Hi, all! My boyfriend and I will be in Greece for 17+ days from mid- to late- September. We have researched the Greek islands a lot and want to visit potentially 3-4 islands, as well as spend 4 days in Athens. We know we want to spend 3-4 days in Santorini, and we’re curious on what other islands we should visit between Santorini and Athens. We originally looked into Naxos & Paros (because of close proximity and cheaper flights into Athens). After more research, Syros, Tilos, and Milos also look like incredible islands to visit as well (let’s be honest, they all seem incredible!).
We would like a few days beach time amongst the islands, but we are mainly excited to explore the culture (most important to us), eat incredible foods, see breathtaking views, hike around some (easy/moderate), and have a relaxing vacation! We’re looking for budget-friendly locations (Santorini will be our ‘splurge’). Any recommended islands for what we’re wishing to accomplish? And is 4 days too long in Athens? We were wanting to take a day trip to Delphi included in the 4 days in Athens.