My wife and I will be visiting Greece in May and will arrive on the 17th from Paris. Our original plan was to stay in Athens for one night, then to Santorini, then Crete and find our way to Istanbul for our return flight back to Canada. However, upon closer investigation, the trek from Crete to Istanbul proves to be quite an adventure including a long bus ride inland in Turkey so we've decided to fly out of Santorini to Istanbul instead.
My question is this, the flight I'm looking at from Santorini to Athens departs at 7am which means likely I have to be at the airport say an hour earlier, will there be any taxis or bus running at that hour? We likely will rent a car, but will the rental companies be open that early for us to drop off the car?
Second question is this, there will be a 6 hour gap between my connecting flights from Athens to Istanbul, are we able to get our of the airport to a surrounding area while we wait for our flight?
Any help on this would great appreciated. Thanks.