Embark on a 3-day exploration tour of the Greek countryside within Meteora and Delphi area. You will have the exclusive attention of your guide since this is a private tour. Also, enjoy the history of Greek culture and sample local food and drinks as we traverse through the villages.
From our starting point Athens, we drive on the northern national highway of Greece. Encountering the plane of Thebes and the city of Levadia, we will find ourselves on the slopes of Mount Parnassus before reaching Delphi. Our first stop is going to be the peaceful monastery of Hosios Loukas, representing the second golden age of Byzantine art. After spending a while in this area of serenity, we will leave for the site of Delphi, an ancient Greek sanctuary with a PanHellenic character devoted to the god Apollo. It acted as an Oracle and was thought to be ‘the naval’ the center of the world and continues to be a symbol of Greek cultural unity. The extraordinary location allows you to view the Greek mountains and two more sites, the Gymnasium and the secondary sanctuary of Athena Pronea.
On location, you will visit the mystical temple of Apollo where Pytheia spoke to the oracles, the ancient theater, and the stadium. The site also has a museum where you will find the famous charioteer and Gold Ivory statue. Then we will set out for lunch at the current village of Delphi while viewing the mountains of Fokis. Before heading out we will stop at a fantastic place well known for its great views.
You will see the Corinthian Sea, the port of Itea and the valley full of olive trees (olive sea). We will spend overnight at the mountainous village of Arachova, very close to a famous ski resort, rich in traditional houses and shops selling local products. You can stroll through the village with its narrow streets and shops on the central street enjoying an impressive view of the mountains full of olive trees literally in front of you.
Starting from Arachova, we will drive to Meteora through the Greek mountains off the highway to see the real Greek countryside. Driving by the city of Lamia, we will rest at the town of Trikala, a central town of the area, for a Greek lunch or coffee then continue to Kalabaka. We will end up at the small town that is surrounded by the rocks of Meteora where we will settle at the hotel and later drive up around the hills for an evening photo tour on the towering rocks under the Greek sunset. Back in town, you will have the rest of the day to yourself.
After spending the night, we’ll start with a morning visit to the monasteries and a closer look at the sacred rocks. On the rocks that look like they are suspended in air (that’s what Meteora means) there exists one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox Monasteries still in use. They combine natural beauty and cultural heritage a fact that make them a rare destination between the world’s monuments. Lunch will be at Kalabaka. Later, we will start heading towards Athens and towards our last stop. On our way back we will come across the famous battlefield of Thermopolis. And after, we will drive back to Athens.
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