If hiking the Samaria Gorge sounds like too much for you, then Crete comes up with another, easier option – the Imbros Gorge. Walking this 8 kilometre ravine is less strenuous but it’s still something special.
Imbros Gorge is the second most popular gorge on Crete after Samaria. It runs parallel to its “big sister” the Samaria Gorge for 11 kilometres and its narrowest part is just 1.60m wide. It takes around 2 to 3 hours to hike the gorge. The first half hour of walking is downhill through wildflower meadows with the gorge getting narrower along the way. After around 75 minutes you’ll find yourself in the narrowest, most spectacular spot of the gorge. The walls of the gorge are less than 2 metres apart and tower 300 metres above.
The legend tells that two brothers were banished from Imbros in Turkey and lived since then in the Imbros village, Crete. The Imbros Gorge mule trail was the only connection between Chania and Chora Sfakion, before the road was built. Remains of this trail can be still seen. The gorge witnessed an evacuation of several thousands of British soldiers during second World War before heading to Egypt.
The Imbros opens onto the sea at the village of Komitades, where we can relax over drinks at a taverna before continuing to nearby village Chora Sfakion.
Our bus will pick you up from your hotel and after about 90 minutes drive, we arrive in the village of Imbros. By the entrance, in a nice café, we stop for optional coffee or local breakfast if you wish.
Then follows the walk through the gorge, guided from our licensed trekking guide, who is going to point you the native plants and give you more information about the whole area. After our walk through this spectacular path (about 3 hours), we arrive to the village Komitades, where you have the possibility to have lunch in a local tavern with view the magnificent Libyan sea. Follows a visit to the capital of the whole province, Chora Sfakion, where you can enjoy swimming by the Coast of Libyan Sea. Late in the afternoon, we return by our bus to your hotel.
What is included in this tour
Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
- Hotel pick up and drop off
- English speaking mountain guide
- Air-conditioned bus transportation
Whats not included in this tour.
Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
- Gratuities (optional)
- Entrance of the Gorge (2€)
- Meals – snacks
April to October
Every day on request
Departures from Chania
-If a tour is cancelled due to few participants or bad weather conditions, the company will refund 100% of made payments.
Early in the morning
Starting from 07:30 am. The exact pick up time depends on hotel location or meeting point.