We are planning our first trip to Greece for my husband and I May 27-June 11 flying in and out of Athens. We are pretty experienced and active travelers and we usually use Rick Steves suggested itineraries and we have enjoyed our trips so far! We like to see a lot on a first trip and then plan to come back to places we really enjoy.
Rick suggests Hydra, but I have seen in many posts that others say to go to a different island. We only have 3 nights set aside for the island, so I was leaning toward Santorini. I already booked an AirBnb there (but it is refundable if we decide on something else). Do you think this is a good choice, or should we choose another island? If so which one?
I would also love any suggestions on our other stops. I already found the recommendation for Hotel Agamemnon in Nafplio. They have a side sea view room available. Is that worth it? Any other recommendations on places to stay, places to eat?
Here is our tentative itinerary:
Day 1 Rent car and drive to Delphi sightsee and overnight (Booked Hotel Pan)
Day 2 Drive to Olympia sightsee and overnight
Day 3 Drive to Kardamyli for overnight
Day 4 Relax in Kardamyli
Day 5 Mani Peninsula Loop drive and on to Monemvasia for overnight
Day 6 Sightsee Monevasia
Day 7 See Mycenae en route to Nafplio for overnight (Hotel Agamemnon is available with side sea view room available)
Day 8 Nafplio, side-trip to Epidavros
Day 9 Return to Athens and return car and fly to Santorini for overnight (Booked AirBnB)
Day 10 Santorini
Day 11 Santorini
Day 12 Fly back to Athens for overnight (Booked AirBnB with Acropolis View Balcony)
Day 13 Athens
Day 14 Athens
Day 15 Fly Home
Thank you so much for any suggestions or recommendations!