Hiking at Samaria Gorge from Chania!






May, June, October: every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

July, August, September: daily

Duration Full Day – Approximately 15 hours


Arrival at Xyloskalo, Samaria Gorge

No holiday in Crete is complete without a trip through the 2nd longest gorge in Europe, the Gorge of Samaria. It is the longest and most imposing ravine in the Mediterranean. It is 16.5 kilometers in length from the position of Xyloskalo and terminates at Agia Roumeli in the Libyan Sea.

We will arrive around 7 o’clock in the morning and after a short break you will start walking. Descending the 600 wooden steps you will be intrigued by the beauty and serenity of this massive gorge which is shadowed by the White Mountains. You will come across the church of St. Nicolas, built on the ruins of an ancient temple. Afterwards you will reach “Portes” or “Iron Gates”, the narrowest pass of the gorge. The hike ends at Agia Roumeli.

Indicative Time-Table:
05:20‐06:10                   Pick up
07:30                              First stop Omalos Plateau.
08:00                              Begin hike Xyloskalo (1.200 m)
14:00                              End hike at Agia Roumeli Village (it depends on how fast you walk). Free time to eat, drink and to swim.
16:30                              Meet your guide at Agia Roumeli and get the ferry-boat tickets to Sougia.
17:00-17:30                   Departure from Agia Roumeli to Sougia
18:30                              Arrival to Sougia
20:00‐20:30                   Arrival at your Hotel
Important Information
  • Drink plenty of water (you can refill your bottle from springs inside the gorge)
  • Go slow in the first 2km of the walk & avoid stopping for a rest just below high cliffs
  • Avoid resting for more than 15 minutes (especially if you are not used to this sort of walk) because your muscles will start to stiffen up and you will find it pretty hard to get going again
  • Whilst in the village of Samaria take a quiet walk around it, you will probably catch a glimpse of the kri‐kri’s. The young ones get used to seeing people every day and are not that shy
  • Always look where you are heading. When you want to look around, make sure you don’t block the path and then look
  • Half way down the gorge lies the old village of Samaria. The village of Samaria has a telephone for communication with the police, a pharmacy, and two mules to transport injured persons
The trip is not recommended for any person with a history of knee problems, high blood pressure, cardiac and pulmonary problems, for pregnant women and for anybody who suffers from vertigo/fear of heights. If still interested, please check our Samaria Easy Way.
Remember to bring‼️ Sun Cream (a lot!), Sunglasses and Hat, Long-Sleeved
Shirt for Sensitive skin, A light jumper for the morning, Good hiking
shoes, Bottle of water and Light Snacks (fruits etc.), Swim Suit and a
Beach Towel.

Important Notes

  1. Mandatory use of face covering and pre-boarding health declaration questionnaire is required, filled by all adults. Please download it here (English) or here (Greek) and have it filled before boarding on bus
  2. Pick-up from Kalyves area requires a minimum number of 4 adults with an extra charge of 6.00€ per person.
  3. The following are prohibited inside the gorge: radios, singing, excessive noise, disposal of rubbish in places other than those provided, smoking anywhere other than the rest points, consumption of alcohol.
  4. The travel agency reserves the right to alter or cancel any tour due to adverse weather conditions or insufficient passengers number or force majeure 12 hours prior to departure time with a notification to the traveler.
  5. Please arrive on time to the given pick-up point. Unfortunately, there is no option to wait for latecomers. In case of delay, missed pick-up, missed departure time, no refunds.