The husband and I are planing a 16 day trip to Greece in May 2017. Is this an ok time to visit? Not blazing hot and high tourist season? We have a long list of places we would love to visit. In reality this is most likely too loo long of a laundry list. Any help in narrowing down areas/ places would be most appreciated.
Day 1-2 -Athens - 2 days. Suggestions on places to stay?
Day 3- After Athens visit Delphi for a day trip- Planning on renting a car then traveling south same day/ eve to..
Day 4- Mycenae- day trip. Suggestions on places to stay? Is it possible to stay some place coastal nearby?
Day 5- Ferry boat to one of the Cycladic Islands. We have no desire to stay on Santorini. I know some love it, but we would like a location accessible to Delos that is less touristy and glitzy. Has anyone visited Naxos, Tinos, or Mykonos?
Day 6- Cycladic Island
Day 7-Cycladic Island
Day 8- Boat to Rhodes
Day 9- Rhodes- suggestions on places to stay or do? Do you recommend staying in the city or down the coast and coming into the city?
Day 10- Rhodes - Has anyone had an experience taking a day trip to Turkey? Any suggestions where to go? Is it safe? Do you need a visa to enter?
Day 11- Rhodes probably - 3 days or 2?
Day 12- Ferry to possibly Leros. Anyone have an experience traveling here? Suggestions? Or other suggestions for another location?
Day 13- Leros
Day 14- Ferry to Patmos
Day 15- Patmos
Day 16- Somehow make it back to Athens...??? Can you travel back to Athens directly from Patmos??
There is SO much we would love to see and do. Is this too much? Is this doable? I wish we had more days. :-( I'm an Art History major so am interested in the sites and culture. We would prefer authentic and relaxed over crazy and glitz.
Any help with this is appreciated. I know there will be a lot of planning, especially with the ferries. How early do you suggest reserving rooms/ airline? Is it advisable to ditch a suitcase and use packs?