Experience a unique family trip to Greece during this 7 Day Family Greek Mythology Tour. The fun-filled itinerary combines seeing the major highlights of Greece with elements the kids will know from the Percy Jackson books. Accompanied by expert local guides, you will travel from the Acropolis to the Labyrinth, visiting ancient temples and learning all about Greek mythology. This Percy Jackson Tour ensures that this family vacation in Greece will be enjoyable for everyone!
What to expect:
The 7 Day Greek Mythology Tour is a private family tour planned just for you. All the transfers and accommodation will be arranged using our network of trusted family-friendly service providers. You will visit the major archaeological sites of Greece such as the Acropolis, Temple of Poseidon, Delphi, Corinth, Nafplio, Epidavros, Olympia, Knossos and more. At each site, a fully licensed expert local guide will accompany you, explaining the history behind each place, and its connection in Greek Mythology.
This family trip to Greece isn’t based on facts and figures though. Our Percy Jackson Tours help bring each place alive through storytelling and interaction. Parents will love being able to visit several UNESCO World Heritage sites in Greece, and kids will get a kick out of following in the footsteps of Percy Jackson. Fully customizable to your needs, the 7 Day Greek Mythology Tour is ideal for families who want the vacation of a lifetime in Greece.
Why book 7 Day Family Greek Mythology Tour:
- Specifically-designed family trip to Greece
- See the highlights of Greece
- Perfect for your little Percy Jackson fans!
- A great way to learn about Greek Mythology
- Everything organized for you
- Unique private tour
- A fun experience for all the family
Inclusions / Exclusions:
- Greek Mythology Tour designed to show the highlights of Ancient Greece
- Expert, fully licensed guides for all archaeological sites and day trips
- All transfers and transportation (private vehicles)
- All taxes and VAT
- Accommodation in family-friendly hotels in Greece from 3-5 star (we can arrange this for you)
- Entrance fees to archaeological sites are not included
- 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:
Athens Highlights and Cape Sounion
You will soon discover that your family has a day of fun ahead of them, as the guide introduces themselves and explains what you have lined up ahead. The first destination is the Acropolis Hill, a natural rock formation which is still as dominating now as it was in the days of ancient Greece. On the walk up to the top, our guide will point out places of interest, and keep everyone engaged with tales from Greek Mythology. If your kids are Percy Jackson fans, they will love the chance to compare Athena and Poseidon from the books with the real myths!
At the top of the Acropolis Hill, you will be shown the most significant structures by our licensed guide. They will also take you to places where you can get the best photos of not only the Parthenon but also the magnificent views out over the city of Athens, ensuring the kids will have a fun and educational time learning all about ancient Athens!
After the walk down from the Acropolis, our guide will then take you to the Acropolis Museum. This modern museum is one of the best in Greece, and displays artifacts found at the Acropolis. Our guide will explain what the most significant artifacts are, and also show you how some of the statues were not white at all – they used to be painted in many different colors!
When the museum visit is over, it will be time to make a decision about lunch. If everyone is hungry, our guide will take you to a nice family-friendly restaurant in Athens. If you can all last a little longer though, it might be better to get straight into the vehicle and drive along the coastline to Cape Sounion. We know a couple of excellent taverns specializing in seafood along the way. There may even be time for a swim in the sea during the summer or a visit to the impeccable Stavros Niarchos Cultural Foundation Cultural Center!
With lunch over and everyone rested, the private family tour then carries on to Cape Sounion. This part of the day will be really special for Percy Jackson fans, as this is where the Temple of Poseidon is! In the Percy Jackson books, Poseidon is, of course, the father of Percy Jackson, and in Greek Mythology he is the God of the Sea. Looking out from the temple and over the sea, our guide will explain some of the myths and legends associated with both the temple and the sea itself. There’s an interesting story as to where the Aegean Sea got its name from!
As the sun finally lowers, you will also experience a magical sunset at one of the most sacred ancient temples in Greece. The colors change as the sun sinks into the waters, and there are many benches where you can all sit together and appreciate the majesty of the occasion.
Finally, you will leave the Temple of Poseidon behind you and begin the drive back to Athens. It’s been a full day, and a wonderful introduction to Greek Mythology, but there is more to come over the following days!
Stay Overnight In: Athens
Visit the Oracle at Delphi
We will collect you from your hotel after breakfast, and then take you by private mini-van to Delphi which is about 2.5 hours away. This UNESCO World Heritage site was so important to the ancient Greeks, they called it the ‘navel of the world’. People would travel from hundreds of miles away to make a pilgrimage, and listen to whatever prophecies the Oracle had for them.
During your visit here, our expert guide will take you around the world-class museum and archaeological site. They will explain all about Delphi’s significance in ancient Greek culture, who the Oracle was, and how they were consulted before important decisions such as making war or founding colonies were made. You will not only see the spot where the Oracle was said to have lived but will also see an ancient theater and stadium, as well as a temple dedicated to Apollo. This is one of the most evocative places you will visit on this family mythology package to Greece, with some stunning scenery.
Percy Jackson fans will know that the Oracle’s prophecies led him to many an adventure. They may also know that Gaia, who once fought with Percy Jackson in the “Blood of Olympus”, was connected with the Oracle of Delphi. Our guide will explain where this inspiration for the Percy Jackson books came from, along with more myths and legends that will fascinate. By the end of your time in Delphi, you will have been fully initiated into the mysteries of the ancient world, something which you can all talk about during the drive back to Athens before being dropped off at your hotel. Have a good evening meal and get plenty of rest. There is more to come tomorrow!
Stay Overnight In: Athens
Corinth and Epidaurus
After you have finished your breakfast and packed the last of your bags, it’s time to check out of the hotel in Athens. We’ll pick you up in a private vehicle, and then head for the Peloponnese. Our first stop of the day will be at the amazing Corinth Canal, an incredible feat of human engineering. Occasionally, you can see shipping pass along the canal, and on rare occasions, even people bungee jumping over it!
When all the photos have been taken and you have stretched your legs, we then continue the short drive on to the archaeological site of Ancient Corinth. This was an important city-state in ancient times, and one that is also mentioned in the Greek myth of Jason and the Argonauts. As our guide explains the story behind the sorceress Medea, your kids will be shocked and amazed! They may already know Medea from the Percy Jackson books, particularly in ‘The Lost Hero’, but afterward, they will know so much more!
Corinth also has another impressive archaeological site known as Acrocorinth. It’s been in use since archaic times, and its position seems impregnable. The views from the top are simply breathtaking, and whilst walking around the walls, our guide will explain some of the history behind its use.
Depending on the time and how hungry everyone is, we’ll break for lunch at Corinth or further down the road, and then drive towards Epidaurus. Just let the guide know which you prefer, as our Percy Jackson tours are based around you after all! This archaeological site is renowned for its theater and the UNESCO rated Sanctuary of Asklepios and was once the center of a healing cult. In the Percy Jackson books, Asklepios or Asclepius appears as the God of Medicine, and your kids may remember him from the book “Blood of Olympus”.
Our guide will lead you around the site and demonstrate just how incredible the acoustics are in the theater. When a speaker stands in a certain spot on the ‘stage’, they only need to whisper and they can be heard from the stone seats which tower above! The kids will love trying this out for themselves, and anyone with a good singing voice should sing as loud as they can!
After the site has been explored, and you have learned more about ancient Greece and the myths and legends associated with the area, we then continue on to Nafplion where you will stay overnight in a hotel.
Stay Overnight In: Nafplion
Ancient Olympia - Birthplace of the Olympic Games
Stay Overnight In: Nafplion
Learn about Agamemnon and Troy at Mycenae
At one time, Mycenae was the most powerful of all the ancient Greek city-states. In fact, according to myths, when the famous King Agamemnon looked out over his domain, he felt invincible. It’s easy to see why. This fortified Bronze age city was a symbol of wealth and power that was rarely equaled elsewhere in Greece when at its peak in 1300 BC.
Today, your family has the chance to explore Mycenae with a passionate expert guide. They will explain how in mythology the city was founded by Perseus (another Percy Jackson link for you!), and how the legendary King Agamemnon is now thought to have been an actual historical figure.
Listening to stories of the Trojan War, and the mighty deeds of Achilles, you can explore Mycenae and wonder at just how the huge stones were moved to create its impressive walls. Perhaps they were constructed by the mythical Cyclops after all! With tales from Greek mythology still fresh in your minds, it will then be time to return to Athens once more.
Stay Overnight In: Athens OR Heraklion depending on flights/ferries.
Knossos and Heraklion
You will begin your first full day on 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!
On leaving the archaeological site, your next stop will be the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion. This contains 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?
The second half of the day will be spent touring through the streets of Heraklion with our guide. They will be able to show you the highlights of the town, explain a little about the Cretan culture, point out some hidden gems, and mention the best places to eat. The afternoon is a great way to get some perspective on Crete, its people, and culture.
Stay Overnight In: Heraklion
Cave of Zeus and Lassithi Plateau
After breakfast, you will be met at your hotel by our guide, and then driven up into the Lassithi Plateau. Your destination is the Diktaean Andron, otherwise known as the Cave of Zeus. Some legends say he was born in the cave. Others say he was hidden here to protect him from his father Cronus, who would have eaten him had he been found!
It’s quite a strenuous hike up to the top of the cave entrance, but the views are certainly rewarding enough, as is entering the cave. It is very easy to see why people from thousands of years ago thought that this is where Zeus was born. The cave has a feeling of being mysterious, and the stalactites and stalagmites give the interior an otherworldly feel. Our guide will lead the way, explaining the different versions of the myths which connect Zeus and the cave.
Once you have finished exploring the cave, our guide will show you around the Lasithi Plateau, with several stops in small villages along the way. This is a great opportunity to taste some local produce such as olives and cheese. You can also make another stop at an eco-park, where the kids can see some rare animals and learn about agriculture in the region.
Finally it is time to drive back to Heraklion, where your family trip to Greece will come to its end. The 7-day mythological tour has shown you the highlights of Greece, provided a greater insight into the myths and legends, and given you a taste of what else there is to see and do. We hope we’ll see you again soon!
Stay Overnight In: Heraklion OR Athens OR onward journey to more Greek destinations or return home.
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