Starting our bus tour early in the morning, we drive to the west of Crete, towards Chania. Outside Rethymno, at the village of Skaleta, we have our first stop for a quick bite or a coffee. Then, we continue on to Omalos Plateau, an impressive landscape, located on the top of Lefka Ori (White Mountain), a few meters away from the entrance of the Samaria Gorge. Here we prepare ourselves, for the hike in the most popular gorge of Crete. Our descent into the Samaria Gorge begins from Xyloskalo, and comes to an end, at the village of Agia Roumeli.
Samaria gorge, in southwestern Crete, at an altitude of 1250 meters, is the longest in Europe, some 18 km (11 miles), and varies from 2-40 meters wide, with a depth of 250-600 meters. The favorite hike of many walkers, through the magnificent gorge, usually takes 6-7 hours. Samaria is an area of stunning natural beauty, with ever-changing views and wonderful rare species of flora and fauna, such as the famous wild Cretan goats Kri Kri, that have survived through the centuries.
The stony path follows the route of the ancient river Taras, with its sparkling waters, and gets you through forests of ancient cypresses and pines. Midway you come to the ancient village of Osia (Santa) Maria, or Samaria, with the stone huts, and passing the churches of Afendis Christos and Agion Nikolaos, you move on through fantastic, wild, high, steep vertical cliffs, you taste the fresh cold water from the numerous springs, and finally you get to the narrowest passage of Samaria Gorge, called Sideroportes (Iron doors), 300 m high but only a few meters wide.
Once through the Gates, you are out of the Samaria National Park, and after a 4 km walk you end up in the small fishing village of Agia Roumeli. Here you can enjoy a meal in one of the local taverns, or relish a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters of the Libyan Sea. In the afternoon you board the boat to Chora Sfakion, where you get your coach for the trip back, through the scenic route of Imbros Gorge and the Plateau of Askifou.
Adult Price: 40€
Child Price (4-12 years): 20€
Children 0-4 years old travel free of charge
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-Bus drive along the scenic route of the northwest coast of Crete Island.
-See Omalos Plateau located on the top of White Mountain.
-Feel the grandeur of Cretan Nature walking through the majestic Samaria gorge.
-Taste the fresh cold water from the numerous springs along with Samaria gorge.
-Discover the ancient village of Samaria (Osia Maria).
-Admire the beautiful small churches of Aghios Nikolaos and Afendis Christos.
-Reach the passage of Sideroportes, "Iron Doors", the narrow passage of Samaria for unforgettable photos.
-Enjoy a meal and taste the local Cretan gastronomy, at the village of Aghia Roumeli at the end of the gorge.
-Swim and sunbathe in the crystal clear waters of the Libyan sea.
-Board the boat from Agia Roumeli, relax on board, and enjoy the view of the shoreline of southwest Crete.
-Complete the day, by visiting the picturesque village Of Chora Sfakion, with its wonderful port, before we catch the bus for the return trip.
05:00-06:00: Bus departure from Ammoudara/Heraklion/Gouves/Analipsi/Anissaras/Hersonissos/Stalida/Malia.
Stop at: Skaleta, a small village near Rethymno. Here we have approx 15 min for coffee or a small snack.
Pass by: Omalos Plateau, which is located on the top of White mountain. It's so one of Crete's most picturesque landscapes
Stop at: Xyloskalo, the entrance of Samaria. After a short briefing from our tour guide, our 18 km hike begins. Usually, it takes 6-7 hours to cross the rocky gorge down to the shore.
Pass by: Osia Maria village and Afendis Christos church
Stop at: the small fishing village of Agia Roumeli. Here we have time to enjoy a meal in one of the taverns in the area or swim in the crystal waters of Agia Roumeli beach. Then we board our boat to Chora Sfakion (1-hour boat trip).
Pass by: Chora Sfakion. We board our buses for the return journey
22:00-23:00: Approx return time back to Ammoudara/Heraklion/Gouves/Analipsi/Anissaras/Hersonissos/Stalida/Malia.
Different time tables apply for pickups in different areas like Heraklion, Ammoudara, Kokkini Hani, Gouves, Analipsi, Anissaras, Stalida and Malia. Our search system will provide you with the correct times. If you have difficulty in finding your pickup point, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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-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).
(Payable on the day of the tour)
-5€ per adult Entrance Ticket to Samaria Gorge National Park / FREE for children under 12 yrs old
-11€ per adult Boat Ticket from Agia Roumeli to Chora Sfakion / 6€ for children under 12 yrs old
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 tour to Samaria is subjected to weather conditions. If the trip is canceled due to bad weather you will be fully refunded or you will be given the option of an alternative date.
-Good walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses, sun cream, and a swimsuit are required.
-Bringing your own food is recommended, because there is no food available in Samaria gorge.
-Children must be accompanied by an adult.
-Because of the rocky terrain and the length it is not suitable for people with leg, knees, or heart problems, or pregnant women.
-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.
Step 2: Add to Cart
You press the “Add to Cart” button. The tour is now available in your purchase cart. You may book the same way two, three, or more tours.
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The cart is situated in the top right corner. Press on the “Cart” image. This will provide you with a list of the tours you have chosen. Check the total price, the number of persons, the name of the tour and the date. If you wish, you may erase the tour by clicking the “X”(delete) button and restarting the procedure. When you are ready you press the “Checkout” button.
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If you cannot locate your hotel name, please email us the name of your hotel and we will add it to our list. The hotel list includes the following areas of Crete: Hersonissos, Analipsi, Anissaras, Gouves, Malia, Gournes, and Kokkini Hani.
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