Dates: June 28 - July 7, 2018
Total Duration: 10 days
Cost: From $7,995 per person, double occupancy; From $6,495 third person triple; $500 discount per child ages (7-18), sharing with adult (not applicable to third person in triple)
Deposit (per participant): $1,000
Activity level: Moderately Active
Department of History
Vehicle: Running On Waves
Tour Operator: Criterion Travel, Inc.
Region: Western Europe
Long known as the "cradle of Western civilization," Greece is among the best destinations in the world for an educational family adventure. Athens and the Peloponnese Peninsula deliver an enticing blend of history, diverse cultural influences, stunning natural beauty, and archaeological treasures.
From Athens, an overland journey takes you across the Corinth Canal to the majestic Temple of Apollo and Nemea, where antiquity's Nemean Games were held. In the colorful seaport town of Nafplio, board our privately chartered 18-cabin yacht Running on Waves for a seven-night cruise around the sun-drenched coast of the Peloponnese Peninsula. Delve into treasures of antiquity at the World Heritage site of Epidaurus, the citadel of Mycenae, and the medieval fortress town of Monemvasia. Take a boat ride through the stalagmites and stalactites in the Diros Caves and swim in the clear waters surrounding the Mani Peninsula. At ancient Olympia, the site of the original Olympic Games, take part in a foot race on the track with fellow travelers. Learn the mysteries of the oracle at Delphi, and cruise through the towering Corinth Canal back to Athens.
A full schedule of daily activities, excursions to archaeological sites, and educational content is designed for children seven years of age and older. Young travelers will learn about the gods and heroes of Greek mythology, practice speaking Greek words and phrases, hold foot races in the venues used in the original Olympic competitions, try Greek dancing, and make new friends. There will also be time to relax together, swim in the ocean, and stroll through the delightful villages of the Peloponnese. This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce children to classical antiquity and create meaningful family memories.
Pre-trip optional extension: Athens