On the road to Samaria
Explore Samaria Gorge
Sail from Agia Roumeli to Sfakia
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.
|05:30||-||07:10||Bus drive to Rethimno suburbs|
|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|
|17:30||-||18:30||Boat trip to Sfakia|
|18:30||-||18:40||Walk to the bus|
|18:40||-||20:30||Bus trip to Rethymno|
|20:50||-||22:40||Return bus trip to resorts|
** Itinerary is subject to minor alterations depending on traffic, weather conditions or any other unpredictable circumstance.
- Sport shoes or walking boots
- Sun protection lotion
- A bottle of water that you can refill from springs in the gorge
- Light Snack
- 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.
- 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.