We start very early in the morning and we drive west along the north coastline. We stop for a short breakfast break near Rethymnon. After we continue to Chania and left on to the Plateau of Omalos at 1300 meters above sea level where we can buy food before we enter the gorge. The 18 klms walk will begin with our descent from Xyloskalo (800 meters) onto the bottom of the gorge. The famous gorge of Samaria is also one of the longest in Europe, about 18 klms (12 miles) and varies from 3-40 meters width, with a depth of 300-600 meters. We will have 6-7 hours time to walk through. Correct footwear is essential for you 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. Walking through fantastic rock formations and crossing many times the Taras river, with its crystal sparkling water, you pass the stone huts and Osia (Santa) Maria church in the deserted village of Samaria. Taste the fresh cold water from the springs, and finally get into the miracle of nature, the narrow pass of Sideroportes (Iron doors) that rises to a Height of 350 meters but is only a few meters wide. A few more klms to walk out of the gorge to Agia Roumeli, a small fishing village which is on the shores of the Libyan Sea. Here you can taste a meal in one of the local taverns or enjoy a refreshing swim in the blue water of the Libyan Sea. From here you take the boat to Chora Sfakion, where our coach is waiting for the return journey through the scenic route of Imbros Gorge and the Plateau, the villages of Askifou and Vrisses. A must-see for everyone over 9 years old, in good physic condition. (Beginning and end of season spare socks and jacket necessary)
Stalis/Malia: 5:10/5:05- 23:00
Hersonissos: 5:20 – 22:45
NOTE: The pick-up and drop-off time can be changed during the season.
The correct pick-up time will be shown on your ticket.
The drop-off time is approximate and delays can occur.
Entrance to Samaria gorge – €5
Boat ticket – €11 (children 5-12 years old – €6)
Entrances are free for:
Сitizens of other Member – States of the European Union who are over 65 years old, upon presentation of their ID card or passport for verification of their age and country of origin.
University students and students at Technological Educational Institutes or equivalent schools from countries outside the EU by showing their student ID
University students and Students of Higher Education Institutes, Technological Educational Institutes, Military Schools or equivalent Schools of member states of the European Union, as well as Schools of Guides, upon presentation of their student identity card
Young people, under the age of 18, after demonstrating the Identity Card or passport to confirm the age