Hello! My family and I are pretty experienced travelers ( so are our little ones ages 7 and 8 ) and we are planning a trip with friends to visit Greece this July. I have read a lot on here and other sites and have even spoken to friends who are Greek for advice. Roughly, I am thinking of this itinerary and would like some feedback. We will be coming in from Germany and landing in Athens. We are thinking of visiting Athens for a day and then do this:
Either take a ferry to Crete and our friends will meet us there and stay at an Airbnb for a week. This way we can travel around and take our time and enjoy what we can while we are there. From there ferry to Naxos for the following week and use that as our main destination and take day trips out here and there to neighboring islands. This is the part that I am trying to put together with ferry travel times ( I am using rome2rio.com for assistance with this ) and family friendly islands that we would enjoy. Between the two families the kids range from ages 6-11. They LOVE to swim and play at the beach, hike, history, and sightseeing in general. Naxos looks like a great location but I do know that we would love to see Santorini. I am not too sure this would be a good day trip being that it seems like a haul. Would you recommend a night in Santorini? Or two? I am hoping that we can ferry to other nearby islands from Naxos here and there and explore that island before flying out. We would either go with the itinerary or flip it around ( any advice would be great! ). We are looking for a good balance with the short amount of time. THANK YOU ALL!