Ballos Travel Agency offers day excursions leaving every Wednesday, starting on April 4th 2018 from Georgioupolis to the village of Imbros from where the Imbros gorge walk, the second most popular gorge-walk in Crete, begins.
After picking up our clients form their various hotels and lodgings we leave Georgioupolis around 8.30in the morning, we drive up to the village of Imbros where the walkers start their walk.
Our bus will collect the group again at the exit of the gorge, in Komitades, and return to Georgioupolis.
The Imbros gorge played a very important part in the recent history of Crete. It was through this gorge that some 22.000 New Zealand, Australian and British soldiers tried to make their escape from the German invaders in 1941. About 13000 of those succeeded in reaching Chora Sfakion from where they were picked up by naval vessels and taken to Egypt to join their armies there. Many didn't make it either because they were captured before they could reach Chora Sfakion, or because they decided to stay on Crete, go into the mountians and join the resistance.
The Imbros gorge offers a number of spectacular features to its walkers, including a large veriety of wildplants and flowers.
These do disappear after spring when it gets too hot. Although the gorge offers much shade because of the many trees in it, and the general narrow nature of the place, the heat in the gorge should not be underestimated and walkers are advised to carry enough water with them.
Walkers are also advised that it is not just forbidden, it is very, very dangerous to smoke in the gorge, expecially in the hot period of the year as everything is bone dry.
If you want to enjoy the variety of wild flowers in the gorge, then the best time to visit Imbros is early in year, from mid-March to approximately the end of May.
However, be warned, when our guide visited the gorge last, in the last week of February 2018, he and his co-walkers noticed a huge change in the appearance of the gorge. Whereas it gorge was always seen as an "easy" walk with a marked walking path all the way down, nature played havoc with the walkers' comfort during the winter. In many places the path has all but disappeared, new areas of scree (a mass of small loose stones that form or cover a slope on a mountain) have drastically changed the appearance of the gorge in many areas and the overall ease with which the gorge could be walked is gone.
Whereas it was possible to walk the gorge in 2.5 to 3 hours, visitors would do well to add at least an extra hour to their walking schedule.