to receive such a positive feedback. Such comments are very encouraging for all of us and enhance even more our commitment for constant upgrade of our services. Looking forward to see you again in the near future to one of our tours. Best regards
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The Gorge was wonderful. Thomas was...
LSunny1026
, Jun 2016
The Gorge was wonderful. Thomas was an excellent guide and very helpful. It was definitely an experience I will always remember.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dear Guest, We appreciate your comments regarding your recent tour. It is always a pleasure to receive such a positive feedback. Such comments are very encouraging for all of us and enhance even more our commitment for constant upgrade of our services. Looking forward to see you again in the near future to one of our tours. Best regards
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