I am planning a trip to Greece for summer 2014 and am having trouble finalizing plans for the island portion of our trip. We are a family w/3 kids (2 young teens, one 8 yo). We will be in Athens for several days at the end of June and then have about 5 days to visit the Cyclades in early July.
I started out thinking Santorini and Naxos... would avoid Santorini because of high season crowds/prices, but I would like to see Akrotiri (arch. site; I know it is not too dramatic but I plan to prepare w/study ahead of time and/or hire a guide). So I thought 2 nights on Santorini and then 3 on Naxos for the beach experience and a few more interesting archeological sites w/o the high hotel price of Santorini. I am rethinking this because I have heard from a local that Naxos beaches can be windy w/rough seas sometimes... my friend recommended Sifnos. Checked it out and it looks great for beaches and very relaxing!
I am wondering if combing Santorini/Sifnos is possible... it looks like if I want to book rooms ahead (which I do) this might be difficult as the ferry connection may not happen every day. Anyone have experience with this? Also, I understand that the ferry schedules are not yet out for next summer, so perhaps it is safer to stick to Santorini/Naxos as they are on the same line and will have daily connections in high season.
Any input would be much appreciated!