Follow an odyssey of epic proportions during your 9-day family Greece vacation perfect for history enthusiasts and world explorers, classicists, and families thirsting for adventure. Travel to Athens, Santorini, and Crete uncovering ancient civilizations, enchanting ruins, captivating culture, and delicious flavors during active tours embodying the marvelous natural beauty of the landscape. Bring mythology to life at the Temple of Poseidon and listen for the whispers of the Oracle at Delphi. Search...
Athens – Arrive in Athens and Explore the Fascinating Ancient Plaka
Athens captures the family’s imaginations with images of ancient architecture and Byzantine churches, sophisticated philosophers, and charming cafes brimming with life. The Ancient Panathenaic Stadium rises out of the historical heart of the city with a capacity for holding 60,000 spectators. Runners competed in races around the 669-foot long track during Olympics dating back to the 4th century BC. The current iteration was erected to celebrate the remarkable history of the games in Greece after the reinstatement of the international tournament in 1896. Your flight lands at Athens International Airport, where your private transfer greets the family upon arrival.
The neighborhood of Anafiotika reflects the migration of peoples from the Cycladic Islands to Greece’s capital city. The whitewashed 19th-century homes climb up the northern slope of the Acropolis. Bougainvillea adds bursts of bright color to the bleached walls. The Parthenon stands atop the ancient hill like a jewel in the crowning summit visible from the narrow cobblestone walkways of the Plaka, the city’s oldest neighborhood. The village ambiance creates a charming welcome for the family amid the pastel-painted houses tucked behind peaceful corners near historical churches. The aroma of grilling meat and vegetables emanates from the boisterous restaurants with the quieter cafes hidden on the hillside.
Athens – Discover Ancient Athens at the Acropolis with a Sunset at Sounion
Athens – Visit Delphi for the Mystic Oracle and the Archeological Museum
Santorini – Travel to Santorini for Wine Tasting and Grape Stomping Tour
Santorini – Cruise the Caldera, Hike the Volcano and Enjoy Hot Springs
Crete – Explore Ancient Akrotiri before the High-Speed Ferry to Crete
Crete – Traverse Spinalonga Fortress and Relax with a Half-Day at Leisure
Crete – Uncover Historical Palace of Knossos before Greek Cooking Class
Crete – Depart for Home
- Enjoy the immersive mythical ambiance of the Acropolis in Athens, home to the iconic classical temple of the Parthenon
- Trek to the summit of an active volcano rising out of the caldera of Santorini before swimming in hot springs warmed by the natural geothermal activity
- Follow in the footsteps of the infamous minotaur at the Palace of Knossos, an ancient Minoan archeological site on Crete
- Speak to the Oracle at Delphi during an elaborate tour through the ancient spiritual city clinging to the side of Mount Parnassus
- Discover Greece’s Pompeii at Akrotiri, a once-thriving Minoan port city covered in ash during a volcanic eruption
- Relish the chance to stomp grapes in the traditional macerating process at a historic winery on Santorini
- Delight in the flavors of Greek meze, traditional small plates, during a private family-friendly cooking class
- Watch the sunset at Cape Sounion where the colorful sky reflects against the marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon
The splendors of Greece embody the foundations of Western Civilization uncovered by archeology and shared by the preserved culture around the country. Your personalized family vacation in Greece is perfect for children of any age, whether fans of Greek mythology or interested in visiting the famous beaches of the Cycladic islands. The vibrant life of the country immerses you in the ancient artifacts emerging from the landscape in the form of unearthed towns and religious sites acting like open-air museums boasting the iconic imagery of the country from the Parthenon to whitewashed houses with blue rooftops.
Your ultimate family vacation begins in Athens, the capital of Greece, and the cradle of the Western World. The distinct neighborhoods embody the evolution of Greece, ranging from ancient life in the shadow of the Acropolis to the daily luxuries of modern living. The historical district at the heart of the city features Classical architecture crafted during the Golden Age of Athens to the Roman occupation. Discover the marvels of the ancient world in the New Archeological Museum or by wandering around the Plaka.
A tour of the Acropolis boasts marble stairs, elegant pillars, and idyllic style leading to the Parthenon. The Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion was erected around the same time as the Parthenon and provides a great place for the family to enjoy the sunset over the southwestern shores of mainland Greece. A full day in Delphi connects the family to the unique center of religious life connected to the famous Oracle. The archeological museum presents remarkable original treasures spanning thousands of years while the historic city retains its stadiums, statues, theater, and temple grounds.
The island of Santorini is one of Greece’s most famous landscapes. It is known for the sparkling caldera, sensational cliffs, whitewashed architecture and spectacular sunsets, the island provides the perfect opportunity for the family to explore life in the Aegean. A wine tour allows you to relax sampling historical vintages as the kids stomp grapes testing their skills in the rich tradition of maceration. Sail the caldera with a knowledgeable captain offering insight into the formation of the island, the history of the people, and the best place to swim in the hot springs. Hike to the top of the volcano and spend a moment relaxing on one of Santorini’s celebrated beaches. The ancient city of Akrotiri reveals life in a thriving Minoan port city before the infamous volcanic eruption occurred.
Crete is the largest of Greece’s Cycladic islands boasting the splendor of welcoming beaches, charming towns along the coast and in the hills, in addition to dramatic gorges cutting across the interior landscape. A rich history of Minoan civilization leads to centuries of Venetian rule resulting in impressive fortresses, colorful homes, and elegant harbors. Enjoy exploring the small island of Spinalonga adorned with fascinating fortifications. Learn the art of crafting goat cheese on a farm and discover how simple ingredients can lead to bold flavors during a family-friendly cooking class crafting traditional small dishes known as meze. Explore the vast Minoan royal complex at the Palace of Knossos and enjoy the beautiful seaside views from the comforts of your resort-style accommodations.
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$2,920 per person (excluding international flights)
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