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A Nine-day Family Trip to Greece

Embark on an unforgettable nine-day family trip to Greece through the historical and scenic wonders, with our Self-Exploration of Athens, Crete, and Rhodes tour. This meticulously curated itinerary combines relaxation, adventure, and cultural immersion, perfect for families seeking both fun and education. Enjoy leisurely days exploring ancient temples, bustling markets, and luxurious beach resorts, all at your own pace.

Highlights

This nine-day trip to Greece offers a mix of relaxation and sightseeing in Athens, Crete, and Rhodes. Enjoy plenty of time for personal exploration while we guide you through historic old towns, archaeological sites, and luxurious beach resorts. With a hire car option, you can explore the best of Crete and Rhodes at your leisure, away from the crowds.

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Itinerary

Day1
Athens
Arrive in Athens and enjoy a day at leisure

Arrive in Athens and meet our English-speaking driver at the airport for a comfortable transfer to your central hotel. Spend the rest of the afternoon and evening exploring Plaka, Athens’ main shopping and restaurant area. Enjoy your first taste of Greek food and nightlife while wandering the streets in the shadow of the Acropolis.

Day2
Athens
Explore Athens’ ancient temples the Acropolis and Temple of Poseidon in Sounio

On Day Two, discover Athens. After breakfast, your English-speaking driver will guide you around the city’s ancient sites. Visit the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum, Syntagma Square, Omonia, the Temple of Zeus, and the Temple of Athena Nike. After touring Athens, drive down the coast to Cape Sounion to see the Temple of Poseidon and enjoy views of the Saronic Gulf. Upon returning to Athens, explore one of the city’s fine restaurants, offering both traditional Greek and international cuisine.

Day3
Heraklion Crete
Fly to Heraklion or Chania your choice and pick up your rental car

On the morning of day three, our driver will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Crete. Upon arrival at Chania or Heraklion airport, pick up your rental car and drive to Chania, Heraklion, or Elounda to check into your hotel. Enjoy four days in Crete to explore the island and its many attractions. Your choices are endless.

Day4
Heraklion Crete
Explore the wonders of Crete with your rental car and spend the day at leisure

On the fourth day, explore the wonders of Crete. Use your rental car to visit inland towns, drive to Samaria Gorge, or wander around Chania, enjoying its history and waterside restaurants. You can also relax by your hotel pool. The day is yours to enjoy as you choose.

Day5
Heraklion Crete
Explore the wonders of Crete with your rental car and spend the day at leisure

This is your second free day. Consider a drive to Heraklion, where you can visit some of Greece’s best museums and archaeological sites. Explore Ancient Knossos and its well-preserved ruins, along with a fascinating museum. Heraklion’s old town, with its colorful houses and winding streets, is also worth a visit.

Day6
Chania Crete
Explore the wonders of Crete with your rental car and spend the day at leisure

Day six is your last full day in Crete, so make the most of it. With your rental car, explore anywhere you like. Rethymno harbor offers two-hour dolphin tours, or you can drive to Bali for a pirate tour. For history enthusiasts, a trip to Arkadia’s Turkish Monastery is a great option. Alternatively, relax and prepare for the next day’s travel.

Day7
Rhodes
Fly to Rhodes and pick up your rental car

After checking out of your hotel, return your rental car and fly to Rhodes. Upon arrival, pick up your rental car and drive to your resort. Plan your time on this unique island, known for its amazing beaches and fascinating history, home to one of the wonders of the ancient world.

Day8
Rhodes
Explore the wonders of Rhodes with your rental car and spend the day at leisure

Your rental car lets you explore the best of Rhodes. With its unique Turkish influence, the old town offers museums, Turkish baths, and hidden beaches. Visit the walled city, the Palace of the Grand Masters, and wander the cobbled streets. Whether discovering towns and beaches or relaxing at your resort, your options in Rhodes are endless.

Day9
Rhodes
Flight from Rhodes to Athens and international flight back home

Today, say goodbye to Rhodes. Check out of your hotel, return your rental car, and take a connecting flight back to Athens for your journey home or onward travels. Cherish the memories of your time in this amazing country.

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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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SanSal Boutique Hotel

Experience SanSal Boutique Hotel, perfect for families, in the heart of Chania. Located next to the Venetian walls of the old city, SanSal offers stunning sea views and easy access to Chania’s natural beauty and cultural heritage. Enjoy a stay at this modern, minimalistic, yet luxurious hotel, and experience exceptional hospitality.

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DOM Boutique Hotel

Luxury DOM Boutique Hotel, perfect for families, is centrally located in Heraklion, close to city attractions and landmarks. The hotel features high gastronomy with local Cretan products, friendly staff, and unique design by Lemonakis S.A. and interior designer Valia Lemonaki, creating a comfortable and artistic atmosphere.

The lobby lounge adapts to the season, offering a cozy fireplace for winter breakfasts and a cool environment for summer brunches, cold coffee, or cocktails.

Domes of Elounda

At this family-friendly Crete hotel, you’ll find convenient in-room amenities for your baby or toddler. Enjoy seeing your kids’ smiles as they explore the eco-friendly playground under safe supervision. The experts use the Montessori approach to ensure they learn while they play.

Delight in the variety and flavor of our kids’ menus, and the wide range of family activities and dedicated spaces. While your kids are engaged, you’ll have plenty of “me time” to relax and enjoy your vacation. Teens and tweens will make new friends through fun, educational experiences. Create unforgettable memories with your family on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

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Atrium Platinum Resort

Located just 5km from the city center, the Atrium Platinum lifestyle resort is perfect for families seeking luxury accommodation with a cosmopolitan vibe. Its prime location offers easy access to the Medieval Town, Mandraki Harbour, and Kallithea Springs.

The resort features 298 spacious rooms and suites, all with sea views and personal pools. Designed with a modern and sophisticated aesthetic, the Atrium Platinum balances relaxation and indulgence. Each room is fitted with quality furnishings, luxury facilities, and deluxe amenities to ensure a wonderful stay.

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