Beaches & History -10 Day Family Adventure
Athens- (car transfer to Costa Navarino) Pylos - (car transfer to Athens and flight to Crete) Crete – (fly to) Athens
Beaches & History 10 Day Family Adventure
Everyone in the family is sure to be thrilled with this tour through Greece that highlights its beautiful beaches and ancient history in the most entertaining ways possible. It includes the chance to get your hands dirty with a visit to an urban farm and learn about how food is grown as well as a day trip to ancient Olympia, the very site the ancient Olympic Games were birthed. Fly to Crete to discover the myths that surround the Palace of Knossos and enjoy a full day of sailing before returning to Athens for an Acropolis tour.
At a Glance
|Private transfer will meet you at Athens International Airport for the drive into the city||Athens|
|Enjoy a day trip to Cape Sounion, complete with a visit to an urban farm||Athens|
|Travel to Pylos in Costa Navarino in the southwest Peloponnese by car transfer||Pylos|
|Join a day tour to the ancient Olympia archaeological site and museum||Pylos|
|Take advantage of the activities at your resort, spa services, golf, children’s clubs and more||Pylos|
|Car transfer will bring you to Athens International Airport for your flight to Crete||Crete|
|Embark on a fascinating tour of the myths surrounding the Palace of Knossos||Crete|
|A full day of sailing is offered today departing from Agios Nikolaos harbor||Crete|
|Fly back to Athens and explore the Acropolis on a kid-friendly tour||Athens|
|You’ll be met by private transfer for return to Athens International Airport|
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Day by Day Itinerary
This fantastic family-friendly beach and history adventure begins with your arrival into Athens International Airport. Take private transfer into the city, checking into your hotel before enjoying the capital at your leisure. Take in as much or as little as you’d like, keeping in mind that a special kid-friendly tour of the Acropolis will be enjoyed on your final full day. You might want to enjoy the views of that legendary hill from the Plaka district, a historic neighborhood with narrow lanes lined with shops and cafes. It’s worth visiting the Museum of Greek Children’s Art, an art museum the kids are sure to love as all the works were created by artists from 4 to 14 years of age.
An exciting day trip to Cape Sounion is on the agenda today. Designed to please everyone in the family, including the kids, this private tour includes an insider child-friendly guide. It all begins with a scenic drive along the coast with a stop at a natural themed park. An urban farm, visitors can get their hands dirty, learn all about how foods are grown and watch some of that life sprout from the soil. Activities are fun and educational, including learning how to make tomato sauce using Greek herbs and olive oil. You’ll also be able to marvel at the Temple of Poseidon and witness a unique sunset at Sounio Temple before returning to Athens.
Enjoy another incredibly scenic drive as you take your car transfer to Pylos in Costa Navarino this morning. Located in Messinia in the southwest Peloponnese, it offers some of the most magnificent unspoiled landscapes in the Mediterranean. You’ll have the rest of the day to enjoy its rich history, pristine beaches and impressive ruins like Methoni Castle, a fortress built by the Venetians in the 13th century. You’ll be able to marvel at the ruins of a medieval town, a little church and stone bridges, taking advantage of plenty of great photo-ops. You might want to visit Voidokilia Beach with its unique geological formation, crystal-clear water and soft sands. It’s rumored to be the spot mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey.
Pylos (Day Trip to Olympia)
A day tour to ancient Olympia is sure to thrill all today. Enjoy the views of the Saronic Gulf islands along the way to the archaeological site and museum. You’ll join your knowledgeable guide to explore the birthplace of the Ancient Olympic Games which includes the remains of the stadium that once played host to the competitions, as well as the Temple of Zeus. Explore the museum which showcases artifacts uncovered in the area and then visit the local Association of Agriculture. Here you’ll be able to try various blends of olive oil and famous Greek olives – parents also get to enjoy some of the local wine.
With so much to do at your resort, you’ll have a full day to take advantage of it. Do as little or as much as you please. Costa Navarino is one of the top family-friendly resorts in the country, providing activities and entertainment options for all ages. There are specially designed hubs that provide recreational and educational programs, an Aqua Park and more. While the kids have fun, you might want to indulge in treatments at the spa with its extensive menu including scrubs, facials, wraps, thalassotherapy and couples’ massage. Just a few of the other options include golfing on one of two courses, mountain biking, road cycling and hiking.
In the morning, you’ll be picked up by car transfer, taken to Athens International Airport for your flight to Crete. Renowned for its stunning scenery and rich culture, there are many impressive beaches with crystal-clear waters for swimming, even pink stretches. You’ll have the rest of the day to unwind, enjoy some of what it has to offer, or both. Some of the best beaches for families are Elafonisi, Bali, Chrissi Akti and Falassarna. After spending a significant portion of the day traveling, just dipping your toes into the enticing turquoise sea is a wonderful way to relax while immersed among the beautiful landscape.
A fun day of exploring awaits as you get to experience the myths of Minos, Thesus, Ariadne, the Labyrinth and the Miniature which surround the grand ancient Palace of Knossos. An outdoor excursion led by expert pedagogues, it includes activities and games designed for families with children in a way that’s sure to keep everyone entertained. The program is based on the book At the Palaces of Knossos by philosopher and writer Nikos Kazantzakis. Look forward to walking through picturesque scenery as you play the games and take part in interactive activities. The event includes a picnic based on foods common to the Minoan diet too.
Look forward to a day of sailing, one of the best ways to discover the many treasures that the island of Crete holds. Depart from Agios Nikolaos harbor, sailing across magnificent Mirambello Bay toward Elounda as you gaze out at the beautiful coastline. There will be opportunities for swimming and snorkeling as well as watching for the myriad of marine life while learning more about it and hearing all sorts of tales from the expert skipper and crew. Your elegant vessel will sail to nearby Spinalonga Island for a close-up view, and you’ll get to enjoy a Cretan lunch with soft drinks for the kids and a chilled glass of wine for the adults.
Enjoy a leisurely morning on Crete and then catch a mid-day or afternoon flight back to Athens. Once settled into your hotel, you’ll join the special tour mentioned previously – an excursion to explore the Acropolis designed to provide an entertaining, inspirational and educational experience for the kids. They’ll get to witness some of the city’s most important archaeological sites with a kid-friendly guide, for a grasp of ancient history that just can’t be found by reading a textbook. Gaze up at the incredible Parthenon that’s stood atop Acropolis Hill for nearly 2,500 years along with other remarkable monuments while learning about the myths and history behind them.
The final day of your adventure has arrived. It’s time to prepare for your departure – after breakfast, you’ll be met by private transfer for the return to Athens International Airport. Catch a flight home or continue your travels, is all up to you. If you need some ideas for extending your trip, our travel experts are available to help.
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