Am exploring the possibility of visiting 2 of the NE Islands in June 2013, but am having a hard time chosing which 2, so am seeking other travellers' opinions please! I will have 5 days to spend on each island. At present, am leaning towards Chios and Lesvos/Samos. I'm in my mid-40s, will be travelling solo and will be flying Dublin-Athens-Dublin. I enjoy gentle rambles (mild mobility problems - uphill/stairs), swimming, history, archaeology, meeting the locals and generally pottering about getting to know a place. Although I'm not a party animal, I do like to be able to go out at night for a meal, glass of beer/wine, music (but not clubbing or discos). I would prefer to stay on non-touristy islands. Last but not least, as I'll be travelling via public transport, whichever islands I visit will need to have decent public transport, or I'd consider going on an organised excursion to difficult to reach places. I plan on staying in Athens for 3/4 nights on the way home, but beause the flight from Dublin doesn't arrive in Athens until after 9 pm, I'll have to spend the night in Athens/Piraeus and catch a ferry the next day to whichever is my first island destination.
Any and all suggestions/tips are welcome! Thank you in advance for your help and advice.