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Cyclades Islands for Families

9 Days / 8 Nights

Paros, Naxos, Santorini

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It's no wonder that a diverse country like Greece has something for everyone, including families traveling with kids or teenagers. One of the best ways to make memories as a family is to embark on an unforgettable trip to some of the prettiest islands in the Cyclades. Starting with Paros, a laid-back island that promises endless carefree moments for the entire family, thanks to its gorgeous beaches with shallow waters, organic farms, and tangible moments of local life with fishermen working on their nets by the shore. Next up is Naxos, yet another family-friendly island where you can join once-in-a-lifetime experiences, such as cheese-making classes and pottery workshops, or simply enjoy the island's exquisite cuisine, based on fresh local ingredients. No trip to the Cyclades is complete without a stop in Santorini and if you thought that the latter appeals only to lovers, think again. Steeped in myths, legends, and history, Santorini is a fascinating island to explore for adults and children alike.

One of our team members in Greece will be available to you leading up to and during your trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with its information on the best this country has to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon request, we will provide you with an eSIM with data that you can use to reach your local JayWay contact (whom you will meet in person) throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3- to 5-star accommodation options, including boutique hotels and charming B&Bs. With our firsthand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambiance.

Route for Paros, Naxos, Santorini tour

3 Nights in Paros

3 Nights in Paros

4 days in Paros
4 days in Paros

3 Nights in Paros

Paros offers a quintessential Greek island experience. Located in the heart of the Cyclades, this fisherman's paradise historically famed for its marble now attracts landlubbers. Paros combines all the necessary elements for a memorable vacation: captivating landscapes, heavenly beaches with turquoise waters, picturesque villages with whitewashed cube houses and colorful shutters framed with beautiful bougainvillea, traditional island flair, and a distinctive character. The town of Parikia is home to the impressive church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani (the Church of a Hundred Doors), one of Greece's main pilgrimage points. Once a quaint fisherman's village, Naoussa is the place to be, offering a more laidback and affordable take on neighboring Mykonos. Naoussa houses narrow maze-like alleyways, cute shops, and a plethora of fish taverns serving fresh food. At night, the picturesque harbor, with its traditional fishing boats, offers a new side, thanks to its bustling nightlife.

Paros offers a quintessential Greek island experience. Located in the heart of the Cyclades, this fisherman's paradise historically famed for its marble now attracts landlubbers. Paros combines all the necessary elements for a memorable vacation: captivating landscapes, heavenly beaches with turquoise waters, picturesque villages with whitewashed cube houses and colorful shutters framed with beautiful bougainvillea, traditional island flair, and a distinctive character. The town of Parikia is home to the impressive church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani (the Church of a Hundred Doors), one of Greece's main pilgrimage points. Once a quaint fisherman's village, Naoussa is the place to be, offering a more laidback and affordable take on neighboring Mykonos. Naoussa houses narrow maze-like alleyways, cute shops, and a plethora of fish taverns serving fresh food. At night, the picturesque harbor, with its traditional fishing boats, offers a new side, thanks to its bustling nightlife.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Paros

Upon arrival to Paros' airport, a driver will meet you and take you to your accommodations.

Family Oriented Islands

Suggestion to explore on your own

Paros and Antiparos are very family-friendly destinations. Compared to other Cyclades Islands these two are more relaxed and not as busy. Your children will love watching the ducks and geese in the port area as well as the local fisherman unloading fresh hauls of octopi each day! Take a water taxi (or car) to one of the many beautiful beaches around the island – beware there are many! One of our favorites is the Monastiri beach which ticks all the family-friendly boxes! Sparkling shallow water, water sports galore, volleyball, sun loungers for rent, plenty of sand space, and a taverna for an easy lunch if you arrive ill-prepared.

Family Oriented Islands

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Paros

Petra Farm Private Tour and Tasting with Meal

Petra Farm Private Tour and Tasting with Meal

Included in your vacation package price.

Go beyond the tourist beaches and visit an amazing family-run sustainable farm. You will enjoy a tour around the place and learn about its Mediterranean crops. Once you're familiar with this unique place, there will be a tasting and meal on a terrace that offers stunning views of the sea and the picturesque village of Naousa.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Every Day a Different Beach

Suggestion to explore on your own

Paros' beaches have plenty of variation, from wide and deep to shallow and sheltered, sandy to rocky, but all are beautiful. One of the most popular is Monastiri Beach, part of to Paros Park. Largely protected from the elements, this is an excellent spot for parents with young children (as does the surrounding park). The fishing town of Naoussa's main beach, Piperi, is wide and sandy, hence the quality hotels and villas nearby. Golden Beach draws those with a more active mindset, thanks in part to its summer winds, and has plenty of instructors and rental opportunities for a slew of water sports. Finally, Kolymbithres is home to a beach famous for its shallow, clear waters.

Every Day a Different Beach

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Paros

Paros Mountain Horse Riding Group Experience

Paros Mountain Horse Ride Group Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Experience an unforgettable mountain horse riding adventure, where you'll traverse enchanting paths amidst Paros' captivating landscape. Marvel at the panoramic views that unfold before you, then enjoy a serene ride back along the seaside.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 1 hour 30 minutes

Day 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Naxos by Ferry

Today, the island of Naxos awaits! The ferry ride is fairly brief, 30-60 minutes, depending on which departure you take. We've included a port transfer to get you to the port of Paros in comfort.

Naxos by Ferry (Naoussa)
We also offer the following excursions in Paros

Antiparos Island Private Tour
Light6 hours
Antiparos and Despotiko Group Cruise
Easy7 hours
Authentic Greek Cuisine Group Cooking Class
Easy5 hours
Byzantine Way Private Hiking Tour with Transfer
Moderate4 hours

3 Nights in Naxos

3 Nights in Naxos

4 days in Naxos
4 days in Naxos

3 Nights in Naxos

The largest island in the Cyclades, Naxos frequently appears lists of the most authentic Greek islands and for good reason, as it is large enough to not rely solely on tourism. Gracefully lying in the heart of the Aegean, this dazzling Greek jewel is an ideal destination for those who wish to indulge in life's simple pleasures, great food, and gorgeous sandy beaches. What visitors love most about Naxos is the genuine rural charm found in the island’s picturesque mountainous villages, which dot the rugged landscape. Naxos has been the source of quality marble for centuries, and its ancient marble quarries, and their products, are some of the island's many highlights. Naxian marble was used to create the extraordinary sculptures that can be admired on the island of Delos and the archaeological site of Delphi. At sunset, enjoy a leisurely walk along the harbor of Chora (Naxos' old town) towards the island's most imposing landmark: the Portara. This massive marble doorway dates back to 530 B.C. and was built to honor the god of light, Apollo, although it was never fully completed. The myths and legends surrounding the island of Naxos are worth the trip alone. After sunset, head to one of the local tavernas found inside the fortified walls of the Venetian castle, the Kastro.

The largest island in the Cyclades, Naxos frequently appears lists of the most authentic Greek islands and for good reason, as it is large enough to not rely solely on tourism. Gracefully lying in the heart of the Aegean, this dazzling Greek jewel is an ideal destination for those who wish to indulge in life's simple pleasures, great food, and gorgeous sandy beaches. What visitors love most about Naxos is the genuine rural charm found in the island’s picturesque mountainous villages, which dot the rugged landscape. Naxos has been the source of quality marble for centuries, and its ancient marble quarries, and their products, are some of the island's many highlights. Naxian marble was used to create the extraordinary sculptures that can be admired on the island of Delos and the archaeological site of Delphi. At sunset, enjoy a leisurely walk along the harbor of Chora (Naxos' old town) towards the island's most imposing landmark: the Portara. This massive marble doorway dates back to 530 B.C. and was built to honor the god of light, Apollo, although it was never fully completed. The myths and legends surrounding the island of Naxos are worth the trip alone. After sunset, head to one of the local tavernas found inside the fortified walls of the Venetian castle, the Kastro.

Day 4

Day 4 - Arrival in Naxos

Upon arriving at the port, you'll be taken to your accommodations in Naxos.

Beaches for All Tastes

Suggestion to explore on your own

Naxos has plenty of beaches, ranging from the convenient and amenities-rich, to the remote but untouched and deserted. For convenience, Agios Georgios is ideal. It's right on the southern edge of Chora, but clean and welcoming. One of the most popular beaches is the Blue Flag-certified Agios Prokopios, within walking distance of town. Plaka Beach is long and wide, with dunes and just the occasional building beyond, including beach bars, tavernas, and rental places. Four kilometers long, it has plenty of room. People who prefer their beaches long, deserted, and windswept come to Mikri Vigla, ten kilometers from the town of Naxos. The white sandy beach, also known as Sahara, is open to the Etesian wind, which blows through the Cyclades from the north. This produces low, rolling waves and powers the sails and kites of windsurfers and kite-surfers. A place to get away from its all, Alyko is in a natural reserve in southwestern Naxos, and is devoid of tourists.

Beaches for All Tastes

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Naxos

Kids First Private Half-Day Tour

Kids First Private Half-Day Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

If you're traveling to Naxos as a family and looking for kid-friendly activities that the little ones will remember forever, this private day tour is exactly what you need. From a cheese-making experience to a pottery workshop to a beekeeper’s farm, this day is filled with fascinating activities to keep the children excited.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 4 hours 30 minutes

Day 6

Day 6 - Your Second Full Day in Naxos

Full-Day Catamaran Group Cruise

Catamaran Group Day Cruise

Included in your vacation package price.

Explore Naxos and its neighbors aboard a catamaran. Step aboard, get acquainted with the rest of the group, enjoy a cup of coffee and get ready for a memorable sail. You'll swim and snorkel in beautiful, secluded beaches and coves, and enjoy a traditional lunch with chilled drinks, including ouzo, raki, and wine. Between the natural beauty and local refreshments, this will be one of the highlights of your trip.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 7 hours

Day 7

Day 7 - Traveling to Santorini by Ferry

Today you will travel from Naxos to Santorini by ferry. A driver will pick you up at your accommodations and take you to the port. Then you will take the ferry to Santorini, which takes around 1 hour 30 minutes / 3 hours based on your preferred departure time.

Santorini by Ferry
We also offer the following excursions in Naxos

All the Marble Private Tour
Moderate7 hours
Cheese and Wine Trails Private Half-Day Tour
Light5 hours
Cheese, Wine and Sightseeing Private Tour
Light8 hours
Delos and Mykonos Group Cruise
Light10 hours

2 Nights in Santorini

2 Nights in Santorini

3 days in Santorini
3 days in Santorini

2 Nights in Santorini

“Intelligent adults come here and turn into infants,” Craig Walzer, owner of the Atlantis Bookstore. Santorini is every traveler's dream. The whitewashed houses and blue domed churches perched atop of soaring cliffs, the narrow cobblestone streets and unsurpassed views of crystal-clear blue waters -- these all greet you as you step foot on this fairytale land. Intertwining myth and reality, Santorini is every bit as beautiful as the countless postcards, magazine covers, and Instagram photos claim. The village of Oia is world-famous for its sunset, where thousands of spectators line up every evening to witness the magic as the sun bids farewell to the sky and the canvas lights up in fierce hues. Fortunately, the sunset can be enjoyed from much of the rest of this crescent-shaped island. Santorini is also home to Akrotiri, the Greek take on Pompeii. Inhabited since Neolithic times, this city was built up by the Minoans, a seafaring civilization that predated the ancient Greeks, only to be destroyed in the catastrophic eruption that shaped Santorini, which forms part of a massive volcanic caldera. Covered in ashes for millennia, Akrotiri is still being uncovered. We suggest visiting the neighboring center of the caldera, where you can enjoy hot springs, visit the volcanic crater, and enjoy stunning views of Santorini itself. Santorini’s unique ecology, climate and volcanic ash soil paved the way for a flourishing wine industry. Its indigenous varietals will make your stay even more enjoyable.

“Intelligent adults come here and turn into infants,” Craig Walzer, owner of the Atlantis Bookstore. Santorini is every traveler's dream. The whitewashed houses and blue domed churches perched atop of soaring cliffs, the narrow cobblestone streets and unsurpassed views of crystal-clear blue waters -- these all greet you as you step foot on this fairytale land. Intertwining myth and reality, Santorini is every bit as beautiful as the countless postcards, magazine covers, and Instagram photos claim. The village of Oia is world-famous for its sunset, where thousands of spectators line up every evening to witness the magic as the sun bids farewell to the sky and the canvas lights up in fierce hues. Fortunately, the sunset can be enjoyed from much of the rest of this crescent-shaped island. Santorini is also home to Akrotiri, the Greek take on Pompeii. Inhabited since Neolithic times, this city was built up by the Minoans, a seafaring civilization that predated the ancient Greeks, only to be destroyed in the catastrophic eruption that shaped Santorini, which forms part of a massive volcanic caldera. Covered in ashes for millennia, Akrotiri is still being uncovered. We suggest visiting the neighboring center of the caldera, where you can enjoy hot springs, visit the volcanic crater, and enjoy stunning views of Santorini itself. Santorini’s unique ecology, climate and volcanic ash soil paved the way for a flourishing wine industry. Its indigenous varietals will make your stay even more enjoyable.

Day 7

Day 7 - Arrival in Santorini

Upon arrival to Santorini's port, you'll be taken to your hotel in Fira.

Premium Group Catamaran Cruise

Catamaran Premium Small Group Cruise

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

Santorini’s volcanic landscape is best explored from the water, so set sail on this top-rated catamaran cruise, which will bring you to the island’s best beaches, viewpoints, and even directly inside the caldera, with a small group of fellow travelers. Along the way, you'll soak in natural hot springs, swim and snorkel off the Red Beach, and take in views of nearby Cyclades islands. An open bar and buffet lunch served right onboard keep you refreshed and energized throughout the voyage.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 5 hours

Day 8

Day 8 - Your First Full Day in Santorini

Santorini for Families (Symposion) Full Day Private Tour

Santorini for Families (Symposion) Full Day Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

On this tour, you will embark on a journey that intertwines the island's captivating history, vibrant culture, and melodious tunes. Explore the renowned village of Oia, adorned with its iconic blue-domed rooftops. Delight in the hidden gem of Megalochori, a traditional village brimming with charm. Immerse yourself in the wonders of Greek mythology at the Cultural Center, where tales of ancient gods and heroes come to life. Step back in time millennia to uncover the mysteries of Akrotiri, once home to one of the world's most advanced civilizations. Then, unwind at the famous red beach and savor some of the island's most delectable cuisine.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 7 hours 30 minutes

Day 9

Day 9 - Departure Day

Today a driver will pick you up from your accommodations and take you straight to Santorini's airport.

We also offer the following excursions in Santorini

Anydro Small Group Tour
Light5 hours 30 minutes
Best of Santorini Private Tour
Light5 hours
Flying Dress Private Photo Shoot
Light1 hour
Highlights Small Group Tour
Light5 hours 30 minutes

What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Paros

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Paros Airport - Naoussa Private Transfer
Petra Farm Private Tour and Tasting with Meal
Paros Mountain Horse Ride Group Tour
Naoussa - Parikia Port Private Transfer
Paros - Naxos Ferry

Naxos

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Naxos Port Transfer
Kids First Private Half-Day Tour
Catamaran Group Day Cruise
Naxos Port Transfer
Naxos - Santorini Ferry

Santorini

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Santorini Fira Port Transfer
Santorini for Families (Symposion) Full Day Private Tour
Santorini Fira Airport Transfer

package excludes:


  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website
Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language

We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.

A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation

Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.

A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions

We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.

Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day

Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.

On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road

Your tour manager is at your service throughout your journey. We'll provide a local SIM so you can stay connected.

Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out

Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.
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