The Samaria Gorge was one of the few premeditated destinations for this trip.  We caught the 7 am bus from Sougia to the top of the gorge and began our ~10 mile trek 2 hours later, hiking down and through the gorge to the seaside.   The journey took us just over 7 hours to complete and completely lives up to its reputation. A post hike dip in the sea, followed by calamari and chilled white wine was never better received.  The ferry took us back to our starting point.  Mission happily accomplished!