Hi everyone. I am trying to plan a trip to Greece arriving Athens May 8 and returning home May 30. 2019 for 22 nights.. There will be 3 of us traveling and we are in our mid 60's, my brother my sister-in-law and myself. We all have birthdays in May. We will be traveling from USA and this will be a ONCE IN A LIFETIME trip for us. We like to wonder down city streets, look in shops see beautiful scenery enjoy harbors and beaches try different foods and wines enjoy live music see authentic villages spend time on a boat on the water explore different areas. We love to walk and explore and are open to renting a car to explore further from our base. We will arrive by plane to Chania airport on May 8, 2019 and depart by ferry to Santorini on May 15, 2019. This is the itinerary I am thinking about. 7 nights Chania Crete, 3 nights Oia Santorini, 4 nights Naxos, 5 nights Nafplio and 3 nights Athens. 1. Is this a well rounded itinerary for our Once in a Life time trip to Greece?
2. Accommodations in Chania – we would like a 2 bedroom place in Old Town near the Old Port if possible. Budget is somewhere around 800 to 900 Euro for the week. Any suggestions? Do I need to reserve accommodations now or will there be more available the closer we get to our arrival time? I have been looking at some Air Bnb’s but do not know exactly where they are located. 3. Car hire – Can we rent a car for a day and then several days later for a day once we arrive or do we have to reserve? We do not know exactly where we want to go or when or what the weather will be on a particular day. Are there any car hire places you recommend? 3. Ferry to Santorini. We would like to travel by conventional ferry as we want to take in all the scenery. Should we take the early bus to Heraklion ferry port or stay a night or two in Heraklion? Can you please explain the conventional ferry seats/tickets? If we buy reserved seats can we go outside to view the scenery? Can we buy the tickets once we arrive in Chania or do we need to reserve them before we come? 4. Are there any “must dos” while we are in Crete that we should not miss? Thank you in advance for all your time and information regarding this trip. I hope to hear from you soon.