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Samaria Gorge National Park

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Address: Lefka Ori (White Mountains), Sfakia, Crete, Greece
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Activities: Hiking
Description: Believed to be one of the most scenic national parks in Europe, this gorge...
Believed to be one of the most scenic national parks in Europe, this gorge stretches more than 10 miles to the south coastal region and offers many hiking trails.
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Must do walk .very stunning scenery

Just done the walk today ,I knew it would be hard going but Christ after the 1st 2 miles I was ready too throw in the towel so glad I never !! Stunning adventures during the walk... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

Just done the walk today ,I knew it would be hard going but Christ after the 1st 2 miles I was ready too throw in the towel so glad I never !! Stunning adventures during the walk , but wear walking boots or trainers I had walking sandels but not strong enough , and if possible walking sticks,hat . Take... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

A visit to Samaria Gorge is mandatory if you are in Crete. The 5 hours downhill hiking is demanding but doable (you will find families and elderly people in your path). Sometimes people rush to much in order to get to the end of the Gorge where the beach is waiting but take my advice, don't be in a hurry... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

A long drive winding your way up to the gorge is most rewarding with fantastic views. Do take good walking shoes and some warm clothing as its a lot cooler up in the mountains!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

This is a must-do walk if you are visiting Crete, in reasonable shape and enjoy the outdoors. You have a few options to do the walk. If you have a car then you could drive yourself to the top but then would have to make your own boat and bus arrangements to get back to it. We took part in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

You do need to be reasonably fit to undertake a walk in the gorge. The path is up and down, uneven and involves walking across temporary bridges when the mountain streams are in flow. There is a 5€ charge (keep your ticket for use when you exit) this pays for upkeep and WC facilities etc. But the views of nature... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

One of our shared dreams for many years was to hike Samaria Gorge, in Crete, the longest Gorge in Europe. So for our anniversary this year, that is what we did. All 18 kilometers of it! Our excursion was with Elefonissos Tours and our guide was the fit, experienced. knowledgable and dependable Thomas. One of the most beautifu hikes I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

The day started early with a 05:15 mini-bus pick up from our hotel in Almyrida to join the main coach in Chania. Bad at the time - but very good later as we started to walk down the gorge around 07:30 before large numbers arrived - and weren't in the worst of the heat all the time. You do need... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

This trip is certainly very physically demanding and takes a lot of energy and you 100% need real good hiking boots. If you are not in decent shape and don't like nature and exploring then don't even think about it, you'll hate it. The day starts quite early, I was picked up from my hotel at 6am, to get to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Got a bus early in the morning and did the walk in easy tempo over the day. Impressive nature. Rocky ground with some jumping on stones to cross the small creek. Downhill most of the time. Need good shoes. A bit expensive all in all (30 Euro), but everything is in Crete :).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Because of the logistical difficulties of doing this walk we booked a trip with El Greco tours so were collected from a nearby meeting point at 5.15am. The trip cost us 20 Euro each for coach transfers, plus 5 Euro Gorge entrance and 8.50 Euro Ferry. You do need some good walking shoes for this walk, is it all downhill... More 

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