What is included
- All transfers
- 3 nights stay in Athens
- 3 nights stay in Santorini
- 4 nights stay in Crete
- 10 breakfasts
- 1 private tour
- All ferry & plane tickets
Why take the family to Athens, Santorini and Crete ?
Our 11-day Family Vacation Package in Greece is your ticket to a truly unforgettable family holiday! Your family adventure will start from Athens, the epitome of civilization and continue to the romantic island of Santorini before spending the final few days in Crete, the most child friendly island of Greece.
Your children will love playing around in the little alleyways in the centre in Athens and they will love the delicious delicacies sold at the street stalls. Everyone will fall in love with Santorini and its breathtaking views.
As for Crete, they will definitely enjoy their stay in Heraklion, the hub of Crete that offers a plethora of activities for kids, all within few kilometers. Moreover it is a vibrant town full of shops, cafeterias and tavernas.
- Crete (Heraklion)
Athens is well known as the birthplace of democracy, and home of the famous Acropolis and Parthenon. It is also a city full of hidden secrets waiting to be revealed. In the company of experienced guides who help bring each site alive with stories and legends over 3000 years old, you will see the main highlights and attractions. The Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, the Ancient Agora and more will all be revealed in their glory. Besides all the magnificent archaeological sites, Athens has so many other family-friendly attractions you could enjoy with your kids. Walking with your family in the city centre will give you an opportunity to get an authentic taste of Athens’ city life! Plaka, Monastiraki, Psyrri are only just a few of the lovely neighbourhoods you could visit with your family. At the various small taverns and restaurants in the area you could enjoy a wide variety of authentic Greek specialties both you and your kids will love! In addition, your kids will simply love a family visit to the Attica Zoo Park! The park has more than 350 animal species, and half of these species are endangered. It is a really lovely place for an excursion with the family while visiting Athens. If you wish to enjoy some shopping in Athens you could combine Attica Zoo Park with a visit to the nearby Mc Arthur Glen Mall, a shopping paradise for the whole family!
Santorini is a dream destination for every traveler— it is even included in the ‘1000 Places to See Before You Die’ famous travel book by Patricia Schultz. The island itself is simply unique, starting from its moon-like shape, result of the devastating volcano eruption! The Akrotiri Excavations, the oldest prehistoric settlement on the Aegean Sea, the famous volcano, the crater of which still seems to be active with hot fumes being released in many points, the bizarre volcanic beaches and last but not least the magnificent sunset of Oia, one of the most famous sunsets in the world are some of the beauties of Santorini you will enjoy with your family during this amazing tour in Greece!
Heraklion is the capital city of the Greek island Crete, and is an ideal place to be based in order to explore the island. Not far away is Knossos, which is the most famous archaeological site on the island. It is from here that the legendary King Minos was said to have ruled, with his power stretching far and wide. Knossos is also said to have been the home of the famous Labyrinth where the Minotaur lived. Will you be able to find a trace of it here? The archaeological museum of Heraklion is another interesting place to visit. There are exhibits and artefacts dating back over 6000 years of age. There is also a famous object called the Phaistos Disc which has mysterious writing on it. Until today, known has deciphered what the writing means. Perhaps the kids can solve the mystery during your visit? Heraklion itself is also worthy of time spent exploring its streets. The quaint architecture mixes together Venetian walls, Byzantine churches, and fortresses to produce something unique. Our family-friendly guide will give you an ‘insider’s’ look to Heraklion, taking you through markets and quiet streets that other tourists seldom get to see. Besides Heraklion city centre you will also get the chance to visit the traditional village of Archanes, one of the most charming village near Heraklion, a beautiful local winery and the ‘anthropomorphic’ mountain of Giouchtas.
Highlights for Parents
- An insight to the Golden Age of Pericles in the Acropolis hills
- Breathe in some fresh Cycladic air and swim in the refreshing Aegean sea
- Discover the diverse landscape of Crete and it’s proud people
Highlights for Kids
- They will feel like little adventurers when they climb up the hill to the Acropolis
- They will get excited with visiting a real volcano and a beach with volcanic sand
- Kids will love the Dinosauria Park, the Cretaquarium, and the Labyrinth Park in Crete
What to expect
You will stay at a central hotel in Athens and Heraklion and at a hotel in Santorini. You can choose your hotel according to your needs (and of course to your budget) from standard accommodation (3-star) to accommodation with added facilities (4-star), or you may prefer luxury accommodation (5-star).
Specifically, the hotels we have selected for you in Athens are: 5*Ledra Marriot Athens /4* Astor/ 3*A for Athens & 360 Degrees Athens. The hotels chosen for you in Santorini include: 5* 9 Muses Hotel /4* Epavlis Hotel/ 3*Astir Thira Hotel. Last but not least the hotels selected for Crete are: 5* Atlantis Hotel /4* Astoria Capsis Hotel/ 3*Kastro Hotel. Please note that if there is no availability at your chosen hotel we will endeavor to carefully choose another with the same star rating.
Keep in mind that all our suggestions are hand-picked family friendly hotels so that your children are comfortable and benefit to the maximum.
You will also visit the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum on a private guided tour and learn more about the birthplace of democracy. All of our tour guides have a lot of experience in guiding families with children and are well able to capture the children’s attention. We can assure you that all the family will get the most out of this experience.
Please note that apart from the included tour to the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum, we offer additional child friendly tours and activities in Athens, Santorini and Crete customised to your family needs. To find out more about our child friendly tours in Athens click here. To find out more about our child friendly activities in Athens click here.
Discover the Journey day by day
- Day 1:
- Day 2:
The Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum
- Day 3:
- Day 4:
- Day 5:
Santorini: Akrotiri Excavations, Volcano
- Day 6:
- Day 7:
- Day 8:
Heraklion, Crete: the Palace of Knossos
- Day 9:
- Day 10:
Heraklion, Crete: Archanes village
- Day 11:
Heraklion, Crete: city center
Enjoy the heart of Athens
We will arrange your transfer from Eleftherios Venizelos airport to your hotel. The first day is at your leisure as we understand you might want to get some rest seeing as you will have had a long journey.
However, if you have arrived at a convenient time you may want to see a bit of Athens even on this first day. You can enjoy a stroll in the city centre, perhaps taking in Syntagma Square and the Greek Parliament. Alternatively, you could visit Plaka and Monastiraki, two of the most beautiful neighbourhoods of the city centre. You will soon realize that both are a sightseeing paradise where historical monuments blend harmoniously with city life.
We can recommend family friendly restaurants in the centre for when you feel peckish – or even book one for you.
An insight to the Golden Age of Pericles
After breakfast we will take you to the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum. The tour is private, specially designed for families, and lasts for 3 hours. Walking time is 40 approximately minutes. Don’t worry that the children will get bored or tired as our guide will keep them interested and entertained.
If you want to take your family visit to the Acropolis to a completely different level, we highly recommend the amazing Acropolis’ 3D app for families. The Acropolis 3D app is actually a virtual time traveling gadget that will make you feel you have become part of the glorious era of the Golden Age of Pericles. With the use of mini iPads, you will be able to zoom in and out, and get a closer view to all the details of the monuments as they used to be in ancient times.
There are some more kid friendly tours that we suggest. Click here to find our our favourite list.
After the tour you can visit the neighbourhood of Psyrri for some seriously delicious Mediterranean food. There are traditional tavernas and some of them have live Greek folklore music. If you want us to book a kid friendly restaurant for you, just let us know.
Discovering more of Athens!
The day is yours to do as you please. After breakfast why not head off to the Attica Zoo which is the largest zoo in Greece. The zoo has more than 350 animal species including everything from exotic animals to Greek fauna, and the brown bear is the main attraction. Make sure you see the dolphin show which your children will just love.
You can combine this with a visit to the nearby Mc Arthur Glen Mall. It is a shopping paradise for all the family and also has interesting architecture as it is one of the few open-air malls in Europe. Additionally, you’ll find several kid friendly restaurants if you fancy a spot of lunch.
If you want to see a bit more of Athens and feel you have the time, click on the link here to find out more about our kid friendly activities.
Time to hop on a ferry and go to Santorini
Are you ready to move on to Santorini? After breakfast you will take the ferry to Santorini, one of the most popular islands of Greece and world famous for its incredible sunsets.
You and your little fellows may feel a bit tired when you get there and you might just want to relax at your hotel. Afterwards, take a stroll and get familiar with your bearings – the kids will undoubtedly feel excited to discover their new surroundings.
Enjoy a lazy coffee or a rich Mediterranean dinner as you look out at the endless sea which lies in front of you. If it’s too much effort to pick out a family friendly restaurant just let us know and we can happily pick it for you.
What about Santorini’s prehistoric town and volcano?
Take your time to have a nice breakfast at the hotel and make plans for the day. After all, you need to discover Santorini’s history and its famous volcano.
We recommend you to visit the Akrotiri Excavations, one of the most important prehistoric settlements of the Aegean that dates back to the Late Neolithic times (at least the 4th millennium BC). The city remains intact due to its volcanic activity and to date only 3% is excavated.
The site is covered by a pergola which makes it cool and airy. This is really helpful on a hot summer day as it keeps the kids comfortable from the heat. You could make your visit seem like a small adventure and pretend to travel back in time when the settlement was full of life. You definitely need the services of a guide as only limited information is provided.
You can either book a family friendly private tour with us, or find a guide on site.
Another alternative is to visit the famous volcano of Santorini. It is renowned for its spectacular caldera surrounded by steep colourful cliffs and endless sea. The journey to the volcano can be quite hot, especially in the summer, but provided your children can stand the heat it is worth it. You will be soon compensated by the hot springs and mud bath that follow straight after.
Note: We can organize these visits for you. We can also arrange lunch or dinner to kid friendly restaurants serving delicious food.
Santorini - so much to do, so much to see
You might want to have a lazy day or maybe you still have the energy to discover more.
Whatever you wish, we can organize the day to suit your needs or give you useful information on how to do it on your own.
Santorini is not famous for its kid friendly beaches but if you enjoy swimming we suggest Monolithos beach. It is probably the most kid friendly beach of the island with lots of sand and shallow water. Perissa and Kamari also have pretty beaches. The water shelves steeply at many of the beaches.
Head to the beach early before the crowds arrive and the sand heats up. We highly recommend water shoes for the kids.
A one day round the island coach trip or one day boat trip could be another interesting choice. Alternatively you could make your little fellows happy with a visit to the Industrial Tomato Museum, the Waterpark, or the Art Space – Wine Museum.
Make sure you make the time to visit Oia, especially in the evening. It is built on a cliff side from where you can see the most spectacular sunsets. Strolling through the narrow streets might not seem kid friendly but there are ways of making it appealing to your children. Ask them to take pictures or take a note book and crayons and ask them to draw a spectacular sunset. Add some excitement with a few stories about volcanos and Greek mythology. And of course, do not forget the ice cream and crepes as a reward for their effort!
Note: We can organize these visits for you. We can also arrange transport to take you to a kid friendly beach.
Ready for Crete? Get ready to hop on another ferry!
Crete is not so far from Santorini so the journey won’t be too tiring for your little travelers.
Once you have had a little rest you could head out and take a walk along the Heraklion waterfront, next to the blue sea and with islet of Dia in the background. Next stop will be the Venetian harbour with the famous fortress of Koules. Your children will love exploring and you will certainly enjoy taking in your new surroundings. Walk up the ’25th of August’ pedestrian street until you see the open central market.
The centre of Heraklion offers several kid friendly restaurants with delicious Cretan specialties that we definitely suggest you try – ‘Bon appetite!’
If you want us to organize a kid friendly lunch or dinner for you, just let us know.
It’s time to visit the majestic Palace of Knossos
Enjoy your breakfast and get ready to visit one of the wonders of Greece, the Palace of Knossos. It is not only one of the most important historical sites in Greece but also in all of Europe.
Let the Prince of the Lilies and the Blue Ladies guide you through the palace’s maze and take you back in time to the magical era of King Minos, Princess Ariadne and Minotaur, the mythical monster.
A really useful download is our ‘Kids Love Knossos’ mobile application which was specially designed for children. Through fairytale narrative the ins and outs of the Palace are explained through Glaucus and his little sister Phaedra who will take your kids back to the glorious era of the ancient Minoan civilization. The guide is made up of 16 sections which aim to educate children about Knossos, together with its enchanting myths and glorious heroes.
Did you know that close to Heraklion there are plenty of kid friendly beaches and activities?
Crete has some amazing beaches as well as its important culture. Close to Heraklion there are plenty of kid friendly beaches such as Lygaria, Saradaris, or the beach in front of the Knossos Beach Hotel.
A visit to Saradaris beach can be easily combined with a visit to the Labyrinth Park which is only 30 minutes away from Heraklion. At this theme park there are numerous activities for your children, such as rides on electric quad bikes, archery, a pottery workshop, mini golf, a mini farm, horse riding, as well as an eco garden. Test their sense of orientation in the winding paths of the labyrinth, the main attraction, and be encompassed with myths and heroes of ancient Knossos.
Another idea is to spend a couple of hours at the beach in front of Knossos Beach Hotel then later on visit the Riding School in Minoiki Avli, or visit the Cretaquarium. Your children will definitely enjoy the horse riding experience and you can just sit back and take in the beautiful surroundings.
Cretaquarium, on the other hand, is one of the most modern aquariums in Europe. It has 100 observation points from where you can see more than 2,500 marine species. Your children are sure to love the scary sharks and the touch tanks.
Note: We can organize these visits for you. We can also arrange transport to take you to a kid friendly beach.
Are you up for a mini trekking excursion to a traditional Cretan village?
While in Crete why not go slightly off the beaten and try something less touristy. You could visit the ‘anthropomorphic’ mountain of Giouchtas near Heraklion, with its wild beauty. According to legend, Giouchtas is the home of Zeus’ tomb. The ascent is relatively short so it shouldn’t take you very long to reach the top. The mountain path starts at Archanes and elevates through pine trees and cypresses, rocks and brush woods.
Stop at the traditional village of Archanes on your way back. This charming village is famous for its traditional food and wine and is extremely popular with locals, especially on a Sunday when families gather from surrounding villages to enjoy lunch together. There are plenty of highly recommended restaurants that are also kid friendly.
Another great activity for parents who enjoy wine is to visit the Rhous or Paterianakis winery. They are both located near Archanes. Don’t worry as to whether or not the kids will enjoy the visit as they will be enthralled to learn how the grapes magically turn into wine.
A last stroll in Crete...
If your departure time allows for a last stroll in Heraklion, enjoy your breakfast but make sure you leave room for some famous ‘bougatsa’ (Greek typical sweet with cream and pastry) at Lion’s Square. Visit the Archeological Museum or the Historical Museum of Crete to get familiar with island’s glorious history and people. Moreover, children can learn about the history of Crete through fun puzzles and games via use of the special ‘route for children’.
We will arrange your transfer to the airport for your flight back to Athens.
We won’t say ‘goodbye’ but ‘see you again soon’!