How about the longest gorge of Greece?
A most imposing place
Private Full-day tour
May - October
Duration of the trip: 12 hours (approximately)
Pick up time: Around 08:00 am
Trail length: 16.5 km
Duration of the hike: 6 hours (approximately)
Drinking water: Every 2km
what is included
Lunch and Picnic
Transfer from and to your hotel
English, French, Spanish speaking tour leader
The gorge of Samaria is the longest in Europe, 18km long and 150m at its widest points. Samaria was declared a National Park in 1962 and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It is a Wildlife Refuge and belongs to EU’s Natura 2000 network of protected areas as a sheter of wildlife and endemic plants. Its entrance is at an altitude of 1200 m, at the Omalos plateau. From there, we start our descent towards the Libyan sea and the village of Agia Roumeli. Passing by pines and cypresses, an abandoned village and walking along the riverbed, provides enjoyment and a setting for discussions about this natural and cultural heritage.
The gorge crosses Lefka Ori from the north and terminates at the sea. Its creation was a result of great geological forces that led to the uplift of some areas, the subsiding of others and numeral cracks. Large volumes of water eroded the rocks that pressure had created and later deposited material thus forming raised areas.
Human intervention is evident all over the region’s typical Mediterranean flora but it has been done with respect and aiming at preserving the landscape.
A most imposing place, where the steep slopes have always been home and shelter to rebels, warriors and freedom fighters. That was especially so during World War II and the Greek Civil War that followed. All the residents of Samaria joined the Resistance and their sheep and goats were at the disposal of the guerrillas. It was also the theatre of the last battle of the civil war in Crete, the Battle of Samaria,.
Please, don't forget:
Hat - Sunscreen - Water
Sneakers or hiking shoes - Backpack - Morning Light Jacket
Swimsuit - Sandals for the beach - Towel