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Ten Days In Greece -- Lots Of Pressure On Me To Get This Right!

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We are finally doing it -- a vacation in Greece!!

I've been combing the Forum, and I am not finding a situation quite like ours. I am hoping the patient folks here can help me a little.

We will be five able-bodied (bordering on "robust") adults and one teen, and none of us has been to Greece. We will have 10 days around the first week of April 2012. Because our group is so large we will probably get a house through VRBO (unless you can think of other options).

We know we want to see Athens and historical sights/museums, and I have gathered that most folks recommend doing Athens at the end of the trip. (Can't figure out why, but we'll roll with it).

We have gathered that the weather will be cold-ish -- too cold for beaches/water. We love wandering in amazing little towns, eating local foods. We like ancient sites, but we become demoralized if the site is little more than a pile of rubble (we appreciate tour guides who help the rubble come alive). We dislike cruise ships and people who like cruise ships, and we are hoping there won't be too many cruisers in early April.

My daughter will cry her eyes out if she doesn't see Santorini. My husband is nervous about spending all of our time in one place + Athens, but also we don't want to island hop too much.

We are concerned about how all six of us will get around -- is it possible to rent a car on Santorni that accommodates a large group, or should we just assume we will be pedestrians?

Can anyone give us itinerary suggestions? Of our ten days, how should we allocate them between Santorni and Athens, and should we also go to Crete or another place that is lovely but very different from Santorni?

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