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An Active Exploration of Greece in 10 days

Immerse yourself in an exhilarating ten-day adventure through Greece with our Active Exploration tour. This itinerary is designed for families who love to stay active while discovering the rich history, vibrant culture, and breathtaking landscapes of Greece. From ancient ruins and historic temples to scenic hikes and off-road safaris, every day offers a new and exciting experience.

Highlights

Experience a family vacation in Greece with a focus on active exploration. Taste the local cuisine and explore the diverse neighborhoods of Athens, while hiking through ancient ruins and viewing historic temples. Visit Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympics, swim in the famous waters around Nafplio and Crete, and enjoy an off-road safari across the scenic Katharo plateau.

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Itinerary

Day1
Athens
Arrive in Athens and enjoy a day at leisure

Welcome to Athens, on your Greece family vacation! Arrive in Athens and transfer to your hotel.

Day2
Athens
Explore Athens’ ancient temples

Explore Athens, the bustling capital of Greece, named for the goddess Athena and known as the birthplace of democracy. Start your day at the Acropolis, where you can see the Parthenon, a key ancient monument. Visit the nearby museum, which houses over 4,000 artifacts, including a detailed 15-block frieze. Afterward, stroll through the historic Plaka district. Then, head to Cape Sounion to visit the ancient Temple of Poseidon, dating back to the fifth century BC.

Day3
Athens
Private guided tour the Panathenaic Stadium & Foodie walking tour

Discover the origins of the Olympic Games in Olympia, where the first event took place in 776 BC. Visit the Zappeion, the first modern Olympic facility, and try your hand at discus, javelin, and long jump. Test your speed at the Panathenaic Stadium, the only all-marble stadium where the first modern Olympians competed in 1896. Afterward, explore Athens’ markets with a local expert, visiting pastry shops for loukoumades and learning about Greek dishes. Finish with a tasting of souvlaki at a local spot.

Day4
Nafplio
Private transfer to Nafplio

Travel west from Athens to Corinth, a key city in ancient Greece located on the isthmus between the mainland and the Peloponnese. This strategic trade hub evolved from a Neolithic settlement to a major city by the eighth century BC. Visit the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, built in 550 BC. Explore the remains of Roman Corinth and visit the Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth, which houses a notable collection of artifacts. End your day by checking into your hotel in the seaport town of Nafplio.

Day5
Nafplio
Explore the historic Palamidi

Explore Nafplio, a city in the Peloponnese near the northern end of the Argolic Gulf. Walk through its streets to the Palamidi fortress, built by the Venetians. Enjoy the views over the city as you descend. In the afternoon, your driver is available for further exploration at your leisure.

Day6
Nafplio
Spend the day at leisure

You have the day to explore as you wish. Consider a scenic drive to Epidaurus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its impressive ancient theater and healing sanctuary. The theater, built in the fourth century BC, is famous for its perfect acoustics and architectural beauty​.

Alternatively, visit Mycenae, in Argolis, to see the ancient fortified citadel. After your exploration, enjoy an authentic Greek lunch at a local restaurant before returning to Nafplio for a leisurely evening. For a more active day, options include sea kayaking, paddleboarding, hiking, and trekking​​.

Day7
Heraklion Crete
Fly to Heraklion Crete

Transfer to Athens airport and fly to Crete. Upon arrival, you will be privately transferred to your hotel in Elounda. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day6
Heraklion Crete
Private guided tour of the Minoan Palace of Knossos

Spend the afternoon exploring Heraklion, an ancient city dating back to 2000 BC and the Minoan civilization. Visit the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, which houses a comprehensive collection of Minoan artifacts, then proceed to the Palace of Knossos, the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete. After exploring the mosaic floors, grand staircase, and throne complex, visit a local winery to sample Greek wines.

Day9
Crete
Enjoy a thrilling Jeep Safari

Set out on an off-road safari to explore central Crete, taking in the views of the Katharo plateau. Drive along dirt tracks and through forests, reaching elevations over 3,700 feet. Continue on four-wheel-drive roads, crossing rivers and enjoying scenic panoramas. Take a short hike along Havgas Gorge, then enjoy a traditional lunch with Cretan wine. Before returning to your hotel, spot vultures at a viewing point and see the oldest plane tree on the island.

Day10
Heraklion Crete
Flight from Heraklion to Athens and international flight back home

Privately transfer to Heraklion airport for your international flight back home.

Best hotels and resorts
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Achilleas

Your Greece family vacation begins with a warm welcome at a centrally located hotel, just a short stroll from Syntagma Square. Situated in the vibrant heart of Athens, the hotel offers effortless access to the city’s public transport and major attractions. Discover the wonders of Athens, from the iconic Acropolis to the charming streets of Plaka and Monastiraki, along with an array of museums, all conveniently within walking distance.

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Regno Di Morea

The Regno Di Morea Boutique Hotel in Nafplio combines old-world charm with modern luxury. Located in the heart of Nafplio Old Town, it is just minutes from Syntagma and Filellinon Squares. With meticulous design and styling, Regno Di Morea offers an exceptional experience for discerning guests.

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Daios Cove

Located in a secluded cove in Vathi, Daios Cove Luxury Resort and Villas offers 5-star luxury accommodation in Agios Nikolaos. The resort’s exclusive location and impressive architecture blend seamlessly with the rugged surroundings, creating a natural hub of beauty and serenity.

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