Back in July I was trying to decide what month to go to Greece. (big decision was June or aug/sept). we have decided on August / sept due to lots of reasons. BUT great thing is we have Flights booked!
Now trying to narrow down itinerary and which final islands to pick.
4 of us (two couples in our mid to late 50’s) traveling for our 20th and 10th anniversary to Greece. Never been to Greece before.
We are all NOT sit around and do nothing / relax people. WE will rent a car where we need it/and it is recommended.
Snorkel / fish / hike / activities such as electric bikes to see countryside.
Seeing different beaches with great landscape (example pictures of Milos – but appears not a lot to DO on the island ?)
See local farms
Shopping (NOT high end - local shops/artisans/food etc)
Love seeing things and doing things we can’t do anywhere else.
Love dramatic different landscape / caves (Can’t wait to see the gorges in Crete!)
I know Greece has lots of history and museums/archealogical places – we will see some but won’t focus on it.
No need for club night life (we are old!)
Places we like to stay:
not big resort
prefer small / different places
2 bedroom so we can stay together
OUR ITINERARY -
Just to lay out our number of days below – I do not have any reservations except air and Athens hotel so even number of days in crete can change.
Roundtrip air direct to Chania, Crete - arrive 5:45pm and home from Athens. 8:10am flight.
We land on the 25th of August and depart on the 12 of Sept. 18 nights / 19 days but that does include travel days.
We know we want to go to Crete and Santorini, and we are fying home from Athens. Struggling on what to do in between. The one island that keeps coming up is Naxos.
August 25th - Arrive Crete - thinking of staying in Chania Town, 5 or 6 nights (as we arrive late on the 25th)
Santorinin 2 or 3 nights? giving us 2 full days. (thinking of staying in Imerovigli for views of sunset and Caldera)
Naxos - TBD number of nights
TBD (Milos? Amogos? Sifnos ? Maybe sail catamaran for 3 nights/4 days to smaller cyclades - Anitparos, Iraklia, Sixoinousa, Koufonisia, Kalandor) or (Sifnos, Kimolos, Polyagos, Folegandros) - Struggling with Mykonos, am I going to regret if we don’t go there? do we just take a day trip there?)
10-Sep Athens Travel to Athens
11-Sep Athens Full Day
12-Sep Fly Home
Janet - in a previous post when I was deciding WHEN to go, and had only 14 days, you had suggested: 4.5 days Crete, 2 nights Santorini, Naxos 4 nights, (day trip to Mykonos), 2 days days Athens.
I have a few more days to fill in! YAY.
Thank you all for your input/recommendations yet to come LOL