Private Percy Jackson Mythology for Families 7-day Trip
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Do you want to see the highlights of mainland Greece from a different perspective? By weaving in stories from Greek Mythology and the Percy Jackson books, we’ve created a unique private family tour around Greece. Visit the Acropolis, Ancient Olympia, Mycenae, Delphi and more as you follow the Percy Jackson trail on your quest to discover the best of Ancient Greece.
In our 5-day Percy Jackson inspired mythology tour, your transfers and guides are all arranged for. The major archaeological sites of the Acropolis, Parthenon, Temple of Poseidon, Delphi, Epidaurus, Corinth, Mycenae and ancient Olympia are included on the itinerary.
Parents will love being able to visit numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites. Kids will love how the elements from the Percy Jackson books are linked together as well as the interactivity of the trip in the form of games, riddles and quizzes.
At the end of this vacation, you will have seen the major attractions of mainland Greece, have a deeper knowledge of Greek mythology and will have created memories of a once in a lifetime trip to Greece!
- Private guided tours to the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum, Cape Sounion/Temple of Poseidon, Delphi, Ancient Corinth, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Nafplion, Ancient Olympia, Knossos archaeological site, the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, Cave of Zeus
- An English speaking licensed tour family-friendly guide fascinated by the Percy Jackson books
- All transfers
- Tickets to the Aegeon Beach Hotel (summer only)
The Percy Jackson inspired private tours are a great way for your family to experience Greece at your own pace. Kids who know and love the Percy Jackson books have an extra dimension added to their Greek vacation, and adults appreciate the engaging way our guides present the various archaeological sites and activities.
We have hand-picked family-friendly guides trained in the stories and places from the Percy Jackson books. But even if some family members have never heard of Percy Jackson, these tours are great for families who are looking for a private, authentic, and meaningful experience to explore Greece.
We can fully customize your private trip and adjust it to the ages of your kids. Sometimes the fixed tour dates just won’t fit into a busy schedule the way you’d like. With a private tour, you can schedule your vacation for when it works best for you.
7-day itinerary Percy Jackson Mythology Trip
- Day 1: Highlights of Athens and Cape Sounion
- Day 2: Meet the Oracle of Delphi
- Day 3: Epidaurus and Nafplion
- Day 4: Experience Ancient Olympia
- Day 5: Discover Mycenae and Ancient Corinth
- Day 6: Welcome to Crete - Knossos and Heraklion
- Day 7: Departure from Heraklion
the most ancient temples to the gods, in the middle of Athens… – Percy Jackson
Morning: Acropolis and Acropolis Museum (4 hours)
In the morning, your licensed private guide will take you to up the famous sacred hill of the Acropolis. Explaining what the Acropolis was for and weaving together tales from Greek mythology, your guide will show you the Parthenon, the sanctury of the Goddess Athena. You will be astonished by the magnificent views and the various myths and stories related to Athena. 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!
To find out what the monuments of the Acropolis used to look like in Ancient Greece, your family will also be using a virtual ‘time-travelling’ iPad.
After, you will have a chance to admire the findings of the Acropolis in the Acropolis Museum, one of the most famous and most important museums in Europe and the world. Your guide will keep the kids engaged by storytelling and interactive games while telling you more about the exhibits.
Afternoon: Athens Riviera and Temple of Poseidon (4 1/2 hours)
In the afternoon, your guide will take you to visit the magnificent Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion and watch the majestic the sunset! If your kids are Percy Jackson fans, they will know that Poseidon was the father of Percy Jackson & the Greek God of the Sea. Did you know that in mythology, this temple 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 here was called the Aegean Sea!
The drive to Cape Sounion is approximately 1 1/2 hour, however, before visiting the Temple of Poseidon for the sunset, there will be time for seaside lunch or a swim at the nearby Aegeon Beach Hotel, where your family will enjoy a direct view on the Temple of Poseidon (summer only). Off-season and weather depending, we will stop at either the thermal lake of Vouliagmeni or Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, a buzzing urban escape in Athens
All day: Delphi archaeological site and museum (2 1/2 hours)
On your second day, our guide will meet you at your hotel and will take you by luxury vehicle to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Delphi, located 2 1/2 hours away from Athens. During the road trip, your guide will go into some history and legends that surround this mysterious complex.
Known as the Navel of the World, Delphi became the most important religious center and sanctuary in the ancient Greek world. During your tour, we’ll reveal who the Oracle was and offer different theories behind the religious rites practised here. We’ll also talk about the connections between the Percy Jackson books and the Oracle at Delphi.
The origins of the Oracle of Delphi are shown in Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods. Originally, it was a spring that whispered the future to those who listen. The Oracle of Delphi appeared when Percy Jackson was told by Chiron to get a prophecy, so he could go on a quest. If you are a Percy Jackson fan, you may remember the old Oracle in the book The Last Olympian:
I foresee the future. I cannot change it
You will also visit the ancient theatre, an ancient stadium and the museum. Our engaging guide presents the site and museum in a way which not only explains what you are seeing but also fires up the imagination. You’ll easily be able to picture yourself as a pilgrim making their way to Delphi, or even as an athlete taking part in the games here.
With a stop off at a local village for lunch, awesome viewing points, and countless photo opportunities, we will return to Athens.
Morning: Corinth Canal and Epidaurus (2 hours)
On the third day, at about an hour’s drive from Athens, we will reach Corinth. The famous Corinth Canal is an impressive narrow land bridge that connects the Peloponnese with the rest of the mainland of Greece. We will stop at a great place to take lots of photos. After stretching your legs here, we will then continue the short drive to Epidaurus.
Epidaurus has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It used to be the most popular healing center of ancient times and is considered the first hospital in the world. Together with your specialized family guide, you will visit the Ancient Theatre, the Temples of Artemis and Asclepios, as well as other ancient monuments, sports and hospital facilities.
The Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus is the best-preserved ancient theatre in Greece, and it is world-famous for its acoustics. Test the sound of the place by climbing up the highest stone stairs at the top of the theatre and drop a coin. It is said that the acoustics of the theatre allow for a coin to be heard from the highest seat!
The Temple of Asclepios was 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.
Afternoon: Nafplion (1 hour walking tour)
After Epidaurus, we will take you to your hotel in the beautiful town of Nafplion, where you will stay overnight.
Nafplion is often described as one of the most beautiful towns in Greece, and it is easy to see why. Walking through the narrow streets where colourful flowers, outdoor cafés and a laid-back atmosphere prevail, there are plenty of opportunities for some memorable family photos. Your guide will show you the hidden gems, the main attractions, the beautiful squares and also take you to where the best ice cream in town is sold. She can help you pick the best local taverns for a traditional meal. Get a goodnight’s sleep in Nafplion and get ready for the next day’s adventure!
All day: Olympia
On the fourth day of our Percy Jackson Mythology tour, we will visit the birthplace of the Olympic Games; Ancient Olympia.
If your kids have read “The Blood of Olympus” they will know that this is where Percy Jackson and his friends battle Nike. In the book, they amusingly suggest that Adidas shoes are better than Nike! In reality, though, Olympia was the place where athletes gathered from all over the Greek world to compete against each other in games of skill and strength.
During your time at Olympia, your guide will explain how the Greek city-states held truces which prevented them from going to war at the times of the Olympic Games. This meant that athletes could travel to Olympia in safety. It must have been quite an occasion in ancient times, with all those athletes coming from near and far away!
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.
And what about creating your own Olympic Games? Our guide will encourage you and your kids to race against each other on a track used thousands of years ago! After this fun-filled trip to Olympia, it’s time to go back to Nafplion.
Morning: Mycenae (2 hours)
This morning, we will drive to Mycenae which was one of the most important Greek city-states of the ancient world. It is mentioned in many myths and legends, with perhaps the most famous character being King Agamemnon who is known for his role in the war against Troy.
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.
Our guide will show you around this UNESCO World Heritage Site, and explain more about the myths and legends associated with it. Your kids will love exploring the ancient ruins of this once powerful city, as well as learning more about Greek mythology through interactive games and other activities throughout the day.
The wider archaeological site of Mycenae 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 in Europe!
Afternoon: Ancient Corinth (1 hour)
The city-state of Ancient Corinth was one of the most important city-states in antiquity. Our guide will show you around the site and tell you more about the mythology and legends attached to the area. This includes the story of the Sorceress Medea. You kids may already know of her from the Percy Jackson book The Lost Hero but now they will hear so much more. They may even be shocked at the true nature of the myth!
Stay overnight: In Athens or Heraklion (depending on flight schedule or ferry boat schedule)
Morning: Free morning
Afternoon: Palace of Knossos and Archaeological Museum
You will begin your first tour in Crete by visiting the famous Palace of Knossos. This is considered to be the oldest city in Europe, and was once the center of the powerful Minoan Empire. It is also thought to be where the legend of the Labyrinth and the Minotaur originated from.
Our local guide will show you around the site, explaining the importance of the Minoan civilization, and the legends and myths connected with the site. Percy Jackson fans may already know about the Minotaur and King Minos, but there are more stories waiting to be discovered!
After the archaeological site, you will visit the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion. The museum exhibits many of the treasures and artifacts found at Knossos and other sites on Crete. One intriguing item, is the Phaistos Disc. Thought to date back over 4000 years, no one has been able to decipher the curious text written upon it. Will your kids be the ones to crack the code and reveal to the world what the writing says?
Today it is time to say goodbye! You have had a wonderful family trip full of amazing sites, beautiful landscapes and legendary Percy Jackson stories. Your driver will pick you up from the hotel and drive you to Heraklion airport in order to catch your flight back home.
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