we're planning to spend three weeks in Greece early next autumn (second half of September). After some research we've decided that it would not be enough to see everything on the mainland + Crete, so we'll postpone the northern Greece to a later trip (Meteora, Thessaloniki, Vergina, Pella)
We want to do as much sightseeing as possible, but also spend a day or two relaxing at the seaside. We plan to use public transport (we don't drive). That's why we also would like to have bases for day trips rather than move all the stuff around every day.
I'd like your thoughts about the planned itinerary. Thanks in advance :)
day 1 - arrival in Athens in the morning, walk around the city (Plaka, Temple of Zeus, National Gardens)
day 2 - Athens: Acropolis, Acropolis museum
day 3 - Athens:National Archaeology Museum, Museum of Greek Folk Art
day 4 - Athens:some further museums (possibly: Benaki, musical instruments) + Sounion
day 5 - Athens: some further museums (possibly: byzantine theatrical museum) or Planetarium (if it's good for non-Greek speakers) and bus ride to Delphi (*as the sites might still be open till just 3PM, it seems best to arrive in the evening and start at 8AM before the day trips arrive from Athens :)
day 6 - Delphi and bus ride back to Athens
day 7 - transfer to Nafplio, sightseeing in Nafplio
day 8 - day trip to Corinth and maybe also Nemea
day 9 - day trip to Mycenae and Argos
day 10 - day trip to Epidauros, Tiryns on the way
day 11 - day trip to Sparta and Mystra
day 12 - day trip to Olympia
day 13 - transfer to Crete (probably by plane), walk around Heraklion
day 14 - Knossos, Archaeological Museum in Heraklion
day 15 - Phaistos day trip +Ayia Triadha
day 16 - day trip to Dhiktean cave(?)
day 17 - transfer to Paleohora & time to relax
day 18 - day trip Samaria gorge
day 19 - relaxing in Paleohora
day 20 - day trip to Hania
day 21 - transfer to Athens and flight out of Greece
my specific questions:
1. could the trip to Epidauros be sensibly combined with any other day trip?
2. do you know a good way of getting from Nafplio to Olympia using the public transport?
3. do you see a way to include a trip to Arcadia and Lousios Gorge in our itinerary? is it worth it? We could spend one day more in Greece.
4. do we miss any "highlight" of the Peloponnese, except for Arcadia?
5. would you recommend to take any of the organised bus/coach trips rather than KTEL?
thanks for your help! :)