Book the flights and a hire-car for a week. Base ourselves in one or two places to minimise driving. Six hikes, circular or out-and-back, six hours walking a day. Bit of relaxation, visiting the sights. No wasted time. No spending half the day worrying about catching a bus and still arriving ten minutes late or two hours early. Alternatively we've enjoyed self-guided inn-to-inn trips where your luggage is transported, though for the money they cost I want taxi rides rather than local buses, and no "well-deserved rest days".
That's the blueprint we've enjoyed in a lot of places. First impressions are that we're going to have to make some compromises in Western Crete. Linear walks, and attractive locations with no road links. Is this a reasonable assessment?
We've been on a few trips with Sherpa and enjoyed them, so I was looking at https:/…jecdos13.pdf which seems like the standard of walks we'd be looking for, though I'm not sure there's a lot of added value. You seem to be organising all the transport for yourself. Any comments on the actual walks?
I was also wondering about a DIY option with a hire-car. Stay in Omalos for two or three nights, climb Mount Gingilos one day, Samaria Gorge another and get the bus back from Sougia (feasible?), then go somewhere further North and West for the rest of our trip.
All a bit vague and open-ended I'm afraid, but any pointers would be very helpful. Flights to Chania for the second week in June booked, but nothing else.