Depart from Athens and after taking a scenic drive through stunning rural scenery (3 hours drive) via Levadia and Arachova, we ‘ll arrive in Delphi. Delphi, situated on a mountain terrace encircled by the rugged Mt. Parnassus, was considered the centre of the universe. Here you’ll explore the legendary site of the Oracle and the sanctuary of god Apollo until lunch time in the afternoon.
After we proceed through the towns of Amphissa, Lamia and Trikala. Arrive in Kalambaka (the town below Meteora) where we will stay overnight.
- 08:00 Our tour starts from Athens
- 11:00 Arrival at Delphi archeological area (2hours visit)
- 13:15 Lunch time
- 15:00 Visit Delphi Museum and Tholos Temple. Overnight in Delphi
The mountain pillars of Meteora are extraordinary, with horizontal stripes and strange shapes, reaching 600 m tall. The art of Nature; a rocky forest. Meteora has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and since 1995 the Hellenic government declared it a ” sacred area”, belonging to everybody and protected from any change or interference.
The huge rocks were formed millions of years ago, from a mixture of sandstone, pebbles and hard gravel. What makes them even more remarkable are the exquisite monasteries, built by hermits during the 9th c. AD, at the pinnacles of the rocks. For centuries these towers of sandstone provided cliff-top retreats for the monks.
Today you are free to visit on your own, 4 of the monasteries: St. Stephan, the Holy Trinity, the Roussanou, and the St. Nicholas. When you get up there, sit at the edge of one of the rocks, and let your mind travel million years back. Imagine that you wet your foot in the water of a big lake. A lake covering the whole valley. Look at the horizon and imagine the lake drying gradually, recovering all this natural beauty in front of you.
This is the most probable option of how all these were created. You are in front of a geological phenomenon universally unique, where words like admire, unexplainable, impressing which we usually find in many writings can describe it’s size only to one point.
Return to the hotel, dinner, and overnight.
- 09:30 Departure for Meteora
- 13:00 Arrival at Meteora and lunch time
- 15:00 Visit Monasteries or free time in the city or maybe even relax at the hotel, your choice!
After breakfast, on board the bus, drive to the Meteora and visit the two remaining monasteries; The Grand Meteoro and the Varlaam monastery.
After lunch, we say farewell to mystical Meteora and start our return to Athens stopping at Thermopylae, the area where the Spartan king Leonidas and his 300 soldiers fought the Persians in 480 BC.
Arrive in Athens in the evening.
- 09:00 Monasteries visit (3hours time)
- 12:30 Lunch time
- 14:00 Departure for Athens
- 18:00 Arrival in Athens
Alternative Tour Options:
There are so many other things to see in this area. Keep in mind that your driver is at your disposal, so if you would like to adjust the proposed itinerary at all, just let him know!
- A proper dress code is required to enter monasteries of meteora.Ladies need to wear a skirt and the gentlemen need to wear long trousers.Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women.You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements.
- There are plenty of opportunities to take photographs and videos on this tour, so be sure you have plenty of film and batteries, and your cameras handy!Photography is permitted throughout the tour.
- Comfortable shoes for hiking are essential for this trip.
This tour does not include entrance fees to any archeological site and museum, hotel accommodations, gratuities, or other client personal expenses. Driver’s hotel expenses are not included in the price but If our company book the hotels we use frequently you can avoid this cost. If you wish to book your own hotels then you need to pay a room for the driver.
Admission Fees for Sites and Museums (Tickets available only at the ticket office)
- For the Archeological site of Delphi: Special ticket package: Full: €9, Reduced: €4
- Meteora Monasteries: Full:€2
Free admission days
- 6 March (in memory of Melina Mercouri)
- 5 June (International Enviroment Day)
- 18 April (International Monuments Day)
- 18 May (International Museums Day)
- The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
- Every first Sunday from November 1st to March 31st
- 27 September, International Tourism Day
- 28 October
Reduced admission for:
- Greek citizens and citizens of other Member – States of the European Union aged over 65 years old by showing their ID card or passport.
- Students of Higher Education Institutes and equivalent Schools from countries outside the EU by showing their student ID.
- The accompanying parents on educational visits of elementary schools.
Free admission for:
- Young people, under the age of 18, after demonstrating the Identity Card or passport to confirm the age
- Cultural Card holders
- Journalists with a journalist identity card
- Persons accompanying blind and disabled
- Persons possessing a free admission card
- The escorting teachers of schools and institutions of elementary, middle school, high school, university and graduate level education during their visits
- University students and students at Technological Educational Institutes or equivalent schools of Member – States of the European Union and students at Schools of Tourist Guides, by showing their student ID