I am planning a trip to Turkey and Greece for next May/June. I've been enjoying the many trip reports on this page and think I have my locations all picked out. I am really struggling to put them in some sort of reasonable order that avoids a lot of back-tracking, especially through Athens. I am trying to put Naxos / Santorini towards the end of the trip because I am hoping it will be warmer by then. We also have the flexibility to move our dates out by a week or two, but I know that will put us more into the heavier tourist season.
We are aiming to leave the US May 16, but could leave as late as June 1 if that will give us better weather.
If anyone can help me sort out this jigsaw-puzzle of an itinerary, I would be ever so grateful!
Day 1 - 3 Cappadocia
Day 4 - 7 Istanbul
Day 8 - fly to Thessaloniki, pick up car and drive to Meteora.
Day 9 & 10 - Meteora
Day 11 - drive from Meteora to Athens, visiting Delphi and the lovely monastery en route (the name escapes me at the moment, but it is the monastery near Delphi). Is this feasible in one day?
Day 12 - 15 Athens with a day trip to Hydra (would love to do an overnight on Hydra but cannot figure out how to make it work without major backtracking)
Day 16 - ferry to Naxos. Four nights in Naxos
Day 20 - day and overnight in Santorini
Day 21 - Santorini back to Athens
Day 22 - home.
If there were a way to fly from Santorini back to the US, that would be ideal, but I haven't been able to find any sort of reasonable flight schedule / price.
Any advice to help fix this this itinerary?