Below is our current itinerary. Our flights are already booked, USA to/from Athens as well as Athens to Santorini. I also already booked a hotel for Santorini.
9 - Depart USA
10 - Arrive Athens, Flight to Santorini, Arrive at 5 pm - Staying at Anatoli Hotel
11 - Santorini
12 - Santorini
13 - Santorini
14 - Santorini (Day trip to Naxos, Delos)
15 - Santorini
16 - Leave Santorini, arrive Athens (Travel Day)
17 - Athens
18 - Athens
19 - Athens (Yacht trip to islands)
20 - Leave Athens (Brief stop - Delphi), Stay in Meteroa - ((start rental car)
21 - Leave Meteroa, arrive Napflio
22 - Napflio
23 - Napflio (Day trip to Epidavros )
24 - Napflio
25 - Leave Napflio (Brief stops - Mycenae and Corinth) Arrive Athens (return car)
26 - Leave Athens 5 pm
27 - Arrive USA
Insights on my husband and I - we like to not rush too much, preferring to stay in a only a few locations and doing side trips from there. We enjoy having a nice drink and evening out, but not wide late night partying. We prefer to stay where there is easy access to transportation, activities and food rather than off the beaten path. We greatly enjoy history, culture, outdoor activities as well as relaxing. We also don't feel like we have to see everything when we visit a new country, with the hope we will return again someday. We also like some flexibility in our travel; when we traveled to Italy, we booked our hotel in Florence for our arrival, but then booked our next destinations' accommodations as went along, usually a few days ahead. Then we could against a day or two if we needed to, and we had great options through Booking.com. We don't need much in terms of accommodations.
Thoughts? I based a lot of the itinerary off your previous suggestions as well as Matt's Greece website.
- Matt says to use travel agents instead of booking on our own. Since we aren't doing much with the ferries except from Santorini to Athens, will this still be necessary?
- Are there any concerns with us booking our future accommodations just before we leave for the the next destination? Book Athens accommodations a few days before arrival? I know we will be in the busy season so it may not work for Greece like it did in Italy.
-Any suggestions on rental cars? I use Hertz in the states, but I'm open to options. My husband can drive a stick, and we would only use to travel between cities then walk around the cities and take public transportation as needed.
Thank you in advance! I appreciate the second set of knowing eyes.