Hi, everyone. I've been scouring this forum for a few weeks now, absorbing all the recommendations. I've come up with the following itinerary for our trip to Greece from 9/24/18-10/5/18 and would love feedback. Background: We're in our early-mid thirties and traveling as a couple. This will be our first time in Greece. We enjoy trips where we can walk as much as possible (vs. spending the day in a car/bus/train), trying new food, learning about history and taking in amazing views. My husband isn't a beach person so we'll probably only spend 1 day at the beach (Naxos). Here's the itinerary I've come up with so far:
Day 1: Arrive in Athens at 9:15am and immediately fly to Santorini at 11:55am
Day 2: Santorini (most likely staying at Espera's in Oia)
Day 3: Santorini
Day 4: Santorini
Day 5: Day in Santorini , Ferry to Naxos
Day 6: Naxos (most likely staying at Polis of Naxos Boutique Hotel in Chora)
Day 7: Naxos
Day 8: Naxos
Day 9: Day in Naxos, Flight to Athens
Day 10: Athens
Day 11: Athens
Day 12: Flight Home at 11:45am
Looking at the itinerary, I have a couple reservations. First, is 4 nights in Santorini overkill? I know Santorini isn't necessarily the most popular island on the forum; however, we'll be there at the end of September and I'm hoping it will be a bit quieter than the summer. I've considered booking one less night in Santorini and adding to Athens. Would this be a better plan?
If we do add an extra night to Athens, I'd love to visit Meteora but know I will need an overnight there to make it enjoyable. I'm a little nervous that by the time we get to Athens we'll be exhausted and not wanting to spend 5 hours there and back, even with the overnight. Thoughts on Meteora?
Thank you in advance for any and all feedback!