We start our excursion to the Imbros Gorge early in the morning with a pick-up service from your hotel, and driving along the northwestern coast of Crete, we have our first stop at the village of Skaleta. Here you can enjoy a cup of coffee and a snack, before moving on to the village of Imbros, where we arrive at the entrance of the gorge, at an altitude of 700 meters, above sea level.
Located in the province of Sfakia, at the eastern slopes of the White Mountain, Imbros Gorge is 8 kilometers long, and its narrowest part is only 1,60 meters wide with a height of 300 meters. Although it is shorter than the gorge of Samaria, is very popular for hike lovers, as it offers a very different hiking experience than Samaria Gorge. The scenery is amazing and the low difficulty of the hike makes Imbros Gorge ideal for families with children, or those searching for an easy trail to explore, and it is recommended for hikers of every age.
Our descent through the gorge is quite impressive, as we see stunning rock formations, various caves to explore, and lovely vegetation such as maples, old cypresses, and oaks.
The fauna of the area are quite rich including wild birds such as the Golden Eagle, the Bearded Vulture, the European Kestrel, the Partridge, ravens, hawks, doves, and more.
The walk through this beautiful gorge can be completed, depending on your fitness and experience levels, in 2-3 hours and brings you to the village of Komitades. From here we take our bus to the village of Sfakia or “Chora Sfakion”, only 5 kilometers away, and you have plenty of time for lunch and swimming. Discover the seafront taverns, famous for their seafood, and more local specialties of Cretan Gastronomy, such as the local “Pies of Sfakia” with honey.
-Bus drive along the scenic route of the northwest coast of Crete Island.
-Pass through the beautiful Plateau of Askyfou located on the slopes of the White Mountain.
-Admire the beautiful village of Imbros.
-Feel the exquisite beauty of Cretan Nature walking through the spectacular Imbros gorge.
-Meet the traces of the old stone-paved trail that was once the main passage from Sfakia to Chania.
-Explore the various caves existing in the gorge.
-Cross the most impressive part of the Gorge, Stenada passage, and reach the narrowest part it, which is 1.6m wide, and the height reaches 300 meters.
-Admire the beams of sunlight reflecting off the various rock formations.
-Pass Mesofarango, capture photos of the Venetian water cistern at Gremnaria and the stone arch Xepitira, and finish the trek at the village of Komitades.
-Complete the day, by visiting the picturesque village Of Chora Sfakion, with its wonderful port, and the lovely beaches, where you can sunbathe and swim in the crystal clear waters of the Libyan sea.
-Taste the local Cretan gastronomy, and enjoy a meal in one of the waterfront taverns of the area.
- Part of what makes this part of the world so appealing is the warm weather, so it probably won’t come as a surprise that Imbros Gorge can be extremely hot and humid.
- This bus trip and hiking tour offer lots of free time so that you're able to experience the beauties of Crete the way you imagined.
- Our tour guide will be there to help you with anything you might need.
- This Imbros Hiking Tour is designed for travelers aged 18 to 99. Is full of fun, flexibility, and plenty of free time to explore at your own pace.
- Come prepared. Athletic shoes, a pair of flip flops, sun lotion, a hat, a beach umbrella, and plenty of water and make sure you have a good long beach towel with you.
- Buy a large plastic bottle of water and ask your hotel to position it in the freezer a day before departure. The ice will melt slowly during your tour and the water will always be cold.
- Bring with you some plasters, or bite cream. You never know.
05:20: Bus departure from Hersonissos.
Stop at: Skaleta, a small village near Rethymno. Here we have approx 15 min for coffee or a small snack.
Pass by: Plateau of Askyfou located on the slopes of the White Mountain
Stop at: Imbros village, the entrance of Imbros gorge. After a short briefing from our tour guide, our 8 km hike begins. Usually, it takes 2-3 hours to cross the rocky gorge down to the village of Komitades.
Pass by: Porofarago, Gournia, Stenada, Mesofarango, Gremnaria, Xepitira, and reach the exit of the gorge at the village Komitades.
Stop at: Chora Sfakion. Here we have time to enjoy a meal in one of the taverns of the area or swim in the crystal waters of the Libyan Sea. Late in the afternoon, we board our buses for the return journey.
22:45: Approx return time back to Hersonissos
-Hotel pick up & drop off by the areas of: Heraklion, Analipsi, Anissaras, Gournes, Gouves, Hersonissos, Kokkini Hani, Koutouloufari, Malia, Piskopiano, Stalis.
-Transportation by modern air-conditioned buses.
-Professional excursion guide (live).
-Printed or mobile tour voucher accepted.
-Easy cancellation (Cancel up to 48 hours prior to departure time and receive a full refund).
Imbros Entrance: 2.50€
Tips and Individual expenses.
IMPORTANT: During the booking process you will be requested to add your hotel and its address. We understand that names of hotels change every year and that many hotels don't even have an address. In such a case you can do the following:
1. Choose "Other" at Hotel
2. Write "Unknown" at the Address
This way the system will allow you to proceed with your payment.
-The Imbros Gorge Hiking Tour is subject to Crete's weather conditions. If the trip to Imbros Gorge is canceled due to bad weather conditions you will be refunded the price of the ticket or you will be given the option of an alternative tour date, or choose one of our other tours in Crete.
-Bus departure and arrival times, as well as the excursion schedule, might be altered due to weather conditions or traffic on roads.
-Comfortable shoes, a hat, sunglasses, sun cream, and a swimsuit is required for the Spinalonga Island tour.
-Children must be accompanied by an adult.
-You are kindly requested to proceed at the meeting points 10 minutes prior to departure time.
-Due to covid protocols you are kindly requested to wear face masks during your stay in buses or boats all around Crete.
In order to make your booking experience easier and more secure, we write below, our very simple way of booking your favorite Cretan tour, excursion, trip, or a cruise.
Step 1: Choose Your Tour
Once you decide which Crete tour you wish to book online, you will have to check the availability of each tour. You only have to click on the “Date” box and there you can choose the date or day that is more comfortable for you. The Dates/days are highlighted. Prices are per adult. Children enjoy a 50% discount.
After choosing your date of departure you add the number of adults and children. Please note the following:
Adults: 13+ years old
Children: 4-12 years old
Infants(free): 0-4 years old
You don't need to enter the infant numbers. Infants do not get a seat. The guardian is responsible for providing protection during the tour.
Once you add the persons you press the ‘Search” button.
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