3 days
Duration
Athens
Location
Apr – Oct (Tue/Wed/Fri/Sun)
Dates

From Delphi – the navel of the earth – one of the most famous sites of classical Greece; located in a breathtaking landscape out at the foot Mt. Parnassus to one of the most amazing places in Greece – METEORA. Meaning “suspended in air” the name Meteora soon came to encompass the entire rock community of 24 monasteries, the biggest and most important group of monasteries in Greece after those in Mount Athos. The rock monasteries have been characterized by UNESCO as a unique phenomenon of cultural heritage.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION ATHENS
DEPARTURE TIME 8:45am
DEPARTURE DAYS APR-OCT (TUE/WED/SUN)
FRI > Apr 21, May 12 & 19 & 26, Jun 09 & 23, Jul 07 & 21, Aug 04 & 25, Sep 15 & 22 & 29, Oct 06
RETURN TIME 7:00pm (3rd Day)
WEAR Casual dressing. To enter the monasteries, appropriate clothing is required. Ladies should not wear short skirts and must have long sleeves. Men are not allowed to wear shorts.
Most sites in Greece involve extended walking and/or slippery surfaces.
Therefore we strongly suggest wearing comfortable sturdy shoes.
Sunscreen, hat and water are also good “travel companions”.
DIFFICULTY Due to extend walking and slippery surfaces please inform us if you have walking disabilities or using a wheelchair before booking this tour.

Three-day/ two nights tour to Delphi and Meteora from Athens

Tour Delphi’s archaeological site, museum, Temple of Apollo and Athenian Treasury

Free time in Delphi

Scenic drive across the Plain of Thessaly

UNESCO World Heritage-listed rock-tower monasteries of Meteora

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1st DAY

Drive through LEVADIA and ARACHOVA (famous for its bright multi colored carpets) arrive in DELPHI. At the foot of Mount Parnassos, within the angle formed by the twin rocks of the Phaedriades, lies the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, which had the most famous oracle of ancient Greece. Delphi was regarded as the center of the world. According to mythology, it is here that the two eagles sent out by Zeus from the ends of the universe to find the navel of the world met. The sanctuary of Delphi, set within a most spectacular landscape, was for many centuries the cultural and religious center and symbol of unity for the Hellenic world and seat of the Pythian Games, the second most important games in Greece after the Olympics, which were held every four years. Visit of the archaeological site. Dinner and overnight in Delphi. (D)

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2nd DAY

Morning at leisure. In the afternoon depart to KALAMBAKA through the towns of Central Greece AMPHISSA – LAMIA & TRIKALA crossing the Thessalian Plain, the granary of Greece. – Dinner & Overnight in KALAMBAKA (D).

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3rd DAY

Today we will see one of the most amazing places in Greece – METEORA. Meaning ‘suspended in air’ the name Meteora soon came to encompass the entire rock community of 24 monasteries, the biggest and most important group of monasteries in Greece after those in Mount Athos There were no steps and the main access to the monasteries was by means of a net that was hitched over a hook and hoisted up by rope and a hand cranked windlass to winch towers overhanging the chasm. Monks descended in the nets or on retractable wooden ladders up to 40m long to the fertile valleys below to grow grapes, corn and potatoes. Each community developed its own resources and by the end of the 14th century, the Grand Meteoron emerged as the dominant community. The rock monasteries have been characterized by UNESCO as a unique phenomenon of cultural heritage. After visits start the drive back to ATHENS passing through THERMOPYLAE (Photo Stop) & KAMMENA VOURLA.
Map directions are indicative and can alternate, depending on weather and/or various circumstances.
Map directions are indicative and can alternate, depending on weather and/or various circumstances.

Temple of Apollo

Between the sixth and fourth centuries BC, the Delphic oracle, which was regarded as the most trustworthy, was at its peak. It was delivered by the Pythia, the priestess, and interpreted by the priests of Apollo. Cities, rulers and ordinary individuals alike consulted the oracle, expressing their gratitude with great gifts and spreading its fame around the world. The oracle was thought to have existed since the dawn of time. Indeed, it was believed to have successfully predicted events related to the cataclysm of Deukalion, the Argonaut’s expedition and the Trojan War; more certain are the consultations over the founding of the Greek colonies. It was the oracle’s fame and prestige that caused two Sacred Wars in the middle of the fifth and fourth centuries BC. In the third century BC, the sanctuary was conquered by the Aetolians, who were driven out by the Romans in 191 BC. In Roman times, the sanctuary was favored by some emperors and plundered by others, including Sulla in 86 BC.

Delphi Archeological Museum

The permanent exhibition of the Archaeological Museum of Delphi focuses on the history of the Delphic sanctuary and oracle, covering the long time span from prehistory to Late Antiquity. Most of the exhibits were donated to the sanctuary during its period of great prosperity, from Archaic Greek to Roman times. The exhibits are presented in chronological order and by context (Sanctuary of Pronaia, votive pit of the Sacred Way, Temple of Apollo, Siphnian Treasury). These groups are part of larger exhibition units, which allow the visitor to understand the periods of floruit and decline of the sanctuary, the wealth of the different donators, the identity of the various artistic workshops and the urban and demographic development around the sanctuary. The exhibition is set out according to the specific needs of each medium: large-scale statues and architectural sculpture need more ‘room to breath’ than the so-called minor objects. The exhibition focuses mainly on the art of the Archaic period, on metal and marble offerings rather than on pottery, and on monumental architectural and sculptural groups rather than on domestic or funerary assemblages. Some particularly impressive exhibits, such as the famous bronze Charioteer, are displayed separately. Texts, models, maps, sketches and digital reconstructions, illustrating the physical setting of the objects, complete the exhibition.

Meteora Monasteries

Spectacularly perched atop rocky pinnacles in Thessaly, the Meteora monasteries are among the most striking sights in Greece. The name Meteora (Μετέωρα) is Greek for “suspended in the air,” which perfectly describes these six remarkable Greek Orthodox monasteries. The sandstone peaks were first inhabited by Byzantine hermits in the 11th century, who clambered up the rocks to be alone with God. The present monasteries were built in the 14th and 15th centuries during a time of instability and revival of the hermit ideal; the first was Great Meteoron (c.1340) and there were 24 monasteries by 1500. They flourished until the 17th century but only six survive today; four of these still host monastic communities.

Pricing Details (Per person rates)

Category In sharing twin/ triple In single
Tourist class  338,00 €  396,00 €
First class  398,00 €  468,00 €

Inclusions/Exclusions

INCLUDED
Pick-up & Drop-off from selected Athens hotels
Dlx air-conditioned motor coaches
Hotel accommodation based on your choice
Half Board
English Speaking Qualified Guide
Entrance Fees to the sites visited
24hrs Assistance phone number
All Taxes
NOT INCLUDED
Travel Insurance
Tips
Drinks & Beverages during meals
Delphi & Meteora

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