School-aged children can get a taste of both Classical and modern Greece with this 10-day itinerary. You'll start your trip in Athens, where treasure hunts, comic-making workshops, and an Olympic workout will help everyone get acquainted with the many facets of the country. Then head to Kalamata, home of the famous olives, for some gastronomy lessons, sea kayaking, and a chance to channel your inner archer.

Highlights

  • Follow an interactive treasure hunt through Athens
  • Practice your athletic skills at the Panathenaic Stadium
  • Taste local specialties on a food tour through Kalamata
  • Try your archery skills amidst the waterfalls of Polylimnio

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
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 Kalamata & Food Tour Kalamata
Day 5 Beach Day with Family Art Workshop & Eco Tour Kalamata
Day 6 Palace of Nestor & Museum of Chora, Voidokilia Beach & Navarino Old Castle Kalamata
Day 7 Boat Trip to Proti Island & Cooking Class Kalamata
Day 8 Waterfalls & Archery at Polylimnio Kalamata
Day 9 Sea Kayaking in the Navarino Gulf, Pylos and Medieval Castles Kalamata
Day 10 Return to Athens & Depart  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Athens & Treasure Hunt for Families

Athens Treasure Hunt for Families
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Welcome to Greece!
 
Discover Athens in a fun and engaging way, with a family-friendly treasure hunt through the city. As you make your way around Athens, you'll learn all about its history, view significant landmarks and world-renowned sights, enjoy panoramic views, visit local shops, and savor drinks and snacks popular with local Athenians.
 
Become an Athenian for a day and follow the myth of Athena, the goddess of war, wisdom, and crafts, to solve a mystery and receive her reward. In the company of your specialized guide, you'll discover secret corners of the city and engage in various experiential activities and games, such as riddle-solving, clue-hunting, storytelling, and creative arts and crafts. While on the move, dive into the culture of Greece, interact with locals, visit shops, and sample Greek delicacies.

Day 2: Athens Mythology Tour & Comics Workshop for Families 

Photo from Alternative Athens
Look out over Athens from the Acropolis

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.
 
After plenty of demonstration, modeling, and help with drawing and writing, your kids will create their own comic book! They'll brainstorm characters and storylines, designing their own Greek mythology fable. Your expert guides will help them transfer their heroes and adventures from their minds to the pages. By the end, your kids will walk away with a comic book they created, plus an entirely new set of skills.

Day 3: Olympic Games Workout, National Garden & Greek Language Lesson for Kids

The Panathenaic Stadium
The Panathenaic Stadium

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.
 
By the end of the session, kids will know how to say “good morning” and introduce themselves. They'll work together with a teacher and fun props as they explore the museum's marketplace and practice important words and sayings that they can use in restaurants or at the store during the rest of the trip.

Day 4: Athens to Kalamata & Food Tour

Tasting Greek Meze - Photo from MAMAKITA
Tasting Greek meze [Photo from MAMAKITA]
Transfer from Athens to Kalamata with a private driver. Over the course of the three-hour drive, you'll enjoy views of the sea and the Saronic Islands as your driver provides interesting facts and stories about the area's history and culture.
 

Once you arrive, explore the flavors of Greece with a food tour. You'll start in the historic core of seaside Kalamata, strolling through charming and colorful streets with your guide. Make a few stops at family-owned food and pastry stores, listening to stories from the locals. Your stops will include a traditional workshop for homemade products and a sweet shop to try local delicacies, including famous Corinthian raisins. The aromas will take you to Mt. Taygetos, where many herbs and spices originate.

At this point, you'll need a pick-me-up. Enjoy a traditional Greek coffee tasting prepared by the owner of a local grinding shop who will reveal the secrets to a proper cup of Greek coffee. Pair your java with local pastries from Mani, including homemade cookies and pasteli made with local honey and sesame seeds.

Next, fill your belly with classic Greek meze (similar to appetizers or tapas) at a traditional ouzo tavern. Enjoy revithokeftedes (chickpea patties), kolokithokorfades (courgette flowers), and oven-baked sardines. Then savor traditional eggplant dip with fresh basil, kagianas (an omelet with tomato and cured meat), and so much more!

To polish off your meze, enjoy a cheese tasting. You’ll try two of the region's most famous varieties made by small family-owned farms. Pair your cheeses with Kalamata olives and extra virgin olive oil, the Messinian gastronomic trilogy.

You'll also visit an olive oil shop for a quick tasting and to learn about the production of Greece's liquid gold, ending with a light lunch at one of Kalamata's coziest restaurants.

Day 5: Beach Day with Family Art Workshop & Eco Tour

Romanos beach Messenia
Romanos beach
Relax 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!
 
Mati beach offers a slew of family amenities, including two beach resorts with sunbeds, umbrellas, and cafes. Or head to the dunes of Romanos beach, where you'll find deeper waters and white sea lilies growing on the sands.
 
In the afternoon, explore your creative side and attend a family-friendly art workshop at an eco-farm. Set in the coastal village of Marathopoli, you'll learn how locals and artists live in harmony with nature. Start with a tour of the farm, strolling through its peaceful olive groves and vegetable garden to help inspire your creativity. Then, enjoy some free time to relax, unwind, and allow your children to play and meet the farm animals. The owners and farmers will share stories about agricultural life and history in Greece.  
 
After the tour, the kids will start their art workshop by viewing some handmade jewels and decorations from the farm's resident artist before they create their own art from materials collected from the sea. Meanwhile, parents can enjoy a 45-minute massage, a glass of wine, local fruits, and handmade snacks nearby.

Day 6: Palace of Nestor & Museum of Chora, Voidokilia Beach & Navarino Old Castle

Metamorphosis Sotiros Church in Nestor's Palace

Discover 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.
 
Make your way to the south hill of Voidokilia for an easy hiking excursion. The path ascends the dunes, continues through the amaranths to the Cave of Nestor, and then stretches to the top of the old medieval fortress, Paleokastro.

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 7: Boat Trip to Proti Island & Cooking Class

Clear, Warm Waters of the Island - Photo from MAMAKITA
Clear island waters [Photo from MAMAKITA]

Discover 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 8: Waterfalls & Archery at Polylimnio

Hike By Pools and Waterfalls - Photo from Explore Outdoor Activities
Hike by pools and waterfalls [Photo from Explore Outdoor Activities]

Experience 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 9: Sea Kayaking in the Navarino Gulf, Pylos and Medieval Castles

Kayaking with the Whole Family - Photo from MAMAKITA
Kayaking with the whole family [Photo from MAMAKITA]

Explore 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 by its Venetian name of Navarino. 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”.
 
You can continue to Methoni, where the Venetian castle enters the sea to create a unique cape. Visit the castle or relax on Methoni Beach, which is is ideal for families with babies and toddlers because of its shallow and warm waters. Then drive further east to the hilltop castle of Koroni and its views of the Zagka and Memi beaches. Ιt is a “living” castle with houses and a church in its interior; and, thus, not an archeological site. Stroll around Koroni in the afternoon on the seaside pedestrian street full of taverns, coffee shops, pastry shops, and a playground below the castle.

Day 10: Return to Athens & Depart

The Acropolis over Athens

Head back to Athens to catch your international transfer. Wave goodbye to Greece as you head home or onto your next adventure.

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Map of Greek Culture & Adventure for Families: Athens & the Peloponnese - 10 Days
Map of Greek Culture & Adventure for Families: Athens & the Peloponnese - 10 Days