Trekking in Samaria Gorge
Day excursion to Samaria Gorge: 65€ / person
Samaria gorge, Europe's longest and certainly one of its most spectacular.
The gorge of Samaria is situated in the National park of Samaria, in the White Mountains in West Crete.
The park is supervised by the Department of Forestry and the gorge is generally open only from June to the end of October. In winter, high water makes the gorge dangerous and impassable. The descent begins on a good path in shady pine forest, dropping steeply and crossing the river before reaching the deserted village of Samaria. Soon the path is in the riverbed itself before we climb away again at the point where the (underground) river re-emerges. Now the path criss-crosses the river and leads out to the village of Agia (St.) Roumeli and the sea. After a swim and/or drinks, take the boat to Sfakia and transfer to Chania.
Difficulty: Moderate walk, 16 kilometres, between 5-6 hours
Terrain: The terrain is stony most of the time but it varies. At the beginning the path is paved with uneven stones, and then at times it is more like a forest path with some earth. Once you reach the river bed you walk mainly on pebbles. You also have to cross the river many times on small wooden bridges but more often by stepping on rocks. These have been placed at strategic intervals but still require some sure-footedness.
Days of operation:
Every Monday/Wednesday/Thursday/Sunday and any other date for groups of 10 people
Departure Time: approximately 07:00 a.m. from Chania
Return Time: approximately 19.00 p.m. (depending on the season and boat itineraries)
- All transfers from Chania
- Entrance to the gorge
- Boat ticket from Ag.Roumeli to Chora Sfakion
- Trekking guide
Wish to book a guided adventure in Crete ? have a look at our Crete White Mountains Guided Program