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    by mkataoka Fodor's Editor | Posted on Nov 28, 16 at 01:31 PM
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Narrowed it down-Cyclades only? or Add Crete or Nafplio as well?

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I have been reading, reading, reading and while I have narrowed down my trip, I am still a bit lost.

My husband, daughter (12) and I are headed to Greece end of June. We have all been to Europe a few times before: Ireland, Belgium, Netherlands, France (Paris, Nancy and Provence), Monaco, London, and we will be in Barcelona for a week this Christmas.

We traveled to the wilds of Patagonia for three weeks last Christmas and did miles and miles of serious trekking. Our daughter was amazing through the whole trip and so we told her she could choose our next destination-we all love to travel- she chose Greece. Santorini is the definite-she also wanted to go to Ikaria but don't think we can fit that in. With that said, I know that Santorini is extremely touristy, and we prefer staying away from hordes of people. We are definitely interested in culture, ruins, nature, delicious eats and local artisan shopping. We have no interest in sitting on a beach all day.

Here are my definites-airlines already booked:

June 21-Vienna direct to Santorini arrive 2:45
22 and 23-Santorini
June 24-30 open to suggestions here
July 1-3:15 flight from LHR to JFK

so here are the options I have come up with:

June 24-30 Crete (Chania and Herklion)
July 1- 9:00 am flight from Herklion to Gatwick arrive 11:15-transfer to Heathrow-3:15 flight to JFK

or

June 24-26-Naxos with one day being a day trip to Delos
June 27 & 28-Paros
June 29 & 30-Athens

or

June 24-Fly to Athens, rent a car drive to Nafplio
24-27 Nafplio
28-Delphi
29 & 30-Athens

It's possible I will add one more night to Santorini as one day will be a boat ride but not definite.

My one big concern with Nafplio is that it will be HOT. We aren't huge fans of being HOT with little shade or AC/pool to cool down in. I am trying to give us a good taste of Greece. While we have enjoyed every place we have ever been, and we always agree we would go back, I know that we most likely won't, that we will go someplace new-except of course for El Chalten, Argentina...we would move there in a heartbeat!

So Fodorites, what do you think?

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