The Acropolis Museum
Sounion/Temple of Poseidon
Delphi archaeological site
Ancient Olympia (optional)
Knossos, Heraklion Museum, and City Walk
Cave of Zeus and Lassithi Plateau
What is included
Private family tours to: The Acropolis, The Acropolis Museum, Sounion/Temple of Poseidon, Delphi archaeological site, Ancient Corinth and Epidaurus, Mycenae and Nafplio, Ancient Olympia (optional), Palace of Knossos, Herakion Archaeological Museum, Heraklion City Stroll, Cave of Zeus, Lassithi Plateau
Gazing at the breathtaking view of Athens from the sacred hill of the Acropolis
The magnificent Parthenon
The Caryatids' Porch of the Erechtheion on the Acropolis
The Acropolis 3D app: a virtual time traveling gadget you must try!
Listening to myths and stories while admiring the Parthenon
Becoming part of the glorious era of the Golden Age of Pericles via using the Acropolis 3D app
The Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus, built at the foot of the Athenian Acropolis
Discovering ancient treasures!
Admiring the magnificent hill of the Acropolis!
The new Acropolis Museum! An architectural jewel filled with treasures!
The impressive entrance of the New Acropolis Museum
Discovering the treasures of the Acropolis Museum
Admiring the beautiful Temple of Poseidon at Sounion
Enjoy a simply unique sunset from the Temple of Poseidon
The archaeological site of Delphi
Ancient Delphi, the so called "centrer of the earth"!
Playing around the archaeological site of Delphi
The famous Corinth Canal
The beautiful Temple of God Apollo in ancient Corinth
The Theatre of ancient Epidaurus, marveled for its exceptional design and acoustics
Another view from the magnificent Theatre of ancient Epidaurus
Our family visit to the glorious Mycenae is about to begin!
The imposing Lion Gate of Ancient Mycenae
Exploring the magnificent archaeological site of Mycenae
And our exploration of ancient Mycenae continues...
Admiring the ancient treasures at the Archaeological Museum of Mycenae
The beautiful Bourtzi Castle at Nafplio
Nafplio, one of the most romantic cities of Greece
The beautiful beachfront of Nafplio
Enjoying a relaxing stroll in the beautiful narrow streets of Nafplio
Admiring Nafplio from above...
A family visit to Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games
Having fun during your own family mini Olympics!
Views from the beautiful site of ancient Olympia
Exploring ancient Olympia
A family walk among ancient treasures at ancient Olympia
Imposing statues, stunningly displayed in Archaeological Museum of ancient Olympia
There are so many things to discover at the Archaeological Museum of ancient Olympia!
Admiring the impressive exhibits at the Archaeological Museum of ancient Olympia
The glorious Palace of Knossos!
South Propylaeum, the South Entrance to the Minoan Palace of Knossos
Wondering where the labyrinth is...
The famous 'Prince Of Lillies' at the Palace of Knossos
Beautiful fresco inside Queen Pasiphae's room
Listening to stories and legends from the glorious Minoan era
Admiring king Minos' throne inside the famous 'Throne Room'
The world famoys 'Bull-leaping' (taurokathapsia) fresco at the Palace of Knossos
Admiring the ancient treasures from the Minoan era in the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion
Trying to crack the code of the ancient ‘Phaistos Disk
Exploring Diktaean Andron, the Cave of mighty Zeus!
A panoramic view of the magnificent Lassithi Plateau
A family mythology vacation package inspired by Percy Jackson
Experience a family adventure around Greece, during a Percy Jackson Mythology Family Tour 7-day Package.
Become the next Percy Jackson as our guides lead you to mysterious ancient ruins, tell tales of mighty heroes, and take you to a cave where Zeus himself is said to have lived!
Visit some of the most impressive Greek archaeological sites such as:
The glorious Mycenae, and
Book our Percy Jackson Mythology Family Trip 7-day Package and spend a simply unique vacation in Greece with the family!
- The Acropolis
- The Acropolis Museum
- The Temple of Poseidon at Sounion
- The archaeological site of Delphi
- The ancient city of Corinth
- The magnificent Epidaurus
- The glorious Mycenae
- The beautiful city of Nafplio
- The historical ancient Olympia (optional)
- The Palace of Knossos
- Dikteon Andron (Zeus Cave) and Lassithi Plateau
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.
The Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, is a place with a unique aura and majestic views. There are also countless myths and legends associated with this temple, which the kids will love and be amazed at, especially the ones with Theseus and his father Aegeus.
After this tour, you will know exactly where and why the Aegean got its name! The excursion to the temple ends with a spectacular sunset. It is easy to see why the Ancient Greeks found this place so special!
Located in the foothills of Mount Parnassos, Delphi was an important religious center in ancient times. It was here that the famous Oracle of Delphi could be consulted, with people travelling many hundreds of miles to receive her wisdom.
There are countless myths and legends associated with this place, and even just visiting it, you can sense the wonder and harmony of the surrounding area. Our guides will help explain it all, describing why it was considered to be the Navel of the World, and why there were athletic contests held there.
The mythical peninsula of Argolis in the Peloponnese, is an area where ancient history and legends create a bewitching mythological mosaic.
During our daily excursion in Argolis you will be given the opportunity to visit:
- The famous Corinth Canal, similar to the Panama Canal but on a much smaller scale.
- The archaeological site of ancient Corinth, where according to Greek mythology Jason, the leader of the Argonauts, and the notorious Medea lived. Ancient Corinth is also the place where Saint Paul lived for 2 years.
- The Archaeological Museum of Corinth, full of impressive statues of your kids’ favorite Olympian Gods.
- The magnificent fortress of Acrocorinth with the Temple of Aphrodite, goddess of love.
- The ancient site of Epidaurus, the most famous healing centre of ancient times, dedicated to Asclepius and the Theatre of Epidaurus, marveled for its exceptional design and acoustics.
Mycenae was the kingdom of the legendary Agamemnon, the leader of the Greeks during the Trojan War. A whole era and its civilization have been named after Mycenae.
During this family tour you will be given the opportunity to pass through the glorious Lion Gate, admire the gigantic Cyclopean Walls, and see the mythical treasure in the site’s Archaeological Museum. You can also explore the Treasury of Atreus, the vaulted tomb which was believed to be king Agamemnon’s tomb.
There are many legends connected to Mycenae that will simply fascinate you and your kids. Your specialized tour guide will enchant you with various myths related to the brave kings and heroes of Mycenae, such as Agamemnon, Menelaus, Achilles and many other great warriors. Their achievements constitute a source of inspiration for many writers and poets throughout the centuries, including Homer the famous poet of Iliad and the Odyssey.
Moving on from Mycenae, the next stop would be Nafplio, one of the most romantic and picturesque cities in Greece. The city is famous for the Acronafplia, the beautiful Venetian Castle of Palamidi, and the castle of Bourtzi with its breathtaking view.
A family stroll around the narrow streets of Nafplio will make you feel relaxed and rejuvenated. Enjoy a delicious gelato with your kids, and discuss all the legendary heroes, battles and mythical creatures you had the chance to ‘meet’ during this magnificent mythology family trip in Greece!
Ancient Olympia is a tour that should be included in all travelling itineraries of families visiting Greece.
It is the birthplace of the Olympic Games, the most famous games in history. According to Greek mythology, Hercules, the patron of all mythical Greek heroes and the doorkeeper of Olympus, instituted the first games in honor of Zeus. Legends say that he was the one that fixed the distance of the original race (and ultimately the stadium) by placing one foot in front of the other six hundred times. The sacred olive tree that was later the source of crowns for the Olympic winners was also planted by Hercules.
“You understand nothing. My first family: dead. My life wasted on ridiculous quests. My second wife dead after being tricked into poisoning me and leaving me to a painful demise. And my compensation? I got to become a minor god. Immortal, so I can never forget my pain. Stuck here as a gatekeeper, a doorman, a…a butler for the Olympians. No, you don’t understand…” Hercules said to Jason Grace, the Roman demigod and counselor of Cabin One at Camp Half-Blood, in the Rick Riordan’s book “Mark of Athena”.
During your family visit to Olympia you will discover the true essence of the Olympic Games, the games that aimed at uniting people from all over the world. Besides the imposing stadium and the Olympic torch, your kids will have the opportunity to admire the famous Statue of Zeus, one of the 7 Wonders of the World!
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.
Fans of Percy Jackson will know he has fought this mythological creature several times. 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.
Having the chance to see the cave of Zeus is a MUST for Percy Jackson fans!
The cave, known as the Diktaean Andron, is located high on the Lassithi Plateau. It is said that Zeus was born here, and stayed hidden from his evil father Cronus who wanted to eat him! Visiting the cave, it is easy to understand why the Ancient Greeks found it so special. Stalactites and stalagmites fill the cave, and it has an air of mystery about it. Reaching it can be quite an adventure, as it involves a short but strenuous hike. There are also donkeys available to ride if so desired!
After leaving the cave, you guide will then accompany you in exploring the Lassithi Plateau, and take you to an eco-village. Here, there is the chance to sample local products, and the kids can also visit the animals which include some rare goats.
Highlights for Parents
- Visiting the Acropolis and enjoying the views of Athens
- Watching the magical sunset at the Temple of Poseidon in Sounion
- The calm and peace at Delphi archaeological site
- Admiring Corinth Canal and the impressive fortress of Acrocorinth
- Learning about Asclepius, the ancient Greek god of medicine
- Seeing the glorious Lion Gate and huge Cyclopean Walls at Mycenae
- Listening to a guide recite passages of the Iliad
- Walking around romantic Nafplio
- The chance to visit Olympia, and perhaps challenging the kids to a running race on the track!
- Walking around Knossos, one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe
- Experiencing the cool temperatures in the cave of Zeus
- Trying endless amounts of locally made delicacies!
Highlights for Kids
- Having fun with the interactive games in the Acropolis Museum
- Seeing the Temple by the sea dedicated to Percy Jackson’s father, Poseidon
- Visiting the centre of the world at Delphi, where the prophecies of the Oracle were told.
- Looking at statues of the Olympian Gods which are thousands of years old.
- Playing acoustic games in the Theatre of Epidaurus
- Listening to stories of the siege of Troy
- Racing their parents in a mini Olympic games at Olympia itself.
- The chance to walk around the Labyrinth at Knossos where the Minotaur lived.
- Climbing down into a mysterious cave where Zeus himself was said to have been born.
What to expect
This 7 day family vacation package, is specially designed for fans Ricky Riordan’s Percy Jackson, and lovers of Greek mythology.
Our experienced family-friendly guides will help you enjoy the most of your time in Greece. The highlights of the trip include exploring Athens, Sounion, Delphi, Ancient Corinth, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Nafplio, Heraklion, Knossos, and the Cave of Zeus. We also have optional extras for side trips to Olympia and an entire range of day tours for you to choose from. Bring Ancient Greece to life with our 7 day family mythological vacation package.
Our knowledgeable family-friendly guide will make sure that the whole family is engaged as they show them around the most important historical sites in Greece. Hearing the stories and legends connected to each place, and taking part in interactive games, is the perfect way to experience these ancient sites from the Golden age of Greece.
On mainland Greece, you will stay at a central hotel in Athens and Mycenae. All hotels range from 5 stars to 3 stars. In Crete, we offer accommodation options in Heraklion, Lassithi (Elounda) or Rethymnon in 5-3 star hotels. The trip is flexible, so you can choose in which area you would prefer to stay.
After the trip:
Once you have returned home from this mythological vacation, you and your kids will forever carry Greece in your hearts. The glorious Greek heroes and athletes will continue to represent a source of inspiration, and the strange mythical creatures will trigger your kids imagination …
Our knowledgeable guide will make sure that the whole family is engaged as they show them around the most important historical sites in Greece. Hearing the stories and legends connected to each place, and taking part in interactive games, is the perfect way to experience these ancient sites from the Golden age of Greece.
Note: The Percy Jackson tour to Greece and its promotion are not sponsored by Rick Riordan or Disney*Hyperion and they specifically disclaim any legal obligations or responsibilities for the tour.
Discover the Journey day by day
- Day 1:
Welcome to Athens!
- Day 2:
the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum, Sounion
- Day 3:
- Day 4:
Ancient Corinth and Epidaurus
- Day 5:
Mycenae and Nafplio
- Day 6:
Ancient Olympia (optional)
- Day 6:
Crete: Heraklion (Knossos+Museum in Heraklion+City Stroll)
- Day 7:
Diktaean Andron – Cave of Zeus and Lassithi Plateau
Extras in Crete
Welcome to Athens!
We will arrange your transfer from Eleftherios Venizelos airport to your hotel. Depending on the time of arrival, you might want to either:
Get a quick taste of Athens on this first day (either on your own or under the guidance of one of our local guides, experts in family tours). You can take a relaxing stroll in the city centre, and explore the area near Syntagma Square and the Greek Parliament. If you time your visit ‘on the hour’, you will be able to see the impressive Changing of the Guards ceremony at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament Building.
Take a stroll around some of Athen’s most beautiful neighborhoods such as Plaka, Monastiraki, Anafiotika and Psirri. The kids will love playing around in the little alleyways, socializing with the street vendors at Monastiraki flea market, and tasting various local delicacies sold at the street stalls.
Combine all of the above with our Family Food Tour in Athens. A guide will show you around the historic center of Athens, and lead you to our favorite part of the Greek capital – the Central Market and the hidden culinary gems around it. Get ready as the secrets of Greek gastronomy will be revealed by a local foodie guide! You will taste local delicacies ranging from delicious pies to traditional sweets. You will discover the vivid rhythm of the city, its rich culinary traditions and many local food shops with spices, herbs and the best souvenir ideas! No need for lunch!
If you arrive tired, there’s no need to do anything. After all, it’s your vacation! For when you get hungry, we have a list of family-friendly restaurants you can choose from.
Discover the sacred hill of the Acropolis, the treasures of the Acropolis Museum, and the Temple of Poseidon in Sounion
The first full day of your mythical journey to Greece is finally here! Our family friendly guide will meet you at your hotel after breakfast, and the adventure begins!
Our first stop of the day will be the sacred hill of the Acropolis, “the most ancient temples to the gods, in the middle of Athens…” as Percy Jackson says. It’s a must-see for all travelers visiting Athens. As soon as you climb up the hill, you will be astonished by the magnificent views of the Parthenon. The temple was built during the Golden Age of Pericles, and dedicated to the Olympian Goddess Athena, the city’s patron deity.
The various myths and stories related to the Acropolis and narrated by our experienced guide, will keep your kids captivated! If you are a fan of Percy Jackson, you will also see the spot where Athena (the mother of Annabeth) and Poseidon (the father of Percy) fought.
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.
Our next stop is the Acropolis Museum.
We know that kids are not usually great fans of museums. However we assure you that this is not the case for the Acropolis Museum! With the help of your licensed family guide, kids will be kept engaged by the storytelling behind the artifacts presented in the Acropolis Museum. Furthermore, our guide will make the visit more enjoyable and creative for everyone with interactive games and riddles. There are also many statues of the Gods and Goddesses featured in the Percy Jackson books to find!
This private combined tour of the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum lasts about 3 hours, and is specially designed just for families. Walking time is approximately 40 minutes. There is no need to be concerned that your kids will get bored, as our specialized guide will keep their interest and enthusiasm high with myths, stories, and entertaining interactive games. Since this is a private tour, we always allow time for resting (or a snack) in case you get tired. A quick stop for an ice cream/ frozen yoghurt or a freshly squeezed orange juice is always a big hit!
After your visit to the Acropolis Museum, we can stop for a lunch break at a family-friendly restaurant in the area before heading to Sounion. If you can manage a little longer without lunch though, you can all hop on our minivan and head towards a beautiful seaside fish taverna. After lunch, Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon is our destination, regardless of which option you take.
The temple at Sounion was dedicated to Percy Jackson’s father Poseidon, the god of the sea. According to mythology, the temple of Poseidon was also the place where Aegeus threw himself into the sea when he saw the black sails of the ship, and believed that his son Theseus – who had gone to Knossos to fight the Minotaur – was dead. For this reason the sea was called Aegean Sea. Ask your guide what the sea was called before this to have some fun with them! Watching the sunset from the temple overlooking the sea will definitely be an unforgettable experience for the whole family.
After admiring the sunset, we will take the road back to Athens and drop you off at your hotel. We suggest that you get some rest and prepare yourselves for the next big day!
A visit to Delphi, the 'centre of the earth'
After a good night’s rest and a nutritious Greek breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel and drive to Delphi, where we will continue our exploration of Greece in search of Greek Gods and Myths.
We will reach Delphi’s Archaeological site and Museum after approximately 2.5 hours. Here, you can immerse yourself in the history, and mystery, of this unique place. Even today, it has a special, serene, feeling to it. In ancient times, people would come to Delphi from all over Greece to consult Pythia, the famous Oracle speaker of the prophecies of the god Apollo. They would want to know about visions relating to important matters of public policy, or personal affairs. The Oracle would also be consulted before any kind of important decision was made, such as war or the founding of colonies.
In addition to the spot where the Oracle was said to have given prophecies, there is also an ancient theatre and stadium at Delphi. Here, your guide will ask you to take an imaginary journey back in time, and picture the impressive athletic contests that took place back then.
Feeling empowered with Delphi’s mystical energy we will hop on our minivan and drive back to Athens, where we will spend the night.
Discover the secrets of Ancient Corinth and Epidaurus
We will begin our day’s adventure right after breakfast. We will pick you up from your hotel, and pass through the countryside to reach the first stop at the famous Corinth Canal.
The Corinth Canal, known as the ‘Isthmus of Corinth’, is an impressive narrow land bridge that connects the Peloponnese with the rest of the mainland of Greece. If you are lucky, you may see some brave people bungee jumping over the canal itself!
After a short stop at the Canal we will drive towards Ancient Corinth (approximately 15 minutes drive). According to Greek mythology, Poseidon, Percy Jackson’s Father, disputed the validity of Corinth’s patronage with Helios, the titan ruler of the sun. The issue went to arbitration and Poseidon was given the surrounding land of Isthmia and became the patron god of Corinth.
At the archaeological site of ancient Corinth, you will have the opportunity to see – among others-, the unique monolithic Temple of God Apollo as well as the Roman Forum (Bema), the public platform where St. Paul stood when he preached and taught in Corinth.
You will also get to visit the Archaeological Museum of Corinth. Your kids will be really impressed looking at all their favorite gods as statues, along with the Roman emperors who later held the site.
Our final stop before leaving Corinth will be at the Acrocorinth, where we will visit the Temple of Aphrodite, goddess of love. The imposing fortress at the top of the hill overlooking Ancient Corinth, is the city’s acropolis. Every army though history has held this strategic spot; Greek, Roman, Frank, Persian and Ottoman.
After you admire the beautiful view from the fortress of Acrocorinth, we will continue our mythological journey to Epidaurus. Epidaurus is considered to be the birthplace of medicine and has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site since 1988. It used to be the most popular healing center of ancient times.
Together with your specialized family guide, you will visit the famous Ancient Theatre, the Temples of Artemis and Asclepios, the Tholos, the Enkoimeterion, the Propylaia, the Banqueting Hall, the baths, as well as the sport and hospital facilities.
The Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus is the best preserved ancient theatre in Greece, and it is world famous for its acoustics. While visiting the theatre you could play a really fun game with your kids! Ask them to climb to the stone stairs at the top of the theater and drop a coin. As it is said, the acoustics of the theatre allow for a coin to be heard from the highest seat.
Asclepieion is your next stop after the theatre. It used to be a sacred healing place devoted to god Asclepius, the son of Apollo. Percy Jackson’s fans probably know that Asclepius was one of Athena’s favorites! The Goddess gave him a vial of Gorgon Blood which allowed him to cure any illness, heal any injury, and even bring back the dead. Jason and his friends used the Physician’s Cure, a magic potion given to them by Asclepius, to bring Leo Valdez back to live after a fierce battle with Gaea, the Greek primordial goddess of the Earth.
As soon as we finish our guided tour at Epidaurus we will take the road to Mycenae, the last stop of the day. We will spend the night at a hotel in Mycenae.
Feel the mystic energy of Ancient Mycenae
After you enjoy a delicious family breakfast, prepare yourselves for a magical day of exploration at magnificent Mycenae. According to the myths, when the great king Agamemnon looked out over Mycenae, he felt invincible. Let’s visit this ancient citadel together to find out why…!
The moment we arrive at the archaeological site, you will be blown away by the imposing Lion Gate and its enormous relief sculpture. Your kids will be enchanted by all the narrations about the famous Trojan War led by King Agamemnon of Mycenae and the mighty deeds of Achilles, one of the greatest Greek warriors ever lived. The myth about the Curse of Achilles will simply fascinate them!
In Rick Riordan’s novel, ‘The Last Olympian’, Achilles’ ghost appeared before Percy Jackson to warn him about the dangers of bathing in the River Styx. He explained that if Percy is successful at surviving the bath in the Styx, his prowess in combat would be greater than any other mortal, but his weaknesses would increase as well. Percy admired Achilles; ‘I stunk at Greek names, but even I knew the greatest warrior of all time, who had died from a wounded heel’, Percy said to his friend Nico as the ghost of the Greek warrior appeared before him.
The wider archaeological site really shows off the impressive architecture of the Mycenaeans. After this visit you and your kids will understand why the Mycenaean civilization ranks among the greatest of Europe.
The daily tour closes with a visit to the nearby city of Nafplio where we could enjoy a savory lunch or stop for a refreshing gelato that your kids will surely love. Many consider Nafplio to be one of the most romantic cities in the entire country. Your guide will show you its most beautiful highlights. Together with your kids you will be able to enjoy a leisurely stroll through the old alleyways, and explore every hidden corner of this beautiful city.
If you are feeling energetic we could also arrange for you, upon request, a horse riding excursion. If you feel you need some relaxation after this intense day trip, you could also enjoy a relaxing ancient Greek massage!
Visit Ancient Olympia. This is optional and will add an extra day onto your trip
If all the fascinating stories about the great warriors of the Trojan War and magic potions have boosted your energy and filled you up with mythical power, you might wish to continue your daily excursion to another historical site, that of ancient Olympia.
Ancient Olympia is the birthplace of the Olympic Games, where athletes competed against one another thousands of years ago, to see who was the strongest or fastest man in the ancient world.
During this visit you will learn about the religious importance of the games, see where the athletes lived and exercised and where the Olympic torch was lit. Furthermore, you will discover how warring, rival Greek states enjoyed a truce just to compete in the games. Our family-friendly tour guide will even encourage you and your kids to race against each other on a track used thousands of years ago! Trust us; this will make you feel as though you were there all that time ago!
Your kids will be so excited to see where the famous Statue of Zeus, one of the 7 Wonders of the World was placed! The statue might be long gone however parts of the temple remain. The statues that have survived from the temple are stunningly displayed in the on-site museum.
Olympia is the place where Percy Jackson, Leo Valdez, Hazel Levesque, and Frank Zhang meet and battle Nike, the Greek goddess of Victory, in the ‘Blood of Olympus’. We are sure that if your kids are lovers of the Percy Jackson novels, they will remember the scene when Leo and Percy provoked the goddess to come forth by challenging that Adidas shoes are better than Nike shoes!
Ancient Olympia is a must-do guided tour for any family visiting Greece. Once you have returned home from your vacation in Greece, you and your children will remember the tour to Olympia every time you see the Olympic torch or modern Olympic Games on TV. Perhaps it will even inspire your children to become world-class athletes, ready to compete in the Games themselves!
Visit the Palace of Knossos, the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion and Explore Heraklion city with the Family
You first full day on Crete will be spent exploring the archaeological site of Knossos, the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion and the city of Heraklion, all in the company of a family-friendly , experienced local guide.
The day starts with a trip to the Palace of Knossos. This is the most famous archaeological site in Crete, and one of the most important in Europe. It is considered to be the oldest city in Europe, and human activity here dates back to 7000BC. This huge Palace complex was once the heart of the powerful Minoan Empire, a civilisation which dominated this part of the world until 1600 BC. Fans of Greek mythology and the Percy Jackson books may know that the legendary King Minos once lived here. It is also thought that the Labyrinth where the Minotaur lived was also located here. Your guide will show you around, telling tales of the Minotaur and describing how bull-jumping was part entertainment, part religious rite.
The next stop of the day is the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion. This well laid out museum displays exhibits and artefacts found at Knossos and other sites on Crete. Our fun guide will help bring the exhibits to life, especially the famous Phaistos Disc. This 4000 year old object has writing on it which remains a mystery to this day. Will your kids be the ones to unravel its mystery, and tell the world what it means?
During the final part of the day, our guide will accompany you through the streets of Heraklion. There are markets, hidden streets, fortress walls, and churches all to be discovered. You can also find out where are the best places to eat, and get some inside knowledge of life on Crete.
Visit Dikteon Andron and the Lassithi Plateau
Percy Jackson fans will love the last day of this trip! Today, they will be able to enter the cave where the mightiest of the Olympian Gods Zeus was said to have been born! The Diktaean Andron, as it is also known, is located high on the Lassithi Plateau. Our guide will take you to its location, and then the hike up to it begins. It can be quite strenuous, and you will need plenty of water, but the views are incredible!
Once there, you can descend down into the cave itself. It is several degrees cooler than the temperature outside – a welcome relief on hot days! Inside this magnificent natural cave system, stalactites and stalagmites loom large, lending the cave an air of mystery. It is easy to see why the Ancient Greeks thought that Zeus was born here! Your guide can tell you the story behind the mythology, including why Zeus had to hide here as a child so that his Father would not eat him!
On leaving the cave, your guide will show you around the Lassithi Plateau, taking you through small villages and to a unique Eco-Park. This is the perfect place to taste locally made products and delicacies, and for the kids to look at the rare animals. It also makes a good end to the tour, as it is a place where you can discuss all you learnt about Greek Mythology and the places you have visited!
After this 7-day tour, filled with mythical family adventures, it’s time to take the road back to Heraklion. Transport will be arranged to take either back to your hotel or straight to the airport.
We won’t say ‘goodbye’ but ‘see you again soon’!
Extras in Crete
Crete is a wonderful island to spend some time on, and we highly recommend that you extend your stay there if possible. We have a number of tours available which might interest you.
Rethymnon – Enjoy a walking tour of the town with a knowledgeable local guide. They will be able to take you to all the major sites, whilst dropping by local businesses so you can try local foods and delicacies. This walking/food tour is a perfect way to get to know the town better.
Chania – Chania is one of the prettiest port towns in Crete. Our local guide will show you around, combining a food tour with a walking tour. They can take you to places only the locals know about so that you can enjoy authentic foods, whilst making sure that you don’t miss out on the main points of interest in the town.
Sailing Trip to Dia – If you want to continue with the adventurous feel, and experience life on the ocean, the family day cruise to Dia is ideal. Visit the beautiful islet of Dia with your family by boat, and swim in crystal clear waters. With plenty of snorkeling equipment on board, this trip would be the perfect finish to your Greek family vacation!
The great thing about booking a family vacation with Kids Love Greece, is that you have total flexibility. Whilst we have put together what we consider to be the best itinerary based around a Mythological Tour of Greece, you can swap sections in and out, and add sections as you see fit. You can also choose where to stay when on Crete. For example, you might prefer to stay in Rethymnon instead of Heraklion, or even Elounda. Whatever you need, we can help.
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