Picturesque islands and ancient ruins cradle hidden adventures during your handcrafted Greece family vacation. Treasure time in Athens and island hop from Mykonos to Santorini for an immersive discovery of breathtaking religious sites and enchanting scenery, preserved culture and exciting museums. Your active exploration lets the family hike an active volcano rising out of Santorini’s caldera and uncovers the ruins of Athens on the Acropolis’s summit. Find grandeur in the remains of Apollo’s birthplace...
Athens – Arrive in Athens with a Welcoming Tour of the Plaka District
The captivating city of Athens embodies the history and evolution of Greece from ancient times to contemporary life. The neighborhood of Monastiraki brings present-day life to the forefront accentuated by tradition in the form of daily flea markets. Clothing, jewelry, pottery, and artwork reflect the cultural and historical tastes of the nation amid the aroma of fresh baked goods winding down the narrow lanes of the Athenian neighborhood. Cafes and trendy bars line the walkways of the neighboring district of Psyrri. Your flight lands at Athens International Airport where your private transfer greets the family at customs.
Upon entering the heart of the city, the Parthenon towers above the ancient streets of the Plaka, the historic district winding around the base of Acropolis Hill. The fantastic introduction to the historic district emerges in the form of the Church of Agios Nikolaos Ragavas. The 11th-century edifice has a Byzantine architectural style featuring marble columns remaining from the original ancient temple. Cafes set up tables and chairs along the narrow cobbled lanes winding between pastel-painted homes. The Roman Agora was once the active heart of the marketplace with columned shops, bustling squares, and trickling fountains. The Tower of Winds is an octagonal, marble clock tower erected in the 2nd century BC standing nearly 40 feet tall. The height helped cast shadows over the eight surrounding sundials and measure the direction of the wind.
Mykonos – Relish a tour of Ancient Athens before Traveling to Mykonos
Mykonos – Travel to the Island of Delos for an Immersive Historical Tour
Santorini – Ferry to Santorini for a Kayaking Excursion and Cooking Class
Santorini – Hike the Trail from Fira to Oia before a Charming Sunset Cruise
Santorini – Discover the Ancient City of Akrotiri on the Shores of Santorini
Athens – Return to Athens for a Day at Leisure in Greece’s Capital City
Athens – Depart for Home
- Discover the immaculate artistry in the architectural design of the Acropolis, from the Erechtheion Temple to the picturesque Parthenon
- Kayak beneath the famous cliffs of Santorini along the gorgeous caldera to reach the celebrated Red Beach
- Explore the spiritual island of Delos off the shores of Mykonos for an exceptional immersive tour of the birthplace of Apollo
- Sample the traditional tastes of Greek cuisine during a delicious cooking lesson on Santorini focusing on the ease of simple but stunning flavors
- Uncover the fascinating streets, frescoes, and preserved life of Akrotiri, a former thriving Minoan city covered in volcanic ash on Santorini
- Trek the trail connecting the charming towns of Fira to Oia on Santorini for fabulous views of the caldera, cliffs, and whitewashed architecture
- Enjoy a majestic sunset cruise through Santorini’s caldera offering access to the active volcanic island of Nea Kameni and its steaming summit
The unforgettable wonders of Greece take you on an 8-day adventure revealing idyllic coastlines and archeological treasures dating back to the 16th century BC. The culture remains lively and passionate about their past. The cuisine boasts regional flavors with ingredients abundant around the islands, coast, or mountains. Whether searching for thrills or relaxation, education or the wilds of the natural landscape, your Greek vacation brings the ancient world to life through fun activities and exhilarating discoveries taking you to Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini.
The journey begins with your arrival in Athens. The capital of Greece continues to attract visitors from around the world interested in discovering the cradle of Western Civilization. The Neoclassical architecture around Syntagma Square symbolizes the unfettered connection to the former city-state while also reflecting the birth of the contemporary country. The antique neighborhoods around the base of the Acropolis offer insight into the layers of civilizations captivated by the Golden Age of Athens, from the Romans to the Napoleonic army. The city lets the family dive deep into ancient history and continued traditions around the Plaka. Touring the Acropolis showcases the majesty of Classical architecture crowning the summit. The New Acropolis Museum offers examples of artifacts from the ancient world.
The island of Mykonos is known for its splendid beaches and lovely Chora, the main town. The cobbled lanes create a charming maze once used to deter pirate raids. The family can relax on the various beaches around the island or spend time wandering the pedestrianized streets of the town. The nearby island of Delos embodies the brilliance of Greek mythology with the ruins of a grand port city that has grown out of the legends of Apollo’s birthplace. Discover the spiritual center once hosting centers from cities across the country.
Santorini has an unparalleled charm personified in the soaring cliffs, colorful waters, and unique beaches. The whitewashed architecture contrasts the dark volcanic stone. Adventure abounds around the caldera. Trails connect the distant towns. The warm, serene waters of the caldera provide ample opportunities to sail and kayak. Secluded pebbled beaches offer a relaxing ambiance in which you can refresh your body and spirit in the abundant sunlight. The entire family will have a grand time traversing the wooden walkways of the ancient city of Akrotiri, a Minoan civilization buried in ash during an epic volcanic eruption in the 16th century. Interested in reading some of our travelers’ top Greece tour reviews? Click here for more.
$2,595 per person (excluding international flights)
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