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The difference between the Samaria Gorge Trip & the Samaria Gorge Lazy Trip is explained here.
The word "Lazy" is used to understand that there is a difference between the two trips we offer, one is not lazy doing this trip as you still have to get up early & it does involve walking.
The Samaria Lazy trip is designed for those who cannot walk downhill for a long period of time or have knee issues and the strain of walking the full 12 kms is difficult for them.
The Lazy trip walkers start their walk from the bottom of the gorge, Agia Roumeli and walk up until the narrowest point which is 3m wide. or as far as they wish to walk. It isn't uphill as such, but it is referred to as walking up. Whilst the ones who do the full Samaria walk, start very early in the morning from the top of the Gorge & walk the full 13kms,the steep downhill in the beginning & the rough terrain of the water bed.
You need to be fairly fit for the full hike and reasonably fit for the Lazy. There are two boat rides on the Lazy (at a discounted price). You must also be aware that you will be starting the walk in the middle of the day, so do take a hat as the first part of the walk is without shade.
You will see the entrance to the Samaria Gorge & then on route to Sougia you see views of the Lybian Sea & sometimes even Gavdos Island is in view on clear days.
The coach descends into the small seaside village of Sougia & from here you take the ferry across to Agia Roumeli.
The guide on the trip will give you information on the coach & you are free to walk at your own pace. The guide tells you where to meet at the bottom & it is a hassle free trip.
Note that the first 2 kms of the footpath from Agia Roumeli until the entrance, is without shade & a fairly flat surface. Once you enter the Samaria gorge from the south you will need to walk another 2kms in order to get to the "Doors" or Portes in Greek which is the Narrowest Point in the Samaria Gorge & the most photographed.
Water will be running through the gorge in Spring, so you will have to hop boulders, which can be slippery.
The walk to the Narrowest point takes about 2 hours, walking at a fairly slow pace. Just keep an eye on the time, so that you have enough time to walk back again to catch the ferry!
At any time of the walk, you can turn around & head back to Agia Roumeli.
You will get to see the most photographed point in the Samaria gorge & get a good taste of the Cretan landscape on the ferry rides & coach journey.
Samaria Gorge Lazy
Price for Samaria Gorge Lazy Trip:
Adults: € 28
Children (4 -12 years) :€14
-It is not recommended for children under 5 years old for safety reasons.
Day of Samaria Gorge Lazy Trip: Monday & Tuesday
Pick up time: 05.15-06.45
(depending on where you are staying- see the Pick up Points page )
(If you are staying East of Chania & Akrotiri there is an extra cost 3€ - 15€ for the extra distance for pick up -the farthest we pick up east for this trip is Vrysses but there must be minimun 4 people to pick up from this area).
Duration of Samaria Gorge Lazy Trip:
-12 hours approx.
-Greek/English speaking guide
-Transfers with air-conditioned coach
Excludes- Payable on the day:
-Entrance fee to the Samaria Gorge
(€5 Adults but children up to 18 years old are free)
-Boat tickets from Sougia to Agia Roumeli & back again.
Adults : €18
Children (5-12 years) : €9
-Meals & drinks
-Tips & gratuities
To book the Samaria Gorge Lazy Trip, you will need to book at least 1 day in advance to reserve your seat & make payment.
The trip starts with an early pick up from the nearest point to your accommodation (between 05.15 -06.30) and drive through the mountains passing the plateau of Omalos to the top of the gorge.
There is a short period of time to take a quick look at the start of the gorge walk . Then back on the coach & headed to seaside village of Sougia to catch the ferry.
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