Hi! We're looking for recommendations for our trip to Greece. We'll have seen Turkey (Istanbul and from Antalya to Ephesus) prior to Greece, so we'll have seen lots of ruins. First, we spend 3 full days in Athens. We can either take a long-distance bus trip (not a tour bus) to Delphi from Athens, or go there after seeing Olympia. The drive from Olympia to Delphi should take about 4 hours w/o stops, and another 3 hours back to Athens. We would take 2 days to do this driving!
BTW, we've already paid for the Athens apartment, so we can't change that or the return trip to the US.
Here's my proposed itinerary (with the day trip to Delphi done while we're in Athenes):
Th July 10: Arrive Piraeus via ferry from Samos at 06:15; visit Acropolis in Athens; afternoon bus to Sounion to see site and sunset, bus back to Athens; stay in apartment
F July 11: Day trip to Delphi via long distance bus; stay in apartment
Sa July 12: Sightsee Athens; last night in apartment
Su July 13: pick up rental car 07:30; drive to Peloponnese, see Nemea and Myceanae on the way; stay in Nafplio
M July 14: visit Epidavrous; ferry to Hydra from Ermioni; stay overnight a reasonably priced pension or domatia (any suggestions? Can we wait till we get there? Any unadvertised ones we can call now?)
Tu July 15: explore Hydra, go back to Peloponnese, stay Nafplio
W July 16: drive south along coast, see Lerna; go through Leonida and Kosmos (see Elonis monastery?); stay overnight in Gythion
Th July 17: explore Mani peninsula; stay overnight in ???
F July 18: continue exploring Mani; see Diros caves in heat of day, drive north, stay in Kardamyli
Sa July 19: visit Messini, stay in Koroni
Su July 20: visit Finikoundas, Methoni; Pilos; stay overnight somewhere near one of these…
M July 21: drive north and visit Olympia; stay nearby
Tu July 22: Drive to Dimitsana or ??? and stay overnight
W July 23: Explore mountains more, continue driving towards Athens, seeing Corinth and Acorinth; stay near Athens airport
Th July 24: Drop car early at airport, 08:30 flight home