I'm trying to finalize our upcoming trip to Greece -- we have 4 weeks, from May 11 to June 7. Originally we were just going to island hop through the Cyclades. But in seven trips to Greece we have not yet visited the Peloponnese. So we are considering starting our trip (by bus) in Nafplio, then bussing to Gythio or Neapoli, catching a ferry to Crete (first time there too), then up into the Cyclades for a couple of weeks.
Our plane arrives in Athens at 5:20 pm on a Wednesday, so the first question is: do we try to get to Nafplio that evening? We'd be pretty tired, as we're arriving from Denver. Is there a recommended hotel near the KTEL bus station in Athens? Or even better, is there a bus or train from the airport that would get us part-way to Nafplio? Then we could finish the trip in the morning and enjoy the scenery along the way.
Once in Nafplio, can anyone recommend a hotel that would be convenient to the bus station at arrival and for day trips? We're thinking 3 or 4 nights for Nafplio.
Regarding Gythio or Neapoli, does anyone have preferences for either place? From what I've read, Gythio sounds nicer but Neapoli has more frequent ferries. I can't find any ferry schedules yet (too early). Is GTP.gr still the best ferry website, or should I try another? I'm finding its new format harder to use.
And then Crete. Ideally, depending on ferries,, we'll transit the northern coast from Kastelli Kissamos to Agios Nikolaos to catch the ferry to Milos. We'd like to spend a couple of days somewhere, probably Chania or Rethimno. Any preferences? Not sure about Knossos ... I've heard that the reconstruction detracts from the site??
I would appreciate any suggestions or recommendations. Thanks.