It doesn't matter how long you're on Crete for, you must do the Samaria Gorge hike, but depending on the time you visit it could either be pretty busy or closed (rainy season). Book a trip with your local travel agent and a coach will pick you up early in the morning, convey you through the rising sun and deposit you at the head of the gorge. You need to pay a small fee to enter, but this may be included in your ticket.
Your view from the top will give you an idea of how high you've climbed and also the good news is it's all downhill from there. Descending through fragrant pine forests, past bubbling brooks and eventually emerging into the main boulder-strewn gorge itself, at every turn a wonderful view, you'll enjoy every moment. One piece of advice - take proper walking boots as it's a long way down and you need ankle support whatever your age.
Eventually you emerge into a long open valley without shade and have the final stretch down to Agia Roumeli where there are plenty of Tavernas to choose from.
One of my most delicious memories of Crete: after the 4-hour hike, diving deep down into the Libyan Ocean to find cool water (it's hot on the surface) and then sinking an ice-cold Mythos from a chilled tankard - absolute bliss!
Your tour will then finish with a ferry journey along beautiful, untouched coastline (passing the inaccessible by road, Loutro) dropping you at Hora Sfakion, where your coach awaits to take you home.
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