My partner and I are traveling to Greece and Turkey for 3 weeks in September. We are flying into Athens on the 4th of September for 10 days before traveling to Turkey. Our plan is to island hop and end our time in Greece on the Island of Lesbos before taking a ferry to Ayvalik where we will be renting a car and driving to Ephesus, Bergama, Troy (Truva), Kusadasi, Selcuk and then heading our way to Istanbul. From there we will be taking a flight to Cappadocia for two days before we fly back to Istanbul and take a flight home to Seattle.
We are curious for any Greek island recommendations to visit we are thinking of Naxos, Delos, Mykonos and Samos! We want to be careful of how much time we spend getting from place to place so that we can really soak up the islands and get as much in as we can in 10 days, we're thinking two days on each island. We are also curious about scheduling our ferry times before hand or waiting to get to Greece and go from there. We would love to hear feedback we are super interested is less touristy beaches, great restaurants, good bnb's/ hotels.
We are also interested in any prior knowledge from other travelers who have experienced these beautiful countries and have any tips on places to go restaurants, sights for Turkey as well!