- Accommodation for 7 nights with breakfast
- Rafting, hiking, biking and sea kayaking
- Tickets for archaeological sites, museums and caves
- Activity guides
- Three meals with one drink included
Single supplement: 135 €
For the 3rd, 4th person sharing a family room in Tripoli and family room in Nafplio, the price is: 790€ p.p.
High Season: +80€/p.p. (July-Aug. & October half-term)
Extra Transfers: From/To Athens Airport or Athens: 190€ both ways (up to 4 persons).
* All sightseeing tours are in English. Requests for other languages can be serviced with extra charge.
Price does not include:
- Flight tickets
- Meals/dinners on days where it is not referred in the program
- Day-trips and tickets on free days
Recommended min age: 7yrs
- Excluding flights
- Double room or family room available
- Discount for 3rd,4th person sharing room
About this holiday
Our Family Activity Holidays in Greece is a top rated small group tour especially designed for families. Nowhere else in Greece will you find a holiday package offering such a diversity of activities in beautiful surroundings in sea and mountain, combined with a 3000 years old history! It is so much more than being active, as you will meet in depth the Greek culture, visit archeological sites and experience the ancient Greek myths, while you will explore so many places of Peloponnese!
You will participate in activities such as biking, rafting, hiking, sea kayaking and water sports (or scuba diving). All activities are children friendly but also very interesting for the parents. In your free time you can also arrange a day-trip to some of the famous archeological sites of the area such as Acropolis of Athens, ancient Olympia, Mycenae, Epidaurus and Sparta or just enjoy the Greek beach.
Our bases are Nafplio and Tripoli, in the central and north-east Peloponnese, in the heart of the ancient world, where the blessed and historic mountains meet the blue seas and its sandy beaches. Tripoli was the capital of Peloponnese during the Ottoman Empire, and is nowadays a beautiful small town that managed to avoid mass-tourism, today offering you the pure Greek way of living. No need to say much about the famous city of Nafplio. A truly magical place, surrounded by plenty of natural beauties and unique beaches and indeed an important historical city of the modern history of Greece (Palamidi Castle known for the 999 steps).
You can even create your own program of day-trips and activities suited to your budget or length of holidays.
Why choose this holiday?
In this tour you will combine activities with history, avoid mass-tourism, join a small group of similar aged kids and explore Peloponnese.
Small group holiday
Typically you will be sharing your experience with 3-4 other families (depending on dates and how many others are booked on the trip) and you’ll have a group leader with you. We form groups of families with similar aged kids. While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you’ll have plenty of privacy and plenty of personal time.
You will stay in cozy 3* hotels in Tripoli and Nafplio. We offer family rooms(depending on availability) with independent bedroom for the parents.
Responsible travel holiday
Responsible travel is a new way of travelling for all those who prefer authenticity of experiences, life and culture instead of mass tourism. It’s about respecting and benefiting local people and the environment – but it’s about far more than that. Responsible travel is about bringing you closer to local cultures and environments by involving local people in tourism. It’s about doing this in a fair way that helps ensure that they will give you an even warmer welcome. For example, a local guide from the destination will open your eyes to their cultures and ways of life far better than an
expat guide could ever do.
The responsible travelers want to get a little bit more out of their travels, and to give a little bit back to the special places and people that they encounter. They want deeper and more real travel experiences. The responsible traveler values authenticity and experiences integral to local people’s traditions, cultures and rituals – rather than those created for tourism, or those whose existing meanings and uses have become lost as they have been packaged up for tourism. No more ‘Greek nights’ in resorts with the only Greek people there to serve food please!
Choosing our holidays, you choose responsible holidays. One of our biggest concerns is to secure that tourism will not affect negatively our area in ecological and also socio-cultural way, and also that the locals will mostly benefit from your travel. Our company which is the organizer and operator of this package is local-based and all our guides and employees are locals too. In this trip, you will be given printed material about how to apply maximum responsibility during your holidays. We also, as a company, offer 1% of the total price per participant of this holiday for the environment, for offsetting the carbon emissions caused by this trip. This money is
going to be used, in cooperation with the local Forestry Office, the Greek Climbing Club of Tripoli and the Tripoli Ecologist Club, for reforestation in our mountains, which have been hit by great fires in the summer of 2007.
Day by day itinerary
DAY 1: We welcome you at the Kalamata Airport (pick up from Athens Airport can be arranged with extra charge). Then transfer to Tripoli, in the centre of Peloponnese, and arrival at the hotel with a typical homemade welcome dinner. You will also have the chance to explore the night life of the city if you wish, which has plenty of cafes, bars and clubs. Overnight in Tripoli.
DAY 2: Rafting: Today, we will head to Loussios River close to the traditional settlement Karytena which is built on a frabjous rock.
Loussios, one of the most beautiful rivers of Greece, attracts people from all over the world and is the river where Zeus used to bathe himself according to Greek Mythology!
The descent is of 2nd degree of difficulty, starting from Loussios, continuing to Alfios River, and ending to the spectacular bridge of “Koukos”. At first, our guides will teach you the rafting basics so you can easily control the raft and enjoy the route. During the descent, you will also have the chance to swim in the river and admire the unique nature of Greek mainland. In the end, lunch will be served in the rafting base. As optional we can arrange for you a cooking lesson with traditional Greek recipes, like tzatziki, spinach pie and Greek salad. Overnight in Tripoli.
DAY 3: Biking: Today, our guide will take you for a leisurely 20 Km tour with your bikes in the Tripoli plateau, through the villages. During your ride, you will also pass from the ancient city of Tegea, the most important city of Arcadia in antiquity. In Tegea, you will see the byzantine church of the city built exactly over the ancient Greek theatre and the Agora, which is found and saved by the archaeologists. You will also visit the brand new local archaeological museum and pass from the ancient temple of Alea Athenian Alea settlement. This temple is the biggest in Peloponnese after the temple of Olympian Zeus in Olympia. Burnt in about 395 BC and restored in 340 BC by the sculptor Scopas, it housed the ivory statue of Athena.
The net biking time is about 2, 5 hours and the route is very easy even for children. The afternoon is free for relaxation or for spending your time in the city. After the biking, we visit the unique Kapsia Cave, a true masterpiece for the eyes of the visitor under the earth, aged over than 3.000.000 years! Also you can spend half day to Astros, a very beautiful fish village, in order to relax after the cycling. Overnight in Tripoli.
DAY 4: Sea kayaking: This day is dedicated to the Greek sea. In the morning you depart for Kalamata. You will spend about 3 Hours Sea kayaking in the blue waters of the Messinian gulf. You will follow a coastal route and passing by magnificent beaches and rocky landscapes, you will end up in Kalamata.
After that you will have the chance to explore the city for the rest of the day.
There you can swim in the beautiful beach, sunbath, play at the water obstacle course, take a walk at the city and go shopping of traditional goods.
You will return relaxed and full of experiences in Tripoli. Overnight Tripoli.
DAY 5: Hiking: This day includes hiking in the magical Lousios gorge with the hidden monasteries built among the rocks. In this place, natural beauty meets history in a combination that only a place like Peloponnese can offer!
Taking our minibus we arrive at another traditional settlement, Dimitsana in mountainous Arcadia. Firstly, we will visit the outdoor Hydromovement Open Air Museum, the unique in the Balkans, to see how the locals were using the energy from the power of the water. The museum complex includes the renovated buildings of a watermill, a tannery and a powder shop, complete with their original machinery and equipment. Each of these old, restored buildings houses an exhibition related to its former industrial use.
Then we will move on to the byzantine Filosofou monastery, where is the beginning of our hiking experience. The crossing of the gorge will last about two and a half hours and in our route we will meet 2 more monasteries, the ancient Filosofou monastery or “secret school” which is the oldest and most historical monastery in Arcadia and one of the oldest Greek Byzantine sites, and the Prodromou monastery, which played significant role during the Greek revolution of 1821 against the Ottomans, being used as a shelter for the Greek fighters.
Finally, our crossing ends in the findings of a 2500 year old city, ancient Gortys, from where the Spartans where passing on their way to Olympia to participate in the Olympic Games!
The best part is left for the end, as the program includes picnic and relaxation next to the river under the trees! Overnight in Tripoli.
DAY 6: Water Sports: In the morning you pack your luggage and depart for Nafplio. You will spend a full day in the fantastic Karathona beach, just outside Nafplio. The beach is very well organized and you can find beach bars, taverns and plenty of sand to play around, ideal for the kids. There, you will have the chance to do some water sports like windsurfing, canoe, sea bike, tubes etc and also scuba diving as long as you have prearranged it with us. Your last evening in Greece will be free so you can enjoy the superb nightlife of Nafplio. Overnight in Nafplio.
DAY 7: Free day: Today you have plenty of options. You can spend all your day relaxing, sunbathing or do water sports again. But it’s up to you if you want to do something else, like explore Nafplio or participate on a sailing half-day trip.
In addition we can also arrange for you a day-trip to archeological sites like ancient Olympia, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Nemea and Sparta or even in Athens to visit Acropolis. Overnight in Nafplio.
DAY 8: Taking our luggage with us, we leave Nafplio and the hotel and head to Kalamata airport for departure. Just like on day 1 we can arrange your transfer to Athens in case you depart from Athens airport (with extra charge). In this case and if you have time we can have a stop in the Corinth Canal of Isthmos, one of the world’s 19th century engineering masterpiece’s history (the first attempt to build the canal was in 602 B.C)or a visit to the world renowned Acropolis. The visit can include of course, both Acropolis with the Parthenon, the masterpiece of the ancient Greek engineering, and the new archeological museum with the impressive heritage that our ancestors left to us. When tour is finished, we will transport you to the airport to catch your flight. We the Greeks don’t like to say goodbye. Instead we prefer to say «Εις το επανιδείν» (es to epanidin) which means that we hope to see you again sometime!