Join an escorted tour, enjoying a morning bus trip towards the west Crete, followed by a stop to Omalos plateau. Begin your walk with the group into Samaria gorge and enjoy its unique morphology on your way to the longest gorge hike in Europe. Reach Agia Roumeli south coast, where your sailing trip will bring you to Sfakia.

On the road to Samaria
Enjoy a morning bus trip towards the west Crete, followed by a stop to Omalos plateau for your final supplies settlement.

Explore Samaria Gorge
Begin your walk with the group into Samaria gorge, the biggest gorge in Europe.

Sail from Agia Roumeli to Sfakia
Reach Agia Roumeli south coast, where your sailing trip will bring you to Sfakia and back to your coach.

The excursion begins with collecting the group of all explorers from their pick up points in the morning. The bus tour will then be heading towards west Crete to Omalos plateau where our preparation will take place, followed by our entrance to Xyloskalo and begin our walk to Samaria gorge.

The plateau of Omalos is an area of 15km, found 38 Km on the south of Chania, in the center of the Cretan mountains named Lefka Ori (White Mountains). The highest mountain of this mountain range, is Pachnes at an altitude of 2452m.

Xyloskalo is 5 kilometers from Omalos plateau, the northern most entrance of Samaria gorge at an altitude of 1230m.

Samaria gorge is 16 Km long but an extra 2 Km walk is needed until we reach the south coast end of Agia Roumeli. The width of the gorge is 150m at its widest point and 3m at its narrowest, not to mention up to 700 meters deep. The cliffs reach heights of 350 meters. The first 4 kilometers of the walk, is by far the most difficult ones due to the steep descend. Once we reach the bottom of the gorge, things are getting easier, although a long way to go. Halfway of our walk, we will find the actual village of Samaria, an old village whose inhabitants were relocated in 1962, when the gorge was declared a national park. The old houses still exist and they serve as houses for the guards of the forest police. Rest for a while and you might have the chance to see a "Kri Kri" trying to catch some food. A little further down is the church of Osia Maria, from which the name Samaria comes from. At the rest point of Christos, a shaded clearing, you will find the last spring in the gorge. A few minutes later we will reach the “Gates”, the narrowest and highest part of the gorge. After 2 km further, we will reach the guard post, marking our initials out of the National Park by entering the old village of Agia Roumeli. The path is considered very easy from this point, however there is no shade. We will soon see the sea ahead in which minutes later will enter the new village of Agia Roumeli and the cooling sea.

The tour is completed by our return sailing trip from Agia Roumeli to Sfakia, followed by the bus tour heading to our way back.

Duration: 17 hours *
05:30 - 07:10 Bus drive to Rethimno suburbs
07:10 - 07:30 Resting break
07:30 - 09:00 Bus drive to Omalos plateau
09:00 - 09:20 Arrival in Omalos for last supplies
09:20 - 09:30 Bus drive to Xyloskalo
09:30 - 17:00 Gorge crossing towards Agia Roumeli
17:00 - 17:30 Embarkation
17:30 - 18:30 Boat trip to Sfakia
18:30 - 18:40 Walk to the bus
18:40 - 20:30 Bus trip to Rethymno
20:30 - 20:50 Resting break
20:50 - 22:40 Return bus trip to resorts
* The exact duration of the excursion depends on the pick up and drop off location, please check availability section for more details.
** Itinerary is subject to minor alterations depending on traffic, weather conditions or any other unpredictable circumstance.
Bring with you
  • Sport shoes or walking boots
  • Hat
  • Sun protection lotion
  • A bottle of water that you can refill from springs in the gorge
  • Camera
  • Swimming
  • Light Snack
Food & drinks
  • In Rethymno outskirts you can purchase food and drinks.
  • In Omalos plateau you can purchase food and drinks.
  • In Agia Roumeli you can purchase food and drinks.
  • On the boat to Sfakia, you can purchase snacks, soft drinks, etc.
WC facilities
  • No facilities are available on board of the bus.
  • Facilities are available in Rethymno.
  • Facilities are available in Omalos plateau.
  • Facilities are available in Samaria gorge.
  • Facilities are available in Agia Roumeli.
  • Facilities are available on board of the boat.