Are you planning to visit the highlights of Greece with your kids this year and wondering where to start? We guess that you will have already found dozens of articles over the internet and you are not sure whether these are trustworthy sources, tried-and-tested suggestions or just content created to satisfy the Google algorithms. If you wish to visit Greece’s highlights with your kids, let MAMAKITA family travel specialists guide you through the family-friendliest Greek Islands and Mainland Greece, and experience a family trip of a lifetime!
You will start from Athens, where you will eventually land and for the first portion of your trip, you will explore the mainland by car, ancient Delphi and Meteora rocks. Then, you will relax on the island of Naxos, one of the best kid-friendly islands for beach time and great food, and you will end your trip in the highlight of Greece, Santorini.
Itinerary in the Highlights of Greece for Families: Mainland Greece and the Greek islands with Kids
In this customizable 2-week family trip itinerary in the highlights of Greece with kids, you will have the chance to visit the cultural and natural highlights of Greece, the Acropolis & the Parthenon, the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounio, ancient Delphi, the Meteora monasteries, Delos island, the Akrotiri site in Santorini, often called as the Pompei of the Aegean, the Temples of Apollo & Demeter in Naxos, 4 out of the 18 UNESCO World Heritage properties inscribed in the Greece list.
Additional to your family-friendly sightseeing, you will have the opportunity to cherish the beautiful sandy beaches of the Greek islands, relaxing boat tours in the crystal-clear waters of the Aegean sea and the unique views of Santorini, along with great food and fun hands-on activities for the kids.
Need some help in trip planning by the best family travel agents in Greece? MAMAKITA family travel specialists can customize this itinerary in the highlights of Greece with kids according to your preferences, age of kids, travel pace and budget. Enjoy your family trips in Greece without worrying about family friendly accommodation or kid-friendly tours and activities by making your request here.
Brief Trip Itinerary for Highlights of Greece with Kids
- Day 1: Arrival in Athens, Free Afternoon on Lycabettus Hill & Kolonaki
- Day 2: Acropolis & Mythology Tour for Families, Free Afternoon in Plaka district
- Day 3: Day trip to Athens Riviera & Cape Sounio for Families, Help Save a Sea Turtle!
- Day 4: Drive to ancient Delphi, Hiking the Ancient Olive Grove
- Day 5: Kid-Friendly Tour of Delphi, Painting with Kids in Nature
- Day 6: Drive to Meteora, Explore the Meteora Monasteries, dinner with a view to Meteora rocks
- Day 7: Travel to Naxos Island, Free afternoon in Naxos town
- Day 8: Free Beach Day in Naxos, local Sunset Dinner
- Day 9: Naxos Mythology Private Tour for Families, Ceramic Class for Kids
- Day 10: Mykonos & Delos Day Trip, Mosaic Workshop on Mykonos
- Day 11: Travel to Santorini, Trace the best view spots along the Caldera
- Day 12: Explore Oia and the Beaches of Santorini
- Day 13: Santorini Private tour for Families: Meet local arts & crafts
- Day 14: Volcano Boat Tour with BBQ Dinner
Detailed Trip Itinerary for Highlights of Greece with Kids
Day 1: Arrival in Athens, Free Afternoon on Lycabettus Hill & Kolonaki
Arrive in Athens and feel the echoes of three thousand years of history. Head to your family-friendly hotel based in a lush green district of the city, where you will benefit from amazing views and get the chance to walk through the paths of Lycabettus hill.
Enjoy a stroll around the aristocratic Kolonaki neighborhood, browse the numerous boutiques and art galleries, visit some of the city’s highly esteemed museums, feel the classy atmosphere and relish the sunset and 360° panoramic views of the city from the hill atop Lycabettus Hill.
Day 2: Acropolis & Mythology Tour for Families, Free Afternoon in Plaka district
Discover the best archaeological sites of Athens on a private mythology tour designed for families: the famous hilltop Acropolis and the Ancient Agora! As you walk through the Parthenon, the famous temple dedicated to Goddess Athena, and the Ancient Agora, the city’s old marketplace, your kid-friendly guide will help you discover the truth behind the enthralling legends of ancient Greek Gods and Heroes, including Aphrodite (Goddess of love and beauty) and Hera (Zeus’ jealous wife) as well as riveting legends such as the one of Theseus and the Minotaur.
In the afternoon, explore Plaka, the oldest and the most charming neighborhood of the city, at your own pace or on a treasure hunt in its cobbled streets that will give you and your little ones the chance to meet the city’s past and present in an interactive and fun way. Depending on your kids’ age and interests, you can select various hands-on activities, like a comics’ workshop to create their own Hero, or painting the Parthenon, or solving puzzles and riddles in the Museum of Ancient Greek technology…
Day 3: Day trip to Athens Riviera & Cape Sounio for Families, Help Save a Sea Turtle!
Explore the Athens Riviera on a family-friendly private driving tour. You can make stops and visit amongst others, the Park of Naval Tradition where historic vessels are docked, the Benaki Toy Museum or the rescue and rehabilitation center for sea turtles, Archelon.
Your tour ends at the tip of Cape Sounion, home to the famous Temple of Poseidon, the ancient Greek God of the sea, that overlooks the Saronic Gulf and its islands. Watch the sun set in the Aegean Sea with the sound of the waves lapping the shore.
Day 4: Drive to ancient Delphi, Hiking the Ancient Olive Grove
Once considered to be the “center of the world”, Delphi was home to the mythical oracle of God Apollo, Pythia, who was believed could predict the future and was consulted in all major decisions regarding the future of the Empire. While you may not find your future amidst the stones, the sanctuary is still an impressive monument surrounded by the dramatic landscape of mount Parnassos.
Settle in your hotel at the next picturesque village with stone-built houses and cobbled streets and head towards Chrisso village, where one of the most beautiful and accessible hiking paths of the area starts, connecting Delphi to the seaside port of Itea, Kirra. Walk through the heart of the famous ancient olive grove that expands between Delphi and the sea, listed by UNESCO as a unique landscape composed of more than 1,5 million olive centennial trees.
Day 5: Kid-Friendly Tour of Delphi, Painting with Kids in Nature
Journey to the most sacred place in ancient Greek civilization, walking amongst stunning ruins and learning all about the secrets of the old Greek prophecies. Delphi acts as a symbol of unity for the Hellenic world and is home to numerous renowned monuments, such as the Temple of Apollo, the Athenian Treasury, and further up the well-preserved Theater with beautiful views. Your knowledgeable family-friendly guide will share insight into Delphi’s religious and political significance in ancient Greece and make the marbles get alive.
After the educational Delphi tour, explore your artistic skills with your kids in a painting workshop together with an artist-pedagogue. Choose your favorite scene of Delphi or its natural surroundings and work to create your own masterpiece. In the afternoon, you may enjoy the island-like views in coastal Galaxidi with the authentic fish taverns.
Day 6: Drive to Meteora, Explore the Meteora Monasteries, dinner with a view to Meteora rocks
Meteora combines a dramatic geological phenomenon with a cultural site of extraordinary value. Towering rock formations hold centuries-old monasteries perched in the sky that date back to a time when access to their heights was nearly impossible. Wander through this unique landscape and indulge yourself in awe as you explore every given wonder of this imposing site, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage.
Before heading to the restaurant to taste the scrumptious local cuisine, give yourself some time to absorb the panoramic scenic views from the garden of your family-friendly hotel.
Day 7: Travel to Naxos Island, Free afternoon in Naxos town
Naxos is the largest and among the top-3 family-friendly islands in the Cyclades. It combines long sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters with a beautiful inland featuring lush nature, quaint traditional villages, and historical sites! Drop your luggage to your beachfront hotel, and enjoy the shallow waters and the facilities, in the ideal place to stay with your family.
Seize the afternoon and discover the dusky beauty of Naxos’ main town (Chora). Start with a stroll around the narrow streets with their distinctive white and blue accents and notice the unique placement of the buildings which protects from the heat and wind, and historically from external threats.
Day 8: Free Beach Day in Naxos, local Sunset Dinner
Featuring smaller crowds than its Cycladic neighbors, Naxos makes it easy to find your own slice of paradise on its famed golden beaches. Spoil your family by choosing the perfect one for you and create your own endless Greek summer adventure! After a day full of fun, sun soaking and playing by the sea, enjoy an authentic local dinner and discover the Mediterranean cuisine in the Naxian delicious expression.
Day 9: Naxos Mythology Private Tour for Families, Ceramic Class for Kids
Naxos is full of culture, as it was the commercial center of the Cycladic civilization. Find yourself inside a unique exploration of the inland rural Naxos, discovering ancient sites dedicated to some of the major ancient Greek Gods. Your expert kid-friendly guide will merge the island’s history, mythology, natural environment, current tradition and introduce you to the entity of all the elements that feature Naxos’ essence.
Depending on the age of your kids and your interests, you will have the opportunity to hike along paths connecting the ancient marble quarries with the traditional Cycladic settlements and see the massive statues of Kouros laying on the ground for thousands years now, visit the Temple of Demeter and Apollo (“Portara“), as well as create your own ancient pot in a ceramic class designed for kids together with a local artist-pedagogue.
Day 10: Mykonos & Delos Day Trip, Mosaic Workshop on Mykonos
Depart from Naxos’ port and relish a day trip to Delos and the cosmopolitan Mykonos Island. Enjoy strolling through the flower-clad and colorful backstreets of the picturesque Little Venice, stop to admire the famous windmills, peruse the local shops, try the local delicacies or take part in a mosaic workshop that kids love!
Day 11: Travel to Santorini, Trace the best view spots along the Caldera
As the ferry approaches the port of Santorini, there is a moment of radio silence on the boat. Caldera, with the colorful volcanic rock formations and the postcard-perfect white cliffside houses will salute you like modern sirens. It is a breathtaking moment when you encounter Caldera on Santorini for the first time. And that is one of the many memorable moments you will experience in this family trip. This gorgeous island, the creation of a volcanic eruption thousands of years ago, is not the kid-friendliest place on earth, but MAMAKITA has traced the most kid-friendly tours and accommodation, so that you don’t miss anything from its beauty, while exploring one of the top highlights of Greece with kids.
Enjoy your afternoon walking along the caldera path that connects Fira, the “capital” of the island with Firostefani and Imerovigli and trace the best sunset view spots. We will tell you how to avoid the crowds, where you will find the best sunset spot and which are the most authentic places to dine!
Day 12: Explore Oia and the Beaches of Santorini
Visit Oia away from the crowds and enjoy a free beach day! You can choose among Kamari Beach, Perissa / Perivolos Beach, and Monolithos, home to Santorini’s best sand, and the most family-friendly beach on the island.
Day 13: Santorini Private tour for Families: Meet local arts & crafts
During this private family-friendly tour of Santorini, you will visit the Akrotiri site and the interactive “Lost Atlantis” museum to learn more about the volcano and the Cycladic civilization. Then skip the touristy side of Santorini, visit Megalochori village, two local workshops and a farm to meet the locals and get acquainted with the island’s local life and traditional waterless farming, arts and crafts.
Day 14: Volcano Boat Tour with BBQ Dinner
At the end of this journey, you cannot miss a boat tour in the island’s caldera and the volcano. You will visit the natural hot springs, and Thirassia, the second-largest island within the caldera. Before you return to Santorini’s main port, you will stop at Ammoudi and Armeni to see these picturesque harbors from the unique vantage point of your boat.
Now, take some time to cherish all the images and valuable memories you created on this trip with your family, as your Greek journey completes.
Need some help in trip planning by the best family travel agents in Greece? MAMAKITA family travel specialists can customize this itinerary in the highlights of Greece with kids, according to your preferences, age of kids, travel pace and budget. Enjoy your family trips in Greece without worrying about family friendly accommodation or kid-friendly tours and activities by making your request here.