Best Greek Island holidays for families in 2020
After experiencing our first family trip to Crete in April we feel like we have unfinished business with Greek Island holidays. And with 227 inhabited (and 6,000 uninhabited) islands to explore, I doubt we’d ever be done! This got me thinking about the many ways there must be to explore these incredible destinations nestled in the Aegean and Ionian Seas. If you are planning your 2020 holiday already then read on for inspiration about the best package holidays to Greece with kids.
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Keeping things simple, but by no means dull, here are some of the best Greek Island package holidays for families in 2020, including all-inclusive hotels, self-catering villas and cruise holidays. Which would you choose?
Greek Island all-inclusive hotels for families
Kiani Beach Resort in Crete
We couldn’t have asked for a better family hotel in Crete for our first trip to the Greek Islands. Kiani Beach Resort is a 4 star all-inclusive resort geared towards kids. It’s less than an hour transfer from Chania Airport and is right on a blue flag beach.
As well as being able to take a dip in the sea and enjoy water sports right in front of the hotel, there are two swimming pools and two toddler splash pools.
Our girls loved the kids clubs and the evening entertainment. Plus, there is an excellent selection of rooms to accommodate families, and interconnecting apartments for larger family groups.
We had a great time exploring the Chania region in western Crete too. Here’s some of the things to do in Chania that we can recommend. And, if you are planning on hiring a car, here’s our guide to driving in Crete.
Read more of our Kiani Beach Resort review and take a look at our superior maisonette loft room tour below:
Here are some more family-friendly hotels in the Greek Islands:
Hotel Louis Zante Beach in Zante
This 4 star all-inclusive hotel in Zante is in an awesome location on the island’s longest beach. It also has a kids’ pool and kids’ club, plus a dedicated children’s section in the buffet restaurant. Your little ones will also have the choice of two play areas and sports like tennis and volleyball.
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Holiday Village Atlantica Rhodes
If only 5 star will do then this all-inclusive holiday village in Rhodes is a top choice for families. There’s four outdoor pools, one indoor and a kids’ pool complete with waterslides and an adventure park.
If you have teens keen to make friends then they’ll love getting to know other young holidaymakers while doing activities like football, volleyball and the aerial adventure course.
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Holiday Village Atlantica Kos
This 4 star all inclusive holiday village in Kos is jam-packed with activities for families, with an entertainment programme, HV Clubs and three pools. On top of that, it’s right by the beach and a 15 minute walk from the centre of Marmari.
You’ll also be spoilt for choice for food as the restaurants serve a wide selection of dishes from traditional Greek cuisine to kiddie pleasing American fare.
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Cruises around the Greek Islands in 2020
We love cruising and have a Caribbean cruise coming up in 2020. However, another destination on our cruise bucket list is the Eastern Mediterranean. Cruises out of Venice regularly stop in the Greek Islands allowing you to get a taste of more than one in the space of one or two weeks.
Imagine being able to tick off more than one of these amazing places to visit in Greece in one holiday!
Here are some family-friendly cruises in May half term and the 2020 summer school holidays that have caught my eye:
Rhapsody of the Seas, sailing 23 May 2020
Join this seven night cruise with Royal Caribbean over May half term, starting in Venice and visiting Santorini and Katakolon, as well as Montenegro and Croatia.
We think Royal Caribbean is a super-family friendly cruise line and sailed with them last year. Find out what we thought of Navigator of the Seas before her multi-million pound refit.
Prices start from £975 per person. Check current prices for Rhapsody of the Seas*, sailing 23 May 2020.
MSC Opera, sailing 24 May 2020
Fit in three Greek Island destinations during this cruise on MSC Opera: Mykonos, Santorini and Kefalonia. Join the ship in Venice from where you’ll also call in Montenegro and Italy.
MSC has some great facilities for families. Find out more by reading about my tour of MSC Preziosa.
Prices start from £879 per person. Check current prices for MSC Opera*, sailing 24 May 2020
Norwegian Dawn, sailing 24 May 2020
Tick four Greek Islands off your bucket list with this seven night cruise from Venice. Norwegian Dawn will also be visiting Dubrovnik and Kotor, so make sure you are ready for plenty of exploring in the Eastern Mediterranean.
NCL’s Free At Sea deal is well worth looking into and could save you money on drinks packages, bringing extra family members or excursions. Read more about what to expect from NCL in this tour of Norwegian Breakaway.
Prices start from £1,027 per person. Check current prices for Norwegian Dawn*, sailing 24 May 2020.
Enchanted Princess, sailing 25 July 2020
Kick off the summer holidays with an epic cruise adventure on Enchanted Princess. Sail from Barcelona to Athens over 14 days with plenty of amazing ports of call. The Greek Islands this cruise visits include Santorini, Crete and Mykonos.
Princess Cruises have Movies Under the Stars, Camp Discovery kids clubs, a teens lounge and epic shows in the Princess Theatre. Find out more about how Princess Cruises look after families in this post about my ship visit onboard Royal Princess.
Prices start from £2,099 per person. Check current prices for Enchanted Princess*, sailing 25 July 2020.
MSC Lirica, sailing 2 August
If you fancy sticking to the Aegean and Ionian Seas, then seven days on MSC Lirica allows you to step ashore on three Greek Islands: Santorini, Crete and Kefalonia. There’s also a chance for excursions in Spilt and Bari.
The ship sails from and returns to Venice. You must try to make time to see the floating city while you are there. Here’s what we got up to during a day in Venice with kids.
Prices start from £889 per person. Check current prices for MSC Lirica*, sailing 2 August 2020.
Norwegian Star, sailing 4 August 2020
This is the very best cruise itinerary I’ve spotted for seeing the Greek Islands. Norwegian Star will be sailing from Venice and over the seven day cruise will call at Corfu, Santorini, Mykonos and Argostoli. You’ll also get excursions in Kotor and Dubrovnik.
Don’t forget that money-saving Free At Sea deal!
Prices start from £1,406 per person. Check current prices for Norwegian Star*, sailing 4 August 2020.
Greek Island Villas for families
If you prefer holidaying at your own pace then a villa holiday in the Greek Isles could be the perfect answer. Even better if it comes with its own pool where you can hang out as a family and enjoy sundowners after the kids have gone to bed.
James Villas have plenty of options for Greek Island holidays including villas by the beach, villas with hot tubs and ones that are perfect for babies and toddlers. There are too many options to list them all, so why not search for your perfect villa holiday in Greece.
Have I whetted your appetite for one or more Greek Island holidays in 2020? I’d love to hear what you have planned.
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