Mythology and Botany
Exploring the Botanical Garden of Athens with kids
What connects the pine trees with Pitys, the nymph with whom God Pan fell in love?
What is the relationship between the first feminist Rodanthe of Corinth and the roses?
Which tree is named after a young noble man who killed by mistake his precious and beloved deer?
In the Botanical Garden “Ioulia & Alexandros N. Diomidis”, which is the largest in southeastern Mediterranean and home to 4000 species and subspecies of plants, amazing things happen! In our family private tour, we learn all about the relationship of Man with Nature and Plants. Amazing stories please our minds and the spectacular landscape of the pine forest, one of the oldest in Attica, amazes our soul.
Gods, goddesses and nymphs are playing with our imagination and travel us upon time. Ancient Greeks lived inside forests and close to nature for centuries, they feared and worshipped nature. The sea, the sky, the streams, the lakes, the trees, the fountains were Gods and some of them were just mortals, who changed their shape to become a rock, a tree or an animal. Get prepared to listen to stories among others, about Aphrodite’s myrtle (Myrtus communis), Apollo’s laurel (Laurus nobilis) and Zeus’ oak tree (Quercus sp.).
At the end of your tour, you can enjoy your meal in the Botanical Garden next to a well-protected playground, where children can play, and continue your day to the Daphni Monastery and the ancient Sacred Way “Iera Odos”, the road that connected the Acropolis of Athens and the Sacred Gate of Kerameikos with Eleusis and the Sanctuary of Demeter.
Add-ons: A family full-day private tour along the ancient “Sacred Way” including a guided visit to the archaeological site of Kerameikos and the archaeological site of Eleusis with a licensed tour guide is available upon request. You can read more about the route here.
Ideal for families with children of all ages. Route adjusted in case of strollers.
Period of operation: Throughout the year
Duration: About 1 hour
The price includes: guided tour with storytelling in the Botanical Garden by biologist/naturalist experienced in kids (meals are not included)