On this educationally rich 7-day adventure through Athens, Crete, and Naxos, immerse your family in the mythology and magic of the legendary Acropolis, witness breathtaking Dikti Mountain passes, and excavate an ancient Minoan site. This vacation effortlessly fuses comfort with hands-on activities that will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed. As always, this trip is fully customizable to your pleasure.
Athens – Welcome to Greece
As you arrive, you will feel a sense of peace and purpose that you may not have felt in years. Upon exiting the terminal, a private driver will greet your family, assist you with your belongings, and escort you to a private transport vehicle. As you pull up to your chic hotel in the heart of Athens, your gracious hosts will welcome your family as one of their own and show you to your classical room with a superb view of the Acropolis. The hotel will also provide your family with a traditional Greek dinner of feta, olives, lamb, and baklava.
Athens – Traverse the Acropolis
When you are dressed and ready, you can head down to the lobby to meet your private guide for the day. Tidbits of philosophy and divinity will fill your mind as you begin your ascent to the legendary Acropolis. As your guide details the history behind the ancient Greek gods and Doric architecture, you will realize that you are not just learning of the past, but living it. After you have finished conversing with ancient gods at the Acropolis, your family will enjoy an evening trip to the Temple of Poseidon on Cape Sounion.
Athens – Luxury Sailing Trip to Poros
Today, your family will be sailing to the spectacular Poros Island on a 50-foot catamaran yacht. You can bask in sunshine and the Aegean Sea as you glide toward some of the most exquisite beaches in the world. When you arrive, you will climb a century-old clock tower that provides a striking view of the Mediterranean Sea. Next, you will visit the Poros Museum, where a private guide will explain the origin and significance of this ancient seaport village. No trip to Greece would be complete without a proper beach day, and for your family, that day will be today.
Crete – Helicopter Tour to and Excavate Ruins
This morning, you will wake up early, pack your belongings, and your hotel will send a driver to escort you to a local helicopter port. There is something mesmerizing about hovering above the land in a helicopter. As you travel from Athens to Crete, your pilot will be your guide and will detail the history of each island and caldera that you pass. Afterward, your guide will drive you to an ancient Minoan site and provide your family with all the necessary tools for an excavating expedition. Your guide will also explain to your children the proper techniques that a real archeologist would employ in digging a site like this.
Crete – Adventure through Dikti Mountains
Around mid-morning, your guide will arrive at your hotel to embark on your off-road excursion. Your experienced driver will swiftly and safely navigate through the Dikti Mountains while simultaneously answering any questions you may have about this transcendent region. Eventually, you will arrive at Psychro Cave for a private tour. Once you exit the cave, the sightseeing portion of your adventure will begin. You will discover the brilliant Lassithi Plateau windmill farm, experience the impressive Aposelemis Dam, and bask in its breathtaking view of the Aposelemis Lake.
Naxos – Naxos’ Old Town and Portara
Today will be your last full day in Greece, and you and your family will be eager to make the most of it. After an exciting speedboat ride, you will land on Naxos, where a personal driver will be waiting to transfer you to your beautiful hotel. After a bit of rest and relaxation, a guide will escort you to the famed Portara. Your family will spend its final afternoon in Greece meandering through the wonderful maze of artesian shops, cafes, and jewelers in Naxos’ Old Town. Finally, you will stop at a local pastry shop and savor a final baklava.
Naxos – Departure
Your final day has arrived. You and your family will wake up early enough to catch a glimpse of your last sunrise over the Aegean Sea, and your hotel will provide breakfast. Shortly after, a private escort will arrive to lead your family to the airport.
- Stroll the same marbled steps as Socrates and Plato as you explore the legendary Acropolis
- Bask in the mythos and magic of the sea and sun as you cherish an Athenian sunset at the Temple of Poseidon
- Revel in the Mediterranean Sea as you sail to Poros Island on a private catamaran yacht
- enjoy a private helicopter tour from Athens to Crete that will allow you to delight in breathtaking views
- Unearth ancient ruins as you and your family become archeologists and excavate a renowned Minoan historical site
- Adventure through the Dikti Mountains to the inspiring Lassithi Plateau in a comfortable off-road vehicle
- Discover the infamous Portara of Naxos and stroll through the maze of artesian cafes and shops in the Old Town
This week-long family Greece tour perfectly encapsulates the wonderment, mystique, and serenity of Athens, Crete, and Naxos. Greece is a country where history does not exist in the past; it courses through every activity, every building, and every site that your family will encounter. This handcrafted vacation combines historical teachings with engaging local guides in order to leave your family with an experience.
Your adventure begins in Athens. Tidbits of philosophy and divinity will fill your mind as you begin your ascent to the legendary Acropolis. Today will be your family's day to give praise to one of the most culturally significant sites in human history, and as you walk through each temple, you will realize that you are not just learning of the past, but living in it. After you have finished conversing with ancient gods at the Acropolis, your family will enjoy an evening trip to the Temple of Poseidon on Cape Sounion.
Your next destination will be the mystical island of Crete. To get there, you will take to the skies on an exclusive helicopter tour. After you land, your family will change into digging clothes and prepare to discover the secrets that lay below the earth during an ancient Minoan archeological excavation. The next day, you will adventure through breathtaking mountain passes to the inspiring Lassithi Plateau. From there, you will traverse the infamous Cave of Zeus and experience a number of other cultural wonders.
Your final destination will be the enchanting island of Naxos. Here, you can discover the famed Portara, which is a massive marble gateway that was originally constructed to stand as the most magnificent structure in the world. The Portara also offers a spectacular view of the island countryside and villages. You will spend your final afternoon in Greece meandering through the wonderful maze of artesian shops, cafes, and jewelers in the endearing and rustic Old Town of Naxos.
$1,815 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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.
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