Family touring in Athens is a great way for getting some quality family bonding time combined with fantastic visuals and cultural exploration. Discovering Athens is not just a recommended activity for Athens first timers and tourists from abroad, rather it is highly appropriate for Greeks and Athenians who have perhaps not had a chance to explore the heart of this great city in depth, even though its historical wealth surrounds us on a daily basis. And since traveling and touring with young family members can be challenging for all involved if the appropriate planning hasn’t taken place, here’s how a day in Athens with the family can be fun, relaxing and engaging.
For families wanting to get as much as possible out of their touring experience in the shortest time available, mindful that children can get restless and fidgety during long periods, a guided family tour of Athens city maybe the perfect choice. Guided tours are convenient and thorough, ensuring that participants get a fully informative tour session. Suitable for children from 4 – 12 years of age, you can choose the type of tour that fits your schedule and budget.
Typically running in the mornings, which is ideal as children tend to be early risers and full of energy, these professional tours show your family the must see highlights of the Greek capital with ease and comfort. Make sure your tour includes the following for a well rounded Athenian experience: National Gardens, Zappeion, Panathinaikon Stadium, Hadrian’s Arch, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Parliament and the Tomb of Unknown Soldier, the Athens Trilogy (University and Academy of Athens plus the National Library), the Ancient Agora and last but definitely not least, the imposing Acropolis and its museum.
Athens city private tours are also a good idea, as they are limited to a fewer number of people, and offer an even more exclusive experience.
And when talking about discovering the heart of Athens, the pedestrian street of Dionysiou Aeropagitou is the one that has the majority of the historical sites, literally at its feet. This street is perfect for families with young children on strollers too as it is paved and full of life! Located on the south side of the Acropolis rock, a walk up this street will justify why it is considered the poshest street in the district. You come across the imposing rock itself that manifests the centuries of history and heritage, as well as the Theatre of Dionysus, the Herodion Odeon, at the foot of the Acropolis, while passing outside the Acropolis museum and all the way up to Philopappos Hill. Essentially, this street is the fast track approach to touring Athens, as a bunch of incredible sites are within close proximity. And if you can’t get enough of the downtown city vibe, then staying at a luxury hotel near the Acropolis will enable you and your family to have the most amazing walk-through all the above historical landmarks, at your own pace anytime of the day, combined with soaking in the ambiance of this magical part of the city, round the clock. Families will enjoy walking up, breakfasting and recuperating before seizing the day while nothing beats the incredible ambiance of a rooftop dinner with Acropolis view.