Sit back and relax and enjoy a leisurely scenic drive through the orange growing region of western Crete to Chania and up to the northern hills of the White Mountains, where you will set off for a guided hike through the longest gorge in Europe, the Samaria.
On reaching the plateau of Omalos and the entrance to the gorge, you will have the option of entering the deep narrow valley for a short hike with a local guide and returning, or staying to explore the plateau and enjoying a refreshment before driving down to the small seaside village of Sougia on the coast of the Libyan Sea.
In Sougia, you have the option of doing a spot of sightseeing or swimming for the rest of the day, or alternatively hiking to the hidden archaeological site of Lissos, which is a ninety minute walk each way and of moderate difficulty.
For individuals who do not wish to hike both ways to Lissos, a short boat ride can be arranged for the return journey from Lissos to Sougia, weather permitting.
The first part of the Samaria Gorge hike is downhill and can be slippery. It is not recommended for individuals who are unfit or have walking difficulties.
It is recommended that participants wear strong walking shoes or boots and bring the following items: light jacket, backpack, sunhat, sunscreen, swimsuit, small towel and a bottle of water.
Crete is Greece’s largest island so pay special attention to the location of the tours you choose.