I have an opportunity to take a 10-night trip to Greece late May/early June, but with the short time to plan, I'm a bit overwhelmed and not sure if I can pull it off. My husband and I have never been to Greece. Can anyone please help me try to plan an incredible trip to Athens and the Greek Isles in a short amount of time? I don't want to book the air until I know I can pull this off.
I am budget conscious but also want to make the most of the trip. For accommodations, I care most about the perfect location, but then I look for deals for 3* or better accommodations (I try to pay around $100-$150/night USD). I also like to have a set itinerary. I'm not a happy traveler if I don't have reserved overnights. Can anyone help me plan a trip and tell me the best way to get around? I see that Aegean Air is running specials on domestic travel to/from Athens for 49/59 euros until May 8th. That just adds more pressure to get an itinerary set so we can actually make this trip happen.
Background info about us:
We're in our 30's, from NJ, and love to travel. We've been to Australia, British Columbia, Montreal, all over the states including Hawaii and Alaska, London, Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Venice, Rome, Tuscany/Florence, etc. We like to treat each trip as though we may never have a chance to return so we plan pretty ambitious itineraries. We're very active and are willing to pack it in. We don't care much about the beaches themselves. We're more interested in experiencing the culture (whether that means visiting markets, climbing for views, or visiting the "sights"). Also, we're not big drinkers and don't do a lot of partying so low-key nightlife is fine.
Any ideas on how to get started???
I was thinking something like: 3 nights Athens, 2 nights Mykonos, 3 nights Santorini, 2 nights Crete? Or I've read that maybe we should skip Mykonos altogether and opt for another island like Naxos or Paros? Maybe 2 nights isn't enough to touch Crete. I want to make the itinerary such that we can productively get around without spending 4-5 hours on ferries between islands.