We were picked up at 5.30am in Rethymnon & dropped off at 8.15pm, so it is a long & tiring day but well worth it. We started the walk at 8.20am & the actual walk took us 4hours 40mins plus 1hour of rests & it was a lot harder than we thought it would be, as the first 4km is downhill on rough ground. In fact there is not a lot of smooth ground to walk on as you are either walking on rough terrain, dry river beds or rickety bridges. However the experience was great & the scenery was beautiful. We started off as a group but you soon split up, as people go at their own pace. October was a great time for the walk, as I would not like to do it in July/August. There are 3 main stopping places and plenty of spots to fill your water bottle with fresh water. There are no facilities to buy food in the gorge so take your own. We got to the taverns & beach at 2pm & as the ferry was not due to depart until 5.30pm, it was a long wait even though we did have lunch at a taverna & a sleep on the beach. We wore trainers, which were fine but I would say that all of the serious walkers had boots on. A one hour ferry ride & then you board your coach to take you back to the hotel. The price of the trip quoted by travel shops does not include the gorge entrance fee or ferry fee, so allow an extra 15euros per person to cover this, plus lunch at the end of the walk. A great day out.
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