Diana's Travel Chania Crete
Samaria Gorge "Lazy"
One of the most famous places to see on Crete is the Samaria Gorge, Europe’s largest gorge. This National Park is 13kms long with unbelievable natural beauty. The gorge is rich with many endemic flowers & herbs with crystal clear spring water flowing from the mountains.
The word "Lazy" is used to understand that there is a difference between the two trips we offer. The Samaria Lazy trip is designed for those who cannot walk downhill for a long period of time or have knee issues. 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. 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 downhill.
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 quite a bit of Crete with a journey on the coach from Chania to Chora Sfakia, which passes along the top of the Imbros Gorge. After Imbros you will have views of the Lybian Sea & sometimes even Gavdos Island is in view on clear days.
The coach descends into the small seaside village of Chora Sfakia & 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 anytime 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. This includes a view of the picturesque village of Loutro, halfway between Agia Roumeli & Sfakia.
Itinerary - The trip starts with an early pick up from the nearest point to your accommodation (between 07.20 -08.15) and drive through the mountains passing the plateau of Askyfou.
There is a short period of time 15mins to take a quick look at Sfakia, which is a very small village. The view of the village from the boat is better.
-10.30 ferry Chora Sfakia to Agia Roumeli.
-11.30 arrival at Agia Roumeli & start walk to South entrance of Samaria Gorge.
- 17.00 Departure ferry from Agia Roumeli to Chora Sfakia. (in May the ferry leaves at 17.30)
- 18.00 Coach ride from Chora Sfakia to the north coast.
- Arrival back at the pick-up point at approximately 20:00-20.30.
Hiking boots are the best, but trainers with good grip will do just fine.