Athens for Teenagers: The Ultimate Guide
- BEST ATHENS TOURS FOR TEENS: HISTORY & GREEK MYTHOLOGY
- Classic Acropolis Tour for Teens
- Percy Jackson Tours for Teens
- CREATIVITY FOR TEENS
- Greek Mythology Comics Workshop
- Athens Pottery Workshop for Teens
- Athens Street Art Tour for Teens
- PHOTOGRAPHY FOR TEENS
- Family Postcards from Athens Riviera
- Photo Adventure in the Acropolis Museum
- Photo Hunt in Athens
- LET'S GET ACTIVE
- Olympic Games Workout
- See Athens by Bike
- Outdoor Escape Room
- ATHENS FOR TEEN FOODIES
- Greek Cooking Family Workshop
- Baklava Baking and Cheese Pie Making Workshops
- Mythology Food Tour
- Athens Vegetarian Food Tour
- DAY TRIPS FROM ATHENS
- Sailing in the Athens Riviera
- Island hopping
- Delphi Day Trip from Athens
- Percy Jackson Tour of Delphi – Day Trip from Athens
- Exploring Nafplion: walking and biking tour
Athens is one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe, and it’s clear why. It’s packed with ancient old monuments full of history and culture, world-famous museums, charming neighbourhoods and perhaps most beloved, spectacular food. Each part of the city offers something new and exciting to explore, and we know the best places to go with teens no matter their interest.
Here we have listed our favorite activities for teenagers in Athens!
BEST ATHENS TOURS FOR TEENS: HISTORY & GREEK MYTHOLOGY
For history and mythology buffs (and for everyone else too!) a visit to the sacred hill of the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum is a MUST. Everyone visiting Athens wants to climb the Acropolis, and we are sure your teen will want that too.
That amazing citadel at the heart of the Greek capital with the remains of spectacular temples, the most well known of which is the Parthenon. The Parthenon is a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, the patron of the city. As one of the finest monuments on the Acropolis, it was built between 447 and 438 BC. While the Doric temple remained unchanged until the 5th century AD, it was converted into a church, before becoming a mosque under Turkish rule.
To make the most out of your visit to the Acropolis, we recommend booking a guided tour. A guide can truly bring the site to life and answer all your questions.
Classic Acropolis Tour for Teens
Our Classic Acropolis Tour and Acropolis Museum give you a chance to explore the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum in Athens with an expert state-licensed guide. This 4-hour tour Acropolis Tour including the Acropolis Museum ensures you see and experience the most important aspects of these incredible places.
Percy Jackson Tours for Teens (small group and private)
If your teenagers love the Percy Jackson books and films, we recommend you to book our Percy Jackson Mythology Family 1-day Athens tour. Your family will visit the most important Greek archaeological sites in Athens and get a better understanding of the places mentioned in the Percy Jackson books. This tour includes the Acropolis, the treasures of the Acropolis Museum, and the magical Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion.
If you want to experience these important places but cannot devote a whole day, you can still book separate Percy Jackson tours (small group or private).
Percy Jackson Tour of the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum
During our Percy Jackson Tour of the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum (small group) you get to visit the Acropolis and Acropolis museum in the company of 3-4 other families (max 15 people). You will be shown around the very heart of Ancient Athens by our specialized guide. Along the way, you will learn about the history of the Acropolis and Athens, listen to Greek Myths from the past, and visit places mentioned in the Percy Jackson books.
Our Percy Jackson small group tour to the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum stands leagues apart from other tours of the Acropolis. The focus is very much on a personalized experience, and for this reason, we strictly limit the numbers of each group to just 3 or 4 other families.
In addition, the tours have been created specifically with families in mind. We’ve carefully hand-picked our Percy Jackson guides for their kid-friendly personalities, knowledge of Ancient Greece, and passion for storytelling. In a friendly atmosphere, your teens will quickly make friends with others on the tour, and everyone will enjoy a memorable and unique experience in Athens.
We believe that good storytelling is a powerful way to engage both teenagers and adults during our Percy Jackson tours of the Acropolis. By sharing the myths and legends attached to the Acropolis, you will feel a part of the story as you walk through the past. Our guides will even explain where scenes from the Percy Jackson books took place, as well as where the inspiration for the novels and films came from.
As you marvel at the Parthenon and look down over the city of Athens, our guide will tell you everything about the fascinating competition between Poseidon and Athena to become the patron of the city!
During this tour, the guide will also show you around the Acropolis museum, explaining how the ancient Greek statues were not white but were actually painted, and point out carvings that represent Greek Mythology. Remember to ask our guide about the Magic Sphere of Helios when you are there – it is one of the most curious pieces in the museum!
We’re sure you will love the energy and passion of our Percy Jackson tour of the Acropolis and Acropolis museum. If you would like to find out more, please contact the Kids Love Greece team today about available dates and pricing.
If you prefer a private experience, please look at our Private Mythology Tours inspired by Percy Jackson.
Percy Jackson Tour of the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion
For Cape Sounio and the Temple of Poseidon, we recommend the Percy Jackson Tour of the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion. This tour is a half-day small group tour to Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon and a must-do activity for families who love the Percy Jackson books as much as we do! In the company of 2 or 3 other like-minded families, you will explore the highlights of the Athens Riviera, stop for plenty of photos, enjoy a swim, and then head to our final destination – The magnificent Temple of Poseidon.
The Temple of Poseidon tour is designed so that you are able to experience the sunset at this remarkable archaeological site. Before that though, there are some fun hours ahead! After pick-up from Athens, we will take you along the Athens Riviera – the coastline that stretches on to Cape Sounion to soak up the views.
We will also make a stop for swimming but no need to be concerned that the water may not be warm enough at the time of year. If the water’s cold, we can take you to Vouliagmeni thermal lake instead. These relaxing waters are warm at any time of year.
In the afternoon, you will arrive at the Temple of Poseidon on the very edge of Cape Sounion. This ancient Greek temple has stood here for thousands of years, and is in an almost magical position with incredible views. Your Percy Jackson fans will love the temple of Percy’s father, and they should wonder if the temple is part of a ‘Sacred Triangle’. As the sun begins to sink lower in the sky, you have some free time to enjoy the temple and views as the horizon changes colour. Each sunset at the Temple of Poseidon is different, and whether you want to go Instagram crazy or simply sit their and admire nature at its finest, we know you’ll all love it.
This Percy Jackson Tour of the Temple of Poseidon is offered in a small group format, which means that 3 or 4 other families will also be on the tour. We like to keep the numbers small so that you enjoy a personalized experience.
Would you like to find out more about our Percy Jackson tours of Greece? We offer day trips and vacation packages specifically designed just for you, guaranteeing a unique and memorable experience in Greece. Contact our team today through the online chatbox, or take a look at our ‘Design Your Own Trip‘ page to get started!
CREATIVITY FOR TEENS
Greek Mythology Comics Workshop
For the arty teens who love to get hands, we recommend a Greek Mythology Comics Workshop. This workshop is inspired by one of the most fascinating stories of Greek mythology, that of Theseus’ great battle with the Minotaur in the labyrinth of Knossos.
During the first part of the workshop, teens are being introduced to the basics of comics. After this first contact with comics’ main principles and together with a comic book artist, they put themselves in the hero’s shoes and “revive” in a piece of paper Theseus adventures step by step. As time flows, teens see their favorite tale being transformed into a comic!
Athens Pottery Workshop for Teens
Teens will also like a pottery class. In a workshop in Plaka, the historic neighborhood of Athens, they can get their hands dirty while creating their own Greek pottery souvenir. For more information, contact the Kids Love Greece team.
Athens Street Art Tour for Teens
Street art is something extremely appealing to teens and Athens has plenty of that! Athens has become one of the most interesting cities in Europe for street art and this urban art scene continues to blossom.
Actually, you will be amazed at how graffiti art has taken over Athens; there are over 2,000 graffiti in Athens! No wonder why New York Times calls Athens “a contemporary Mecca for street art in Europe”! If you want to get a very good look at all the street art spread over Athens and learn more about the artists and their inspiration, we recommend you book our Street Art Tour for teens.
PHOTOGRAPHY FOR TEENS
Kids grow up with a camera in their hands these days and they love creating posts for social media. We believe that our photo workshops are a great way to teach teens more about Athens and about the technical aspects of photography.
Family Postcards from Athens Riviera
The Family postcards from the Athens Riviera connects to the true essence of Greece in a private experiential photography experience. This activity has a duration of 5 hours – just enough to catch both the peaking and dwindling light of the day on the Athens Riviera. Included in the tour is a visit to the architectonically impressive Cultural Centre of Athens and the majestic Cape Sounion with its Poseidon Temple on the southernmost tip of Attica.
Photo Adventure in the Acropolis Museum
During the Photo Adventure in the Acropolis Museum, you will venture into one of the most important museums of the world to discover its world-famous sculptures. During this hunt for masterpieces, you will find out more about how the sculptures have been created and the incredible stories behind them. The workshop is guided by a professional photographer enabling you and your teen to see the museum’s sculptures through his eyes. By doing so, not only will you learn about ancient Greek art, but you will also improve your photography skills and learn art photography.
Photo Hunt in Athens
Our Photo Hunt in Athens takes you outside where you will hunt for photos of hotspots and unique Athenian landmarks that connect ancient with modern history. Your teens will love exploring the old and new parts of the city and get inspired by various historical eras while improving their photography skills and learning new styles under the guidance of a professional photographer.
During this Photo Hunt you and your family will learn about Athenian history and myths as well as shoot photos of its monuments, practice working with light, and improve your overall photography skills. You will visit the stadium of the first Olympics in modern history, the largest Greek temple of the ancient world, and even a picturesque island-like neighborhood inside of Athens!
You will also have time for a refreshment in the city’s old town and talk about your new skills. Finally, you can create your own ‘visual souvenirs’ to take home with you to print or frame.
LET’S GET ACTIVE
Olympic Games Workout
For active teens, we recommend the Olympic Games Workout activity. This fun and immersive experience include a visit to the Olympic stadium, and if they wish, also the museum to see memorabilia from all the Modern Olympic Games as well as a workout.
This unforgettable bonding experience is about learning about the Ancient Olympic Games before participating in stretching exercises and throwing discus and javelin using traditional techniques. Don’t you want to go racing around an Olympic track? Standing on the winner’s podium at the end makes a great story for friends and family!
See Athens by Bike
Biking around Athens is an alternative way of exploring the city while getting some exercise at the same time. Durin our See Athens by Bike we offer a fully customizable city tour in which we can create a route that takes you around the main historic sites, stops at a local coffee shop and reveals some hidden secrets. Our guides are keen to share their knowledge of the city and will make sure everyone has a good and safe time.
First time in Athens? If you have never visited Athens before, we offer a suggested biking route around the heart of Athens. The route uses quiet roads and traffic-free areas, and our guide will make sure to avoid steep uphill sections. The biking is led at a nice relaxed pace, ensuring there is plenty of time for (Instagram) photos, and to soak up the city vibe along the way.
Outdoor Escape Room
A very different but active way to explore Athens is during the Escape Room Game, for teens who want to combine action with culture. ‘Solve the Anafiotika Riddle’, is an outdoor escape game adventure in the streets of Athens. Unlike any other escape room game, this is a unique year-round adventure for families who visit Athens.
Instead of being locked in a room, you will be solving riddles and puzzles while walking and exploring neighborhoods such as Plaka and Anafiotika in the historic center of Athens. During this activity, you and your teen will learn all about the history of magnificent landmarks and take amazing Instagram photos.
ATHENS FOR TEEN FOODIES
Greek Cooking Family Workshop
For teens who love food (and who doesn’t?!) we organize Greek Cooking Family Workshops. An unforgettable culinary experience, full of Greek flavors and scents that takes place in the famous central market of Athens, known as ‘Varvakeios’. Your experienced food instructor will help you select all the ingredients you will need so as to prepare a tasty Greek lunch. Socializing with the local vendors and discovering the meaning of the Greek bargaining ‘temperament’ is one of the highlights of this culinary experience.
After shopping, you will head to the kitchen of a traditional Greek restaurant located in the heart of Athens where a Greek chef will welcome you with a shot of raki and show you what Greek hospitality really feels like. After, it’s time to pull up your sleeves and transform yourselves into Greek chefs!
During this culinary trip, you and your teens will have the opportunity to create your own authentic Greek salad, various traditional appetizers such as tzatziki and cheese pie, and of course a traditional main course. After, you will sit with your family around the table and savor the ‘fruits of your efforts’ accompanied by a glass of homemade wine.
Baklava Baking and Cheese Pie Making Workshops
Besides this standard cooking workshop, we also have variations such as a Baklava Baking Session and a Cheese Pie and Greek Frappé workshop. These workshops take place at the houses of local people and are a great chance to meet insiders and to learn more about authentic Greek culture.
Mythology Food Tour
Not in the mood to cook? Join a food tour! During our Mythology Food Tour in Athens, you will taste some of the most incredible Greek foods and also learn about the food of the Gods and Ancient Greeks while passing from monuments and pretty neighborhoods.
Athens Vegetarian Food Tour
If your teen is a vegetarian, book our Vegetarian Food Tour for families. Luckily, vegetarianism is no new thing to Greece as it has been a part of the culture since classical ancient times and still is today. It is an essential part of the Greek Orthodox religious calendar where specific days and weeks of the year are given over to fasting, particularly during Great Lent – the 40 days before Easter.
You will certainly be spoiled for choice as our guide introduces you to Greek vegetarian cuisine. Fava beans, olives, stuffed tomatoes and peppers, stuffed vine leaves, veggie croquettes, pies, yogurt, honey – the list is endless. We guarantee you a great foodie experience during this Athens vegetarian food tour full of enthusiasm and inspiration!
DAY TRIPS FROM ATHENS
Sailing in the Athens Riviera
If your teen is into chilling and sunbathing, why not combine that with a beautiful sailing trip along the Athens Riviera and see another side of Athens?
On our luxurious catamaran, you will relax on the deck and feel the light sea breeze and the warmth of the sun while you sail off into the crystal blue waters of the Athens Riviera. As this sailing adventure is a small group activity, your teen may even make new friends! Tell your teen to have a camera ready and capture all these memorable moments with this beautiful background, Instagram worthy!
For a city escape to a Greek island, we recommend the most trendy of the Saronic: Hydra! With our Family Day Trip to Hydra from Athens your teen can experience an actual island-hopping adventure during your time in Athens.
Beautiful Hydra is a traffic-free island with a laid-back atmosphere and beautiful shops and cafés. The picturesque main port town has many fine 18th century buildings, traditional fishing vessels in the harbor, and pretty alleyways. You will be guided to the best places on the island by friendly hosts and combine a beach day with sightseeing. Means of transport on the island are horses and the iconic water taxis!
Teens will love Hydra Town with its artist’s workshops and boutique shops. Plenty of time for shopping and tasting local sweets!
Delphi Day Trip from Athens
Delphi is one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece and a must-visit for any mythology-loving teen. If your base is Athens, we recommend you to visit Delphi by Day Trip from Athens. We organize small group tours and private trips.
Delphi is located in the beautiful foothills of Mount Parnassos and was once the place of the famous oracle of the ancient Greek world. The ancient Greeks considered this place to be the navel of the earth. You will see monuments such as the Athenian Treasury, the Theatre, the Temple of Apollo, the Navel of the Earth, the Sacred Way, the Apollo Temple, and many more!
In the Delphi Archaeological Museum, your family can admire unique treasures such as the world-famous bronze Charioteer, the Naxian Sphinx and the Statue of Antinous, and other masterpieces of classical Greek art.
Percy Jackson Tour of Delphi – Day Trip from Athens
If your teen is into the Percy Jackson books and movies, have a look at our Percy Jackson Tour of Delphi – Day Trip from Athens. The guides on these themed tours have been specifically chosen for their fun and knowledgeable approach, so you can be sure that this is a tour that your teen including the entire family will enjoy!
There’s an emphasis on interactivity, including puzzles, games, and of course storytelling. Everyone’s energy and enthusiasm will be kept high throughout the day! This day trip to Delphi includes the UNESCO Site of Delphi as well as the accompanying museum. At the end of this tour, you will all know a lot more about Ancient Greece, the role of the Oracle, and perhaps find some deeper meaning behind the Greek Gods and Mythology.
Exploring Nafplion: walking and biking tour
Take your teen on a day trip to Nafplion and find out more about the history of Greece. Nafplion is the first capital of Greece and a beautiful town full of historic buildings and monuments.
If you want to explore the town in an active way, why not book a bike tour? Our brand new Nafplion biking activity is great for active families who want to combine history, spectacular views over the mountains and sea, and spending fun and biking together. We also organize guided walking tours and cooking lessons in Nafplion.
Need more inspiration for your family trip with teenagers to Athens? Contact the Kids Love Greece today and get our insider tip and information for fun things to do with your teens in Athens and other destinations in Greece!
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