Greece is the perfect destination for family travel. In addition to Athens, 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!

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 Young traveler at the Parthenon  Village atop the cliffs of Santorini  The Acropolis of Athens  The Parthenon, on the Acropolis   Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion  The Palace of Knossos on the island of Crete. Credit: Gloria Baxevanis  Throne room in the Palace of Knossos  The view from the cliff-top on Santorini  View from cliff-top Oia on Santorini  Family members at Santorini

Mythical Greece: A Family Journey

Land of Myths, History, and Culture

9 days from $5,850

Greece is the perfect destination for family travel. In addition to Athens, 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!

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With your children, travel to the land of muses, gods, and heroes to delve into the history, mythology, and masterpieces of ancient Greece. Explore Athens and enjoy skimming the Aegean by ferry to the Greek Isles of Santorini and Crete. In these captivating places, mortals of all ages will discover the beauty of its natural wonders and the enduring appeal of Greece, its history, and culture.

Highlights Include

  • Athens: Ascend the steps of the legendary Acropolis and explore the Parthenon—temple of Athena, goddess of war and wisdom—plus visit the Acropolis Museum. Venture out to Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon, the god of the sea.
  • Santorini: Spend two days on the island of Santorini with its idyllic villages perched high on the cliffs overlooking azure blue water, which has inspired artists, poets, and visitors alike. Here, you’ll enjoy a scavenger hunt around the island, take a catamaran ride to see up close the caldera left after a volcanic explosion, and swim in hot springs created by the volcano. You’ll also enjoy the fun of Greek culture with a traditional Greek dance lesson.
  • Crete: Settle into island life during three nights on Crete. You’ll walk through the archaeological site of the famous Palace of Knossos, associated with the myth of the Labyrinth and the Minotaur. Plus, visit the Lasinthos Eco Park and try your hands during a pottery lesson. Experience everyday Cretan life with a cooking experience led by a Greek Yia Yia (grandmother) and a look inside a village house, and stop at a museum dedicated to the rural history and local handicrafts. Throughout your journey, enjoy family-friendly hotels with pools and some adjoining rooms, then return to Athens by air.

Limited to 30 Smithsonian Journeys guests. These offerings are designed for adults with kids 8 and older. 


Days 1 & 2 — Depart the U.S, Arrive Athens

Yiasou and welcome to Greece! You will be greeted upon arrival at Athens International Airport for a group transfer to your centrally-located hotel in Athens. Enjoy a welcome dinner overlooking the Acropolis tonight. (D)

Day 3 — Athens, Cape Sounion

After breakfast, we start off on a half-day Athens city tour with a local historian guide, including a panoramic city tour with views of Constitution Square, the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the National Library, and of course, a visit to the Acropolis and the incredible Acropolis Museum.

Follow the steps of Percy Jackson by visiting the Acropolis, where he and his friends battled the Giant Army. Today the Acropolis is one of the most visited archaeological sites in Greece, due to the collection of buildings on its peak which includes the famous Parthenon. Find out more about Greek mythology and the central role that the Acropolis played in the development of ancient Greek society.

In the afternoon, drive along the coastal road with splendid views of the Saronic Gulf and the little islands offshore. We drive to the most Southern point of Attica, Cape Sounion, where the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon stands dedicated to Poseidon, the Greek God of the Sea. Tonight, we will enjoy dinner at a local seaside restaurant. (B,D)

Day 4 — Athens, Santorini, Fira

There will be an early morning departure for Piraeus port where we will board the ferry heading to Santorini island. This island is now a remnant of a volcanic caldera (hollow left after a volcanic eruption) and part of the Cyclades islands. Your stay on this famously white-washed and blue-detailed isle will explore the natural wonders of the caldera, ties to the legend of Atlantis, and immersion into Greek culture.

Arrive at the port of Santorini and transfer to your hotel. Fira is the beautiful capital of the island and the biggest and most cosmopolitan settlement of Santorini. The town is perched on top of a 260-meter-high cliff overlooking the azure waters of the Aegean.

In the afternoon we will have a scavenger hunt, where participants will be presented with tasks and solve quizzes which will lead them to find treasures around the area and reach their final target.

Tonight enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. The rest of the evening is free to explore the village. (B, D)

Day 5 — Santorini and the Caldera

This morning depart for the old port of Santorini for a tour in Caldera. Board a catamaran for a visit to the volcano. Admire the spectacular caldera, created by the eruption of the island’s volcano in ancient times. Stop first at Red Beach with its red and black volcanic pebbles and then at White Beach with its white cliffs. Enjoy lunch on board the catamaran. The last stop for swimming before returning to the hotel will be at hot springs created by the underwater power of the volcano!

This evening, get ready to learn the meaning of OPA! Finish the day by learning traditional Greek dance. With the help of your instructor learn simple steps of the dance then join the circle and follow the steps of popular dances like kalamatianos and syrtos.

Tonight enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B, L, D)

Day 6 — Santorini, Crete

Begin your last day here with a visit to Oia, which is a traditional settlement in the north of Santorini. The village is perched 150 meters above sea level and its beauty is unsurpassed. Its small white houses that tier the hillside have inspired artists, poets, and every visitor who visits Santorini.

Afterward, transfer to the port and board the ferry to Crete where you will explore the archaeological site of Knossos, learn about the Minoan civilization and the roots of many Greek myths. Upon arrival in Crete, we will take a coach to the hotel. There will be some free time to immerse yourself in the local culture, and then have dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 7 — Crete

Explore today one of the most important sites of Crete: the famous Knossos archaeological site.

The Palace of Knossos was the very heart of the powerful Minoan civilization, dating back to 3000 B.C. in the Bronze Age. 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 Daedalus, Ariadne, and Theseus. In addition, for Percy Jackson fans, Percy and Annabeth accidentally discovered the Labyrinth in the Battle of the Labyrinth.

This place will render you breathless as you wonder over the technology and facilities of that period. Historically, it is thought that the Labyrinth may have referred to the palace itself due to its complex design and layout.

In the afternoon, visit Lasinthos Eco Park and enjoy a pottery-making class. Pottery making is one of the oldest traditions of Crete. Take the opportunity to sit at the potter's table and see how the clay is prepared and made into ceramics.

End the day with dinner at the hotel. (B, D)

Day 8 — Crete

This morning, you will have the chance to cook with a Greek Yia Yia (grandmother) and learn to make tzatziki and Cretan dakos. Lunch will follow, and then learn how to make loukoumades (Greek donuts).

Spend time at leisure in Crete to explore tree-lined narrow streets for a snapshot of traditional Cretan life. Browse around the museum which contains items depicting the rural history and local handicrafts. 

Enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant with your fellow travelers. (B, L, D)

Day 9 — Depart for the US

There will be a group transfer at a scheduled time to the airport for the flight to Athens. Connect to your afternoon international flight home.

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)