Husband and I are planning our first trip to Greece and to Santorini this spring, and I'm trying to figure out if it'd be easier to use backpacks or rolling bags of similar carry-on size? On the last tour, we used rolling bags, which worked out well. The worst we ever encountered were cobblestone streets. But given Greece's hillier, rockier terrain in some places, I wasn't sure if backpacks might be easier.
Our backpacks and rolling bags are similar in size and both expandable. As for pros and cons, the backpacks are 4.5 pounds lighter than the rolling bags and roomier, because of the lack of hardware. They also have side handles and detachable shoulder straps. The big upside to the rolling bags is, well, they aren't on your back. Then again, I'm not sure if we'll have to carry our bags for extended amounts of time. Anyone who's gone on the Athens & Peloponnese tour have any thoughts or suggestions? Your opinions are much appreciated!