My husband and I are considering a somewhat last-minute trip to Greece (our first time there) in the fall, and I was hoping to run this preliminary itinerary past some seasoned travelers. We are most interested in ancient/Biblical history, but would also like to experience the islands. From what I can tell, the sites that might be most worthwhile for us to see would be:
- Athens (1 day for ruins, one day for museum plus walking around, then one day trip to Delphi)
- Corinth (seems to be the most central of the Biblical location, would probably do as a day trip from Nafplio)
- Olimpia (too far out?)
- Nafplio (we hadn't heard of this one, but everyone seems to recommend it) with potential day trips to Mycenae and Epidavros
- Islands: Seems like the most popular is Naxos on this forum. Santorini had always been on my bucket list, but it seems like people talk about it being expensive and touristy, so perhaps we'll do a day trip there from Naxos? And most of the pictures I've pinned seem to be from Mykonos, but I hear it is party central. Still a little conflicted though, as Santorini and Mykonos seem more picturesque than Naxos and Rick calls Mykonos "the quintessential Greek island"....want to make sure we are getting that breathtaking Greek island scenery that you always see photos of.
My first question would be: are we missing anything huge on this itinerary? Obviously you could travel to Greece 10 times and not see everything, but I'm wondering if this is a good overview for first time travelers (who may not have the opportunity to return)?
My second question would be: we will probably need to edit, as out trip (after air travel time) would be 13 days MAX. Is there anything here that isn't as high of a priority, or is it all a matter of personal preference?
Lastly, as transportation logistics seem much more complicated in Greece as compared to some other countries we've been to like Italy, are we pushing our luck to try to organize a trip with so many stops by the beginning of September? Are the cities themselves the main attraction, or do we need to worry a lot about the logistics of sorting through what to go and see at each stop?
Any advice that can be offered to these first-timers (and late planners) would be much appreciated!