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proposed two week Greece itinerary

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Hello! My wife and I, both in our mid 50s, will be traveling from Chicago to Greece for two weeks this upcoming June to join my 21-year-old son, who will have just finished up his spring quarter study abroad in Athens. All three of us are very interested in ancient Greek history, love to hike, enjoy a variety of great scenery ... and we all want to soak up as much local culture as we can. None of us need night life and while we enjoy great beaches, it's not a focus for this trip. I have spent the last week reading through much of three different guidebooks and scouring forums for advice on how to split up two weeks in Greece.

Here are several assumptions built in to our proposed itinerary:

1. My wife and I, whenever possible, like three nights in any one place to be sort of a minimum stay to avoid time wasted packing up and settling in to another place.

2. We will be staying at airbnb rentals most nights, as they are relatively inexpensive and allow us to rent whole apartments with two bedrooms, so our son can have his whole room and keep his messiness out of our view! We will make use of a kitchen for quick breakfasts in, sandwiches for lunch at least some of the time, allowing us to splurge more on dinners. ... We've had experience with airbnb rentals before (only in the USA) and they've all worked out well.

3. We hope to come back to Greece some day in the future, so we don't feel a need to "see it all" in two weeks, not that would even be remotely possible in just two weeks, anyway.

4. It kills me to not get to Crete! But after much reading, I realize the island is way too big to only spend 2-3 days there, so it will have to wait for another trip, when we can spend at least a week there.

5. This is the opening leg of a six week trip - we're teachers, with our summers off. From our last day in Greece, we'll fly to Croatia (5 days), then 3 days in Slovenia, 8 days in the Czech Republic (extended family reunion!), and finally 6 days in Istanbul to finish up our six weeks. ... It's our second trip to Europe.

6. We've already committed to six nights for Athens ... the rest, we are waiting on to allow for some possible tweaking.

So, if you would be so kind as to scan through our tentative plan, here is the way we see our 14 days in Greece:

1-3 ... Exploring Athens for three days (allowing for the first day to be in a jet lag fog, having arrived the evening before from Chicago), using our son as our guide, as he would have just spent 11 weeks studying there.

4-5 ... Bus trip to Delphi, with one overnight there (that night double booked, since we already have our Athens rental up through the evening of day 5)

6-8 ... Three days on Santorini, with an early morning flight on day 6 from Athens

9-11 ... Three days on Naxos, with a ferry ride there from Santorini early on day 9

12 ... Travel day back to the mainland, starting with a flight from Naxos to Athens and then a car rental with a drive to Nafplio

13, 14 ... Two days in Nafplio area, with a side trip to Mycenae one day and Epidavros the other, with the rest of time those two days for exploring Nafplio and surrounding sights

15 ... Drive back to Athens, dump off rental car, and fly to Dubrovnik in the early afternoon

I am open to any tweaking you might like to offer up. I know that it's sound advice to fly right to the first island at the beginning of the time in Greece for time efficiency, but my wife will actually be arriving in Athens three days earlier than I will be (my arrival is sadly, delayed by thee "snow days I have to make up at the end of the school year), so she is arriving on the same day as our son will be finishing up his program - thus we are committed to staying in Athens first off.

What I am most interested in from Greece veterans is this: Would you recommend shaving one day off of any of our locations, to add that day somewhere else ... or perhaps doing something not in our itinerary yet, instead?

I appreciate in advance any advice! I promise I will do a photo trip report shortly after arriving back home.

Cheers!

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