Family Fantasy

Trip Highlights

  • Athens
  • Volos
  • Pelion
  • Meteora Cliffs
  • Hikes, biking, hydro-planing, canoeing and more
  • Luxury hotels par excellence

Trip Highlights

Lifetime Discovery staff will welcome you at the Athens Airport for a very unusual tour that combines a mixed brew into one wonderful discovery for the family, and especially – but not only - for the children.  The different types of destinations, the mixture of land and sea, the activities and the leisure, the past and the present, all result in a great sense of bonding in a team-oriented experience.  Children under six are free in these beautifully designed hotels which will exceed all expectation.  This is the program we recommend for a truly fabulous family fantasy and discovery of a lifetime in Greece.  Your vacation is custom-designed and the nuances are up to you.

* Rate is per adult per night based on double occupancy, depending on time of travel, chosen hotels, availability and number of passengers.  Child rate starts at $160 per night when travelling with 2 adults.  

Xenia Palace | Volos

Days: 1 2 3

With absolute respect to the cultural heritage of “Xenia” buildings that had been some of the most brilliant examples of Greek architecture in the 20th century, the hotel build in the 60’s is characteristic of the postwar modernism in Volos. It has been fully renovated, the services have been updated and the hotel has been transformed into a modern 5-star city and conventions resort for a relaxing Volos accommodation.  Pelion, according to the Greek mythology was the summer residence of Gods and the Centaurs’ homeland.

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ARNI Domotel Hotel | Karditsa

Days: 4 5 6

Designed by a French architect, it is one of the first hotels in the Balkans (it welcomed its first guests in 1921) and it is a rare sample of rococo architecture. After its renovation in 2006, hotel Domotel Arni has transformed into an A class traditional hotel, presenting an environment ideal for relaxation, business and recreational activities. The high quality services and the customer-based approach make Domotel Arni one of the most modern hotels in Karditsa for amazing getaways and business meetings. Its location (at the junction of two key motorways leading: to the central square of Karditsa city, to the lake Plastira, to the Pertouli ski center, to Elati, to Meteora, to Trikala city and to Argithea) offers a great variety of choices for short trips and sightseeing in Trikala and Karditsa areas.

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King George Palace Hotel | Athens

Days: 7 8 9

Recipient of the highest score in the 2009 Guest Recognition Award of Excellence from members of the Leaders Club, the King George Palace was created for people who recognize quality and demand excellence in all they do. It combines the grace and stature of a historic landmark with ultra-modern amenities and personal service that puts guests’ comfort above all. A total renovation has recently restored the King George to its original glamour, while the experienced hotel personnel offer discreet and competent service around the clock.

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Day 1: Athens Airport to Volos

Accomodation: Xenia Palace | Volos

At the Athens Airport you will be greeted by Lifetime Discovery staff who will deal with all the arrival details and insure your transfer to the Pelion region of mainland Greece.  This trip is actually simple enough for you to drive yourself, but if you prefer a private transfer will be arranged.  After check-in at the magnificent Xenia Palace Hotel in Volos, you will be on your own to explore and discover this wonder with its port, cafes, galleries and delicious restaurants.  We can recommend some fabulous restaurants and bars in the area to sample the local food and tickle your culinary palette.

Day 2: Horses and Pelion Hills

Accomodation: Xenia Palace | Volos

Day 2 includes some fun packed family activities to discover the charming landscape of the area.  Return to your hotel at the end of the day, ready for dinner and a little relaxation.

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Day 3: More Pelion & Pampering

Accomodation: Xenia Palace | Volos

To begin, the family will take an excursion in a mini-van to the beautiful local mountain ranges,  with stops all along the way at points of interest to young and old alike.  The discovery of Pelion generally takes a few hours.  When you return to the hotel this would be the ideal time to enjoy all its wonderful services and the wellness spa, which is free of charge (with the exception of any special treatment you may purchase).  The evening is free to luxuriate in the surroundings.

 

Day 4: Magic of Meteora

Accomodation: ARNI Domotel Hotel | Karditsa

We will travel to the world-famous Meteora, to see the miracle of Greece that has been deemed an UNESCO World Heritage site.  The cliffs will be awesome for children of all ages.  Seeing what the monks did in this part of Greece will be awesome too; the monasteries atop the Meteora cliffs have to be seen to be believed.  From here continue to Karditsa where we suggest a stroll through a lovely Park.

Day 5: High above sea level at Plastiras Lake

Accomodation: ARNI Domotel Hotel | Karditsa

Today we will return to the country-side to visit the Plastiras Lake, which is 800 meters above sea level and has an 80-km perimeter.  A lunch by the lake is a memory of a lifetime.  Nearby, we recommend visiting the Dam Lake with its local stores full of traditional products and herbs from the mountains.  Later in the day we will take a 30-minute ride to one of the nearby villages of Pili, Elati or Pertouli where the nature is simply awesome!  For those visiting during the winter months, there is a great ski center for those who enjoy the slopes. You will receive an added value from Lifetime Discovery and may choose from either canoeing or hydro-plane activities – it’s entirely up to you.

Day 6: Mountain-biking the Plastiras Lake

Accomodation: ARNI Domotel Hotel | Karditsa

The last day out in nature will be for two hours of mountain-biking in this beautiful natural environment until we reach a secluded spot where we will open up the picnic basket that was prepared by the hotel chef especially for this conclusion to your nature discovery.

Day 7: Athens on the horizon

Accomodation: King George Palace Hotel | Athens

After breakfast in this most charming of getaway destinations, it’s time to pack up and head for home or to your next destination. On the way we will eat at a charming fish restaurant on the coast, on our way back to civilization where we will spend 2 days seeing the classics that every family member must add to his or her repertoire while staying at one of the very best hotels in Athens, such as the King George or the Grand Bretagne.  For the first evening in the metropolis, we will see the Plaka from a beautiful overview during our evening tour and after dinner we will see “Athens by Night”.

Day 8: Acropolis & Athens

Accomodation: King George Palace Hotel | Athens

This morning you will be able to see the Acropolis and learn about the details of Greek antiquity in the fabulous Acropolis Museum.  After an infusion of some delicious and specially prepared authentic Greek food for lunch, the rest of the afternoon will be for shopping and enjoying the sounds, smells and sites of the uniquely Greek markets before preparing for your departure.

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Day 9: Cruise the Saronic Islands

Accomodation: King George Palace Hotel | Athens

Today, set off on a maritime discovery.  On-board the cruise you will discover the beauty of the 3 Saronic Islands, with a small breeze in your hair, enjoy lunch on-board while the azure of the of the Gulf mesmerizes you.

Hydra

 

Day 10: Breakfast & Homeward Bound

Lifetime Discovery staff will assist your timely transfer to the airport and sign off after your are safely on your way.

Have a good trip and hurry back for new discoveries.