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Virtual Resources for Travel in Greece

Let’s face it, a family trip to Greece is an irreplaceable experience, and while stay at home orders mean we can’t go exploring just yet, we can bring Greece to our homes in the meantime.

From celebrity chef-led cooking classes to live streams of concerts to virtual tours of museums — Greece has responded quickly to “social distancing” orders, making it easier than ever to travel to Greece without leaving home. So add these virtual experiences to your quarantine bucket list for the ultimate staycation.

Greece from home

Greece from home. Greece from home is a platform with videos of Greek personalities and creators from around the world. Greek-inspired music, mythology, cuisine, arts, crafts, fashion, sport and style all brought together on one YouTube Channel as well as a selection of videos of destinations and experiences from around Greece. So don’t forget to tune in daily and stay connected with Greece.

Museum of Cycladic Art

The Museum of Cycladic Art has some of the most important collections in the world. The museum is now offering an online tour of its landmark exhibition ‘Cycladic Society: 5,000 Years Ago’. Presented as part of efforts to mark the museum’s 30th anniversary, the online exhibition explores the structure of Cycladic society during the early Bronze Age (3200 to 2000 BC), the natural environment, the occupations of the islands’ inhabitants, their social or religious customs and their beliefs, through selected items of the early Cycladic culture.

National Geographic

National Geographic. National Geographic is probably the first to-go resource for any place on the planet. For Greece, National Geographic offers numerous videos and content highlighting one of the most important civilizations of the world. In Virtual Tour: Explore the Temples of an Ancient Greek, the ruins of ancient Greek temple have been restored to their full glory via a virtual re-creation.

Acropolis Museum

Acropolis Museum. The celebrated Acropolis Museum is one of the most import museums in the world. On its website, families can explore the museum through its exhibition halls. Through Learning Resources, The museum website connects to online games for kids and other digital educational platforms.

Google Arts and Culture

Google Arts & Culture features content from over 2000 leading museums and archives who have partnered with the Google Cultural Institute to bring the world’s most famous museums, sites and other cultural attractions to your living room. Explore ‎360° videos of Greece and the rest of the world and visit Naxos or Ancient Corinth.

The Benaki Museum

Benaki Museum. If your family loves museums, also have a look at the Benaki museum in Athens for a complete virtual tour along the museum’s permanent exhibition. The Benaki Museum is one of the most renowed in Greece and their collection is a must-visit for families who love art and history.

Books for Greece

Greek mythology stories are a great educational tool. Greek mythology are stories about gods, kings, and heroes and often relate to the creation of the world and sometimes its future destruction as well. They tell how aspects of nature and men were created. They depict the relationships between various gods and between gods and men. To make these concepts accessible for young kids, we recommend the books listed in Books about Greek Mythology.

Google Earth Virtual Reality

Google Earth Virtual Reality is compatible with Oculus virtual reality products. These videos allow you to walk around or soar over jaw-dropping landscapes and city streets. All you need is a VR headset and the comfort of your own home.

Toys and Games about Greek Mythology

Toys and Games about Greek Mythology are a great way to educate your children about Greece and Greek Mythology. Click on the link to find our favorite toys and family games related to the wonderful world of Greek Mythology.

YouTube about Greece

YouTube is great for any subject! There are many video’s with songs, travel destinations and stories about Greece on YouTube. This one is one of our favorite Greek Mythology for Kids Videos.

Greek Cooking

Greece is known for its unique cuisine, and the ingredients that are used plays a big part in that. Greek food is rich in fruits and vegetables, legumes, breads, and meats such as lamb. Here’s a look at some of our favorite resources for Greek cooking:

Akis Petretzikis if a renowned and popular Greek chef famous for his many TV cooking shows, recipe books, magazines and a weekly webcast called ”Kitchen Lab” and “Akis Kitchen” on YouTube where he shares all of his recipes in English. A wonderful workshop that is gradually evolving into a dynamic, multicultural, multifaceted land of flavors and aromas!

Jamie Oliver does not need an introduction, here he shares his favorite Greek Greek food recipes.

On the Kids Love Greece Blog, you can find Greek food insights and interviews with Greek food bloggers and chefs sharing their best family recipes. Here are some of our favorites: Interview With A Food Blogger: Meet Eirini Zevelaki, Food Vlogger & Blogger of Paxxi, Interview With A Food Blogger: Meet Syllia from 30 Days of Greek Food, Is it tsoureki, challah or brioche? Interview with a Blogger: Meet Amber from Provocolate! and, Interview With A Food Blogger: Meet Katerina From Katerina’s Kouzina

Learn Greek

Sta Ellinika is an Initiative of the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies at SFU and made possible thanks to the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. The youtube sta ellinika is a fun platform with Greek Language and Culture courses.

Ellinopoula is an excellent and innovative e-learning platform with unique content to make Greek for kids exciting! Kids can learn Greek in a safe and motivating environment, one step at a time. It is full of fun games, engaging videos, and thousands of interactive educational activities steeped in Greek culture. This way kids are excited to share their Greek language discoveries with their classmates. The platform caters to the specific needs of kids at different levels of learning and also takes them by the hand to learn one step at a time. Furthermore, Ellinopoula features tools and settings that enable parents and teachers to monitor each kid’s, or group’s, progress and share their joy of discovering the Greek language.

Duolingo is a language program and it also offers Greek bite size lessons and games. Learning a language on Duolingo is completely free, but you can remove ads and support free education with Plus. In Duolingo, you can earn virtual coins, unlock new levels, and watch your fluency score rise as you master new words, phrases, and grammar.

Klik Sta Ellinika comprises useful, functional options that allow learners to learn and practise modern Greek quickly and easily. But that’s not all, when you start this course you lay the foundations for your Certification in Modern Greek!

Mobtil 3D Apps

View the Parthenon complete with its decorations and even step inside to see the giant golden ivory statue of the goddess Athena! Using Moptil’s app, you can visualize all the Acropolis temples and statues as they were 2000 years ago. As you walk around the heritage site you can enjoy the temples that has not survived through the centuries, like the temple of Zeus, the temple of Diana the 9m statue of Athena Promakhos and many others. Stand by the Parthenon Priest or the Priestess of Nike temple while she is pouring olive oil on the altar! Besides the Acropolis with its Parthenon, Mobtil also offers virtual tours to Olympia, Delos, Delphi, and Kos.

Kids Love Greece Knossos 3D app

Open a virtual door and enter the fascinating world of the glorious Minoan civilization. The Kids Love Greece Knossos 3D app is your ticket to a magical time traveling adventure back in the Minoan era! Through this virtual reality app about the Palace of Knossos, and with the help of sound, video and graphics, kids can see even the small details of this glorious palace as it used to be thousands of years ago. This touring gadget opens virtual doors and lets kids inside rooms that are not open to the public such as the famous Throne Room or the Queen’s Chamber.

The animations applied on the Kids Love Greece Knossos 3D app will simply enchant your kids. They will even be able to be part of the fascinating sport of ‘taurokathapsia’ during which a young Minoan jumps and grabs the horns of a bull.

Downloading the app gives kids the opportunity to listen to fascinating Greek mythology tales such as Theseus and the Minotaur and Icarus and Daedalous, narrated by Glaucus a young Minoan boy. Should you be able to travel to Crete in the future, The Kids Love Knossos app is the best way for you to prepare your kids for your visit to the Palace of Knossos.

EWorkshops

There is no real need to travel to Greece to meet Greek people, experience the Greek culture and food, as week as learn about the Greek mythology and history. Our team has carefully prepared our Greek eWorkshops, a series of virtual workshops, which aim to educate, entertain, engage and inspire! Our eWorkshops will be led by an expert in his/ her field and will be live (synchronous). The workshop will cover a wide range of topics (the list will be updated on a frequent basis). The workshops will appeal to different ages, from toddlers, school age kids, teens, families, and adults and they will be offered in a Group setting, but can also be organized on a private basis. Review our e-Workshop below and request more information.

Greek Mythology behind Harry Potter: Connecting the Dots”. 

This on-line Kids Love Greece wizarding workshop connects kids favorite hero with Ancient Greece. Learn more about Greek history and Mythology during a magical adventure with Harry Potter and explore why Greek Mythology is so important in Harry’s adventures. Discover how Greek mythology ties into both Ancient Greece and modern time – all using Harry Potter as a framework for exploration!

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Online parties

Social distancing requirements amid the COVID-19 may have canceled birthday parties and other celebrations, however, we are excited to announced that we can help you to take any of those events online and make them special! Our parties are unique because there is a Greek theme or a Greek twist to any theme you select. They are live events, led by an expert based in Greece. The parties appeal to different ages, from toddlers, school age kids, teens, families, and adults and they cover a wide range of topics (the list will be updated on a frequent basis). Review our eParties below below and request more information.

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Kids will love

  • Having fun with their friends during an online party
  • Learning more about Harry Potter and Ancient Greece
  • Exploring history through digital tools

Parents will love

  • Engaging their kids in a safe and educational way
  • Having time for themselves while their kids are participating in a workshop
  • Learning to cook their favorite Greek dishes

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