I am returning to Greece, for the first time since I was a rising high school sophomore, in early October 2017. Our travel group will be two recently retired couples that have three weeks to explore. We fly in and out of Athens and have an interest in visiting a few islands (Santorini is a must/we are aware that it will be expensive) and doing some driving in the Peloponnese. We think it makes sense to end our journey exploring the sites of Athens for a few days. So… the real conundrum is: straight to the island(s) on arrival or snag our rental car and set off? We have heard the “advantages” of both approaches. We have an agenda, but no itinerary at present.
We are aware that this trip is during the shoulder season and wonder how many places to stay and eat will be potentially closed (and where that might be more prevalent). We’re looking to explore and enjoy the scenery and the people. Hot spots and late nights out are NOT in our vocabulary, but we’d enjoy a nice meal and a comfortable place to sleep (hopefully with a view to enhance the experience).
Any comments and/or suggestions regarding “order of go,” places not to miss, food to look for, places to stay on a modest budget all would be most appreciated.