What is included
- All transfers
- 3 nights stay in Athens
- 3 nights stay in Santorini
- 6 breakfasts
- 1 private tour
- Ferry tickets
Why take the family to Athens & Santorini ?
You might have heard that Athens is not the most kid friendly city in the world. Additionally, there are plenty of other Greek islands that are more kid friendly than Santorini. However, with our advice you will enjoy a wonderful family holiday in both places.
Your children will love playing in the little alleyways in the centre of Athens and they will simply love the delicious delicacies sold at the street stalls. Everyone will fall in love with Santorini and its breathtaking sunsets. You will also be impressed by the friendliness of locals towards children – Greeks simply adore kids.
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, the 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 delicacies 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!
Highlights for Parents
- An insight to the Golden Age of Pericles in the Acropolis hills
- Relax and enjoy a Greek coffee in a traditional café, called ‘kafenio’,
- Breathe in some fresh Cycladic air and swim in the refreshing Aegean sea
Highlights for Kids
- They will enjoy dishes made with local fresh ingredients and yummy desserts
- They will feel like little adventurers when they climb up the hill to the Acropolis
- They will get excited with a real volcano and a beach with volcanic sand
What to expect
You will stay at a central hotel in Athens 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. 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 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 and Santorini 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:
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 out 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 McArthur 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 the 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 you can’t be bothered to pick out a family friendly restaurant, let us know and we can happily pick it for you.
What about Santorini’s prehistoric town and volcano?
Take your time to enjoy 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 would recommend you 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 will be 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.
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.
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, but the water drops off very steeply at most 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 excursion or a 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 find time to visit Oia which is the most famous place from where to take in the sunset!
Note: We can organize these visits for you. We can also arrange transport to take you to a kid friendly beach.
A last stroll in Santorini
If you have time, head out for a last stroll after breakfast. We feel sure that you’ll be sad to leave this beautiful island but take the kids minds off the departure by asking them to take a few more photos, look out for dolphins in the sea, or take a note book and crayons and ask them to draw the most beautiful sunset they saw. Add some excitement with a few stories about volcanos and Greek mythology, not forgetting to reward their efforts with ice cream and crepes!
Now, unfortunately, it’s time to take the ferry back to Athens (Piraeus). Transport will be arranged to take you from your hotel to the port, and likewise you will be met in Piraeus and taken to the airport.
We won’t say ‘goodbye’ but ‘see you again soon’!