I will be in Chania May 21-23 and would like to hike the Samaria Gorge on May 22. I'd prefer to play it safe and buy a package deal on the transport (bus, boat, bus back to Chania). I have two questions about that. First, will I be able to book the excursion when I arrive in Chania on May 22, wanting to do the trip the next day, or should I book it ahead of time? I'll be in Rethymnon for a few days before and Iraklion before that, so should I book it from one of those towns? My preference is to do it in Chania, but I don't want to find it unavailable because I waited. And is there a difference between companies offering the trip? I think I read on the forum that one company had travellers stopping at a bar or two on the way back to Chania, and that doesn't appeal to me at all.
I'm a 60 ish woman traveling solo if that figures into any advice you might offer. I have all my hotels booked. Looking so forward to this hike! Thanks.