- Create your own comics about mythological heroes
- Learn essential Greek phrases in an interactive museum
- Cycle along past sunset scenery on a beach bike ride
- Take a cooking class amid olive trees on an eco-farm
|Day 1||Arrive in Athens & Treasure Hunt for Families||Athens|
|Day 2||Athens Mythology Tour & Comics Workshop for Families||Athens|
|Day 3||Olympic Games Workout, National Garden & Greek Language Lesson for Kids||Athens|
|Day 4||Athens to Mani Peninsula via Mystras & Family Mosaic Workshop||Mani Peninsula|
|Day 5||Beaches & Boat Trip in Mani Peninsula||Mani Peninsula|
|Day 6||Explore the Villages of Mani||Mani Peninsula|
|Day 7||West Mani Beaches & Sunset Bike Tour||Mani Peninsula|
|Day 8||Mani Peninsula to Kalamata, Treasure Hunt & Olive Oil Tasting||Kalamata|
|Day 9||Beach Day with Family Art Workshop & Eco Tour||Kalamata|
|Day 10||Palace of Nestor & Museum of Chora, Voidokilia Beach & Navarino Old Castle||Kalamata|
|Day 11||Boat Trip to Proti Island & Cooking Class||Kalamata|
|Day 12||Waterfalls & Archery at Polylimnio||Kalamata|
|Day 13||Sea Kayaking in the Navarino Gulf, Pylos and Medieval Castles||Kalamata|
|Day 14||Return to Athens & Depart|
Day 1: Arrive in Athens & Treasure Hunt for FamiliesWelcome to Greece!
Day 2: Athens Mythology Tour & Comics Workshop for Families
Explore the Acropolis and Ancient Agora with your family, learning about Greek mythology and history while enjoying views of the city and kid-friendly activities.
After meeting your guide, you'll start your walk up to Acropolis Hill, the "Sacred Rock" that defines Athens. You'll visit all its popular monuments, including the Parthenon, Theater of Dionysus, Temple of Athena Nike, and Temple of Erechtheion. Listen to the legends of the Greek pantheon, such as the mighty Zeus, Athena (goddess of wisdom), Poseidon (god of the sea), Dionysus (god of wine and theater), and more. The stories will keep kids entertained and asking questions.
After enjoying Acropolis Hill and learning the city's secrets, you'll walk down to the ancient marketplace, the Agora. Socrates and Plato hosted many political and philosophical discussions on this plaza. At the end of the tour, enjoy a family activity inside the ancient Agora, using all your newfound knowledge about Greek gods, goddesses, and heroes.Next up, you'll visit a library dedicated to comics and mythology where you'll listen to a professional storyteller bring Greek myths to life. Listen to several interesting fables, learning about important characters and heroes. Then, discover how an artist creates comic books by watching one work live and transform stories into comics. Explore the ropes, syntax, and grammar behind the skill, acquiring all the tools you need to become a creator yourself.
Day 3: Olympic Games Workout, National Garden & Greek Language Lesson for Kids
Get your blood pumping and try your luck as an Olympian at the very venue where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896. You’ll start your day at the Zappeion, a neoclassical building set just below the National Garden. Here, you’ll meet your trainer and learn how the Ancient Olympics impacted society for over a millennium.
The year 1896 marked the revival of the ancient Olympic Games, which occurred every four years starting in 776 BCE. You’ll stand in the very spot where the athletes stood and learn how they trained, what the games entailed, and how the competition evolved.
After learning about the games, you'll start your workout in a historic gym. Your trainer will teach you some classic techniques from the original Olympic events, including the discus and the javelin throw. You'll also practice more modern sports, such as the shot put, long jump, and relay race.
All of your training will prepare you for your own competition—a race in the Panathenaic Stadium! This stadium is the only one in the world made entirely of marble. Following the hallowed track, you'll race around the arena before receiving your official certificate of participation.
Afterward, cool down with a walk in the National Garden. The garden was created by the first queen of Greece, Amalia, who loved trees and flowers. Walk amidst palm trees and the sounds of birds—mainly peacocks, as you will soon realize. Many noble citizens built their residences in this area in the early 19th century, and it now houses some of the best museums in Athens: the Byzantine Museum, the Museum of Cycladic Art, the Benaki Museum of Greek Culture, and the Theocharakis Foundation for the Fine Arts and Music.End your activities with a Greek language lesson that uses play to practice common words and sayings. From toddlers to children up to 12 years of age, the Hellenic Children’s Museum teaches kids Greek through interactive exhibits designed by experts.
Day 4: Athens to Mani Peninsula via Mystras & Family Mosaic WorkshopEnjoy a scenic drive from Athens to the Mani Peninsula, which takes about three hours. After leaving Athens, you'll hug the Saronic Gulf coastline and pass through the Isthmus of Corinth, enjoying views of the sea.
Just before Corinth, you can stop to take photos of the impressive and narrow Corinth Canal. Built around 1890, the canal created new sea routes between the Saronic Gulf and the Gulf of Corinth. You can also view the ancient Diolkos, a paved road that once transported boats by land, at its western edge.
Customize your trip with help from a local travel specialist.
Cap it off with a mosaic workshop set at the base of Mt. Taygetos in the authentic Greek village of Xirokambi. Set in the garden of a traditional home and atelier, your family will explore your artistic side while learning about the region's mosaic history alongside a trained professional.
Day 5: Beaches & Boat Trip in Mani PeninsulaEnjoy a relaxing private boat trip around the stunning Mani Peninsula on a traditional fishing boat. Relax on board while you gaze out into the sea and enjoy a few short stops along the way to swim, snorkel, and listen to stories of historical sites. You'll follow the Maniot coastline, passing rocky cliffs, sandy beaches, forested hills, and turquoise coves. Enjoy a memorable experience in the crystal-clear waters of Mani as you pass the Diros caves and Gerolimenas village.
Day 6: Explore the Villages of ManiDiscover the amazing villages and landscapes of the Mani Peninsula, starting with Areopoli, meaning the "City of Ares," named after the ancient Greek god of war. This town is the area's capital and features a large square with the statue of Petrobay’s Mavromichalis. Enjoy wandering through the charming stone alleys with preserved tower houses and churches and stop to visit the shops, taverns, and bars.
Continue to picturesque Oitylo, an ancient Greek city that formed part of Menelaus’ kingdom, according to Homer. Then, head to Limeni. Once a pirate cove and the old harbor of Areopoli, the town now hosts a wonderful seaside resort in its small fishing community. Pop into one of the restaurants or cafés for stunning sea views. Although there isn't a beach, stone steps lead directly into the crystal-clear waters.
If you like caves or need to escape the summer heat, consider a visit to the Caves of Diros and admire the unique and "natural underground cathedral," as it's described. There are three caves, but only one, Vlyhada, is open to the public. You'll take a guided punting boat and admire the impressive stalagmites and stalactites inside.
Next, head to the natural port of Gerolimenas. In ancient times, it was the most important port in the area, transporting goods to Pireaus and the island of Syros. Nowadays, it’s an authentic fishing village with delicious restaurants and a pebbled beach.
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End your day in the southernmost point of mainland Greece at Cape Tainaron. The ancient Spartans built several temples in the area, the most important one being the Temple of Poseidon, honoring the god of the sea. Enjoy a stroll to the lighthouse at the end of the cape and savor the incredible sea views.
Day 7: West Mani Beaches & Sunset Bike TourHave a relaxing morning in West Mani, exploring beaches where the olive groves and cypress trees meet the sea. Pay a visit to Kardamyli, where the taverns and patisseries are hidden along paved streets next to the rocky coast. You have multiple beach options to explore, including Kalogria beach, an oasis amidst the wild Maniot landscape. The golden sand for sandcastles, shallow waters, and the rocks in the northern coast with numerous little crabs create an ideal scene for families with babies and younger children.
You'll start from the small town of Stoupa and peddle along a bike road. Make stops at three of the peninsula's traditional fishing villages, including Agios Nikolaos, Agios Dimitrios, and Trahila. As the sun starts to melt into the sea, stop at the sienna rocks of Mani's west coast at Pantazi Beach. Here you can watch the sunset and take a refreshing dip in the golden waves. As the sun turns the entire landscape into a warm glow, you'll head back to Stoupa.
Day 8: Mani Peninsula to Kalamata, Treasure Hunt & Olive Oil Tasting
Start with a tour of the 13th-century castle of Androussa, where you'll complete an exciting treasure hunt. Learn about the history of the area and the significance of its olive products. Then, make your way to a sprawling olive grove to play games and discover the trees' history, tradition, and mythical stories. Before leaving the grove, your host will identify different tree varieties and show you how to "read" the history of Messenia on the trunks.
Your next stop is the center of Androussa, where you'll find a unique olive oil mill that's more than 100 years old. You'll meet the fifth-generation owner and learn how to extract the oil from the olive. You can visit the storage rooms and enjoy a lesson about extra virgin olive oil standardization processes.
Day 9: Beach Day with Family Art Workshop & Eco TourRelax with a leisurely beach day near the coastal town of Pilos (also known as Navarino). Today, you'll find plenty of options to enjoy the beautiful sandy shores in western Peloponnese. Many beaches in this region offer ideal spots for sunset and unspoiled nature home to sea turtles. You may even see baby turtles coming out from their nests for the long journey to the sea!
Day 10: Palace of Nestor & Museum of Chora, Voidokilia Beach & Navarino Old CastleDiscover the beauty and history of Nestor's Palace, the best-preserved Mycenaean palace. As an influential site in Mycenaean times, Homer described the palace in both "The Odyssey" and "The Iliad." Your private guide will walk you through this impressive site within a larger settlement from the Late Helladic era. After your tour, visit the Museum of Chora, filled with findings from the Palace's excavations. Enjoy the extensive collection of artifacts from the area of Pylia, dating from Neolithic to Roman times.
Next, head to Voidokilia Beach, which you may recognize thanks to its famous crescent-shaped shoreline that has graced many magazine covers as one of the best places to visit in Greece. Its name signifies the belly of the ox, the same as Voufrada, as used by Homer. Its shores are sandy and shallow, offering the signature turquoise-hued water known to Greece within its Natura 2000 protected zone.
After visiting the castle, you can hike back down to Voidokilia. If you're up for a longer excursion, the path also descends to another beach called Stomio (or Bouka, according to the locals), on the other side of the hill. Here you'll find the closest point between the Gulf of Navarino and the island of Sfaktiria.
Day 11: Boat Trip to Proti Island & Cooking ClassDiscover the warm, crystal-clear waters of western Messenia, starting in the coastal town of Marathopoli. From the harbor, you'll enjoy a short cruise to Proti Island, whose name comes from the sea god Proteus, son of Poseidon. According to mythology, Proti Island resembles a crocodile, and when Proteus was angry, he'd transform into the beast and take the shape of the island!
The cruise is just ten short minutes. Along the way, your captain will share interesting stories about the island's history. Once onshore, enjoy relaxing on the beach, swimming, snorkeling, fishing, or sunbathing. The turquoise waters are clear and perfect for water sports.
Afterward, learn how to prepare a typical Messenian meal amidst a charming olive grove. You'll discover regional culinary traditions from a local chef and enjoy delicious Greek wine in a peaceful coastal village.
Start with a walking tour of the estate’s olive groves as the owner shares stories about the property, the olive trees, and the region's history and gastronomy. Next, learn about seasonal Messenian dishes and traditional delicacies during your cooking lesson, including the secrets that make the recipes so tasty. You'll make your own filo pastry, prepare seasonal salads, perfect regional appetizers, and cook a couple of main staples. After all your hard work, enjoy your feast with local drinks, wine, and a homemade dessert.
Day 12: Waterfalls & Archery at PolylimnioExperience the beauty of the Polylimnio Gorge waterfalls by hiking through the forest, swimming in the cascades, and learning archery skills. Polylimnio means "many lakes," which you'll pass as you make your way from one freshwater pool to another. Enjoy the aqua-blue water as you hike through the gorge, crossing small bridges and climbing up rocks.
You'll start in the village of Haravgi, where you'll meet your guide and receive a historical and geological introduction to the gorge. As you walk, enjoy the natural paradise around you, passing peaceful lakes and thundering waterfalls. To cool off from the hike, take a dip in one of the pools and swim under the cascade's spray.
At the end of this easy hike, enjoy a picnic lunch with traditional local delicacies. Before you head back, you can either relax in nature or learn archery skills. Your guide will help you assemble your bow and teach a few basic techniques.
Day 13: Sea Kayaking in the Navarino Gulf, Pylos and Medieval CastlesExplore Navarino Bay's natural beauty by sea kayak, gliding through its calm, protected waters on an easy paddle around the bay.
To start, paddle along the harbor and admire the urban sites, such as the castle of Niokastro and the colorful building facades. The castle was the backdrop of a famous naval battle, the most decisive event during the Greek Revolution. Make your way toward Tsihli Baba, a monolithic islet with a large rock arch known as the Greek Azure Window. Enjoy paddling by impressive rock formations and sea caves. Then, take a break at a hidden cove with a deserted beach. As you relax, you may spot a few migrant birds, sea turtles, or seals. If the waters are clear, gaze down into the sea and try to spot some sunken ships from the famous Battle of Navarino.
After you've dried off, explore the medieval castles in the southern Peloponnese at your own pace and relax on sandy beaches along the way.
Start your exploration in Pylos. Niokastro (the New Castle), also known with its Venetian name Navarino, received the honorary name of Pylos in 1833 due to lack of evidence about the location of the ancient Kingdom of Nestor. Pylos expands around Niokastro, built by the Ottomans in 1573. Inside the very well-preserved castle, you can visit the new archeological Museum of Pylos hosted in the building of “General Nicolas Joseph Maison” and the Museum of Underwater Antiquities in the building of “Pasha”.
Day 14: Return to Athens & Depart
Head back to Athens to catch your international transfer. Wave goodbye to Greece as you head home or onto your next adventure.