Family Friendly Greek Island Hopping Vacation

A 9 day trip to Greece 
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The gorgeous Greek Islands are the perfect destination for a memorable and luxurious family vacation. Begin with a stay in Athens to discover the ancient sites of Greece’s capital city. The amazing Acropolis and sight of the Parthenon will leave you in awe before you depart via a private, high-speed boat for the exotic islands of Mykonos, Naxos, and Santorini. Pristine beaches, historical sites, and engaging family activities will be found on every island, and you can discover the best of the Greek Islands during this immersive and unforgettable, 9-day family vacation.

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Detailed Itinerary

Places Visited 

Athens, Mykonos, Naxos, Santorini

Departure Dates 

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1: Athens – Arrive in Athens and Evening Show

Feelings of excitement will set in as you and your family land at the international airport in Athens on day one to begin your memorable vacation to the beautiful Greek islands. A visit to the capital city will be a great way to begin your trip. A mix of old and new, Athens is a fascinating and historic city that is filled with modern amenities and endless attractions. Upon your arrival, your private transfer will lead you from the airport to your luxurious hotel that will be located in the heart of the city. After becoming acquainted with your room, you can begin to explore the city. Wonderful shops, historical landmarks, and delicious restaurants can found around every corner. After a savory dinner at an authentic restaurant, you will be led to a local theater for an amazing Greek dance show. Your whole family will take their seats in the auditorium to enjoy the performance, and during the show, you will see genuine Greek costumes, traditional dances, and live music. You will be immersed in the history and culture of Greece as you delight in every minute. After the show concludes, you will transfer back to your hotel as your first wonderful day in Greece comes to an end.

What’s Included: airport transfer, accommodation, tour, dinner

Day 2: Athens – Explore the Sights of the Acropolis

The aroma of freshly brewed coffee will waft into your hotel room today. You can indulge in a fresh puff pastry and coffee for breakfast before your expert guide arrives to begin your tour for the day. An exciting exploration of the Acropolis will highlight your day, and as you begin to venture around the ruins, you will feel as though you have stepped back in time to Ancient Greece. This will provide a unique experience while you discover the remains of various temples such as the Temple of Athena Nike and Erechtheion, which date back a number of centuries. You will also learn about the Greek gods to which the temples are dedicated, and as you marvel at the architecture and well-preserved columns and details, you will be blown away by the intricate detail that was etched into the architecture thousands of years ago. The Theatre of Dionysus, which is known as the first theater in the world, will be another memorable sight, and it is an excellent place to pause for a family photo. Your tour will then continue to the famous Parthenon. The Parthenon was completed in the fifth century BC and was dedicated to the goddess Athena. It is considered the quintessential example of Greek architecture and is an iconic cultural symbol. It will be a breathtaking sight and the ideal way to conclude the visit to the Acropolis.

A local cafe will be a great place to enjoy a refreshing Greek salad and sparkling water for lunch before your guide leads you on an afternoon visit to the Acropolis Museum. This tour will allow you to continue your journey through history as you view hundreds of artifacts and relics that have been unearthed around the Acropolis and nearby areas. After your tour of the museum concludes, you can spend the final evening in Athens at your leisure.

What’s Included: accommodation, tour, breakfast

Day 3: Mykonos – Arrive in Mykonos and Family Cooking Class

As the bright sun rises over the city, another day will begin in Athens. After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, you will head to the port, where you will board a private high-speed boat and take off for the idyllic island of Mykonos. During your cruise, you can feel the cool sea breeze as you coast across the clear blue waters. After your delightful ride, you will arrive on the island of Mykonos, where a private transfer will be waiting to bring you to your luxurious hotel. Perfectly located, your hotel will provide amazing views and a relaxing atmosphere. After becoming acquainted with your surroundings, it will be time to transfer to a local restaurant for a private family cooking class and delicious dinner. Here, local chefs will explain the history of the country’s food while you learn the techniques and ingredients of typical Greek cooking. You will smell the fragrant herbs as you learn how to make your own tzatziki, which is a yogurt sauce that is found in many Greek dishes. Then, you will follow the steps to create the savory spinach pie that is known as spanakopita. Once you have expertly prepared every dish, you will take your seats in the dining room to indulge in a memorable dinner in which you will feast on the dishes that you created together. Every bite will be delicious, and this fun and immersive family experience will be an excellent way to end your first day in Mykonos.

What’s Included: transfer, accommodation, tour, breakfast, dinner

Day 4: Mykonos – Discover the Island and Beach

The sound of the soft sea waves outside will be a welcoming wake-up call on the morning of day four. After a delightful seaside breakfast, your knowledgeable guide will arrive to lead you on your private tour of the island. The white and blue colored homes will line the streets as you explore the Town of Mykonos, and the narrow and winding roads will be filled with cafes and shops. You can indulge in a coffee as you explore some of the boutiques that are stacked with handmade goods. Then, you will continue to journey around the island to eventually arrive at the area called Kato Milli, which is where you will be able to see the island’s iconic windmills. The antique windmills are known as a symbol of Mykonos and will be a memorable sight. The final stop of your tour will be the Village of Ano Mera. Two highlights of this village will be the ancient Monastery of Panagia Tourliani and the Gyzi Castle. Both sites date back centuries and will provide another unique look into the island’s history.

In the afternoon, you can stop into a local cafe for a quick lunch before you are led to the idyllic Agrari Beach to spend the rest of your day. The gorgeous sand, warm sun, and sparkling water will welcome you to the beach and surround you as the afternoon easily passes. A family photo on the beach with the sunset in the background will be a perfect way to end your day.

What’s Included: accommodation, tour, breakfast

Day 5: Naxos – Arrive in Naxos and Private Tour

Locals will open up their shops and cafes as another day begins for you in Mykonos. The quaint roads will begin to fill with locals and tourists as you enjoy a picturesque breakfast at your hotel. Soon after, you will board the private, high-speed boat, which will transfer you to your next exciting, island destination. After a short and relaxing ride, you will arrive on the island of Naxos. A quick transfer will lead you to your luxurious and centrally located hotel. Then, your expert guide will arrive to begin your exclusive tour of the island. As you travel around in a private vehicle, you will witness some of the most popular areas of the island, and one of the first stops will be in the Village of Sangri to see the Temple of Demeter. The Temple dates back to the sixth century BC, and you will marvel at the marble remains before continuing to travel around the island that will lead you to the Village of Damalas. This small Village is known for its restored olive mills and its pottery workshop. The mills will provide a unique look at the history of Naxos, and you will enjoy exploring the handmade pottery before another short ride lands you at the final stop of the tour: Panagia Drosiani. Panagia Drosiani is one of the oldest churches in Greece, and it is home to many preserved frescoes. The details of the ancient site will leave you in awe, and this will be a great place to culminate today’s tour.

Once you are back at your hotel, you can enjoy the balance of the afternoon and evening at your leisure. The delectable scents that emanate from the island’s many restaurants will draw you in for a family-style dinner before another perfect day comes to a close.

What’s Included: transfer, accommodation, tour, breakfast

Day 6: Naxos – Time to Explore and Private Sailing Excursion

Today, you will be able to feel the cool breeze through your hotel room window as your day begins in Naxos. Having the morning at your leisure will make the first half of today both exciting and extremely relaxing. You may choose to do as much or as little as you desire, and you can even soak up more of the beautiful landscape and culture of Naxos. After breakfast, you can head to one of the island’s best-known beaches, St. George Beach, where the golden sand and sparkling waters will be like a personal oasis that will allow you to unwind and spend time together. You can also indulge in a seaside lunch before you embark on a private sailing excursion this afternoon. Your captain and expert guide will provide insights into the picturesque areas near Naxos as he masterfully glides your boat across the peaceful seas. During this invigorating excursion, you will witness intriguing caves and gorgeous scenery before swimming in the crystal waters as you enjoy this exclusive excursion. The sight of the evening sunset will be breathtaking and may be the perfect way to conclude your boat ride. Once you are back in Naxos, you will be transferred to an authentic restaurant for another memorable dinner. The freshly grilled meat and locally grown potatoes will be tender and tasty, and the sweet krema, which is custard dessert, will be a great way to end the meal and another amazing day.

What’s Included: accommodation, tour, breakfast

Day 7: Santorini – Arrive in Santorini and Exclusive Tour

The sweet smell of fresh pastries as they bake in the ovens of nearby bakery shops will be an ideal way to begin your day, and after a savory breakfast, you will board the private, high-speed boat to set off for your final island destination of Santorini. Formed from volcanic eruptions and situated on a cliff, the first sights of Santorini will be breathtaking. Upon your arrival, you will be led to your luxurious hotel, which will be centrally located and will boast magnificent sea views. After becoming acquainted with your plush surroundings, your expert guide will arrive to begin your private, afternoon tour of some of the island’s best attractions. The ancient site of Akrotiri dates back thousands of years and will provide you with a unique look into Santorini’s history. The many ruins and age-old frescoes will be a memorable sight, and you may admire the island’s signature white and blue homes and storefronts as your guide leads you to the Village of Thira, which is known for its many shops and boutiques. Some free time to discover the artwork and jewelry of local artisans will be a great way to conclude your tour and first day in Santorini.

What’s Included: transfer, accommodation, tour, breakfast

Day 8: Santorini – Visit Monolithos Beach and the Village of Oia

As the rising sun begins to shimmer outside, another day will begin in Santorini. Around the island, fishers will set out on their boats to find their first catch of the day, and cafes will prepare fresh coffee and breakfast. After you indulge in a tasty breakfast at your hotel, you and your family will be led to Monolithos Beach. The beach is a popular destination for families, and once you arrive, it will be easy to see why. The signature black sand and crystal-clear waters will welcome you and provide hours of fun and relaxation. The amazing scenery will seem to be taken from a postcard and will be simply idyllic. You will be able to feel the warmth of the sun and the cool sea water as the morning passes with ease.

In the afternoon, you can stop into one of the many restaurants near the beach for a scenic and delicious lunch before departing for an afternoon tour of the Village of Oia. As your local guide leads you around the winding and narrow streets, you will see beautiful ancient churches and buildings. Many boutiques with custom goods also line the roads, and you can enjoy an exploration of a few of them. By the end of your tour, you will be led to the most scenic spot in Oia to witness the gorgeous sunset. A popular activity for tourists and locals alike, the stunning view will become an instant lifelong memory.

What’s Included: accommodation, tour, breakfast

Day 9: Santorini – Depart for Home

On the morning of day nine, there will be time for one last walk around the amazing island of Santorini. You can take to the quaint roads for one more look at the unique shops, whitewashed buildings, and fantastic sea views before returning to your hotel where a transfer will be waiting to lead you to the airport. You can enjoy the last looks at the sparkling waters as you board the private, high-speed boat back to Athens. Upon arrival, one more private transfer will bring you to Athens’ international airport for your return flight. This once-in-a-lifetime family vacation to the Greek Islands may be coming to an end, but the experiences and memories will remain with you forever.

What’s Included: airport transfer, breakfast

Price

Starting Price 

$2,245
This trip is customizable for your private travel.

What's Included 

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all guided tours and activities (dependent on season)
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.