A mix of shining seas and glorious beaches, ancient ruins and whitewashed villages, and some of the healthiest cuisine in the world!
Greece Family Vacations
Greece Sample Itinerary
After breakfast, we’ll go on a morning walking tour of Athens. Explore the Acropolis, the vantage point that offered protections of the ancient city-state and the center of ancient Athenian religious and commercial life. Your history lesson will be completed with your visit to the Acropolis museum, the museum that the Athenians are most proud of.
Late this afternoon we’ll go sea kayaking. Admire stunning views from the seaside along the Athenian Riviera all the way to Cape Sounio and the famous Temple of Poseidon! En route, we will have the chance of paddling and swimming underneath the famous temple. Upon arrival at Cape Sounio, we’ll visit the famous temple and end our day with a typical Greek meal, enjoying unique views and the sunset over the Saronic Gulf!
This morning you’ll pick up your rental car. Then you’ll drive out towards the Peloponnese region of Greece and on to Mycenae and Epidaurus. Mycenae, the ancient Bronze Age walled city, dates back to the 13th and 14th centuries BC, and is regarded as one of the greatest archaeological sites in all of Greece. Epidaurus, one of Ancient Greece’s most significant cities, is today marked by its incredible Ancient Theatre, still used today in the summer for staging performances. On the way stop and admire the Corinth Canal, a marvel of nineteenth century engineering. The drive to Mycenae should take about 2 hours. Afterwards drive on to your hotel in Nafplion, one of the most romantic seaside towns in Greece.
Today is a free day in Nafplion. Depending on the weather, you may want to walk the famous 999 steps up to the Palamidi Fortress overlooking the town. You can also take a taxi boat out to the Bourtzi Venetian Castle lying in Nafplion’s harbor. There are also many beaches nearby and Nafplion itself is a wonderful small city to walk around in!
Today you leave Nafplio and head to the mountains. You’ll be driving to Ancient Gortyna to hike the Lousios Gorge. The hike offers a beautiful combination of history and nature. We’ll walk amongst trails of dense vegetation going parallel and crisscrossing the Lousios River. We visit monasteries that appear to be literally hanging from the cliffs and end the trek at the archaeological site of Ancient Gortys. This is one of the most stirring of all Greek sites as it is based along the rushing river known in ancient times as the Gortynios. Your hike will include a picnic lunch. Afterwards drive on to Stemnitsa, one of Greece’s most stunning mountain villages.
This morning after breakfast drive to Maratha village for your rafting adventure! The Lousios River is where Zeus the father of Olympian gods bathed after his birth, according to Pausanias the Greek traveler and geographer of the 2nd century AD.
Together we’ll discover a hidden natural paradise and enjoy rafting in a spectacular densely vegetated gorge and in the river’s crystal clear waters. The descent is of a 2nd-3rd degree of difficulty, starting from Lousios, continuing to Alfios River, and ending to the spectacular bridge of “Koukos”. After the rafting and the included country lunch, you can meander back to Stemnitsa. If you haven’t yet seen the Monastery of Prodromus, built into the mountains, take a small detour to see it!
Today you’ll have a leisurely drive back to Athens and then catch your flight to the most magical Greek island of them all, Santorini!
Explore the gorgeous, largely untouched landscapes of Santorini! This morning we’ll have a short guided walk to the idyllic beach of Mesa Pigadia. Here we will swim and snorkel in the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea. Then we’ll meet our chef who will show us all there is to know about traditional Greek cuisine. We’ll learn how to prepare a variety of lovely dishes all bursting with Mediterranean flavor. We will use only homegrown ingredients and local cooking techniques. We will then savor our delicious homemade meal together! After lunch you’ll have time to relax or stroll around the small town. Late this afternoon we’ll then enjoy one of most scenic hikes in the world, the famous Caldera Trail. This hike gives you spectacular views of the island, its immense caldera, and the surrounding Mediterranean islands in the distance. An old mule path winds through some of Santorini’s most picturesque scenery. As you hike along the trail, enjoy stops at a variety of viewpoints that let you marvel at the blue and white Cycladic chapels, as well as the Aegean Sea and the volcano to the left. comes into view. From the top of the last hill of the hike, enjoy a panoramic view of sunset.
This morning we have a trip to Akrotiri. This Minoan settlement, destroyed in the Theran eruption around 1627 BCE is regarded as the inspiration behind Plato’s Atlantis. After that, you can wander down the path to the famous Red Beach, a must see place with gorgeous views even if you don’t plan on swimming! After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel and the rest of the day is free to wander around Fira, enjoy the beach etc.
Santorini is a magical place to explore so we’re leaving today free for you to do just that! You may want to do a wine tour of Santorini’s beautiful volcanic wine estates. Wine making goes back 3,000 years on the island and this is a great way to experience another side of Santorini. This afternoon we’d suggest visiting some of the island’s prettiest traditional villages – Imerovigli, Emporio, Pyrgos and Kamari. Or you might want to relax on the beach!
Fly back to Athens and onwards.
Greece Trip Tips & FAQ's
What Time of Year is Best for a Greece Family Vacation?
Although Greece is an all year round destination it is probably best in shoulder season. It is most popular in the warmer months from June through September but April, May and October may be the loveliest times to visit. Summer will be warmer and more crowded and some islands may be a little too full of tourists; nevertheless we at Quivertree always know how to get you off the beaten track!
Greece Family Vacations are Perfect for All Ages
Yes! Greece has long established itself as a perfect destination for families! With a combination of friendly local people, a buzzing atmosphere, some of the best food you’ll find anywhere, ancient ruins and possibly Europe’s best beaches, Greece is perfect for all ages.
Greece Family Vacations: What is There to do?
Greece’s ancient history, culture and ruins will stir anyone’s imagination! Between Homer and Percy Jackson, kids will be fascinated. Hike to monasteries in gorges, raft in ancient rivers, kayak to Poseidon’s Temple and then relax on the magnificent beaches of the Greek Isles! Just perfect!
What is the food like in Greece?
Food is an absolute treat! Wonderful fresh local produce which is also an alphabet of exotic names! It’s not only Greek salad and olives. There’s taramasalata, dolmades, moussaka, tzatziki, baklava, gyros, kataifi, saganaki, souvlaki, amygdalota – the list goes on and on. Don’t know what some of these are? You must go to Greece to try them!
Where to Stay With Family In Greece?
Accommodation can include intimate boutique hotels, large North American and European chain hotels, beach cottages and lovely local B&B’s and guesthouses.