Imbros gorge

Details

DURATION

6 - 8 hours

DIFFICULTY

Medium

GROUP SIZE

2 - 6 persons

SCHEDULE

Upon request

TYPE

Small group tour

PICK UP TIME

08:30

PICK UP PLACE

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Highlights

  • Explore the second most famous gorge in Crete
    • Have snacks to fuel up with energy during your walk
    • Witness the exquisite beauty of Imbros 
    • Hike in a smaller gorge than Samaria, but equally beautiful
    • Avoid the big crowds
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    Description of our trail

    • distance

      Walking distance: 8 km

    • duration

      Walking duration:3 hours

    • Pick Up Time

      Pick Up Time:08:30

    • Return Time

      Return Time:16h0

    • Terrain

      Terrain:Stone Path

    • Include lunch

      Include lunch: Yes

    Description of our trail

    The path in the gorge begins just below the village of Imbros and the path to the entrance to the gorge is clearly marked. Inside, the trail descends gently down the gorge towards the south. It is never steep and not particularly difficult, but like everywhere in Crete, the path is stony, so we have to be careful where we put your feet.

    As we continue inside the gorge, we can notice that it is small in height as well as in length, so we are always right next to the slopes and cliffs and we have a much better opportunity to observe the unique plants and flowers nearby. Thankfully, since the gorge is quite narrow and there are a lot of trees, we will be accompanied by shade most of the time!

    The flora of the gorge is rich and it is surprising that between so many rocks where there is no soil, various trees grow; in particular lianas, rare herbs and all kinds of herbs, with the exception of cypresses, azylakous, wild fig, agriomygdalias, olive trees, wicker and shrub with aromatic sage.

    The rarest Cretan plants grow in ravines or on steep mountain slopes, such as Ebenus cretica, Linum arboreum (flax), Campanula pelviformis (bellflower), Staechelina arborea and Petromarcula arboreum. The flourishing plants we will probably observe in the plains and high peaks are the Tulipa bakeri and the saxalite Tulipa (tulips), tge Anchusa caespitosa (alcanet), the Scabiosa alborincta and theScabiosa minoana (scabiosa). The fauna is presented in a semi-wild form, with various species of birds like partridge, Kotsifi, thrushes, hawks, crows, eagles and other rare species of wild birds.

    After about 90 minutes of walking from the entrance to the gorge, we will pass an impressive stone arch on the right; this marks almost the end of the hike and, if we’re feeling exhausted, we can stop here and return to our starting point to have lunch. If we continue after that, we’ll observe that the gorge widens a bit and after about 15 minutes we will arrive back on the road and at the village of Komitades, where we will find many taverns with traditional Cretan flavors, in order to enjoy lunch and relaxation after this beautiful hike.

    Finally, after lunch, we will be driven by a local back to our transfer vehicle in the entrance of the gorge, in order to start our way back.

    What’s Included

    • Hotel pick up and drop off (Only Rethymno district)
    • English or French speaking guide
    • Local driver / guide​
    • Transport by air-conditioned car​ / mini bus
    • Guidance through the hike trail
    • Exploring the gorge of Imbros
    • Traditional snacks on the way
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges​
    • Lots of adventure and laughter :)
    ADULTS125 EURO P/P
    CHILDREN (3 - 12)50%
    INFANTS (0 - 2)FREE
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