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Hiking tour to Samaria Gorge in Crete

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Why we included this experience:

  • No visit to Crete is complete without seeing Samaria Gorge
  • Visit one of the world’s most unique landscapes
  • Great cultural and physical aspects

Experience description

The spectacular Samaria Gorge is the foremost natural attraction of Crete, a 16km long split in the White Mountains created by a small river running through. As well as a National Park, the Gorge is also a World Biosphere Reserve, and an unmissable excursion if you’re holidaying on the island. This full-day hiking adventure begins early in the morning close to Rethymnon, where you have the option to take breakfast (not included) before heading to the Omalos Plateau. Following the River Taras, you will pass caves inhabited by Cretans during wartime, until you reach the abandoned village of Santa Maria.

In this unspoiled landscape you’ll see wild goats, eye-catching rock formations, and many indigenous flora and fauna. Towards the end of the hike you will pass through the famous Gates section, only a few metres wide in places, but with walls that tower hundreds of metres into the air - simply astounding. Arriving in Agia Roumeli, a small fishing village, you’ll have the option to grab lunch and swim in the Libyan Sea before catching the boat to Sfakia, and then the bus for the scenic return journey.


Experience details

People

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Season

Warm season

Landscape

Land & Nature

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Highlights:

  • Hike through Crete’s most majestic landscape
  • Feel ant-like as you trek between the Gates
  • Refreshing dip in the Libyan Sea to celebrate completion

What's Included:

  • Guide

Good to know:

  • Wear suitable clothing including hiking footwear; hat; light jacket
  • Sunscreen, hat and swimwear are recommended even on cool days
  • Reasonable level of fitness required
  • Available Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
  • BBQ lunch, boat to Sfakia and entrance to Archaeological sites are extras

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