A wonderful Delphi Meteora tour. Pick up from your hotel. Suggested time about 08:00am. We shall drive via Viotia Prefecture. We shall pass outside of Theves and Levadia and we’ll reach at the first site of the tour, the traditional village of Arachova (famous ski center also very famous for its carpets) which is located at the foot of mount Parnassos. After Arachova about noon we shall reach at the navel of the earth or “the center of the world” – as it was regarded by the ancients – the famous Sanctuary of Delphi with the worldwide famous Oracle. You will visit The temple of Athena Pronaia (the Tholos ), the Gymnasium, the Castalian Spring, the Temple of Apollo, the Polygonal wall, the sacred way, the treasury house of Athenians, the Treasury of the Siphnians the ancient Stadium and the old theater. In the Museum of Delphi you will admire unique treasures such as the world famous bronze Charioteer a masterpiece of classical Greek art, statues and minor objects donated to the sanctuary. After the visit to Delphi we’ll go to the modern village of Delphi where you will enjoy your lunch at a traditional Greek tavern. Then our private tour continues with driving through the Mount Parnassos. We shall pass via traditional villages such as Gravia, Bralo, Lamia. We continue our driving and in the evening we arrive in Kalampaka town located near to Meteora Rocks (also known as “The Rocks of the God”). Free time for walk and dinner in Kalampaka and then you will spend your night at a hotel.
After having your breakfast we will “climb” to the impressive rocks of Meteora in Greek means “middle of the sky”. Meteora one of the largest and most important complexes of Greek Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos. In the 9th century AD, an ascetic group of hermit monks moved up to the ancient pinnacles. They were the first people to inhabit Meteora. They lived in hollows and fissures in the rock towers, some of which reach 1800 ft (550m) above the plain. Average elevation is 313 meters (1,027 ft ). The exact date of the establishment of the monasteries is unknown. With the unique phenomenon to have on their top Orthodox monasteries the whole complex of the rocks with the monasteries has been listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. You’ll have the opportunity to visit and admire the most important monasteries (at least five) such as the Monastery of Great Meteoron, the Monastery of Rousanou, the Monastery of Agia Triada (Holy Triniti), the Varlaam Monastery, the Monastery of Saint Nikolaos Anapafsa and the Monastery of Saint Stephanos. After having lunch and during our way back to Athens we shall have our last stop in Thermopylae where the famous battle between the Greeks and the Persians took place in 480 B.C. You will admire the marvelous statue of King of Sparta, Leonidas who with 300 Spartans and 700 Thespians faced numerous Persian forces under the command of King Xerxes A’. It was there that Leonidas told to Xerxes the world famous phrase “Μολών Λαβέ (Molon Lave) ” which means “Come and Get It”. Our two days private tour reaches to an end with our arrival to Athens.
Vehicle: Mercedes sedan – Capacity: 4 persons + driver
Vehicle: Mercedes minivan – Capacity: 5 up to 7 persons + driver
Museums and Archaeological sites are closed:
Museums and Archaeological sites are open 08.30-15.00:
The Delphi – Meteora tour is a great opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Greece, while visiting unique sites with great archaeological interest. Ancient Delphi, the center of the world, the museum of Delphi and Meteora will fascinate you, also known as “The Rocks of the God”. On your way, you will visit the traditional village of Arahova which is also a famous ski center. The last stop, Thermopylae is about one of the most important battles of the history, between the Greeks and the Persians.
Activity Level Medium