Hello, I got some good advice on my previous post and am now trying to nail down some logistics. It will be my husband and I and my senior parents (70s) in Greece for two weeks in mid-September. My mom is diabetic (does not need insulin). While she always has emergency snacks to keep her blood sugar up, it’s not really feasible to push through and eat very late or skip meals like we might do if it was just the two of us. I would like to try to keep our mealtimes as consistent as possible, say lunch around 11-12 and dinner around 6-7 with cafe/snack breaks as needed throughout the day. We would eat breakfast at the apartment. She does tire a little more easily nowadays, and I have scheduled our main itinerary with this in mind but need help on a few of the travel days.
Santorini to Athens to Nafplio (Tuesday): flying in, arriving ATH at 9:15. Retrieve our luggage and pickup our rental car from Athens Car Rental at the airport. I would guess it’ll be anywhere between 10-11am before we are on our way to Nafplio. If we leave closer to 10, we might be able to wait until we are in Nafplio to have lunch but that’s pushing it a little. Where to stop for a quick, decent lunch (like gyros) that is easy access from the highway? And perhaps we could stop to see the Corinth Canal as well? We should be able to fit all our luggage in the trunk, but I’m a bit wary of being too far away from the car for very long (grew up in a city where it is advised to not leave anything in a rental car at all - I have heard this is less likely in Greece if everything is hidden away). Check in is 3pm, and I need to message the host to see if we can check in earlier or at least drop our bags off, but would like to figure out what we’re doing on the way there before giving him an ETA.
Nafplio to Delphi (Saturday): I am not sure if we are going to do any sightseeing on the way to Delphi. From the feedback I’ve gotten here, Ancient Nemea would be a short and easy stop but it’s possible that we will go there on our Mycenae day if we have the energy. Would love to know what the regulars would do in our situation. Do we leave early to try to get to Delphi in time for lunch? Leave later and stop somewhere for a quick lunch (where)? Schedule Nemea for our departure day and have quick lunch somewhere nearby (where)? Stow the bags in the car and have lunch in Nafplio? The latest we can check out is noon. We would like to visit the Tholos of Athena Pronaia in the late afternoon prior to dinner. We have a private tour the following day. We have two nights in Delphi and planning to visit Hosias Loukas monastery while there as well.
Delphi to Athens (Monday): we will need to return the car by around 11am to avoid an extra days charge, then take a taxi to our apartment near Plaka and have lunch there. What time should we leave Delphi and what is the traffic like that time of day?