Greece

Greece Family Adventure

  • Overview
    Starts at

    $5190

    Duration

    11 days

    Activity Level

    Moderate

    Our moderate adventures are similar to our easy adventures, but you’ll spend more time on your feet.
    Minimum Age

    6

    Ideal Age

    8+

    Meals

    9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners

    In the columns of the Parthenon and Olympia’s stone temples, Greece laid the foundation for nearly all western culture to come – and mamma mia, it’s just as influential today!

    Visit the Acropolis

    Explore the colossal ruins of the Acropolis, poised on its rocky perch above Athens. This 2,400-year-old sanctuary has earned a legendary status in world history and is a major influence in architecture across the globe.

    Race at the Site of the First Olympics

    Kids: on your mark! Take part in a footrace at ancient Olympia, home of the first Olympic games in history, and participate in a medal ceremony afterward. Will you win the gold?

    Explore the Palace where Myths were Born

    Knossos on the island of Crete is a palace of legends – it’s where Theseus fought the Minotaur and where Daedalus and Icarus made their escape. The palace’s red pillars, frescoes and gypsum throne are magnificent – they make up the first royal palace in Europe!

    Taste Greek Treats in Rethymno

    Rethmymno is a city where Byzantine ruins stand next to catholic churches. While you explore the town, visit a traditional pastry shop, where you’ll taste kataifi and learn about the town’s traditional artisan crafts!

    Take a Pottery Class in Heraklion

    Heraklion has been a flourishing center of culture, architecture and craftsmanship for millennia. While you’re in town, visit a ceramic studio to learn the techniques and create your very own mug!

  • Itinerary

    Day 1

    Fly to Athens, Greece


    Days 2-3

    Athens

    Panoramic Tour of Athens

    With over three millennia of history to cover, you might consider Athens the cradle of western civilization. On a driving tour of Athens, swing by the Acropolis, ancient theaters, modern architecture and more. Keep an eye on the Parthenon – Athenian law limits how high modern buildings can be built, meaning you can see the Acropolis from everywhere in the city.

    Explore the Museum of Acropolis

    Marvel at the detail, intricacy and sheer magnificence of the ancient statues and artwork found on the slopes of the Acropolis, now housed in the musem. Underneath the transparent floors of the gallery is an ongoing archaeological excavation of an ancient Athenian neighborhood.

    Explore the Acropolis

    This masterpiece sanctuary, perched above Athens, evokes a magical sense of standing in ancient Greece, outside of time. It’s the birthplace of democracy and home to the towering pillars of the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike and other historic buildings. The grand white-marble structures shock and amaze – they serve as a symbol of the splendor, power and wealth of Athens at its peak, the golden age of Pericles.

    Biking at the National Garden and Zappeion (2 hours)

    Take a breezy, calm bike ride through the lush flora of the National Garden, home to palm trees, ducks, ponds, peacocks and turtles. You’ll pass Zappeion Hall, a stark yellow building designed in classic Greek style. The surrounding gardens are filled with statues of noblemen and poets, myths and gods.


    Day 4

    Delphi

    Explore Delphi

    Nested on the slopes of Mt. Parnassus, the stone blocks and crumbling ruins of Ancient Delphi were once home to the sanctuary of Apollo, where a famous oracle lived. With the mountains in the backdrop, explore the extensive archaeological site to see the treasuries, altars and the fabled temple of Apollo.

    Visit the Archaeological Museum of Delphi

    The Delphi museum shelters the extensive and unbelievably old figurines, helmets, shields and sphinxes unearthed during excavations at the Delphi site, with many objects dating back to the 8th and 7th centuries B.C. Witness the majesty of the “Charioteer of Delphi,” an ancient bronze cast capturing the victor of a chariot race in a sublime moment of victory.

    Question Game with Pythia

    The Pythia, or Oracle or Apollo, was famous throughout Greece and beyond for answering questions put to her by citizens and noblemen wishing for guidance. Today, your guide will play the role of Pythia and play a question-and-answer game with the kids. Don’t worry – no animal sacrifice is necessary!


    Day 5

    Olympia

    Discover Ancient Olympia

    In 776 B.C., a baker known as Koroibos of Elis won the first ever Olympic race at this site. Ancient Olympia is still an important spot today – every four years, the Olympic torch begins its journey around the world in front of the Temple of Hera. Explore the fine statues, columns and archways that were once part of temples, altars and baths.

    Race at Ancient Olympia Stadium

    Kids: On your mark! Take part in a footrace at Ancient Olympia, home of the first Olympic games in history. Following the race is a medal ceremony. Will you win the gold?

    Explore the Archaeological Museum of Olympia

    Stand in awe of ancient masterpieces, like “Hermes and the Infant Dionysus” and the sculptured ornaments from the Temple of Zeus and the Nike of Paionios. The definition, detail and storytelling of these 2,400-year-old marble works is mindboggling.


    Day 6

    Nafplio

    Visit Mycenae

    Located on a hill overlooking the long, fertile plains of Argolis, Mycenae is home to ominous shaft graves, golden burial masks, stony buildings and the famous Lion Gate, standing over the citadel entrance since about 1250 B.C.

    Explore Epidaurus

    The acoustics of the theater at Epidaurus are incredible – drop a penny on stage, and you can hear it loud and clear from the farthest seats back. The principle monuments of the site – the temple of Asklepios, the Tholos and the Theatre – are considered the purest masterpieces of Greek architecture in existence.

    Enjoy Lunch at a Local Winery and a Wine Tasting

    Enjoy lunch at a local winery and taste Greek wine. The origins of winemaking in Greece go back 6,500 years – it’s home to the second oldest known grape wine production in the world.

    Participate in a Cooking Lesson with a Local Family

    Take a cooking class with a local family to learn about classic Greek cuisine, which makes wide use of vegetables, olive oil, grains, fish, wines and meat. Important ingredients include olives, pasta, cheese and yogurt. Yum!


    Days 7-9

    Crete

    Drive to Athens (1.5 hours)

    Anyone will tell you Chania’s Venetian Harbor is gorgeous, the narrow streets are lively and the waterfront restaurants are delicious. Explore Old Town’s maze-like alleys, Venetian mansions and Turkish architecture – it’s a style that spans history.

    Explore Knossos

    Knossos is a palace of legends – it’s where Theseus fought the Minotaur and where Daedalus and Icarus made their escape before Icarus flew too close to the sun. The palace’s red pillars, frescoes of bulls and griffins, gypsum throne and theater are magnificent – they compose the first royal palace in Europe, with stonework that has stood since 1400 B.C.

    Visit the Heraklion Archaeological Museum

    Discover the incredible mystery of the Phaistos Disc and Arkalochori Axe, stamped in ancient script that’s meaning has long since been lost to history. Even if their secrets are undecipherable, they’re still magnificent pieces of human history – you can only scratch your head and wonder, marvel, dream.

    Rethymno Walking Tour

    Rethymno is a place that moves slowly, with romance, in its fairy-tale medieval style. Enjoy a stroll past Venetian forts and Turkish minarets, orthodox and catholic churches, mosques, mansions and cobbled paths.

    Learn to Make Bread "the Old Way" in a Local Bakery

    Cook warm, fresh Greek bread in a traditional wooden oven. A local artisan will guide you through the process. Of course, you’ll get to taste it afterwards!

    Pottery Lesson in Margarites Village

    Clay flowerpots and jars stand outside houses and walkways, complementing the stone streets and vibrant architecture. While you’re in the “Village of Jars,” visit a ceramic studio to learn about the production of modern pottery.

    Cooking Class in Argyroupoli Village

    Take a cooking class in Argyroupoli Village. This class is more hands-on than the one you took in Nafplio, so get ready to dig in!


    Day 10

    Athens

    Morning Tour of Chania

    Anyone will tell you Chania’s Venetian Harbor is gorgeous, the narrow streets are lively and the waterfront restaurants are delicious. Explore Old Town’s maze-like alleys, Venetian mansions and Turkish architecture – it’s a style that spans history.


    Day 11

    Depart Athens


  • Dates & Prices

    2020 Dates


    06/20-06/30

    Adult $5190
    Teen $5190
    Child $4990
    Internal Air $300

    07/25-08/04

    Adult $5690
    Teen $5690
    Child $5490
    Internal Air $300

    Additional Info

    Triple Discount

    $200 discount for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults.

    Single Supplement

    Additional $990 for single accommodations

    Alumni Discount 

    If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.

    Travel Insurance

    We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance. We’ve received great feedback about Travel Insured – you can learn more about the benefits of travel insurance there.

    Price Includes

    All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bilingual guide throughout, all meals, and bottled water & snacks in the vehicle.

    Guaranteed departure. Surcharge applied to groups smaller than 4 guests.

  • Hotels

    Electra Palace

    Electra Palace is in the historical center of Athens, located near the National Gardens and Acropolis. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a telephone, safe, hair dryer and TV. The hotel has a fitness center, spa, outdoor pool and a restaurant.

    Nafs Hotel Nafpaktos

    Nafs Hotel is located on the beaches of Nafpaktos, overlooking the Gulf of Corinth. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a telephone, safe, hair dryer and TV. The hotel has a café and pool.

    Kandia’s Castle Hotel

    Kandia’s Castle Hotel is located on the beach on the Argolic Gulf, about 20 minutes from Nafplion. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a telephone, safe, hair dryer and TV. The hotel has two restaurants, a pool and spa.

    Aquila Rythimna Beach

    The Aquila Rithymna Beach resort is located on the northern coast of Crete, about an hour from the Chania International Airport. Amenities include Wi-Fi in most public areas, air conditioning, a telephone, safe, hair dryer and TV. The hotel has a pool and beach access.

    Thomson Family Adventures will attempt to adhere to this itinerary and its hotels as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or availability) may necessitate changes in the accommodations.

  • Why Thomson

    Guaranteed Departures

    No matter what happens, once your family books a trip you’re going.

    Guides

    Be accompanied for your entire trip by an expert local in-country guide who will know all of the ins and outs of the adventure and destination.

    Small Groups

    With a small group you’ll have plenty of time for spontaneity and to develop a connection with your fellow travelers and guide.

    Friends Across Borders

    Your child will have a cultural connection like no other by meeting kids the same age from the country you’re traveling by playing games, throwing a Frisbee, kicking a ball around, or just chatting. Ask us about our pen pal program.

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Starts at

$5090

Duration

11 days

Activity Level

Active

Active trips revolve around multi-sport activities that keep your family outside and having fun! Your family will spend more time interacting with the elements and exploring than sitting on a beach or inside of a museum. These activities are not always physically demanding but they can be and do require a basic level of fitness.
Starts at

$4990

Duration

9 days

Activity Level

Active

Active trips revolve around multi-sport activities that keep your family outside and having fun! Your family will spend more time interacting with the elements and exploring than sitting on a beach or inside of a museum. These activities are not always physically demanding but they can be and do require a basic level of fitness.
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