Mediterranean Marvels: A Family Adventure in Italy and Greece
Explore the Mediterranean's treasures with your family on a 16-day adventure in Italy and Greece.
On this amazing itinerary, you and the kids will all have fun exploring the best that Rome, Florence, and Venice have to offer.
But wait, there’s more: Once you reach Greece, the whole family will enjoy fantastic outings in Athens, the Peloponnese, and Crete. With Greeking.me, you truly can have a great vacation to share with the entire family.
Your trip will begin in “The Eternal City.”
Our driver will pick you up at the airport, give you a warm Italian welcome, and take you to your hotel in the city. You and the kids will have a chance to settle in at your hotel and rest up that night before your first set of adventures in Italy.
The next day, we’re taking you behind the scenes and showing you where so much ancient history happened! On this tour, you will venture into the heart of ancient Rome and give the kids a treasure trove of unforgettable experiences at the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and the Colosseum.
And since you will have skip-the-lines expedited access throughout the day, everyone will get to wait less and do more in Rome!
For your last full day in Rome, you will take the ultimate tour of Vatican City! If your kids are into art history, they will love getting up close and personal with Renaissance-era masterpieces like Michaelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoes, his Pietà sculpture at St. Peter’s Basilica, and the ancient Apollo Belvedere and Laocoön & His Sons at the Vatican Museums.
Even if the kids are not into art, there’s plenty for them to do throughout the Vatican, and your expedited access will ensure that no one gets bored while waiting in line.
On the fourth day, we will provide a safe and comfortable train ride to the fabulous city of Florence. If anyone in the family is a train lover, then this day will be particularly fun as you ride a modern Italian train and enjoy timeless views of the Tuscan countryside.
Upon arrival at the train station in Florence, we will transport you to your new hotel in town.
On day 5, you will take the ultimate art tour at the Galleria dell’Accademia, one of the world’s most famous museums.
Here is where you will find Michaelangelo’s iconic David sculpture, and here you will learn more about the artist, his creative process, and how he turned his vibrant visions into timeless works of art.
On the sixth day, we will take you to another of Florence’s finest art museums! At the Uffizi Gallery, you will find glorious artistic treasures like Leonardo da Vinci’s Annunciation and Adoration of the Magi, along with Titian’s Venus of Urbino and Sandro Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus.
In addition, you will get to see local landmarks like the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, Palazzo Vecchio in Piazza della Signoria, and the Ponte Vecchio bridge. When you and the little ones are ready for a refreshing dessert, you will also get to try some real Florentine gelato!
For day 7, you will hop on the train, where you can relax and enjoy the ride up north to Venice.
Check into your new hotel, then embark on an action-packed, kid-friendly tour of the city that includes two of Venice’s greatest landmarks, St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace.
Your private guide will keep everyone on their heels and in their feels (in the best possible way) with entertaining stories, fascinating facts, and jaw-dropping mysteries.
The following morning, make sure to bring your best appetites because we will send you a great foodie tour of the city. Taste some of the best that Venice has to offer at 5 locally owned spots in the city’s delectable San Polo and Dorsoduro neighborhoods.
You will also learn all about cicchetti, the Venetian specialties that pack a ton of flavor into small plates, and you’ll try a local gelato-based dessert that’s earned rave reviews for over eight decades
On the ninth day, you will have to say arrivederci (or goodbye) to Italy. But that’s only because you will soon say yassou (or hello) to Greece!
Once you check out of your hotel in Venice, we will transport you to your hotel; then you will catch your flight to Athens. Upon arriving, we’ll take care of your transportation to your hotel and let you enjoy some time to rest or relax for the rest of the day.
The next morning, we will set you up with a friendly and knowledgeable local guide, then send you off on an exciting, family-friendly tour of the Acropolis.
Whether your kids are fascinated with Greek history or they want to see a lot of “cool stuff,” there’s plenty here for the whole family to see and do.
Your guide will explain the history behind the mythology represented at the Acropolis’ monuments, including the Propylaea, the Temple of Nike, the Erechtheion, and the Parthenon.
You can also opt for 3D iPad enhancement to catch glimpses of the Acropolis as it looked in the fifth century BCE.
Nafplio, Mycenae, and Epidaurus
On day 11, you will be leaving Athens to discover more of Greece’s wonders of the Peloponnese. We will take care of your transportation from Athens to Nafplio, then you will check into your hotel in town.
The following day, we will send you on an epic tour of the historic archaeological sites of Mycenae and Epidaurus.
At Mycenae, you will discover the Lion Gate, which served as the gateway to the Bronze Age citadel that once stood here, as well as the incredible Tomb of Clytemnestra and the Treasury of Atreus.
At Epidaurus, you will tour the Sanctuary of Asclepius and the Ancient Theatre, which are so incredible that they became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.
Following your day trip, we will bring everyone back to the hotel for the night.
For your thirteenth day, we will pick you up at your hotel in Athens and transport you to the airport, where you will fly to the enchanted island of Crete. Upon your arrival, we will then take you to your new hotel on the island.
On day 14, you will have the chance to create your own culinary masterpieces. We will transport you to a private kitchen in the countryside near Heraklion, where you will try your own hands at traditional Cretan recipes while using the finest locally-sourced ingredients.
Your menu will include traditional Greek foods like dakos (or soaked dried bread with tomatoes and cheese) in dolmadakia (grape leaves stuffed with rice and vegetables).
Especially if your kids like to experiment in the kitchen, they will love this cooking class! Once you’re done cooking, you can all enjoy the fruit of your labor, plus the adults will get to try some fine Cretan wines.
For your final day in Greece, we will whisk you away to the center of Europe’s first civilization.
The kids (and the “kids at heart”) will have a monumental time exploring the legendary Palace of Knossos, and you will all learn the history behind the legends of Daedalus and Icarus, the labyrinth of the Minotaur, and the love story of Theseus and Ariadne that were all set here.
You will also visit the recently renovated Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, where you will find many more jaw-dropping ancient artifacts.
After your busy day of adventures around Crete, we will return you to your hotel for your final night in Greece.
Though your time with us will be coming to a close, we have one more thing to take care of: making sure you and the whole family make it to your flight(s) home on time.
Once you check out of your hotel, we will pick you up and promptly get you to the airport. We’re so glad you want to bring the family with you to tour Italy and Greece with us, and we promise to deliver great experiences that will result in lasting and cherished memories.
These are our top accommodation options for this trip. We only feature particular hand-picked hotels, which our team has carefully inspected. These hotels have received great feedback from our previous guests.
Amirandes Grecotel is a 5-star hotel in Crete that offers complete relaxation and a unique experience of luxury that will make you never want to leave.
Domes Zeen Elounda is a luxury resort that will introduce you to a world of comfort, luxury, and stunning facilities!
Indulge in the essence of timeless elegance and exceptional hospitality at Hotel Calimala, where every moment is a refined blend of luxury and comfort, creating an enchanting stay in the heart of Florence.
Experience the epitome of Venetian charm and luxury at Hotel Heureka, where every moment is a masterpiece waiting to be discovered.
Indulge in the timeless charm of Venice and elevate your experience at Hotel Moresco, with luxury, elegance, and authentic Venetian hospitality.
Elevate your stay to unparalleled luxury at Hotel Palazzo Manfredi and immerse yourself in a world of refined elegance and exceptional service.
Indulge in the epitome of luxury and hospitality at Hotel Spadai, where every moment is a captivating blend of comfort and elegance.
Indulge in a unique blend of comfort and charm at Nerva Boutique Hotel, where every moment becomes a treasured memory.
- Boutique 4-5* accommodation
- All private tours with excellent licensed guides, as described in the itinerary
- All private transfers with professional drivers and luxury vehicles
- All domestic and international (Greece/Italy) flights/trains/ferries
- All taxes and VAT
- Personal travel insurance
- Personal expenses
- Intercontinental flights (from/to United States)