We are a month out from our trip to Greece and having trouble keeping the excitement in. I wanted to share our travel plan and ask for any recommendations on the service providers we've chosen, things to do, things to see, places to eat, or other tips:
DAY 1: Fly Canada-Athens on Air Canada Rouge (premium seat for extra leg room).
DAY 2: 9:20, land Athens. Either X96 Bus or the new Airport-Piraeus train to Karaskaki Place, Piraeus. 13:30, Hellenic Seaways Flying Dolphin to Hydra. Staying at Alkionides Pension.
DAY 3: Hydra. Thinking of walking around town in the morning, taking afternoon walk to Kamini Castello beach and dinner at Kodylenia's Tavern (the one were you see RS at the end of each show sipping an ouzo against the sunset). Evening walk back to Hydra.
DAY 4: 11:35, Flying Dolphin to Piraeus. Metro to Akropoli station in Athens. Walk to hotel. Staying at Hotel Phaedra in Plaka. Afternoon HOHO bus to get bearings. Dinner at Dionysos Zonar to see the Acropolis all lit up. Walk back to hotel.
DAYS 5 and 6: Athens. One day we will do the 9:15 Athens Walking Tours' City & Acropolis tour. Other possible self-guided walks Plaka-Anafiotika-dinner on Mniskleous Steps, or Syntagma-National-Gardens-Panathenaic Stadium (depending on what we see on the Athens Walking Tour). Also want to see National Archaeological Museum and/or Acropolis Museum, and Central Market and/or Monastiraki Flea Market.
DAY 7: Swift Avanti will (hopefully) meet us at our hotel and drive us to edge of town where we'll take over, and drive to Kalambaka. 16:30, Visit Meteora's Sunset Tour. Staying at Doupiani House in Kastraki.
DAY 8: Drive back to Athens airport, drop off car. 19:50 Aegean Airlines flight to Santorini. Santorini Car Hire will (hopefully) be waiting at arrivals with our name on sign. Renting a Smart Cabrio. Arrive at Hotel Aethrio in Oia around 21:30 (have to make special arrangements as reception will be closed by then).
DAYS 9, 10 and 11: Santorini. Want to see Akrotiri ruins, at least one beach (which one?), a winery (any suggestions?), and do a caldera sunset cruise (any suggestions?).
DAY 12: 6:40 flight to Athens. Four hour connection. 11:20 flight to Canada. I know this part is controversial with many recommending going to Athens the day before, but I am sure this is what we want to do.
DAY 13: day off at home before returning to work.
We are a early 50's/early 40's couple. I'm an experienced traveller, my wife is becoming one. We pack very light in our small backpacks as we usually do. I haven't been to Greece since 1980, wife never.