Hello! I'm hoping I can get some feedback on a itinerary I put together for my mother, aunt, and myself. I am feeling overwhelmed because I have a gut feeling my itinerary is too crammed and will be spending most of my time on the road and rushing from place to place. I want to visit historical sights as well as take some time to spend in town with locals. Or perhaps fit in an activity like wine tasting or something cultural. This is our first trip to Greece!
Day 1- Arrive in Athens Airport (travelling from San Francisco) at 10:20am. Rent a car and head to Delphi. Estimated arrival in Delphi about 3-4pm. Relax and leisure stroll in town and overnight in Delphi.
Day 2- Morning visit to the ruins. Have lunch and then drive to Olympia. If arriving to Olympia early enough to do so, we might visit either visit the ruins or visit a winery. Check in hotel and overnight in Olympia.
Day 3- Morning visit to the ruins in Olympia if not visited the day prior. Lunch and drive to Kardamyli. Stroll around Kardamyli. Check in hotel and overnight in Kardamyli.
Day 4- Drive to the Mani Peninsula and back to Kardamyli. Overnight in Kardamyli agin.
Day 5- Early departure drive to Monemvasia in hopes to arrive before noon. Spend the day in Monemvasia. Late afternoon/early evening drive to Nafplion. Overnight in Nafplion.
Day 6- Spend the day in Nafplion. I've read suggestions to visit Epridavos and Mycanae but I think I will skip those. Will have seen enough ruins by then and will have 3 days in Athens to see more ruins. Overnight in Nafplion again.
Day 7- Spend a slow morning in Nafplion. Depart for a drive to Nemea wine region to visit one or two wineries. My mother and aunt will do some wine tasting...I will buy a bottle or two to enjoy back in Athens. Lunch in Nemea. Then late afternoon/early evening drive to Athens. Overnight in Athens.
Day 8- Overnight in Athens
Day 9- Overnight in Athens
Day 10- Overnight in Athens
Day 11- Return home to San Francisco.
Does this trip seem feasible? Is it too rushed? Is there a stop that maybe I can remove from the itinerary...for example, maybe skipping either Monemvasia or Kardamyli?
Our Athens portion of the trip, we cannot revise as our accommodation is already booked and paid for. The reason we chose to visit Athens at the end of our trip is so that we can be more leisurely after having been on a road trip for 6 days.
Thank you in advance for any feedback!!! We are super excited! :-)