DAY 3 - Depart - E. DAY 7 - More Athens?? Wow Thank you Janet! I hadn't thought about splitting the non-Athens part. And a huge thank you about winter hours - we will need to plan and think. We both enjoy the planning stage - almost as much as the doing - so definitely want to DIY. Also, we have UK DL since we lived there early s that are still valid good till you are 70 - do you think that will suffice, or should we still go by AAA? We can definitely do that and there is one close to where we live - just wondered whether we could use them.
It's not a question of you valid UK license The agencies are not supposed to rent to you without u showing the IDP BTW, don't lowball when you rent, and count on having your CC cover your insurance Get the full CDW no excess, and just banish worry, a few dollars more for peace of mind. PS -- about splitting the outside-athens part, don't worry that your hotel will create a problem. They may hold your room, or give you equivalent room when u come back for last 1- 2 days.
Thus for a 7 AM departure, you'd have to leave your hotel at 4 AM!!!! I was there 15 years ago and am just starting to plan for a future trip. We dove to Meteora 1 night , Delphi 1 night , short stop at Corinth, Nafplio 2 nights , day trip to Mycaenae great!
That was a manageable pace. Nafplio was so good that we wish we had stayed there a night or two more. Just relaxing and pretty. The good news is that most of the sites will be very quiet as it is off-season for tourism. We had some places practically to ourselves like Delphi and Olympia.
Our weather was pretty good, cool days and not much rain, but plan for rain or some cold. The bad news is that many of the hotels and restaurants shut down and it was harder to find things open in places like Delphi. So plan ahead and book reservations just to be sure you have a place and aren't searching endlessly during your trip. It wasn't a major problem, but I did have to search some as many hotels were going to be closed.
In Athens and Nafplio it isn't an issue. Driving was fine on modern roads pretty well marked. I'm no expert, but I would think a valid EU-issued drivers license would suffice for rentals. But getting an IDP as a backup would be wise.
With an American license at the time, the rental agencies were very strict about needing the IDP a long story. I highly recommend Delphi - its a magical place. I actually recommend staying in Galixidi, as we did. It's a bit quiet and mostly shut down, but far more charming than the modern crap that is in the town of Delphi. Also nearby to Delphi is the Byzantine monastery of Hosios Loukas. Very much worth a stop if you have time.
Nafplio is a great town and worth several nights with day trips to Myceanae and Epidavros or visit one traveling to or from Nafplio. Athens is worth several nights too, and that time of year it can be very pleasant and inexpensive. Depending on how much time you have, you can easily do those with 6 nights. If you have more time, consider making a loop from Athens to Delphi to Olympia to Nafplio to Athens or reverse.
You can make that work with just one night in Olympia the town is not worth more. Keep the car and complete these parts of your itinerary. Thanks everybody for your detailed suggestions.
Douglas, thanks for the heads up to book ahead - while we like to be adventurous, we don't mess round with lodging. Evan, thanks for the details of your trip - I think we have similar ideas in mind!
Suki, I would love to push on to Olympia I want to see it all but since my husband will be doing the lion's share of the driving, I will defer to him on that front. Maybe if we do Delphi last we will feel like we have enough time to add Olympia We have booked our flights, we arrive in Athens Sat. So given those parameters, what would you suggest? Do you think we can "do" Athens in 24 -ish hours? What do you think? Is that too ambitious? Thanks so much! I'd give Athens more than ish hours, I'd give it at least two or three days.
Or would a day trip be a completely crazy ideal? Turn left at the port intersection and follow the signs to Lagana, Airport , Keri 20km Zakynthos Keri road From the Airport follow signs to Zakynthos then look for signs for Keri approx. Also, try to get to Knossos and the archaeological museum in Heraklion. Crowning a unique complex of cave houses which used to serve as the old bakery of the settlement, and just a moment from the main pedestrian street of Oia, lays the remarkable cave house of sculptural aesthetics. We both have global entry if this is helpful.
Lots of interesting walks, markets, Syntagma Square, etc. If you have only one full day, visit the Acropolis and then the Acropolis Museum to see the sculptures that used to be on the Parthenon. And maybe the Agora if time allows, keeping in mind the early loss of daylight.
Janet's plan seems very sensible to me no surprise, she's had lots of experience , given your desire to spend a lot of time moving around. I'd suggest saving Olympia for another trip.. Or come here to this Olympia for a different experience! Yes, Booklady, it may be good to learn from others' experiences, and I've visited Greece 12 x, importantly on 9 trips I took along "newbies," so I know what works on one's initial trip.
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