Would love some advice from experienced Greece travelers about choosing between the Peloponnese or the islands. I am going to be in Greece in August with my wife and two young kids for about 12 days. My wife and I travel to Europe from the US often and try to split historical sightseeing and relaxing/beach/pool activities about 50/50. With two kids along this time around however we are trying to keep the number of hotel changes and intracountry flights/ferries/driving to a minimum. I've been to Athens, Santorini and Crete before about 10 years ago and haven't stopped thinking about returning to Greece ever since. My wife has never been.
In any scenario, we expect to be spending about 5 days in Athens. We'd likely do a day trip to Delphi one of those days. And pending your recommendations (i.e., if we decide on the island route for the second half of the trip), might also squeeze in a day trip to Corinth/Mycenae/Epidaurus.
Then, we'd have about 7 days remaining.
- Option 1: Drive to Nafplion for 3-4 nights and then do a couple nights in another Peloponnese location. Drive back to Athens airport.
- Option 2: Ferry to Naxos for ~4 nights and then ferry to Mykonos for ~2-3 nights (including Delos day trip). Fly home from Mykonos.
Some additional details/questions:
- I can't get enough of ancient history, but I know I will get my share of that in any scenario. So the second half of the trip is more about taking it easy. Though would love thoughts on Delos vs Mycenae vs Olympia vs Delphi, etc, if let's say i can only visit two of the major sites outside of Athens.
- With two young kids, ease of travel is a big plus. Nafplion appears much easier to get to, but the islands are also appealing bc i'd likely never have to worry about getting a car at all.
- Based on limited research, it seems like driving is a key factor to getting the most of the Peloponnese. But again, kids, naps, etc...is it better to be mostly stuck in Nafplion or Naxos town? We just enjoy wandering around cool neighborhoods, eating well, being near water, which both seem to have all of.
Any advice is very appreciated. Thank you!