The ancient Minoan civilization on Crete was one of the first to create a functional sewer system, but you'll be staying above ground in the fresh air on this eight-day itinerary for the whole family. After a tour of the mythology of Athens, you'll fly to Crete for six days of hiking, beaches, and city tours that will transport you through history.
You'll start in the town of Omalos, where you'll get to know your hiking guide and learn a bit more about this UNESCO site. Then, start your trek at the Omalos Plateau at over 4,000 feet (1,250 meters)! After following the river bed, you'll end at the village of Agia Roumeli.
Because you start at a high elevation, you can relish the steep views of the surrounding mountains and hills in the distance. As you hike down the comfortable and well-maintained route, you'll enjoy various scenic vistas, landscapes, and environments. At the Iron Gates, you'll stand between the narrow 1,600-foot walls (500-m) at just 13 feet (4 m). Cross the river over bridges and follow along the bottom of the gorge on a boardwalk.
Eventually, you'll reach the shores of the Libyan Sea at Agia Roumeli. Enjoy some free time to take a swim or have lunch. To return to Chania, you'll ride the ferry to Sougia or Sfakia, where your return transfer awaits.
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Itineraries with Trek Samaria Gorge on Crete
Cover a range of terrain across Greece with this athletic 10-day itinerary. Start in Athens with a day trip up to Meteora's monasteries in the sky, then sail to the Cyclades to hike and bike on the shore. Stop in Crete to trek the towering Samaria Gorge before you return to Athens.
Explore Greece from the top down, starting up on the Athenian Acropolis. After a mythology tour of the city, head to the Cyclades to see Mykonian farms, archaeological sites, and the famed Santorini caldera. Spend four days on Crete and return to the mainland to learn the ancient myths of Delphi, Meteora, and the Peloponnesian peninsula.
Travel almost the entire length of Greece on this fun itinerary. You'll start with the myths of Athens, then travel to the modern nightlife mixed with traditional farms of Mykonos and Santorini. The ferry to Crete will take you back to the Palace of Knossos and era of stone villages, then return to Athens to use the city and neighboring Nafplio as your base for expeditions to even more ancient monuments.