Samaria Gorge - Early Arrival
One of the highlights of West Crete is the famous Samaria gorge which sprouts on the south side of the Omalos-Plateau in the White Mountain Ranges of Western Crete. Proclaimed a National Park in 1962, it offers a wealth of natural beauty which is recognized far beyond Greece’s borders.
Are you ready for this ultimate walking-challenge?
The 17kms hike through this very imposing gorge is tough but unforgettable and takes 5 to 6 hours (average time). The landscape at the Samaria gorge is astounding and most impressive you will find the narrowest pass “The Iron Gate”, which is only 3m wide and 300 to 700m high from both sides.
The walk starts at Xyloskalo at an altitude of 1.200m and runs down to the seaside village of Agia Roumeli at the south coast where you may enjoy a refreshing swim in the Libyan sea or a good meal at one of the local taverns. The trip continues by boat to our bus for the return to your hotel.
Walkers are required to be in good shape without health problems and wear proper walking shoes!
Many visitors to Crete regard the Samaria experience as being one of their favorites!
Pick Up from Hotel
05.45 – 06.30
Start of Walk at Omalos/Xyloskalo (Average walking 5-6 hours)
08:00 – 14:00
Lunch or swimming at Agia Roumeli
14:00 – 17:00
Departure by boat from Agia Roumeli to Sfakia
17.30 (*boat time may change during the season)
Bus departure for return to hotel
•Refreshment facilities are available at Omalos-Xyloskalo (coffee/snack) and Agia Roumeli (lunch) .
•No meals included.
•Restroom facilities at Xyloskalo, Samaria village in the gorge and Agia Roumeli.
•Note: during the walk fresh water is available at several spots in the gorge (you can refill your bottle).
•Entrance fees are not included: indication Samaria Gorge (EU cit.) €5 adult / free for child 0-14,99 y.o. and 65+
•Indication Boat-fare €13 adult / € 6,50 child 5-11,99 y.o.
•Passing the gorge is at your own risk. Pregnant women should not book this tour.