My husband and I are planning a last-minute trip to Greece this September (we have flight credits and vacation time to use or lose this year).
We'd like to 100% visit Athens and Santorini and would like to include another island in the mix if time allows. I am leaning toward Naxos as I have heard great things - but am open to suggestions. If our time would be best spent only visiting Athens and Santorini, we are fine with that as well.
I've heard that it's best to stay away from Santorini on M-F if possible to avoid the crowds, so as of now I am thinking that we would fly out of Ohare on Thursday, 9/15/22 arriving in Athens on Friday, 9/16/22 then fly straight to Santorini. The thought now is to spend Friday, 9/16 - Monday, 9/19 in Santorini (if that's enough time) and then ferry to Naxos the morning of 9/19 (or another island) for 2-3 nights, then fly from back to Athens and spend the remainder of our time there.
Ideally, we'd like to be heading back to the U.S. that Saturday, 9/24 or Sunday, 9/25 to get back to work on Monday, 9/26 (Crazy, I know). If need be, we could extend the trip slightly and fly back on Monday.
My real question is, with the time that we have, how would you arrange the itinerary?
Thanks in advance!