Tours in Greece, Tips for a great family trip

Should you book a tour during your trip to Greece? We did!

Guides were a great part of our recent trip to Greece. They give you background on the culture and sights. If you study before you go, they can add on to your knowledge and give you an even deeper perspective.

Beach in Crete that says Tours in Greece: Tips for a GREAT trip

**Some of these were sponsored experiences but not all and either way..these are my own, always honest, opinions**

During our trip to Greece we used several guides and companies along the way to make this ‘Happy BIG birthday trip’ the best vacation ever!

Tours in Greece – Athens

G.O. Tours – Athens Overview

Fantasy Travel arranged this tour which was an overview of the city and sights. On our very first day in Athens we were picked up at our hotel and taken to a central location. Here we met other buses who had also picked up travelers at their hotels. After a bit of ‘musical chairs’ to get us all sorted into the right bus we set off.

This overview tour had us driving around town while the guide explained about what we were seeing out of the window. Since we were heavily in the throws of jet lag, this low key day was perfect for us.

We did have a stop at the Panathenaic Stadium where we were just amazed to be standing at a site that has been in use for SO LONG. When you are from the United States, which is such a young country, it is easy to be just stunned at the age of things in other countries. This multi use stadium has seen lots of sporting events since it was originally built in the 6th century BC including the opening ceremonies of the first modern olympics in 1896. Now, fully restored it is the only stadium in the world made completely of marble.

Panathenaic Stadium in Athens Greece

A key stop on this tour is the Acropolis museum. This is a great spot to visit either before or after heading to the top of the Parthenon. I was especially excited to see the columns that look like ladies (Caryatids). The originals are in the museum safe and sound out of the weather and pollution.

back of caryatid statues in Acropolis museum in Athens, Greece

Over all – EXCELLENT tour we highly recommend.

Tours in Greece – Athens

Greeking ME – Athens Highlights Walking Tour

Firstly, I love the name of this tour company! This tour was also arranged for us by Fantasy Travel. We found their travel agency so easy to work with and full of all sorts of helpful information for a traveler.

Penelope was our guide and she met us at the fountain in Syntagma Square. I loved the walking tour so much because it gave us so much flexibility. We grabbed a snack on the way and were nibbling it when we met Penelope.

This was a private tour so we customized it to what we wanted to see, but since this was only our second day in Athens, we pretty much wanted to see everything! We started with the Evzones soldiers who guard the tomb of the unknown soldier. With Penelope, our guide, we saw the plaka area, Hadrian’s library, Monastiraki Square, Psirri and learned a lot about mythology and culture.

The Educational Tourist in front of Evzone in Athens, Greece

Over all – EXCELLENT tour we highly recommend.

Tours in Greece – Meteora Area and Kalamabaka

Visit Meteora – Meteora Monasteries Tour

I’m so thankful a friend, who is from Greece, suggested visiting this area. I was shocked to find the monasteries of the Meteora area are not on everyone’s list of things to see in Greece. You absolutely HAVE to visit this incredible area.

Read how to get to Meteora from Athens!

Visit Meteora was sooo easy to work with and had the friendliest people. We had two tours there – a sunset tour and then a morning tour. The buses were comfortable and had wonderful AC, which was really important because it was really, REALLY hot when we were there.

Monastery in Kalambaka Greece

Note about AC – Sometimes Air Conditioning means different things to different people. Read more about how to deal with the differences here!

Overall – EXCELLENT tours and area – a MUST see experience!

Tours in Greece – Santorini

Santorini Day Tours – 1/2 Day Tour ending with Sunset

Oh, what a wonderful tour. I can not say enough fantastic things about this tour – you just have to take it. We had the bus and guide all to ourselves. He showed us around the entire island and was so energetic and passionate about the island! He knew the place like the back of his hand and that was super handy and the best thing…he handled parking etc. in the very busy Oia.

The Educational Tourist's family at red sand beach in Santorini, Greece

He took us only where we wanted to go which I really appreciated. I wouldn’t be surprised if the guides get some $ when they take you to certain spots like say…wineries. We travel with the kids and aren’t big on wine so a long day of wineries were not on our list of things to do. The guide didn’t even blink and was happy to show us other things.

Overall – Do NOT miss this easy and fantastic way to see the island. It is the BEST way to see the sunset as well.

Tours in Greece – Day Trip from Athens – Corinth

Chat Tours Ancient Corinth 1/2 Day

This cool tour was set up for us by Aegean Thesaurus. We LOVED this tour guide. He was sooo energetic and enthusiastic and entertaining. LOVED him.

Corinth Canal in Greece with sailboat

Firstly, the bus was large and comfortable for the 1 hour 30 min drive to Corinth. Our first stop was to see the Corinth Canal. Wow!! What an amazing place! This spot is the most narrow place where the mainland attaches to the Peloponnese peninsula. Once upon a long, long time ago, ships would take all the stuff they carried to the east side of the peninsula and unload it on to the land. Then, a skeleton crew took the ship all the way around the large peninsula to the other side. The rest of the crew stayed on the land with the cargo and DRUG it all the way across to the other side. Wow. No wonder this canal was built! Imagine the time, energy and sweat that saved!!

The stop in Ancient Corinth was really interesting. We saw the ruins and explored the museum.

The Educational Tourist with temple ruins in Ancient Corinth, Greece

Overall – EXCELLENT choice for a day trip from Athens.

What type of traveler are you? Trying to figure out which type of trip to plan? Read more about planning the perfect trip in these related posts:

Traveler VS Tourist – Does it matter?

Traveling is all a matter of perspective

Simple Joys – Traveling with a Child’s Perspective

Comfort Zone – Get out of Yours

The Educational Tourist in front of Acropolis in Athens, Greece

Happy Travels,

Natalie, The Educational Tourist

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4 Responses

  1. Sarah says:

    Love taking 1/2 day and full gay tours. Great way to get a little extra information, find out about great places to eat or things to see that most tourists miss. Think they can really enhance your travel experience.

  2. I would love to take all of these tours, especially the Athens Highlights Walking Tour! When’s the best time of the year to go to Greece?

  3. Amy gonzalez says:

    That’s amazing, i been to Greece last year and after seen your post i realize i have miss a lots of places to visit. looking forward to visit again.
    Thank you for sharing

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