Chania
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  • The Samariá Gorge Hike from Chania or Rethymno

    1. The Samariá Gorge Hike from Chania or Rethymno

    Samariá Gorge is the longest gorge in Europe. An area of stunning natural beauty, it is rich with many flowers and herbs and the crystal-clear spring waters that flow from the mountains. Following an early morning pick-up (between 05:30 and 06:30) from the nearest point to your accommodation in Rethymno or Chania, travel through the mountains passing the plateau of Omalos. You will arrive at some wooden stairs at the start of Samariá Gorge. You can opt to start the walk straight away or get some breakfast at the taverna before you begin. Hike for approximately 6-7 hours and experience the magnificent landscape on a 16-kilometer walk. Once you have finished the hike, there will be ample time for a swim and lunch at a taverna in Agia Roumeli. Indicative Timetable: 5:20 AM ‐ 6:10 AM: Pickup 7:30 AM: First stop at Omalos Plateau 8:00 AM: Begin the Xyloskalo hike 2:00 PM:...

    Amazing experience. It is quite difficult hike and you must be careful to not get injured. Suggest to have proper hiking shoes since with my soft pad sneakers I was feeling every rock and was quite slippery

  • From Rethymno/Chania: Imbros Gorge Hike

    2. From Rethymno/Chania: Imbros Gorge Hike

    Discover the Imbros Gorge, which runs parallel to the more famous Samaria Gorge. Although the Imbros Gorge is smaller, many people prefer to cross here because it offers a very different hiking experience than the Samaria Gorge. Of the 11 kilometers, 8.5 kilometers are suitable for hiking. Discover the exquisite beauty of nature in this narrow passage and learn about the stunning rock formations.  According to legend, the name Imbros was given to the village, and subsequently the gorge, because two Greek brothers chose to live here after they were banished from Imbros Island when it was connected to Turkey. For many years, the Imbros Gorge served as part of the trail that connected the city of Chania to the Hora Sfakion village. It is notable that during World War II, after the Battle of Crete was lost by Greece and her allies, many thousands of British soldiers passed through the Imbro...

    Everything was organised very well. We were picked up from near where we stayed and driven to the start of the gorge. Had to buy our own tickets. Make sure you have cash before you leave because the ticket office only accepts cash and there's no ATM anywhere there. Also make sure you have water because, unlike Samaria gorge, there is no water anywhere inside. You can wait at a tavern on the other side for your bus which will take you to the sea. We only had about an hour to get to the beach, swim, change and come back but it was enough. The bus then took us all home. Great experience!

  • Samaria Gorge: Day Trip from Agia Pelagia, Heraklion & Malia

    3. Samaria Gorge: Day Trip from Agia Pelagia, Heraklion & Malia

    Enjoy breakfast at Rethymno, the first stop on this 17-hour Samaria Gorge excursion. Begin your trek at Xiloskalo, where you'll enter the vast, 18-kilometer canyon. Hike along a path that follows the route of the ancient Taras River. Admire the caves that formed a natural shelter for the Cretans in war times and now are home to wild goats. See the abandoned village of Samaria before reaching the Iron Gates, 3 kilometers before the end of the gorge. Rest and enjoy lunch (at your own expense) at the small fishing village of Agia Roumeli. Cool off with a refreshing swim in the Libyan Sea before boarding the ship that takes you back to the village of Sfakia.

    Very long and very hot, exhausting day but so worth it to visit the gorge! Please be prepared with actual hiking shoes or you will not make it through the entire hike. Water is frequently available at rest areas on the journey. The gorge is worth it and beautiful!

  • From Chania: Day Trip to South End of Samaria Gorge

    4. From Chania: Day Trip to South End of Samaria Gorge

    Spend a day in the stunning landscapes of the Samariá Gorge, starting with a bus transfer to Chora Sfakion. Upon arrival, board the ferry to Agia Roumeli, and reach the south end of Samariá Gorge, where you can take some spectacular hikes through the rocks. Benefit from the opportunity to walk up to the Iron Gate at the narrowest part of the gorge, and enjoy some free time for a refreshing swim and to enjoy lunch on arrival. You can walk as much, or as little as you want, making it suitable for families with children as well as adventurous travelers. Take the ferry in the afternoon back to the waiting bus for the return transfer to your hotel or other convenient nearby location.

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What people are saying about Chania

I had dislocated my toe earlier that week, simply walking was a bit of a struggle. But my fiancé really wanted to go on this hike, so I took some painkillers and agreed. And it was manageable, after a few rest stops even quite enjoyable. The beginning of the trail is a steep downhill climb through a rocky trail. Basically all you can see for the first 1,5 - 2h is what’s under your feet. With my injured toe I was very tense for the first part. But after reaching Samaria village the trail got easier, and the views were spectacular. The guide was simply amazing, transportation was straightforward and comfortable. I suggest you take this hike on your last days in Crete, cause it has been two days and my leg muscles are still letting me know what they have been through.

They pick you up only if you’re in a place easy to reach for them, like a well known hotel, we’ve stayed close to the old town and had to walk 20’. Not a big deal but they shouldn’t advertise free pickups. Other than that, Vasilis, the guide was great and funny. The hike is kind of easy, and beautiful, we’ve done it in approx 4h without rushing it. After that you have to wait till 5:30 to catch the ferry, but there’re plenty of restaurants to chill at. All in all, a very good experience and well worth the price

Nikos is a fantastic guide - optimistic and well organised. The transport was great, good driver and punctual pick up in the morning. I recommend this trip to everyone as the Gorge is beautiful, you get good exercise and there are nice restaurants at the end.

Amazing experience. It is quite difficult hike and you must be careful to not get injured. Suggest to have proper hiking shoes since with my soft pad sneakers I was feeling every rock and was quite slippery

Very punctual and organized pick-up and drop-off at our hotel. Our guide Nikos was awesome and gave us great advice on how to hike down safely. Great sights surrounded by nature!