5 Day Family Greek Mythology Tour Tour Short Description:
Our 5 Day Family Greek Mythology Tour has been designed specifically for families who want to see the highlights of mainland Greece with a difference. By weaving in stories from Greek Mythology and even the Percy Jackson books, we’ve created the most unique private family tour around Greece. Visit the Acropolis, Ancient Olympia, Mycenae, Delphi and more as you hit the Percy Jackson trail on your quest to discover Ancient Greece. With plenty of interactivity in the form of games, riddles and quizzes to keep the kids engaged, this is a family trip to Greece everyone will love.
What to expect:
This private family tour is based on an itinerary which showcases the best of Ancient Greece and Greek mythology. Your transfers, accommodation and guides will be arranged by us using our hand-picked family service providers. The major archaeological sites of the Acropolis, Parthenon, Temple of Poseidon, Delphi, Epidaurus, Corinth, Mycenae and ancient Olympia will be included on the itinerary, as will a few surprise stops and hidden gems!
We’ve designed the 5 day mythology tour package in a way that ensures everyone will enjoy their vacation. Adults will love being able to visit numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites, and kids will love the way we have linked elements from the Percy Jackson books together. There’s also lots of little quizzes, interactive games, and riddles throughout the tour, culminating in a family running race at Ancient Olympia! 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 joint memories that will last a lifetime.
Why book this package:
- Specially designed Greek mythology tour for families
- Kid-friendly experienced local guides
- See the highlights of Ancient Greece
- Ideal for Percy Jackson and Greek Mythology fans
- Perfect for learning more about Ancient Greece
- All transport and accommodation organized for you
- Private family tour
- Options to tailor the tour for your requirements by adding extra days
- A unique family vacation in Greece!
Inclusions / Exclusions:
- Pre-booked family-friendly hotels
- Full licensed English speaking guides (other languages on request)
- All transfers and other transportation within Greece
- Taxes and VAT
- Archaeological site and museum entrance fees
- Meals, snacks and drinks
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.
Day by day Itinerary:
Highlights of Athens, Cape Sounion, and Temple of Poseidon
Our guide will meet you at your hotel after you have finished breakfast, and explain the day’s events before showing you the highlights of Athens. You will begin by walking to the top of the Acropolis Hill. Along the way you will soon discover that our guide is a lot of fun, and the kids will love the way that they mix together stories from Greek mythology, Percy Jackson, and the history of Athens.
When you reach the top of the Acropolis Hill, you will be met by wonderful views out over Athens. Our guide will also show you the most significant buildings on top of the hill which of course includes the magnificent Parthenon. With interactive games, quizzes, and stories from Greek mythology, you and your kids are certain to learn a lot about its role in ancient Greece.
After making your way back down from the top of the hill, your next destination will be the Acropolis Museum. This is one of the most modern museums in Greece, and one the kids are sure to love. Our guide will explain about the different artefacts, and create a story about what life was like in ancient Athens. You will discover for example, that the famous Greek statues were not white at all. In fact they were painted all sorts of different colors! You will leave the museum knowing much more about ancient Greece and its mythology, something you will appreciate as the mythology tour continues over the next few days.
With the tour of the museum over, it will be getting close to lunchtime. There are two options for lunch. One is to have lunch somewhere in the historic center of Athens. The other, is to drive towards Cape Sounion and stop off at a taverna which specializes in seafood. Whichever choice you decide to make, we’re sure that the delicious Greek cuisine will appeal to everyone.
After everyone has finished eating and is rested, the tour continues on to Cape Sounion. If there is time, you might even be able to stop for a swim along the way. Eventually, you will arrive at Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon later in the afternoon. This Temple has stood here for several thousand years, and occupies an incredible viewing point.
If your kids are Percy Jackson fans, they will already be able to tell you that Poseidon was the God of the Sea. Our guide will show you around this site that is dedicated to him, and tell stories which are connected with both the temple and the surrounding area. With the sun finally beginning to set, they will then show you the best place where you can view the sunset and catch the sun’s rays glistening off of the Temple columns. A sunset at the Temple of Poseidon is a memorable experience, and once the sun has finally disappeared beneath the horizon, it will be time to begin the drive back to your hotel.
Stay Overnight In: Athens
Visit the Oracle at Delphi
Our guide will show you around the archaeological site and the accompanying Museum. They will explain about some of the myths and legends attached to the area, as well as the importance of the archaeological remains. These include a stadium, several temples, and other ruins. As you will find throughout this family mythology tour of Greece, there will be plenty of interactivity, role playing and other games during the day!
After enjoying your time at Delphi, and soaking up some of the most peaceful views in Greece, it will be time to begin the drive back to your hotel in Athens. There will be plenty to talk about on the way though, as you will all have learned so much more about ancient Greece and its customs!
Stay Overnight In: Athens
Ancient Corinth & Epidaurus
Today you will be checking out of your Athens hotel, and begin the Peloponnese section of your Greek mythology tour. About an hour’s drive from the city you will first reach Corinth. Corinth canal is an amazing feat of human engineering, and also a good place to take lots of great photos! After stretching your legs here we will then continue the short drive to Ancient Corinth.
The city-state of ancient Corinth was mentioned in the Greek myth of Jason and the Argonauts. It was also one of the most important city-states of the ancient Greek world. As our guide shows you around the site, they will explain some of 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!
There is also a secondary sites in the Corinth area known as Acrocorinth. This fortified area occupies a space high on a hilltop. It is known to have been occupied since Neolithic times, and over the years it has been used by ancient Greeks, Venetians and Ottomans. The views from the top over the surrounding area are simply incredible. Our guide will show you around the site and point out the parts which were created by different armies over the years. If your kids have never visited a castle before they will really enjoy it here!
Depending on the time you can break for lunch either in Corinth or a little further down the road on the way to Epidaurus. After lunch and a rest, the mythology tour continues to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Epidaurus.
Epidaurus is a famous archaeological site known mainly for its theater and the UNESCO rated Sanctuary of Asclepius. Percy Jackson fans may recognize the name from The Blood of Olympus where Asklepios appears as the God of Medicine. This is based on some truth, as the sanctuary was known as a place of healing.
Perhaps one of the most outstanding features of Epidaurus is the theater. The acoustics here are quite remarkable, in that it is possible to hear the tiniest whisper on the stage way up in the furthest seats above. Your guide is sure to encourage everyone to try this out for themselves, which is great fun!
After you have been shown around Epidaurus and its mysteries revealed to you, it will then be time to take the drive to your hotel in the beautiful town of Nafplion.
Stay Overnight In: Nafplion
Ancient Olympia - Birthplace of the Olympic Games
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 the site, our 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! You too can hold you own mini-Olympic games here if you like, as it is still possible to run on the running track which is several thousand years old. Our guide can take photos of you on the start line, and even judge who has won if the race ends in a draw!
Stay Overnight In: Nafplion
Learn about Agamemnon and Troy at Mycenae
Then, it is time to climb aboard the mini-van and 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.
Mycenae is a fortified Bronze Age City which is thought to have reached the height of its power at about 1300 BC, and was said to have been founded by Perseus himself. If you have heard of the war of Troy and King Agamemnon, this was the place that King Agamemnon called home.
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.
With stories of King Agamemnon, Troy, Gods and Heroes still fresh in your minds, you will then begin the drive back to Athens. For some people, this may be the end of their holiday. For others, the beauty of the Greek islands awaits!
Stay Overnight In: Athens OR take flights/ferry to next destination.
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