From Ierapetra: Boat Cruise to Chrissi Island
- Duration: 6 hours
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Absolutely breathtaking scenery! It’s a must once in a lifetime! However really be prepared it is not for everybody. Trekking Shoes should be a must as you walk mostly on stones the whole path and they are slippery its extremely easy to get injured. Take your time and be careful. A normal time to get through it is around 6-7 hours with pauses to eat fill your water bottle take pictures. You should start early as possible to have plenty of time to enjoy it! All in all an epic experience! The guides are great and they all know each other and are there to help everyone. Everyone must go in their own pace. Don’t forget to bring money as the entrance is extra 5 EUR and the boat is extra 11 EUR to take you to Sfakia. We did it with Meki and she was great! She told us so many things also about Crete in general! She was also very funny and always smiling as her smiley on her backpack! Thanks a lot Meki from Ballos Travel Agency and Marcos our driver, the best driver!
I had dislocated my toe earlier that week, simply walking was a bit of a struggle. But my fiancé really wanted to go on this hike, so I took some painkillers and agreed. And it was manageable, after a few rest stops even quite enjoyable. The beginning of the trail is a steep downhill climb through a rocky trail. Basically all you can see for the first 1,5 - 2h is what’s under your feet. With my injured toe I was very tense for the first part. But after reaching Samaria village the trail got easier, and the views were spectacular. The guide was simply amazing, transportation was straightforward and comfortable. I suggest you take this hike on your last days in Crete, cause it has been two days and my leg muscles are still letting me know what they have been through.
You pay just for the guide + bus, the gorge entry & boat tickets need to be payed additionally in the bus (which btw had some problems that day and we had to switch to the other one). The experience in Samaria was excellent tho and would recommend it to anyone!
Amazing experience. It is quite difficult hike and you must be careful to not get injured. Suggest to have proper hiking shoes since with my soft pad sneakers I was feeling every rock and was quite slippery
Very punctual and organized pick-up and drop-off at our hotel. Our guide Nikos was awesome and gave us great advice on how to hike down safely. Great sights surrounded by nature!