I've been through many of the forum posts on Greece, and have found them very helpful. I was hoping to get your sage advice on a belated honeymoon my wife and I are planning for June. We are hoping to get a broad cross section of what Greece has to offer; ancient sites, scenic views, R&R, and more active things to do like hiking. The only thing set in stone right now is our flight - we depart Boston early afternoon on 6/5, arriving in Athens the morning of 6/6, and we fly out of Athens the afternoon of 6/17. Our current tentative itinerary is as follows:
6/6: Take metro to Pireaus, take ferry from Pireaus to Hydra, explore Hydra town
6/7: Relax in Hydra, visit a beach
6/8: Hike interior of Hydra
6/9: Ferry back to Pireaus, get a rental car near Pireaus and drive to Nafplio. Explore Nafplio town.
6/10: Explore Nafplio fortresses, maybe go to a beach if we finish early
6/11: Take day trip to Mycenae and Epidauros
6/12: Drive to Kardamyli, explore Kardamyli town. Maybe relax on a nearby beach.
6/13: Hike near Kardamyli or explore Mani peninsula by car
6/14: Drive to Piraeus, drop off rental car, take metro in to Athens. Walk around a couple neighborhoods near hotel.
6/15: Explore ancient sites and associated museums
6/16: Visit nation archaeological museum, and do more walking around Athens
6/17: Take metro back to airport, fly home
I have the following questions:
- Any recommended tweaks to the itinerary?
- Do you guys think we are allowing sufficient time to appreciate everything we're visiting, or will we feel rushed?
- I've noticed in other threads that people recommend waiting to buy ferry tickets until in Greece as there was little risk of selling out, but the advice was usually geared towards Santorini, Crete, or other farther flung island. Does the advice still hold true for Hydra in mid-June? We would be buying our ferry tickets immediately prior to boarding.
- What is people's preference with hotels - book with a booking site (e.g., hotels.com or booking.com) or with hotel? Pay in advance or at hotel? I would lean towards paying in advance so that I don't have to worry about having as much cash on hand, but then it would stink if they said they didn't have my payment.
Thank you all for any help, I'm really looking forward to my first time in Greece!