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Gorge Imbros

Gorge Imbros: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Rethymno/Chania: Imbros Gorge Hike

1. From Rethymno/Chania: Imbros Gorge Hike

Discover the Imbros Gorge, which runs parallel to the more famous Samaria Gorge. Although the Imbros Gorge is smaller, many people prefer to cross here because it offers a very different hiking experience than the Samaria Gorge. Of the 11 kilometers, 8.5 kilometers are suitable for hiking. Discover the exquisite beauty of nature in this narrow passage and learn about the stunning rock formations.  According to legend, the name Imbros was given to the village, and subsequently the gorge, because two Greek brothers chose to live here after they were banished from Imbros Island when it was connected to Turkey. For many years, the Imbros Gorge served as part of the trail that connected the city of Chania to the Hora Sfakion village. It is notable that during World War II, after the Battle of Crete was lost by Greece and her allies, many thousands of British soldiers passed through the Imbros Gorge towards South Crete in order to get to Egypt.  After the hike, take a swim in the stunning refreshing Libyan sea. Eat lunch with the locals in the taverns. 

From Rethymno & Heraklion: Imbros Gorge & Libyan Sea Tour

2. From Rethymno & Heraklion: Imbros Gorge & Libyan Sea Tour

After pickup from your hotel in the Rethymno area or Heraklion area at approximately 7:30 AM, journey by bus to the Imbros Gorge in the eastern part of the White Mountains of Crete. Upon arrival, enjoy an easy 3-hour hike through the narrow passages and marvel at the stunning rock formations. The Imbros Gorge is the second most popular gorge for walkers in Crete after the gorge of Samaria. This picturesque gorge is smaller (8km long) than the Samaria but is just as beautiful. During your descent you will visit various famous locations such as the Stenada (the gorge's narrowest passage), Mesofarango (a wider passage) and Xepitira Arch (a natural stone arch). You'll then arrive at Komitades Village where buses will be waiting to bring you to Chora Sfakion for some relaxing free time at one of the taverns or cafés overlooking the sea. Continue by bus to the south coast and visit a beautiful beach for a refreshing swim in the Libyan Sea. Relax and enjoy a traditional lunch before the bus trip back to Rethymno area at approximately 5:30 PM.

Rethymno: Private Guided Day Trip to Gola Di Imbros & Lunch

3. Rethymno: Private Guided Day Trip to Gola Di Imbros & Lunch

Escape into the wilderness of Crete on a private guided day trip to the Gola Di Imbros and Hora Sfakion from Rethymno. Explore the canyon, spotting rare species of birds as you hike, and refuel with a traditional Cretan lunch. Make a stop in Hora Sfakion and soak in the sun on Vrissi beach. Get picked and drive to the Gola Di Imbros, enjoying scenic views of Crete on the way. Arrive and follow your guide to the beginning of the trail. Descend into the canyon, winding between the narrow, towering rock faces that cover the trail with shade. Listen to your guide as they point out rare plants and wildlife that grow and live in this arid environment. Look out for tulips, Dyer’s alkanet, and the colorful scabiosa. Hear distant bird calls and keep an eye in the sky for blackbirds, thrushes, crows, hawks, and eagles. Pass by a stone arch and depending on how you feel, choose to end your hike here and get lunch back at the starting point, or continue another 15 minutes through the canyon to the village of Komitades for lunch in a traditional Cretan tavern. On your private trip, the choice is yours. After lunch, leave the Gola Di Imbros behind and drive to the coastal town of Hora Sfakion. Take a relaxing walk on pebble beaches or the picturesque Vrissi beach. Wave goodbye to the sea and transfer back to Rethymno.

From Chania: Sfakia, Frangokastelo, Imbros, and Vryses Tour

4. From Chania: Sfakia, Frangokastelo, Imbros, and Vryses Tour

Discover the beauty of Crete on this tour to from Chania to the villages Sfakia and Vrysses. Go for a swim at Frangokastelo beach and admire the views at Imbros Gorge. Drink cold soft drinks, beer, wine, and bottled water. Snack on sandwiches and Cretan kalitsounia (cheese pastry).  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Chania. Sit back and relax as you drive through the southernmost part of Greece. Watch an audiovisual presentation of Cretan customs as you drive. Have access to free Wi-Fi and USB charging onboard.  Stop at the remote seaside village of Chora Sfakion. Spend some time to exploring the narrow streets in the village and go shopping for local products. Continue to Frangokastelo beach, which is famous for its sand and stunning Venetian castle.  Take some time to soak up some sun on the beach and swim in the crystal clear waters. Learn about the Drosoulites visions which are seen by locals in the region. Make your way to the entrance of Imbros Gorge where you can take pictures of the breathtaking view.  Visit the traditional village of Vrysses. View the tall plane trees in the village and explore the local tavernas and cafes. Return to your accommodation in Chania at the end of your tour. 

Chania: Far West Private Day Trip with Food Workshop

5. Chania: Far West Private Day Trip with Food Workshop

Leaving Chania, you will venture into a completely different landscape, going deep into the unique region of Sfakia. The White Mountains will be your stomping ground for a day of activities for the whole family. Your first stop of the day is at a family owned small-scale cheese factory for a Cretan cheese and yoghurt tasting. You will learn about the traditional local production from this expert cheesemonger, and have the opportunity to sample what locals consider to be the best yoghurt on the island. Afterwards, you’ll head to Askifou Plateau at an altitude of 730m, a picture-perfect valley surrounded by the White Mountains. From there, you’ll start your hike into the 8km Imbros Gorge. It is an easy walk for the whole family with multiple stops for photos and discussions around the flora and fauna in the area. The gorge is spectacular, with several very narrow passages. Your guide will share thrilling stories about how this area was used by Australia, New Zealand and British soldiers in the war. Then, get ready to experience the local culture through gastronomy with your hands-on food workshop. Amongst the delicious flavours and aromas mixed in with local wine, you will discover the secrets of local cuisine while you enjoy a traditional meal, delicious desserts and locally-farmed fruit. At the end of the day, enjoy a glass of wine as you will visit one of the best wineries in Crete for a tasting. You can taste 4 different wine varieties in the traditional cellar, taking in the experience with all of your senses. The tasting is a fitting finale in Crete’s Far West.

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What people are saying about Gorge Imbros

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 94 reviews

We had a lot of stress booking this trip one was cancelled we had three different pick up times two pick up points and two days on the phone trying to sort out wish we drove ourselves wasted valuable holiday time the tour itself was really good but will never use this sort of booking again Sally and Richard sheppard

Good bus, good guide and wonderful trip through the gorge. Slightly pressured schedule for bathing and taverna afterwards. Somewhat unclear Pick up time. GYG wrote at 5-7 before email from Rethymno Excursions, who said at 9. Confusion total when GYG subsequently sent new confirmation at 7 - We were picked up at 9….

Guide was impressive in that she spoke 4 languages fluently. Even though it was a large tour bus, everyone spread out on the trail and we really had it to ourselves most of the time. But be forewarned that this is not an easy hike. You walk through a dry riverbed with loose rocks the entire way.

Very well arranged everything with pick up and return. We had Carolyn, who all shared nice information about the island and clear agreements Topper

All in all it was a great experience. Any time. Definitely worth it.