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Samaria Gorge National Park

Old National Road Chanion-Kissamou | Lefka Ori (White Mountains), Sfakia, Crete 730 05, Greece
+30 2821 045570
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Samaria Gorge Tour from Chania - The Longest Gorge in Europe
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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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Old National Road Chanion-Kissamou | Lefka Ori (White Mountains), Sfakia, Crete 730 05, Greece
+30 2821 045570
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Samaria Gorge is beautiful, there's no other way to describe it- unmistakeably Mediterranean but with a sense of vast North American scale. We were part of an organised tour from Heraklion (coach journey 3hrs with bathroom breaks) and actually entered the gorge around 10am. The...More

Thank bunce85
Reviewed 2 days ago

We took a day trip up to the Gorge. The coach took us to the top through the spectacular scenery of the White Mountains. We were collected by boat from the little town at the bottom of the gorge. It is 16km in the glaring...More

Thank Claire R
Reviewed 4 days ago

On a good day, you would walk free handed without hiking sticks. The hiking route is clearly marked with several fountains you could drink mountain water. It is not a very challenging but very interesting route.

Thank Yali L
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Yes, the crowd was overwhelming at first (and we were there in early June at 8.00) but how wonderful that so many people are out being active. Could not rate Elafonissos Tours highly enough. Pick up from our apartment right on time (6AM), comfortable coach,...More

Thank OhSusannaAustralia
Reviewed 6 days ago

This was a true highlight for us! The walking is a little trickier than I expected even after reading the reviews. You really can't take your eyes off your feet for a moment! But when you stop and look around - wow! This was one...More

1  Thank Beth S
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Samaria Gorge offers one of, if not the best hikes in Europe. The scenery is amazing. I'd personally rate it as Crete's number 1 thing to do. The walk is a challenging terrain and of a decent length (~10 miles) so that has to...More

1  Thank m1tch_uk
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went by bus with Klados Panagiotis. They brought us to the entrance of the park (5 euro). Wear good shoes and a hat for this 18 km walk. There is enough water over there, so just a small bottle will do (refill it at...More

Thank Yves V
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you love a hike you can't go to Crete without doing this. An excellent full days trek through the gorge. Can't wait to do the others on our next visit!

Thank Steph C
Reviewed 1 week ago

A longish hike (almost 13 km) and a fairly rough terrain, but the views of the magnificent gorge more than make up for the effort.

Thank Sami V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked this trip with one of the local agents close to our hotel in Reythmnon. It was one of our "must do's" on the holiday tick list. Will come to the scheduled trip later but explain the walk initially. We started off at 09:00...More

3  Thank Kevin R
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Gerald W
We are planning to take the public bus from Paleochora to Omalos in the morning. If I understand it right the entry to the gorge is in Xyloskalo about 4-5km away. What is the best way to get from the bus stop in Omalos to the entry of the Samaria Gorge?
June 19, 2017|
Response from Gerald W |
The bus from Paleohora goes directly to Xyloskalo. I also posted this on the forum, thx for your help (unfortunately I can't post the link to the thread here).
Hello everybody we ll be staying in chania is it easy to get from chania to Samaria park how we can make it from chania to Samaria ! And if they have a time for opening and closing it ! Can anyone answer me plz
June 17, 2017|
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Response from Neechan82 | Reviewed this property |
Ow and don't forget to check whether the gorge is actually open! If the weather is/has been bad, it can be closed. I received the following phone number from the owner of the Kallergi hut (that is located one hour walking... More
Is there a steep drop at the side of the path? I have a good head for heights EXCEPT for these "balcony" walks that I must avoid. Is the gorge of Samaria (the top part) a balcony walk? Thank you
May 6, 2017|
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Response from Shawn M | Reviewed this property |
I think you will have more success coming up from the bottom. I haven't hiked the upper half of the gorge but most of the bottom section is right next to the creek so you are usually about as low as you can get. There are... More