My husband and I are taking our first trip to Greece April 22/23 - May 7th. We will fly from in and out of Athens from Southern Oregon and the only thing I have booked so far is our main airfare and our airbnb near the Acropolis for the first part of our trip.
Here is our basic itinerary, we are just starting to figure out the details and wanted some ideas on whether or not we are being a bit crazy on some of it. Also, I just realized last night that we are flying in right during Orthodox Easter celebrations. Any tips for Athens during this time would be greatly appreciated. I’m sure the museums will be closed, I’m hoping we can still get in the guard change at the tomb of the unknown soldier on Sunday, but now need to look into how to best use those days with the holiday.
4/23 - 4/27 - Athens - we plan on doing walking tours, museums, and exploring the neighborhoods a bit and eating a lot.
4/27 - 4/30 - Rent a car and drive up to Delphi and stay the night in Lokron, and then down through the Peloponnese, probably staying near Kardamyli a night. Touching on the highlights
4/30 - 5/1 - Drive back to Athens, return rental car and fly to Crete
5/1 - 5/4 - Explore Crete
5/4 - 5/6 - Fly or Ferry to Santorini - prefer to fly, but need to check into the airlines more.
5/6 - 5/7 - Stay the night in Athens and fly home
Are we doing the Peloponnese a disservice by trying to speed date that portion? I ran it by my cousin who lived in Greece for a few months during school and he thought it sounded okay, but I feel like I need a bit more advice. We want to make the most of our trip and really get a feel for the culture, people, and sights. Any tips on how to make this work are welcome. Or should we scratch the road trip it and spend more time in Crete and Santorini?
We are both active individuals who are looking forward to getting out on some fun hikes and exploring a bit, we think Crete will be a good place for that? Santorini will be a nice place to spoil ourselves with a nice hotel and relax a bit. I'm looking into hotel options with crater and sea views. We are looking forward to trying different restaurants, and lean more towards family owned with casual ambiance. For lodging we are looking into both airbnb and hotels depending on the length of stay, but would like to stay around $100 and under each night. We will each carry a backpack and plan on being flexible.