The Perfect Family Vacation to Greece
|D1||Athens||Arrival in Athens|
|D2||Athens||Acropolis & Flavors of Athens Tours for Families|
|D3||Galaxidi||Delphi Guided Tour – Olive Oil Tasting|
|D4||Olympia||Ancient Olympia Guided Tour|
|D5||Nafplio||Beekeeper visit & Honey Tasting – Messene Local Home Visit and Lunch|
|D6||Heraklion||Ancient Epidaurus Visit|
|D8||Chania||Roupakias Nature Walk & Villages Visit|
|D9||Chania||Free time at leisure in Chania Old Town|
Explore the mythical peninsula of Peloponnese
Visit the arc. sites of Delphi, Olympia, Messini, Epidaurus
Taste extra virgin olive oil and Greek honey
Discover traditional villages in Crete far from the tourist crowds
Upon arrival, your driver will be awaiting for you at the airport with a sign with your name on it. You will be transferred to your hotel.
Athens’ heyday was around 400 years BC, that’s when most of the classical monuments were built. During the Byzantine and Turkish eras, the city decayed into just an insignificant little village, only to become the capital of newly-liberated Greece in 1833. Ahead of the 2004 Olympics, almost the entire infrastructure was transformed: the Metro, trams, new ring roads and viaducts have eased the pressure of the heavy traffic.
Athens is still a rather messy and chaotic place—it wouldn’t be Athens otherwise—and despite all the improvements, still retains a great deal of its oriental charm. The whole coastal stretch from Piraeus to the old Hellenikon airport has been improved with new plantings, viaducts, and paths for walking. The Plaka district is becoming more and more popular and it is on the way to catching up with Psyrri, Gazi, and Rouf as regards restaurants.
Discover the beauties of the Anafiotika district, at the feet of the Acropolis, and visit the ancient village still housed amid the city. In Exarchia, there is still a somewhat in-your-face anarchic atmosphere around the Technical University. Meanwhile, Kolonaki is becoming more and more chic.
A perfect tour to get a true feel of Athens! Ascend to the top of the sacred rock of the Acropolis to be confronted by one of the world’s most important structures in history, the Parthenon.
Once there you will enjoy a guided tour which will reveal the magnitude and the rich heritage of Athens and the cultural achievements of the Greek civilization of the Golden Age.
After visiting Acropolis, get ready for a 3-hour food tour that will truly make you feel like an Athenian! Sense the intriguing Greek cuisine and local food culture through an experiential food tour in the heart of the bustling capital of Greece. Wander through authentic corners of the city and visit several dedicated artisans that have perfected their recipes over the decades, specialized food stores sourcing the best products from all over Greece as well as the vibrant central food market.
You will enjoy a leisurely walk through the old quarter of the city to marvel Plaka neighborhood with its picturesque cobbled streets and quaint restored buildings and distinct and atmospheric architecture.
Along the way you will walk by the Roman Agora, the Tower of the winds, Hadrian’s Library, Lycicrates Monument, Fetihye Mosque, beautiful neoclassical buildings, and many more Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman traces of the old city.
In the morning, your driver will pick you up and depart to Central Greece.
Exit the hustle and bustle of the city center towards the tranquil Greek countryside. On your way to Delphi’s famous site, exiting the highway, you will cross the plateau of Thebes, the birthplace of the mythological Pan-Hellenic hero Hercules.
Once believed to be the Centre of the world and the site at which Apollo spoke through his oracle, Delphi is one of Greece’s most important archaeological sites. Enjoy a 2-hour tour of storytelling with your private guide, who will explain everything about the oracle’s functions and the role it held during ancient times while browsing the extensive site and admiring, among others the Temple of Apollo, The Athenians treasure, and the ancient theatre.
Delphi was a sanctuary sacred to the god Apollo, and his Temple located midway up on the southern slopes of Mt. Parnassus will be one of your main stops. Located directly below the Temple of Apollo, the Athenians Treasure is also an essential landmark. Constructed by the Athenians, the treasure was built to house the city’s dedications and votive offerings to the sanctuary of Apollo.
A visit to Delphi would not be complete without a stop at the site’s Museum. Located next to the Delphi site, the Museum houses extensive artifacts excavated at the Delphi sanctuary and is considered one of Greece’s top museums. The collections are arranged chronologically in 14 rooms on 2 levels. The highlights of the exhibits include the famous life-sized bronze statue of the Charioteer of Delphi, the 2-meter tall Sphinx of Naxos which once stood atop a 10-meter column next to the Temple of Apollo, temple and treasury pediments and friezes and statues. The exhibits cover over 1000 years from the Mycenaean era to the Greco-Roman period.
Your next stop will be at an olive oil producer. Under the breathtaking views of the Delphic scenery and the Itea Olive grove, the largest continuous olive grove of Greece, you will have a tasting of the local “Amfissa” olives variety as well as the high-quality olive oil produced in the area. This family-run business produces olive oil for many generations by cultivating their centuries-old olive trees with traditional methods.
With passion as a weapon and hard work that this family you will be visiting inherited from their parents and starting by the olive groves of the ancestors, This local family aims to highlight the quality of the oil of their region and make it known among connoisseurs and lovers of the olive oil around the world.
Arachova is a mountainous village nestling picturesquely at the foot of Mt. Parnassós in Viotia, Southern Greece. Discover the traditional character of the village by taking leisurely walks through its narrow cobblestone streets. Enjoy soft and fruity drinks in cafés, or traditional kafeneia (coffee shops).
Aráhova offers a memorable gourmet experience; taste local specialties: kontosoúvli (big hunks of pork skewered and put on a rotisserie with onions, tomatoes, peppers and seasoned with salt and pepper, garlic and oregano), kokorétsi (the intestines of the lamb stuffed with offal), sarmádes (stuffed grape leaves), traditional pies, handmade trahanás (pasta soup, can be sweet or sour), and hilopites (egg noodles made in linguine-sized strips, cut into small pieces).
Trizonia is a secret getaway that you may reach with a 5-minute boat ride from the mainland coastline. There are almost no cars, and no roads for them to drive on! Paths transverse the green and hilly 2.5 square kilometer island. Trizonia is a dreamy stopping point for those making their way from Delphi to the Peloponesse. The harbor, in a deep protected cove, fills with sailboats and yachts, and is an excellent place to enjoy freshly caught seafood.
You will continue your journey passing by Nafpaktos, a particularly beautiful town built amphitheatrically on a pine-clad slope. Nafpaktos is known for the famous naval battle of ‘Lepanto’, during which the Turkish fleet was destroyed by the unified European forces (in October 1571).
Today you will head to explore the site of one of the most celebrated sanctuaries of ancient Greece. With your guide, you will walk through and learn everything about the impressive ruins and you will marvel at the numerous attractions of the site such as the massive temple of Zeus, the Museum, and the ancient stadium where athletes used to train and run 3000 years ago.
You will have a sweet and delicious visit to a family Honey Farm, where you will enjoy a break in the beautiful garden and refreshment. Greek honey is considered to be among the finest honey in the world. Thanks to the unlimited summer sun, the biodiversity of the Greek countryside, and the rich variety of Greek flora (that includes over 850 species found nowhere else in the world) Greece has some top-quality honey to showcase. During your visit, you will learn from a 3rd generation beekeeper everything about the production of honey and you will get to taste fresh homemade sweets topped with some truly delicious honey.
Although little known it is one of the best-preserved archaeological sites of Greece. A complete city possessing not only sanctuaries and public buildings, but also imposing fortifications, houses, and tombs. It enjoys, amongst other things, the advantage of never having been destroyed or covered by later settlements, and is located on an unspoiled inland site.
You will head to the small Sterna village in the Messini region. You will there visit a family cultivating the local “koroneiki” variety of olives and produces high-quality olive oil and olives. You will spend some time at the house, picking up groceries from the garden while the family will prepare lunch for you. Head to the olive fields and the Coop olive oil press of the village to learn all about the production of olive oil. You will then return to the garden of the house to enjoy a delicious local lunch and a relaxed conversation with the family.
Nafplio is the first capital of modern Greece and one of the most beautiful towns. A masterpiece of Venetian, Ottoman, and Greek architecture, it lies underneath the imposing Palamidi castle and features the fort of Bourgi on a small island right in the middle of the harbor.
The maze of red and burnt-orange rooftops will lure you on a trip across centuries while the refined beauty of the town, which oozes elegance, will turn you into a Nafplio regular once you walk those cobblestone streets.
Nafplio has long been one of the top choices for getaways for Athenians. Every corner has a different story to tell…
You will depart in the morning to reach Mycenae. There, you will enjoy a guided tour of the site and museum, and get to admire the monumental remains that beautifully blend with the surrounding landscape. Your guide will offer interesting information about the history of one of the most important civilizations and insights into the way of life of the Myceneans at the location where everything took place.
After a scenic drive, you will reach the world heritage-listed archeological site of Epidaurus and stunningly preserved ancient theatre of Epidaurus constructed in the 4th century BC and still prized today for its amazing acoustics.
Believed by ancient Greeks to be the birthplace of Apollo’s son Asklepios, you will not miss to visit and admire the sanctuary of Asklepios, a remarkable testament to the healing cults of the Ancient World and witness to the emergence of scientific medicine.
On the way back to the airport, you will reach the Ancient City of Corinth. Ancient Corinth was once more flourishing by the 1st century CE and became an important administrative and trade center. The Doric-style Temple of Apollo dominates the site! The temple was built in 530 BC, consisting of 2 rooms, and now has seven remaining Doric columns that stand in a prominent position overlooking the ancient Agora. Capture its glory from all angles!
End your tour visiting the Church of Apostle Paul, the patron saint of the who spent 2 years in Corinth, and in his honor, they built him an impressive church. Also witness the ‘Bema’, a large elevated rostrum where according to tradition it was where Paul’s trial was held. Although Apostle Paul was not one of the original twelve disciples, he certainly spread the word of Christianity all over the ancient world and wrote the famous Epistles addressed to the Corinthians that are part of the New Testament. One of his major stops was Greece where he traveled extensively to win the people over from their current religion into the Kingdom of God. At the time, the Greeks were polytheistic and worshiped such deities as Athena, Poseidon, and Zeus. 15 minutes away, it’s the Corinth Canal, a narrow neck of land that connects the Peloponnese peninsula with mainland Greece. 2600 years ago, the ruler of Corinth—Periander—proposed digging a canal to connect the central Mediterranean Sea to the Aegean Sea. The goal was to save ships from the dangerous 700-kilometer voyage around the coastline of the peninsula. In modern times, its development started in 1882 with a formal inauguration in the presence of King George I of Greece and was completed by 1893. It is 6.4 kilometers long and very narrow, making many ships too wide for it.
After you visit Corinth, your driver will take you to Athens Airport. A short flight and you will find yourselves on the majestic island of Crete!
Upon arrival, your driver will hold a sign with your name and take you to your hotel.
After you take in the breathtaking views over the Old Port, you can discover the historic center of the city, and the most remarkable attractions of Heraklion, or visit some of the most important museums. The liveliest shopping, dining, nightlife venues in Heraklion and the freshest and creative Cretan cuisine! Everything is within the reach!
Your driver will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to Georgioupolis. On your way, your driver will make a stop at Knossos for you to visit on your own.
Knossos, the largest and most famous of the Minoan palaces, the residence of the mythical King Minos and the monster Minotaur, a multi-acre complex of royal apartments, elaborate staircases, storage, and craft areas, the first European theater, and a throne room with the original Bronze Age throne. Replicas of many frescoes grace the palace.
Discover the cradle of the Minoan civilization; this evocative Bronze Age site is believed to be Europe’s oldest city. Learn about its history and mythology, including the story about the labyrinth, the mythical Minotaur, and the trick Theseus pulled to kill the beast with the help of Ariadne; however, he could not avoid a tragedy, the one that gave the name to the Aegean sea.
There are several sandy beaches along the coast at Georgioupoli where swimming is sheltered with a breakwater. It has the longest beach on the island, with over nine kilometers of golden sand. There is abundant wildlife in the area attracted by the river and surrounding semi-wetland. Loggerhead turtles have been known to lay eggs on some of the local beaches.
Follow your guide on a nature walk through the old stone paths of Roupakias connecting three villages of Apokoronas, the villages of Souri, Xirosterni, and Kefalas. You will walk through oak and cypress forests, old cisterns with stone troughs. A unique landscape made available for all nature lovers to discover!
The next stop is Vamos village! Located in Chania prefecture, Vamos is in West Crete on the foothills of ‘The White Mountains’. The architectural heritage is well-preserved and Vamos is one of the most attractive traditional destinations of the area: a preserved traditional stone road, the old neighborhood, well-painted Chapels of Virgin Mary (monument of 13th century), and Karidi Monastery 13th-19th, with the most spectacular scenery
of an old olive press with 12 arches.
Continue to Vryses, a lovely village with running springs and lush greenery that consists mostly of plane trees, the kind of trees that need a lot of water to grow up. Vryses is famous for its taverns-cafeterias next to the running water and the dairy products. It is close to many other villages and beautiful beaches.
Your driver will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the authentic old town where you will spend some leisure time on your own!
Walkthrough the stone paths and the narrow streets of the Old Town and discover the hidden spots of the Venetian Harbor. You will enjoy a leisure stroll in the puzzled alleys where the Venetians, the Ottomans, and the old Cretans used to live and occupied.
Enjoy this incredible flower-decorated neighborhood, meet the locals and of course, eat like locals! The unique Cretan Gastronomy is something you would not wanna miss!
Today, you will have to say goodbye to the beautiful Greece. Your driver will take you to Chania Airport where you will take the domestic flight back to Athens. After arriving in Athens Airport, check-in to your international flight and depart Greece.