I am a single 34 year old man. My interest is classical antiquity and ancient ruins; one or more archaeology museums; various mounuments; possibly one or more walking tours of parts of Athens or another town; I am reformed or secular according to religion but I feel compeled to at least briefly see the Jewish museum in Athens and one or more old synagogues if open to tourists.
I haven’t figured out how much time to spend in each of various places, and how much l have time to see. I probably would be happy if I just saw a representative sample of sites, avoiding too much duplication or seeing too much of the same sorts of ruins and artifacts in multiple sites and archaeology museums.
I can ask for up to 2 weeks off of work. My guess is I would see,
Athens: (acropolis area, archaeology museums; if time, Benaki museum, if more time, one or more other museums or monuments),
Ancient Delphi and/ or ancient Olympia;
Knossos, and the archaeology museum in Heraclion in Crete;
If I had time, the gorge in south-west Crete; or
possibly the ruins on Santorini or Delos.
When I went to Italy, I stayed in 3 hostels, bought most of my food at grocery stores, and did not rent a car. The whole trip cost me under 3,000 US dollars. My budget guideline is under $3,000 US dollars (less in Euros depending on the exchange rate). I am open to staying in a loging place that is not a hostel, but I am very cheap and I don’t care about fancy amenities but I would still want an air conditioned room in a place not blatently dirty or decrepit, in a non-dangerous neighborhood.
You may give any suggestions you want about what I have time for, logistics or public transportation in greece, sites, and so on. I didn’t buy a guidebook yet. So far I looked at Rick Steves Athens and the peleponese, from 2011, borrowed from the library. He doesn’t have a section on Crete.