This two-week itinerary gives you and your school-aged children plenty of time to get their hands on Greek cultural activities in Athens and the major cities of Crete. Start in Athens, where you can paint the Parthenon and exercise like an Olympian at the Panathenaic Stadium. You'll fly to Crete, where you'll participate in mosaic-making workshops, archaeological adventures, and botanical treasure hunts, alongside plenty of time to wander at your own pace or relax on the beach.
Chania is one of Crete's highlights, with its charming 14th-century harbor and colorful architecture influenced by Venetian, Ottoman, and Egyptian eras. Discover the beauty of the city with a free evening to explore its picturesque streets and historical monuments.
- Start at the Municipal Market of Chania, where you can try some of the local products. Then stroll through the Municipal Gardens and make your way into the center of the old town. Here you'll enjoy a first glimpse of the city's preserved streets and characteristic buildings that make it so special.
- Continue toward the old port and enjoy the breeze off the Aegean Sea. Chania's famed Venetian Harbor features impressive seafront residences and buildings (some working as boutique hotels), an old mosque, and a lighthouse. Find your favorite spot to take a break and relax with a refreshing drink before exploring Chania's off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods.
- The districts of Topanas, Splantzia, Kolombo, and Kasteli all offer panoramic views of the harbor, traditional Cretan taverns, and grand buildings. If you prefer to ditch any crowds, wander a bit further into the Halepa and Tabakaria neighborhoods. Here you'll discover more authentic Cretan communities and seafront taverns for dinner.
- For incredible views away from the city, head to the Venizelos Tombs atop Prophet Ilias Hill. Here you'll find the Venizelos family's graves, including that of Eleftherios Venizelos, a respected politician and former Prime Minister of Greece. This historic spot sits above Chania, offering a peaceful setting and sprawling scenery out into the sea.