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TOUR == I considered using public transit from Chania to do this trek. But I'm so glad I booked this excursion instead. It made the process so much simpler and even though it was an extra EUR20, for such a long bus ride it was worth it. Tour bus picked me up near my AirBnB (5 min walk), right on time +/- 5 min. Bus was clean, modern, and had good AC. You pay the operator in cash for the park entry (EUR5) and ferry ticket (EUR10) and they got us there without any fuss. Also, as a solo traveler, it was good to know there was someone with an eye out in case I had an emergency during the hike. Note that you can't leave anything on the bus during the day; you have to bring everything with you. HIKE == Beautiful hike! Samaria Gorge was amazing. We got there early enough that it wasn't too hot. Plenty of potable water and WCs on the way. Bring a swimsuit + towel so you can jump into the ocean at the end of the hike! I had about 3.5 hours before the ferry left.
Gorge was beautiful but challenging. Pickup was at 6am and started trekking from 8.15am. Took 6.5hours for a family of 4 with an 8 year old. Very rocky terrain, so have to watch your steps all the way. It can get very hot, so bring a cap as well. Small bottles is sufficient as there are water from the gorge that you can refill along the way, very clean and drinkable. Nikos our guide excellent and advised us on our timings so that we don't complete the gorge too late. Finished the trek around 3pm and took the ferry at 5.30pm. In between you can even swim before boarding the ferry. The bus drop us off at 8.30pm in Chania, therefore be ready for a long day. Overall excellent day and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience even with all the pains in our body at end of the day.
My partner and I had a great time. Early morning well worth it as it meant we avoided peak sun and crowds. Our guide boarded our bus before you we got to the entrance, he was easy to understand, interesting to listen to and very helpful. Enjoyed the hike, first bit was steep downhill but after that an easy trek. There are taps with spring water so recommended brining a water bottle and just refilling, grab snacks the day before (or can get at a premium with limited selection at little cafe stop in morning). Bring a towel, flip flops and bathing suit so you can cool down with a swim in town post hike. Would recommend lunch at Rousios in Agia Roumeli.
Get prepared for a long day of walking! The views are incredible but the walk is long (but manageable with lots of places to stop). We finished 3 hours before the meeting time, and stopped for lunch and breaks so there’s plenty of time so no need to rush or to walk fast! Although be prepared for your legs to hurt for a couple of days after! Plan a couple of beach days with no activities as your legs will feel like lead! Haha. Great day! Thanks to Thomas!
Well organised trip and had a brilliant day. It was a long day being picked up at 6am and not getting back to hotel until 10pm but thoroughly enjoyed it. The Gorge is awesome and the walk was challenging in the heat but well worth the effort. The swim in the sea at the end was heavenly as was the cold beer after! Getting the boat back for part of the way was fab and also the stop for souvlaki being cooked outside for us.