Vibrant histories and island bliss come together when you enjoy the best of Greece. Imagine dramatic ruins that whisper countless secrets, whitewashed villages of endless charm, quiet beaches with safe, warm waters, and an easy-going atmosphere at every turn. The Greeks love children, and families always get a warm welcome here. This 10-day tour balances traditional highlights with free time along the coast with three nights each in Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini.
Athens – Arrival and Greek Tavern Plate Smashing
Land in Athens and you will be transferred to Plaka, a 17th- and 18th-century neighborhood that lies in the shadow of the Acropolis. The roads are narrow and mostly pedestrianized, with lots of people on the street but hardly any vehicles. It can be an overwhelming place for anyone, such is the intensity of the smells and sounds. However, your local guide will be on hand to show you around and give you an orientation into all things Plaka. Think cobbled lanes of market stalls, numerous traditional tavernas, and public squares where local families meet each evening.
You will soon grow accustomed to the style, and there is an easy-going atmosphere that is ideal when you are with your whole family. While at first it can seem a little overwhelming, you will soon find Plaka to be a place where children are revered, and everyone looks out for each other. You can be yourself and still fit in while feeling safe and welcomed. You will end your orientation tour at a small tavern, where the mezze dinner platter provides dozens of new tastes and your children can try many different Greek foods. After dinner, you can smash the plates should you wish, partaking in a legendary Greek tradition.
Athens – Historical Highlights of Athens Private Tour
Athens – Cape Sounion Day Trip and Greek Taverna Entertainment
Mykonos – Beach Bumming on a Greek Island
Mykonos – Day Trip to the Incredible Delos Ruins
Mykonos – Another Day To Relax Around the Beaches and Towns
Santorini – Magical Experiences on the Blue and White Island
Santorini – Santorini Island Tour Including Vineyards and Volcanoes
Santorini – Half-Day Catamaran Cruise and Hot Springs
Santorini – Departure
- Relax in the whitewashed villages of Santorini, where there is all the tranquility you need for a family vacation
- Walk in the footsteps of legends as you tour the Athens Agora and the Acropolis
- Spend two days lounging on the beaches of Mykonos, where warm shallow water meets with soft sand
- Cruise around Santorini in a catamaran, jumping off to discover hot springs and other volcanic remains
- Explore the fabulous ruins of Delos, the island where Greek gods were born
- Enjoy classic Greek tavernas, where the food is sublime and the kids have the chance to smash their own plates
- Head off to Cape Sounion for a day, stopping at a beach before the Temple of Poseidon
Family life is central to everything in Greece. You can see it on any Athens square as families meet up each evening. You can also sense it on the islands as visiting children always receive a warm welcome. Traveling with children can be done with ease in Greece, perhaps thanks to the local mindset rubbing off on everyone. In a culture that values simple pleasures, family is the most important of all. Good food is another pleasure. An easy-going way of life is also prominent, which only helps to make things easier for you as a parent. Even amid the bustle of Athens, there is a relaxed atmosphere that can rub off on everyone.
Families have been attracted to Greece for generations, but even as recently as 30 years ago it remained a challenge to travel here as there were not enough facilities to make it an easy vacation. Circumstances have changed relatively recently as hotel standards and transport connections have improved drastically. You no longer need a six-hour boat between islands or a night spent back in Athens before any international departure. Destinations are well connected now, and resorts provide the family-friendly amenities that can make your trip hassle-free. Greece now offers a superb combination of experiences and destinations, and there is something for every age over this 10-day best of Greece tour for families.
Your private tour will be split across three destinations with three nights spent at each. Athens provides the astonishing history, from the Acropolis to the lived-in neighborhood of Plaka. There is a lot to see and do, but the capital can also be compact. So while not everyone likes to visit many ruins and temples, in Athens you can have many of the world’s most impressive ruins in just one morning. Spend one day in the Acropolis before choosing whether to see more of the city. Then spend day three on an excursion to Cape Sounion, which is a combination of beach time and the fabulous Temple of Poseidon. Each evening you can visit the tavernas, enjoying local dining experiences very close to your hotel.
Take the fast ferry to travel to Mykonos, which is as comfortable and as fast as flying, for three days at a small coastal resort. You will be based just outside of the island’s main town, so you can pop in to explore and to eat. But the bay is quiet, so it is ideal for family time on the beach or time spent around the pool. Two days in Mykonos are kept free, with the middle day spent on nearby Delos, an island rich in history and endless ruins. It is highly educational here, the journey leading from the birth of Apollo through 2,000 years of ancient eras.
Another relatively short ferry ride will bring you to Santorini, the island of whitewashed villages and volcanic splendor. There is a lot to do here, including getting lost in the village of Fira looking for ice-cream. On day seven, you will take a private tour of the island and stop at a red beach, a vineyard, a volcano, and the most traditional Santorini villages. For day eight you will travel by catamaran for an afternoon cruise to hot springs, a black beach, and then a superb sunset experience. From Santorini, you can depart directly as your ten days in Greece comes to an easy conclusion. Looking for the best Greece vacation ideas? Consider browsing our Greece travel reviews page.
$2,495 per person (excluding international flights)
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