From forgotten paths to a world-famous gorge, 2 days in the heart of Crete!
Experience some lesser-known but equally interesting areas of inland Crete, as well as one of the island´s major natural highlights, the Samaria Gorge.
Spend 2 days hiking in stunning, varied scenery and a night on the high mountain plain of Omalos to the sound of sheep bells!
English-speaking host from pick-up (D1) to drop-off (D2) (For pick-up/drop-off from your hotel, please contact us)
1 overnight in Omalos (family hotel: double/twin room on a BB basis)
Picnic lunch (D1+D2), evening meal in Omalos restaurant (D1)
Tour of herb farm (Omalos), transfer of any luggage from hotel-Omalos (D1) and Omalos-Sfakia-hotel (D2)
Breakfast (D1), Evening meal (D2)
Voidodema – Omalos: remembering forgotten paths
Pick up from your hotel and drive to the beginning of our hike.
Our transfer leaves us in the foothills less than an hour’s drive from Chania. Today’s hike includes a forgotten stone-built path (“Voidodema“), with ancient cypress trees and panoramic views. This path used to be the only connection between the mountain villages before roads were built.
After about 5 hours of hiking, we arrive at the plain of Omalos and visit a local herb farm where we find out about the herbs that flourish in the area. We can taste and even pick them in the farm grounds!
Evening meal and overnight at Omalos surrounded by mountains.
Transfer time: 1hr – Hiking time (approx.): 5hrs (7km) – Altitude range (m): 800-650-900
Omalos – Agia Roumeli: Europe´s longest and Crete´s most famous gorge
Samaria is just one of the many gorges on Crete but it is definitely the best-known.
This natural treasure lies in the heart of the Samaria National Park (also a UNESCO World Heritage site) which is home to numerous endemic species of plants and animals. Its breathtaking scale and impressive topography attract visitors from all over the world and the magnificent scenery will not leave the hiker untouched.
We start our hike from Omalos in the cool, early morning air and after an approx. 6-7 hr hike, we reach the small, coastal village of Agia Roumeli (no roads!), where we are rewarded with a well-deserved swim!
Ferry transfer (1 hr) to Sougia (or Chora Sfakion, depending on your hotel). End of excursion or transfer back to your hotel.
Transfer time: 10 mins | 1,5hrs – Hiking time (approx): 6,5hrs (13+3km) – Altitude range (m): 1250-0
Please note: this hike is suitable for hikers who have reasonable experience and are used to walking on uneven terrain for the above length of time.
Walking on: path (earth and stones), dirt track, paved stone path, rugged rocks, dry riverbed
Hikers carry: day backpack with day necessities (water, picnic lunch, personal belongings, etc)
Luggage: transferred to Omalos hotel (D1) + transferred to Sougia/Sfakia and your hotel (D2).
Suitable for: anyone in good health who enjoys hiking, children over 12 yrs.
Don´t forget your: hiking boots (closed/sports shoes), sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, water, snack/fruit, camera, hiking poles (advisable), swimwear/beachwear/beach shoes, warmer clothes for the evening in the mountains.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: the Samaria Gorge lies within a National Park. During the winter it is closed due to the high levels of water flowing through the gorge and due to falling rocks. At the end of April, the water level in the gorge and the state of the path is assessed by the local Forestry Authorities. Every year, it undergoes the necessary maintenance before it is opened to the public for the summer season. The exact date of the opening varies every year as it depends on weather conditions (amounts of rain/snow) during the winter. The Authorities also have the right to close the gorge any day a severe weather warning is issued, even during the summer. This is why on some days, especially at the start and at the end of the season (late April/early May and late October) the Samaria Gorge may be closed. During these periods, availability of this trip can only be guaranteed 1-2 days in advance. Contact us for further hiking options when the Samaria Gorge is closed (during summer or winter months).
The “Voidodema – Omalos – Samaria” trip can be organised from April to October.
We do not have a fixed/weekly programme,
all trips are upon request and depend on availability.
For other months of the year, please contact us for further options.