Me and my cousin are planning on going to Turkey and Greece in late May for 2 weeks. We will be landing in Istanbul, and we planned on spending around 3 days in Istanbul, flying to Izmir and spending another 2 days there.
From Izmir we wanted to take individual Ferries (or a convenient cruise if one exists) and visit Rhodes, Crete, Santorini, Milos, Mykonos as our list of possible options. We have never been to Greece and Turkey, and we want a full experience of the cultures, sites and foods, as well as some relaxing beaches and fun activities to do (snorkelling, kayaking, hiking etc).
In addition to the Greek islands, we also want to spend a day or two in Athens, and we are unsure of what other places we should be seeing in Greece. We have tentatively planned on renting a car in Greece and driving to Meteora (while making a quick couple hours stop in Delphi). Most likely we would spend the night and part of the day in Meteora and drive back to Athens and take a flight back to Istanbul in the end.
I'm assuming this is gonna be too much to take on in 2 weeks so we probably need to shorten the time we spend in some cities or preferentially cut back on some of the places we would stop over at (most likely some of the islands). And we sort of wanted to know how realistic it is to drive from Athens to Delphi and arrive in Meteora in one day, tour Meteora the next day and head back to Athens, or if that would even be worth it for us to do?
ps. if you could make any suggestions or give any ideas on how much it will cost and how difficult it will be getting from one island to another we'd also appreciate that...thanks!