Hi, like many others, I'm having trouble narrowing down my itinerary for an upcoming trip to Greece. We have 16 full days to enjoy here. I'm down to iterations of the following stops: Chania (5 to 6 days/4-6 nights), Heraklion (1-2 days/1-2 nights), Santorini (2 days/2 nights), Monemvasia (1 day/2 nights), Kitta in Mani penisula (2 days/2 nights), and Athens (2 days/3 nights). I also had on my list Meteora, Delphi, Olympia, Dimitsana/Stemnitsa but have removed them, I think.
Frankly, I'm not sure about Santorini - everyone I've spoken who's been says it is a must-see and I suppose this is a great time to go given that the cruise ships are not operating so it won't be overrun (if they were it would be a definite pass for me, we had the misfortune of arriving at Ocho Rios along with the throngs years ago and I have no desire to repeat that experience). My work friend raves about Meteora along with a friend of ours but it is so far away. Monemvasia and Kitta/Mani penisula speak to me but I am worried about the driving time/distances. I know folks say you need more time for Crete but I'm confortable with the time I've allocated - sure there is more to see but this should give us the time to do what we want - Samara gorge, some cultural tours, a cooking class and one beach day as well as a busy but doable day to see Knoss and the museum in Heraklion. I would like to see the the Lasitha Plateau as well but that would come at the expense of another location.
Thoughts from the experts here? Am I making a mistake forgoing some of the other locations for this? I do love history but I also know that after a while the stuff starts to blend together. And again the driving time/distance is a bit much between the various sites. I thought 16 days would be more that enough time. Little did I know.