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Greece is a wise choice for your family’s vacation.   Greece is a family-centered country and children are at the hub. Resident or foreign, children of any nationality are adored and doted over in this child-friendly country.

At home everybody tends to be running in different directions, but Greeks have a “go slow” approach to life known as “siga siga.”  Adapting to this tempo, your family will share quality time together in a land with spectacular scenery, a charming culture and glorious historical treasures.

We can customize most of the guided and self-guided tours you see on the website to make them family friendly to accommodate your family’s vacation agenda with route adjustments and price adjustments made to fit your family’s profile.

For multi-day tours, a good family tour with easy accessible routes for kids (via vehicle transfers) is Crusader Paths.  There are more family type accommodations (such as resorts) to choose from and historical sites from the era of the Knights of St. John arouse the imagination of kids everywhere.   An excellent day tour choice for families during your stay in Athens is Aegina island, the pistachio island.  The coastal road is flat, and it ends at Perdika where you can catch a quick boat to uninhabited Moni island to see wild deer and peacocks and swim in the sea.

Family Cycling FAQs

CycleGreece accommodates children of all ages with a variety of different types of bicycles.   Family cycling tours are customized to suit the specific age and ability of the youngsters, not the parents.  You will receive a form to fill out to assess the biking level of all family members.  All family tours with children under 18 years old include a vehicle with company driver-guide.   A parent or legal guardian must accompany any child under 18 years old.
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All family tours include a company vehicle with driver-guide.   The driver-guide prioritizes your family’s safety. The driver-guides are amiable, reliable, convenient, and totally helpful in translations, luggage, hotel intermediary and just a general overall trouble shooter to ensure that everything runs smoothly and all you do is relax and enjoy the tour. You never get lost, never have to navigate a map to figure out which direction to go, never have to translate Greek road signs, zero road stress.   The driver-guides are there when you need them and linger in the background when your family seeks quality time alone.  The driver is available for an eight-hour day.   The support vehicle carries bike tools, spare parts, floor pump, snacks, water, ice cooler, first aid kit, day packs, luggage and a lift whenever needed.  When Mom and Dad want to take a hearty spin on their own, the driver will certainly watch over the kids and keep them entertained.

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Greece provides a safe environment for children.   Outside major cities, crime is practically non-existent. You won’t get lost with a driver-guide, but in the rare event you do, don’t worry about landing in the wrong part of town – there is no such thing as a dangerous neighborhood in Greece.

It is safe to cycle on the roads chosen by CycleGreece because they are rural with minimal traffic.  Drivers in the rural areas are accustomed to other slow moving traffic, like farmers on tractors or a herd of goats.   The support vehicle trails the group with a big sign on the back in Greek and English “Caution.  Slow.  Cyclists on the Road.”   The vehicle also has a flashing top light.

Bicycle choices for adults and teens are Specialized hybrid bike with flat handlebars (best for younger kids) or Specialized road bike Allez model with choice of drop or flat handlebars.  The bikes have 27 gears and carbon fork (road) or front suspension (hybrid).

Children nine and older are provided with a mountain bike for their size. Children ages 6-9 can choose to ride tag-alongs which are one-wheeled bikes (rear wheel) and a front stem that attaches to the parent’s seat post. Families can also have a Burley trailer for children under 6 years old which connects to the adult bike. All children wear helmets fit to their size.

We do not offer electric bikes for children under 18 years old, so there is no reason for parents to request an e-bike for themselves on a family tour.

For specific information about all bikes in our fleet, see Our Bikes & Gear.

Even the fussiest young eater invariably adopts a favorite local specialty and ends up ordering it over and over to test all its variations.  Souvlaki (chicken, beef or pork) is usually a winner, but there’s plenty of pasta and pizza, too.   Kids with more adventurous palates swoon over kalamari (which sounds better in Greek than squid does in English), eating it grilled, sautéed, breaded, fried or stuffed.

All to say that food choices are diverse in Greece and your children will be surprised to find themselves enjoying newly acquired flavors.  Apart from the delicious healthy cuisine, parents will appreciate the abundance of fine Greek wines to choose from to enhance every meal.

Greece has an array of hotel types.   Most four star hotels we patronize have family rooms with 3 or 4 beds.  If the children are teens, there is the option for adjacent double rooms.  Resorts are along the sea and have ample room choices for families.   We also patronize private villas that have several bedrooms under one roof.  Small family run pensions are always charming but usually do not have family rooms – besides one large or two twin beds, there might be a sofa-bed.

Most all accommodations that we patronize in Greece have standard amenities, such as, wi-fi, air conditioning, hair dryers, and breakfast.  Swimming pools are always available at resorts and at most island hotels, but not always available in the hotels we patronize on the mainland or in villages.  If a pool is a priority, we will make it our priority, too.  In historic central Athens, we patronize many hotels but only one hotel has a swimming pool and it is a five star hotel with an Acropolis view.

Travel insurance is mandatory for family tours with children under 18. You must purchase a full coverage policy for all family members, or provide proof of medical coverage applicable in Greece. CycleGreece is an official agent of TravelGuard which means for American citizens we can book your insurance policy or provide a quote.

A 20% discount on tour prices applies to children under 12.

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