A snorkel in the mountain

Welcome to Samaria National Park


We sincerely appreciate your participation on this test tour. Please enjoy your visit to Samaria National Park and use this page as a guide and reference with all the practical information you might need during your stay. Thank you!



Meet the Cretans! Discover the unspoiled and unique nature of the White Mountains and Samaria National park. Get a taste of the authentic Cretan cuisine. Get to know the culture and live tradition of the island and its special people.

The White Mountains of Crete are a protected mountainous and coastal area, a National Park, a stairway to history and culture in Crete, and the largest island in Greece and most southern part of Europe.

Enjoy!

Samaria National Park

 

The White Mountains region is located in Crete, the biggest island of Greece, at the most southern tip of Europe. It is one of the “hot spots” of natural and cultural singularity in Greece, featuring extensive gorges, breathtaking cliffs, numerous caves, an unexploited coastline and one of the oldest civilizations in Greece.

The whole area (of 585 km²) is multidesignated and highly protected in a national and European level not only for its unique present features but also for its importance in contributing to the preservation and sustainability of the Cretan natural and human landscape.

PRE DEPARTURE GUIDE

Before you depart, please, take the time to take this considerations into account:

Visa requirements

Depending on the Nationality and passport.

Currency
Currency in Greece (and all the European Union) is EuroGoogle Currency Converter

Weather Conditions
In May temperature is usually between 16 – 27 ºC, but on higher altitude it can be much colder and after sunset temperature can fall as low as 8-10 ºC. There is always the possibility of rain. Forecast by Weather.com

Clothing tips
Appropriate clothing and other suggested equipment include:

  • Clothes for Hiking (trousers + short sleeve t-shirt or isothermic)
  • Fleece or warm wind proof jacket
  • a light raincoat in case of rain
  • Hiking shoes
  • a backpack (20 -35 liters is sufficient)
  • a water flask and hat.
    bathing suit, sunscreen and towel for our sea activities.
  • Extra pairs of hiking socks always with you
  • Some warm clothes (for after sunset when temperature in the mountain at night could go down to 10 degrees Celsius or less).
  • Walking sticks – baton (optional).

Electricity & adaptors
Current: 220 V
Plugs: types C, D, E & F

You will need a voltage converter, and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances

Health & safety considerations
No special health or safety requirements. You have to be in a fairly good physical condition. Our hiking –trekking days can be from 2 hours up to 6-7 hour.

ON ARRIVAL

Final Tour Itinerary

Download final tour itinerary and program here.

Transportation
Pick-up on 5/5 from Chania airport upon your flight arrival (we will do individual transfers if needed). Drop-off on 10/5 at Chania airport at 16:30.

Accomodation
First night (5/5) in Single Rooms in a 3* city hotel. Next 2 nights (6/5 & 7/5) in Single Rooms in a small local hotel in the coastal village of Agia Roumeli. Last 2 nights (8/5 & 9/5) in Twin Rooms in a traditional local hotel in the mountain village of Agios Ioannis.

Food
Cretan cuisine based on Mediterranean nutrition and olive oil, including many kind of local herbs, many kind of vegetables, local milk products and meet.

Important cultural or religious knowledge/awareness
Cretans are generally very hospitable, open hearted and happy people. They will appreciate the same attitude from your side. One big smile from you can always make things much easier! Main religion in Greece is Christian Orthodox.

Shopping
All kind of tourist souvenirs but also the famous local nutrition products like herbs, cheese, honey, “raki” (local drink), etc. Hand made local products like Cretan knives, etc.

LOCATION


USEFUL PHRASES IN GREEK

Basic greetings:

English Greek
Hello Gia (Γειά)
Good evening Kalispera (Καλησπέρα)
Goodbye Antio (Αντίο)
See you tomorrow Ta leme avrio  (Τα λέμε αύριο)
Please Parakalo (Παρακαλώ)
Excuse me / sorry Signomi (Συγγνώμη)
Thank you Efharisto   (Ευχαριστώ)
You’re welcome Parakalo (Παρακαλώ)
Have a good day Kali synehia (Καλή συνέχεια)
Enjoy your meal Kali orexi   (Καλή όρεξη)
Cheers Is Igia  (Εις Υγεία)

 

Introducing yourself:

English Greek
Hello, my name is… Gia, me lene….   (Γειά, με λένε….)
What is your name? Pos se lene? (Πως σε λένε?)
How are you? Pos isai?   (Πως είσαι?)
Nice to meet you Harika (Χάρηκα)
I come from Italy, Spain, Germany.. Imai Italos, Ispanos, Germanos… (Είμαι…)