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“Don't rush the walk, take your time!”

Samaria Gorge National Park
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Full Day Tour to Samaria Gorge
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Owner description: 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.
North Shields, United Kingdom
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“Don't rush the walk, take your time!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2013

I was staying at Ag' Nik' in Crete and so had a 0430 early morning start to reach the start of the walk. Organised tour, which I would recommend. You don't want to be driving for hours after having walked the gorge! Got started at 1030 but was so worried about missing he last ferry that I rushed through the walk. Should have taken more time to enjoy the walk, the scenery and rested in the selected areas. The start of the walk is the hardest as it is steep downhill over stones and there are too many people in the way! Once you reach the first resting place, the crowds dissipate and you can start to enjoy the walk more. Definitely do not take too much water as you will only have to carry it all through the walk. The mountain springs provide plenty of fresh water for drinking. However, you should take food as this is not available in the gorge. When you get to the level part of the walk after about 7kms, the sun is at its strongest and you begin to get tired. Worth it just to see "the gates". When you reach the end of the gorge, there is still a long walk into the village, which is harder than it looks as you are knackered by this point!

Overall, the walk is fabulous and I would highly recommend it. It is not the hardest of walks as there are very few ascents. However, you will feel your knees, ankles and toes by the end of the walk. After a further two days, you will hardly be able to walk down stairs!

If you are in Crete and have the time, make the effort to walk the gorge. Definitely worthwhile and it will provide a lasting memory of Crete - but don't miss the last boat!

Visited July 2013
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Mandal, Norway
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“A hell of a ride..:)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2013

If you can stand bad knees, sour muscles and walk like an old pope a couple of days after the trip,then you should go for it.. It will for sure be an experience you'll never forget. About 5 hours walking in the most fantastic landscape.. Together with others or just for yourself. I walked in the high season and it didn't feel crowdy.. Be sure to have time for a swim in the Libyan sea before the boat leaves at 5.30 pm.

Visited July 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“One of the best treks”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2013

We took the pre-booked tour and boarded the bus at 6:30 in the morning to get to the national park by 8:00. Please ensure that you wear running shoes if not hiking boots as the terrain is rugged with lots of slippery stones and gravel. The descent is quite steep and tricky in places...the knees take a pounding while getting down. Once at the bottom the walk is just brilliant and often changes between forest trails and dried out river beds. The natural beauty in the place is simply amazing. Our early start got us away from the crowds and we really enjoyed the gorge in the shade. Water is available from the fresh spring along the stops and is drinkable. Do carry some snacks to munch on at the stops as it can get very tiring in a 4-6 hr walk. We had carried a change of clothes, towels and flip flops to change into after the walk. The dip in the Libyan sea after the walk was quite rejuvenating as was the food at one of the various restaurants lining the small town. The ferry is at 1730 and takes you back to another location from where the tour bus picks you up.

Visited July 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic scenery - enjoy at your own pace*”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

*but be warned - the only way back from the descent is by boat which departs at 1730...miss it and you have a nice stay in the harbour town!

Walked with friends late July and was confused a little by the experience. Firstly, we arrived at the top by car around 1200, the guidebooks said 3000 people per day walk the gorge in high-season...we were the only ones at the top.

The walk is spectacular, again i think its fair to say a moderate fitness level is required in addition to some sensible shoes. We all wore running shoes which were fine, no need to break out the hiking boots and ice-axes!!

The route is very well marked out and has some very steep descents for the first 1-2 km before getting into the gorge. here the walk becomes really spectacular, looking up is just amazing- views i will always remember.

At the end there is a small bus that takes you around 2km into the port town where you catch the 1730 boat. The beach here is lovely and we had a chance to catch some sun and cool of before departing. The boat takes you to a different port where it is then necessary to catch a taxi back to the car...only €60!! For 3 the boat was another €25 and €15 for entry...can add up in price if your not expecting it.

Our taxi driver advised that the bus trips from Chania are a more sensible way of doing the trip - although you will have to share the gorge!

Visited July 2013
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“Done it twice and still didn't get enough”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

A tip travel agency don't give to you: Take your swimming suit and change of clothes with you, this will make your day perfect.

Visited July 2013
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