The Enchanted Forest

The forest and the natural world around it comes alive for your children like never before!

Duration

2 hours

When

Mon-Sun, 10.00am (April to October)

Languages

English

Price

€35per person

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Remember how weird and wonderful the natural world was when you were small? Let your children experience that magic as their guide takes you all on an enchanting walk through the mythical woods of Mt Imittos, where the plants and animals have names and stories that go back thousands of years.

Looking for a Private Tour?

We offer all our tours as private and are happy to customize them for you!

Highlights

  • Children hear all the myths, the legends and the facts about the animals and the plants of the forest
  • Nature-themed games will have them playing hands-on with the environment around them
  • There’s a visit to an 11th century Byzantine monastery, too, for a touch of history
  • The guide will help the children put together their own herbariums

What you can expect

The wooded slopes of Mt Imittos to the east of the city are popular with Athenians escaping the urban sprawl for greener nature walks, as well as for foragers looking for sage or thyme or fresh wild greens to boil up for dinner. Your children’s guide will point out the plants that grow here (more than six hundred species), and give everyone the stories behind them, including the myths that have been told about certain plants to explain their names, characteristics or properties. Behind many of the herbs and flowers that your children will see, there are stories with gods, goddesses, great hunters and brave maidens.

Included in this nature walk is a visit to the Kessariani Monastery, a gem of a Byzantine place of worship and study that is decorated with impressive 16th century wall-paintings, but your children will probably be more excited by the overall feeling of time-travel that comes with this massive old structure and its fairytale setting.

The city of Athens is amazing, and its history is old, but the mountain has been here even longer, and has more stories of its own to tell, and your children will really love hearing them.

Practical info

Duration
2 hours
Walking pace
Easy
Languages
English
When
Mon-Sun, 10.00am (April to October)
Group size
Up to 15 children

Prices

  • Children: 35 €
  • Parents: Free

What's included

  • English speaking guide
  • Materials for the creation of a herbarium

Not included

  • Food or drinks
  • Transportation to/from the Kesariani
  • Entry fees

Notes

  • Your meeting point is the Kesariani Monastery. Detailed meeting instructions will be sent to you upon booking.
  • Parents will also find the activity interesting to join.
  • The Monastery is closed on Mondays
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The magic kids find in the world around them!

The Enchanted Forest
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"My children are avid Percy Jackson fans, obsessed with Greek gods and myths, so seeing where the stories had come from was a real highlight for them. And then there were the turtles in the cemetery.... seriously!"

Claire C

"This tour is an excellent opportunity to see and learn about a different Greece than the one in most tourist books. Highly recommend."

Vincenzp

"Tour was awesome! Nice and intimate and Nikos was an awesome guide. So much knowledge about the city and street art and food!! Highly recommended :-)"

Colette