Gods, Gladiators, and Gelato: A Family Expedition to Naples, Rome, Athens and the Peloponnese
Embark on an unforgettable family journey through Italy and Greece! Explore ancient wonders in Naples and Rome, discover the secrets of the Acropolis in Athens, and delve into Greek mythology in the Peloponnese. Family memories await on this 13-day adventure.
If you ever thought that a family-friendly trip to Southern Europe isn’t really possible, then think again! No matter when you’re planning to visit Italy and Greece, we can put together a fantastic trip full of exciting excursions that you and your children will love. On this 13-day trip, you relive ancient Roman history at Pompeii and the Colosseum, walk the hallowed ground where legends are made at the Acropolis in Athens, and go for the gold at the place at the town where the Olympic tradition began. At Greeking.me, we bring history to life, and we love to help you make lasting memories that the whole family will cherish!
Naples and Pompeii
Your trip will begin in Naples, Italy’s third most populous city and the anchor of one of the world’s oldest continually inhabited urban regions.
Once you arrive at the airport, we will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel in the city. Feel free to take the kids out for a special dinner in town, or take it easy on your first night and prepare for your many adventures.
The next day, you will embark on an incredible tour of Pompeii, where you will tour the ancient ruins that continue to capture the world’s attention to this day.
You will also have lunch at a special location where you can taste la dolce vita (or the sweet life) while enjoying incredible views of the region.
Once you’re done in Pompeii, we will provide your transportation back to Naples for one more incredible night in the city.
On your third day, you will have a ticket to ride, and you can sit back and relax on the train as you make your way to Rome.
Once you arrive in 'The Eternal City,' we will take you to a fabulous hotel in the heart of town, where you will call home for the next three nights.
The next morning, you will take the ultimate tour of two of Rome’s most timeless landmarks: the Colosseum and the Roman Forum!
Specially designed for families with children aged six and up, this tour lets you relive ancient Rome's glory, including cool multimedia enhancements.
You can follow in the footsteps of emperors and gladiators. And since this tour includes expedited entry, everyone can have more fun at the Colosseum and spend less time waiting in line.
On day 5, you will enjoy the ultimate VIP experience with a special Vatican City tour. You will visit the Vatican Museums, including the Courtyard of the Pinecones, the Gallery of the Statues, the Gallery of the Tapestries, and the Gallery of the Maps.
While the exhibits and collections at the Vatican Museums can cover some heavy subjects, your guide will make sure to make your trip fun and enjoyable for the whole family.
In addition, you will go to the Sistine Chapel and see Michaelangelo’s world-famous ceiling frescoes for yourselves!
On your sixth day, you will have to leave Italy. But this is only because it will be time for you to come to Greece!
We will pick you up at your hotel in Rome, then we will take you to the airport, so you can catch your flight to Athens. We will also arrange your transportation from Athens Airport to your new hotel here.
The next morning, we will bring you along on a tour of the Acropolis that’s specially designed for the whole family to enjoy.
We will share many of the fascinating stories of the iconic Parthenon temple, plus you will discover more of the real history behind the legends involving the Temple of Nike, the Erechtheion, the sacred olive tree, and additional famous monuments throughout the Acropolis.
Our tour includes an expert guide, fascinating puzzles, informational booklets, and even a 3D Acropolis (via an iPad) experience where you can see the Acropolis as it looked during ancient times!
Nafplio, Mycenae, and Epidaurus
On day 8, you will be leaving Athens to do more adventures and experience more of Greece in the Peloponnese peninsula.
Located southwest of Athens, the Peloponnese is chock full of incredible ancient history and timeless natural beauty. We will provide your transportation from Athens to Nafplio, then you will check into your new hotel here.
The following day, we will send you on an exciting 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 used to stand here, as well as the impressive Tomb of Clytemnestra and the Treasury of Atreus.
At Epidaurus, you will make your way to the Sanctuary of Asclepius and the Ancient Theatre, which are so monumental that they became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.
Following your day trip, we will bring all of you back to the hotel for the night.
Kalamata and Olympia
Though we’re reaching the final leg of your trip, you will still have plenty more to see and do in the Peloponnese!
From Nafplio, we will provide you with a private transfer to Kalamata. Perhaps you’ve heard of the olives growing here, but there’s much more to see and do beyond the olive trees! Once you check in to your hotel in town, you will soon be able to see for yourselves.
On day 11, you will ascend to new heights at the ancient birthplace of the Olympics!
At Olympia, you will see why this was a major religious sanctuary for ancient Greece, plus you will tour the archaeological sites where ancient Olympic games were held as early as the eighth century BCE.
You won’t have to run any races here, but we won’t fault you and the kids for declaring yourselves the champions as we retrace the moves of ancient Greece’s most storied athletes.
For your final full day in Greece, we will take you on a fascinating tour of the Messinian countryside.
Discover verdant mountains, dazzling beaches, charming villages, and much more as you experience this special corner of the Peloponnese peninsula that tourists often overlook, yet never disappoint those who journey here.
Though your time with us will come to an end, we will close out this trip by providing comfortable and timely transportation from your hotel to the airport, so everyone can make it home safely and on time. We’re always glad to welcome visitors to Greece and Italy, and we hope to see you here with us soon!
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.
Andronis Athens BC is a boutique, centrally located hotel that aims to offer its guests the time of their lives and wrap them in style and comfort.
Athens 1890 Hotel & Spa is a luxury hotel in the center of Athens that will become your home away from home.
Athens Capital Center Hotel is a 5-star hotel in downtown Athens that offers unmatched services in an idyllic setting of opulence and glamor.
Athens Ikon Hotel is a 4-star hotel that provides its guests with exclusive services and luxury amenities in the historic Greek capital.
Experience the epitome of luxury, design, and unparalleled hospitality at Chapter Roma Hotel!
COCO-Mat Athens BC is a 5-star hotel located in Athens where comfort meets luxury and idyllic views of the Acropolis.
Embark on an unforgettable Roman sojourn at Hotel Artemide, where timeless elegance and impeccable service converge for an exceptional stay.
Elevate your stay in Rome to unparalleled elegance and comfort at Hotel Barocco, where timeless luxury and exceptional hospitality create a truly memorable experience.
Experience the heart of Rome's vibrant history and culture by immersing yourself in the enchanting surroundings of Hotel Campo de’ Fiori.
Indulge in the ultimate Roman experience by choosing Roma Fori Imperiali for timeless luxury and prime location!
- Boutique 4-5* accommodation
- All private tours with licensed guides, as described in the itinerary
- All private transfers with luxury vehicles and professional drivers
- All domestic and international flights/trains/ferries
- Skip the line entrance fees at all sites
- All taxes and VAT
- Meals, unless mentioned in the itinerary
- Personal travel insurance
- Personal expenses