Samaria Gorge

The gorge of Samaria is the second most visited tourist attraction on Crete (following the Minoan palace of Knossos) and by far the most popular hiking.
More than a quarter million people walk through the gorge every year from early May to October.
In winter the gorge is closed to visitors due to danger posed by water and falling stones. Usually the gorge open for hikers early May and close mid October.
The exact date depends on rain.

Rare flora and fauna have survived in this area and are protected. The second highest face for rock climbing in Greece is just in the beginning of Samaria and is Gigilos north face, 1000 meters.
The path starts at an altitude of about 1100 meters and comes to an end at the village of Agia Roumeli at the Libyan sea. Walking through the gorge usually takes anything from 4 to 6 hours (excluding the breaks) and is about 13km. After the end of the gorge you will need to walk an extra 3km to reach Agia Roumeli where the ferry depart for Chora Sfakion.

The path is 16km long and although it is maintained and in good condition, it is quite stony and also steep at times. If you are not used to this type of exercise you may find it pretty heavy going and will certainly feel your legs for days afterwards. Proper walking shoes are essential.

Samaria gorge is open only during the day time and if you want to start walking in the afternoon you will only be allowed in up to a certain point. The guards want to make sure that everybody who walks in also gets out before nightfall. This is the reason why they ask you to present your ticket on the way out as it (supposedly) enables them to know if there is anyone still in the park at night.

Not included:

Samaria entrance fee which is about 5 euros.

Ferry ticket from Agia Roumeli to Chora Sfakion, about 12.50 euros (children pay 10).


Transport from Heraklion and near by to Samaria and back

If you choose a guided trip the guide


60€ per person for self guided
80€ per person for guided tour
Minimum participants for guided tour 4, maximum 5.
Minimum participants for self guided 5, maximum 6.

Pick up from hotels in / near Heraklio city : 6am - 07.30am, depending on location (we serve areas till Chersonissos & Malia).