We are just starting to plan our trip to Greece next summer. We can go as early as the last week in June or as late as mid August. Will we encounter better conditions (temperature and amount of travelers) at the end of June vs August? Also we haven't been able to find much information about the Temple of Poseidon. We will have a car when we leave Athens. Is it worth adding this stop? Why or why not?
The peak of the tourist season is in July August, the month of June is considered to be Mid-season.
Accommodation prices are generally 30% to 50% more expensive in July and August compared to June.
During June it can be very hot, in August it can be too hot, more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, in recent years sometimes the Acropolis was closed in the afternoon due to heat waves.
I would advise to go in June. Better prices, less crowded and probably better temperatures to be active. Where are you planning to go from Athens? Towards the Peloponnesos or North or … ?
Thanks for the advice on time of year. After Athens we plan on driving to Delphi and then to the Peloponnese.
Good for you, planning ahead ... plenty of time to research & make good choices. Since you have 2 weeks (and probably actually 15-16 days if you schedule for 3 weekends), you can cover a lot of ground without rushing. Have you been to Greece before? If not, do you want to include an island (or two)?
Since we "vets" always want people to have maximum time "on the ground" enjoying, and minimize time wasted in transit or back-tracking, we often advise leaving Athens to the last... for several reasons (1) to go from Airport - Central Athens, check into hotel/ check out takes precious hours, and since u have to be in Athens area anyway, the last night before homebound flight, so why do it 2x? (2) exhausted from looong journey & jet-lagged, u aren't ready to cope with bustling world capital and whirlwind sightseeing right at the start-- it will all be a blur (3) it's more enjoyable to re-energize at a slower-paced place - island or an inland destination (3) in even a few days you'll learn "how greece works" & will be more savvy about navigating Athens efficiently and (4) V importantly, being immersed in history/culture awhile will make Athens' famous Landmarks resonate SO much more meaningfully. Another thing -- Athens itself will be less crowdy in July.
However, we also don't advocate getting off a 22-hour partly-sleepless journey (you are from West Coast) and starting a 3-hour drive. Much depends on when u arrive. If u arrive in AM, we often advise a 2 hr layover to connect to a domestic flight to an island for a few days... and doing that in late June will beat the July High Season -- when all ofo Northern Europe starts landing on the isles, and it gets HOT. If you land late in day, and want to start with your Delphi/Peloponnese adventure, we often advise a one-night pause ... 25 mins away via FREE SHuttle, moderate-price Hotel Avra overlooks a nice little beach for a quick swim, Village of Rafina, with tree-shaded square for cafe dinner & early-night... then back to airport in AM, refreshed, to pick up rental car.
When you've figured out your destination "wish list" we can work with you on sequence, and best amount of time for each stop. Lots of fun ahead in planning, and it DOES pay off in a perfect Greece trip; Ive done it 13 times
Very helpful thank you. Yes we are planning for 16 days but since two of those will be flying only 14 days in Greece. My husband's must see places are Athens, Delphi, Olympia, and Mycenae. We are currently leaning towards driving to the Mani Peninsula and visiting Hydra instead of the other islands. We had considered the option of going to Hydra first then Athens second but I like your suggestion of Athens last. Any other ideas/advice you have would be greatly appreciated!
I think it is better to choose the end of June as there are less travelers and less heat!