We're just starting to plan a trip to Greece for next spring, and are in need of some advice. We are pretty much locked in to mid April, but could possibly stretch to starting 3rd week April, returning 3rd week of May. We are two young at heart seniors, fairly adventurous and well traveled. We would not consider a tour, as we prefer to travel independently.
We will want to start with a week in Athens--I think there is plenty to keep us busy there, as we are "slow travelers"! We are thinking of 5-6 days on Rhodes, hopefully basing ourselves in the old town area. We really don't want to be in a secluded locale, as we enjoying walking to a restaurant for dinner, drinks, etc.
We are NOT beach people, so we aren't concerned about cold ocean water, etc in April. We certainly don't mind an occasional dip in a pool if it's hot, but I'm guessing it won't be too hot in April/May. We much prefer exploring an interesting town or village, having some great Greek and seafood meals, and seeing the ancient ruins. A great museum is always a hit, and I love to shop for interesting local goods, anything from grocery stores to artisan art/crafts. We enjoy sampling new beer and wine ;} We're not too hard to please.
SO--where to next? After Athens and Rhodes, we'll still have 2+ weeks to explore Greece! What other islands would likely be a good fit for us? We've looked at Santorini, but GOOD GRIEF, it's expensive!! Our max budget for lodging (preferably an apartment or guesthouse with a small kitchen) is about 150 E a night. We are not adverse to renting a car to make exploring an island easier.
Logistically, what makes the most sense? I'm guessing we will fly in and out of Athens.
Thanks in advance for any advice, for some reason I'm a bit overwhelmed by Greece!