Hello helpful tripadvisors!
I am travelling to Crete for 10 days in early October, flying into and out of Heraklion airport. We are keen hikers (have walked the Lycian Way - or at least a good chunk of it) but also like to relax, swim, wander around old cities and eat ourselves silly in little tavernas... We like non-touristy places but wouldn't let that keep us from visiting top sights, and prefer personal, family run hotels, though happy to splash out if somewhere is really special.
I was hoping I could get some thoughts on my itinerary below?
Day 2 - Fit in some early morning sightseeing, then hire a car and head to Zaros for two nights, staying at Heraklia Rooms - go hiking, relax, maybe do a cookery class
Day 4 - Drive to Sougia - spend two nights, hike (as per TA recommendations), relax
Day 6 - leave the hire car in Sougia and take the ferry to Agia Roumeli - stay for two nights and do the Samaria Gorge walk
Day 8 - Take the ferry to Loutro and spend one night - do a day walk
Day 10 - Drive to Heraklion for an early evening flight home.
What do you think? Would it be better to reach Loutro and Agia Roumeli from Sfakia given our relative time constraint? Should we skip Zaros (I've become oddly attached to going there but realise it reduces our time in the south).
Thanks in advance for your help!