Hello! Greece Itinerary planning for Oct 5-18. My husband & I are in our mid 30s, pretty chill, just want to explore the culture, take lots of photos, watch sunsets, have great food... Don’t plan on spending time on the beach, upscale shopping, partying/night life… We love good food, architecture, street art & sunsets.
We had this trip planned in March but my hubs got injured so had to reschedule. My Dad & sisters still went (they have been to Greece many times prior). The used some of my travel ideas but admittedly wasted too much time on ferries & trains by not planning accordingly.
Day 1 – Friday (10/5) – getting in 9pm (15 hr travel from Chicago) so zzzzzzz
Day 2 – Saturday (10/6) - Athens
Day 3 – Sunday (10/7) - Santorini
Day 4 – Monday (10/8) - Santorini
Day 5 – Tuesday (10/9) - Santorini
Day 6 – Wednesday (10/10) - Athens
Day 7 – Thursday (10/11) – Cornith / Temple of Apollo / Mycenae / Nafpolio
Day 8 – Friday (10/12) – Nafpolio / Epiderus / back to Athens?? Or add extra night to go to Delphi next day?
Day 9 – Saturday (10/13) Nafpolio / Delphi / Athens OR skip Delphi is this too much?
Day 10 – Sunday (10/14) Athens
Day 11 – Monday (10/15) Meteora
Day 12 – Tuesday (10/16) Meteora
Day 13 – Wednesday (10/17) Athens
Day 14 – Thursday (10/18) – Athens to Chicago 10am
This can be interchangeable since nothing is booked yet (aside from flights). My father inherited a condo & car in the “medical district” (not sure name of neighborhood just that it is by medical centers on google maps) so that will be our “base” of stay and can leave luggage and pack small travel bags for overnights.
Day trips from Athens
With driving... Being from Chicago used to traffic & congestion. Worry about driving on our own since won’t be able to read signs and will get lost? Can we rely on GPS for these excursions? Weekday vs weekend traffic?
—Trip 1 - Nafpolio – Day 1 Leave early in the morning then stop Corinth, Temple of Apollo, Mycenae on the way to Nafpolio. Day 2 spend time in town maybe drive over to Epidaurus and come back. Thinking to add a 3rd day to visit Delphi from Nafplio then back to Athens. Is this too much and/or out of the way?
—Trip 2 - Drive to Cape Sounion for sunset one night and grab dinner on way back at Marida (read was good?)
—any cool reasonable driving trips from Athens?
—Santorini... looked at almanac & previous years show weather be ok for these type of activities (fira oia hike, wine tours, sunset dinner at Santos, sunset sail/catamaran, movie outdoor cinema, exploring town).
Saw cruise ships stop there wed & thurs so avoided on itinerary but if crowd not issue can rearrange. Are crowds out of control in Oct or ok?
Better to stay in Fira? Any recommendations?
—Hydra – not on itinerary would like to go here for a day but where can this make sense? Maybe if you we don’t do Delphi? Don’t want to spend 8 hours traveling for only 2-3 hours on island. Worth doing overnight there?
This is 2 days and non negotiable :) but flexible with dates if have to move itinerary around
Aside from the major and minor spots I want to go to I wanted some input on...
—The Poet Sandal Maker – mixed review, I would like to go because of my wide feet it’s hard to get cool sandals, this would be a practical buy and souvenir. Is this too hyped up or worth? Have time to come back and get another day for customization
—Street Art Tour - maybe through My Athens! or any recommended guided tour?
—Dining thoughts? Saita Taverna, Couleur Locale, Little Kook, Oenotria Land Costa Lazaridi, Hitchcocktales (I’m obsessed with Alfred Hitchock), Brettos, Oikonomou, Saita Bakaliaro (if I can find!), Cafe Dioscouri????
Where can we catch sunsets??? Restaurants, accommodations, points of interest
I feel kind of ok about plans but looking for some reassurances from locals & pros! (aka not caught in tourist traps). 13 days will go by fast.