Hi there. I've thoroughly confused myself planning and replanning my family's trip to the Cyclades in late August 2020. I'm usually very decisive when planning but the optionality in the Greek islands universe is making me a little crazy. Hoping some clear-headed soul will have some advice for me. Here's our situation:
-Traveling with 2 teenagers, both of whom are experienced, hearty, and adventurous travelers. Love food. Love wandering around interesting places. Love swimming. Very active.
-We have nine nights to spend on the islands
-Parameters: we will be leaving for the islands from Athens and heading home from Santorini.
-None of us has ever been to the Greek islands, thus the final stretch in Santorini just to take a look before we head home.
-We aren't excited about crazy crowds, so we're definitely avoiding Mykonos and Ios, since we're already going to Santorini.
-Also trying not to spend more than 3-4 hours at a time on a ferry.
-At the moment, the itinerary looks like this:
August 21: Ferry to Sifnos
August 22: Sifnos
August 23: Sifnos
August 24: Ferry to Folegandros
August 25: Folegandros
August 26: Folegandros
August 27: Ferry to Santorini
August 28: Santorini
August 29: Santorini
August 30: Fly home from Santorini
So, here's what I'm wondering: Too much hopping around? Too much redundancy between Sifnos and Folegandros? Should we swap one of those for places for Paros or Naxos, and if we do, which one would we lose? Which one would we take instead? And if we make this change, how would this impact the ferry situation?
Any insight would be welcome and appreciated. Many thanks in advance.