Greece is the perfect destination for family travel. Visit the mythological islands of Santorini and Crete, the lands of muses, gods and goddesses. Learn about the historical sites, enjoy a Greek dance class, cook with a local Greek Yia Yia (grandmother), and experience vibrant Greek community and culture! Includes most meals.
Depart from your home city enroute to Athens, Greece!
Arrive in Athens
Yiasou and welcome to Greece! Your representative will greet you upon arrival at Athens International Airport where you’ll transfer to your hotel in downtown Athens. Evening welcome dinner overlooking the Acropolis tonight! (D)
Athens, Cape Sounion, Temple of Poseidon
After breakfast we start off on a half day Athens city tour with a local historian guide, including a panoramic city tour and, of course, a visit to the Acropolis and the incredible Acropolis Museum. Our expert guide takes you to see the center of the city, Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier and the National Library.
In the afternoon drive along the coastal road, to the most Southern point of Attica, Cape Sounion, where the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon stand. On the way, you have a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf and the little islands offshore. After visiting the Temple of Poseidon, we will have a meditation near the rocky promontory of Sounion. Tonight, we will enjoy dinner at local seaside restaurant. (B,D)
Early morning departure for Piraeus port and board the ferry boat heading towards Santorini Island. Arrival at the port of Santorini and transfer to hotel. The volcanic island of the Cyclades, Santorini, is known world wide as the most mythical Island. Afternoon free to explore the village walking along the cobble-stone streets and the white washed houses with blue shutters. Tonight enjoy your dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)
Santorini, Volcano boat experience in the Caldera
Morning departure to the old port of Santorini for a tour in Caldera with a catamaran including visit of the Volcano and Oia village sunset. Admire the spectacular caldera, created by the eruption of the islands volcano in the ancient times and the white washed houses perched on the edge in Santorini. First stop at the red beach for swimming and snorkeling. Make a second stop at the white beach for more swimming and snorkeling and lunch. The last stop for swimming will be at hot springs created thousand years ago by the underwater power of the volcano! Return back to hotel. Meditation. Tonight enjoy your dinner at a local restaurant. (B, L, D)
Santorini, Dance Class
Free day for immersing in the local culture. This evening, get ready to learn the meaning of OPA! We will learn a traditional Greek dance followed by dinner at a local taverna. Overnight in Santorini. (B, D)
Santorini, Cruise to Crete
Morning and early afternoon free.
In the late afternoon, we will head to the main port of Santorini to board the high-speed boat going toward Crete. Arrival at Heraklion port and transfer to the hotel. PM-Dinner & Overnight at hotel in Crete. (B, D)
Crete-Optional Enviornmental Studies Class
Morning to relax and enjoy the beautiful Island of Crete. This afternoon, optional class to learn about how Greece is leading the way in sustainable systems to protect the enviornment and culture. (B, L, D)
Mystical Crete, Temple of Knossos and Arolithos, Traditional Village with cooking demonstration and lunch.
After breakfast, depart for one of the most mystical sites of Crete: The famous Knossos archaeological site. Knossos is the site of the palace of Minoan civilization. According to tradition, it was the seat of the legendary King Minos. The Palace is also connected with thrilling legends, such as the myth of the Labyrinth with the Minotaur, and the story of Daidalus, Ariadne and Theseus. This place will render you breathless as you wonder over the technology and facilities of that period.
Here you will have the chance to cook with a Greek Yia Yia and learn to make tzatziki and Cretan dakos. Lunch will follow and then you will learn how to make loukoumades (Greek donuts). Free time to wander through the tree-lined narrow streets; take a look inside a typical Cretan village house for a snapshot of traditional Cretan life. Browse around the museum which contains items depicting the rural history and local handicrafts. Farewell dinner and overnight. (B, L, D)
Depart for Home
Breakfast at hotel. Depart from Greece, taking with you the magic and energy of the land.
Time to start planning your next family adventure!!
- Program Manager
- Coach for airport transfers and touring
- Ferries as noted
- Santorini Volcano cruise
- 2 nights in Athens
- 3 nights in Santorini
- 3 nights in Crete
- Daily breakfast and dinner (excluding day of arrival and departure)
- 3 lunches
- Greek dance lesson
- Cooking demonstration
- Community service project