I know there are similar threads but I like to start my own post, and not hijack someone else's thread.
My husband and I (74 and 71) hope we can go to France this October to visit our daughter and grandchildren who live in Provence. Because of COVID-19, we haven't seen them since October 2019. We are Americans, and we both are fully vaccinated. Of course, I realize our trip is dependent on whether Europe allows Americans into Europe at that time.
We would be in France around the last 2 weeks of October based on our grandchildren's school vacation. So my thought is we would like to visit Greece for 2 weeks before we go to France, which would put us in Greece around the first 2 weeks of October, more or less. This is the itinerary I am thinking of based on preliminary research: Santorini (3 nights - I know its crowded and over touristy, but we really want to see Santorini); Naxos (4 or 5 nights); Peloponnese Peninsula, possibly Nafplion (4 or 5 nights); and then end in Athens (3 or 4 nights). What are these places like in October? I am sure Athens is always open and bustling, but what about the islands and Nafplion? Will there be plenty of restaurants, sights, etc open?
Or the other possibility is to do the same trip next spring. We would visit France first when our grandchildren get their 2-week vacation in April, and then we would go to Greece, so perhaps be in Greece last week of April and first week of May. Would restaurants, shops, sights, etc be open in late April/early May?
It sounds like weather is nice in both spring and autumn. I assume traveling in spring 2022 might be better regarding Covid-19, but I admit I am itching to go somewhere and to see our daughter and grandchildren, of course.
I visited Greece in 1972!!! My husband has never been to Greece. We like just about everything: good wine, delicious food, art and history museums, historical and cultural sights, and strolling through neighborhoods and sitting at cafes. We aren't fit enough for any strenuous hiking.
Thank you for your help!