If anyone can lend a hand who enjoys a timetable puzzle or point me in the right direction with booking ferries - I appreciate some advice/encouragement!
Our itinerary as it stands now is:
May 20 - Athens for 2 nights > May 22 - Delphi for 1 night > May 23 - Hydra for 2 nights > May 25 - Naxos for 4 nights > May 29 - Athens for our last night.
I'm having a hard time figuring out the best ferries to take for Hydra and Naxos. It looks like there are only a few options from Piraeus to Hydra on Wed May 23 that will work with coordinating the bus from Delphi to Piraeus. I've read that the busses don't always run on time, and I'm not sure if this website is accurate with the bus schedule: http://www.ktel-fokidas.gr/en/delfi. Therefore, I want plenty of cushion time to make sure we don't miss the ferry to Hydra. I'm thinking if there's an 11.10-ish bus, then we could do the 18.30 ferry, but if there really is a bus at 07.30 then the 14.00 ferry would be better. Alternatively we could rent a car so we could leave when we want but I'm a little nervous about driving and think the bus might be the best way to go. It should be about 3 hours by bus - not sure if driving a car would save much time to make it worth it.
It appears that to go to Naxos from Hydra, we'll have to head back to Piraeus, then take a ferry bound for Naxos. The only ferry I could find that seems to work with our itinerary, is leaving Hydra around noon, then Piraeus to Naxos at 5:30 PM. Am I missing other ferries or is this normal for a mid-week ferry schedule in May?
Also, we booked hotels and things with the itinerary we wanted but can always rearrange if it just logically doesn't make sense, so I'm open to any suggestions.
Thank you from a first time traveler to Greece!