I think I’ve talked my husband into joining me on my May trip to Greece. (Can you believe he needs persuading?) That means more fun, but more compromise, so I’ve adjusted my original itinerary to suit us both and deliver the sort of tour I promised him: fairly relaxed, with longer stops at the beginning (to allow him to recover from his jet lag) and end (so he can rest up before flying back to work). I’ll fly out a week before him to tour Western Crete (he has no interest in Crete and only feels comfortable taking two weeks from work) then join him in Santorini (a compromise destination for me—I preferred Naxos). With his lack of interest in Crete and my minimal interest in Santorini, I’m sure we’ve got everyone shaking their heads in bewilderment.
Our combined itinerary will look something like:
Day 2 - 4: Santorini
Day 5: Fly to Athens, rent car at airport, drive to Nafplio
Days 6 - 7: Nafplio, visiting nearby sites: Mycenae, Tiryns, Epidaurus, Tolo
Day 8: Drive to Mystras/Sparta via Leonidi and Kosmas, stopping at Lerna on way.
Day 9: Mystras, drive to Olympia (Would Sparta - Tripoli then through the mountains or up the coast be more scenic?)
3) Day 10: Olympia, drive to Delphi (ViaMichelin predicts 3 hours from Olympi - Delphi, but that seems low to me. Any ideas whether it’s fairly accurate?)
Day 11: Delphi, drive to Athens
Day 12 - 14: Athens
Day 15: Fly home
Three full days (four nights) in Santorini seems like a lot to me, but husband fell in love with the pictures and really wants to unwind when he first arrives. That’s why three full days. You can talk me out of it.
My vision for days 9 - 11 is that we’ll hit the sites fairly early in the morning, allowing about 4 hours, then spend the afternoon on leisurely, scenic drives, hopefully arriving before dark. (I’ve consulted ViaMichelin for their estimated times and this seems doable.) Sort of a combination archaeological/local culture/landscape tour. Do you think this general strategy is good or will it wear us out or force us to rush?
I plan to book ASAP for Santorini, Nafplio, and Athens since we’ll be looking for budget lodgings. Should I book ahead for the other destinations as well? That gives us security, but no flexibility. I’ve got an extra day to work in, so we could spend an extra day in and around Nafplio or on the road, allowing us to overnight in a village if we’re smitten.
I know we’re very close to both Monemvasia and the Mani, but want to keep things fairly relaxed, so am reluctant to add another destination.