Whether you call it herbstferien, herfstvakantie, höstlov, or vacances de la Toussaint, autumn break is an ideal opportunity for families to enjoy some extra time together, share fantastic experiences and create new shared memories. A few days away and a change of scenery is a great way to bring the family together and recharge the batteries while at it, and what better way to do that than to head south and take in the warm Mediterranean sunshine?
Autumn in Athens
With its warm, sunny weather—temperature ranges between 20-25 °C during October, dropping a few degrees to 15-20 °C in November—Athens is an ideal destination for anyone wanting to catch the last of the summer warmth before winter officially arrives. By October, the peak tourism season is well in the rearview mirror, meaning there are plenty of affordable flights and excellent accommodation options at competitive prices. The summer crowds have retreated, and top attractions aren’t as busy, giving autumn visitors the opportunity to enjoy a much more personal and immersive experience of Athens. And with the crowds all gone, you’ll also be able to get a taste of authentic city life and have your pick of fantastic eateries and activities across the capital.
Relax, Have Fun, and Expand Your Horizons
But it’s not just great weather, delicious food, and excellent sightseeing. An autumn break in Athens is also a great opportunity for kids to continue learning while away from school—and better yet, to do so without even realizing it! From history to science and from politics to art, Athens is full of opportunities to explore, discover and learn.
The Ancient Agora is the perfect place to learn about the birth of democracy, and a visit to the Acropolis can serve as in introduction to basic principles of architecture and geometry. Then from ancient Greece, on to the Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman period, and from there on to the early days of the modern Greek state, the gilded days of European royalty and the arrival of modern democracy. And of course, the art—the vibrant beating heart of the city’s life.
Every nook and cranny of this historic city has stories to tell and lessons to teach, and there’s a wonderful range of guided tours to choose from that will allow you make the most of your visit.
With younger visitors and family groups in mind, we’ve put together our pick of unique tours that are guaranteed to become unforgettable experiences.
Perfect for ages 6 – 11
Visiting the Parthenon and the major monuments around the Acropolis, this tour uses fun stories, games, and interesting anecdotes to bring the ancient world to life. A great way to discover the mythology, early medicine, theater, and of course, the breathtaking monuments of ancient Athens.
Perfect for ages 6 to 11
Explore the Ancient Agora and learn about life in ancient Athens. This tour introduces Athenian democracy and gives young guests an opportunity to find out what life was like for children in ancient Athens—including a chance to assemble (and take home!) their very own ‘ancient Greek’ toy!
Perfect for ages 6 to 11
Explore the Parthenon and the Acropolis archaeological area and visit the award-winning Acropolis Museum in this fabulous all-ages family tour. Paced to appeal to younger children and adults alike, this tour combines fun activities with more in-depth information on the sites and artefacts and is a perfect introduction to the fascinating history and culture of ancient Athens for the whole family.
Great for children from 6 years and up
Travel back in time to the early days of the modern Greek state and discover the intriguing world of 19th-century Athens. The Museum of the City of Athens becomes the backdrop for exploring the history and cultural life of this fascinating, but often overlooked, era of Greek history. The tour includes a unique opportunity to enjoy a themed dinner in one of the museum’s historically restored dining rooms, complete with Greek delicacies and period tableware. Younger guests will also enjoy the chance to play dress up with reproductions of clothing that once belonged to the Greek royal family!
Great for children from 12 years and up
A unique cultural tour that focuses on the Greek capital’s contemporary art scene, Modern Muses is a great alternative for families with slightly older children looking to explore a different side of Athens. With visits to key galleries and art spaces and an exclusive opportunity to visit a practicing artist in their workshop, this tour is ideal for anyone with an interest in contemporary art and culture.
From specially designed kid-friendly tours to sightseeing classics like the popular Classical Athens Classically Greek and An Afternoon in Athens and exclusive and fully customizable tailor-made tours, options abound to get out and about and discover the secrets of the Greek capital. One thing’s for sure: Autumn break in Athens is guaranteed to be an unforgettable family experience.
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