I have about 7 days of vacation during mid December and since we moved in Europe recently, would like to get away from the snow of Central Europe (Liberec, Czech Republic) to some relatively hot/mild weather region and Greece has always fascinated me because of its history, culture and scenic beauty. So, my first and most fundamental question is: Will it be a good choice in December?
If the answer is yes, then I should start planning my itinerary. My travel companion will be my wife, so it will be a small group of two (We may eventually tuck in another couple of friends). Total days are about seven, which is small, but I believe should be decent enough. We should look at modest or low budget options for accommodation and hence youth hostel - type accommodation would be acceptable provided they are safe. Our interest would be to visit historical sights, one or two museums, one (or two) Island and places with scenic or natural beauty. We are not into sports activities or actions.
I guess we must visit Athens, and in Tripadvisor, I also found Oia among the top 25 destinations in Europe. I would also love to visit Crete, but it is very big and I am not sure if we can do justice within this short time. So can some friends give practical suggestions regarding the optimum itinerary covering 7 days and suggest good accommodation and local sight seeing options? What should be a modest budget for two persons for a trip to Greece during this December?
One itinerary that I have thought of is:-
Athens - 2 to 3 days
( Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Ancient Agora and the Theatre of Dionysos, trip to Delphi)
Mykonos Island - 1 day
Santorini Island - 2 days (Oia or Fira: which place to stay?)
Crete Island - 1 to 2 days (Heraklion or Chania?)
Please give your thoughts and suggestions friends. Thanks in advance to all of you!
(Currently staying in Czech Republic with Long Term Residence Permit)