Three days tour
Delphi (overnight) - Meteora (overnight)
Levadia, Delphi, Meteora, Thermopylae.
Let Us Take You To Hidden & Known Places in Greece
1st day: Greece private tour drives through the fertile plain of Beotia through the town of Thebes which is connected with the tragedy of king Oedipus. On to Levadia, a busy town and an important junction in the road network. The town is also an industrial centre, its textile mills treat the cotton grown in the Copais valley. The upper town is graced by white houses with jutting wooden balconies dating from the 18th C.
The upper town is graced by white houses with jutting wooden balconies dating from 18c. We'll stop for a drink by the beautiful river Krya. Over the spot where the water springs out, lies the Municipal Cafe "XENIA".
During the ancient times, Krya is said to be the location of the Oracle of Trofonios Zeus which included the springs of Mnemosyne (Remembrance) and the spring of Lethe (oblivion). The oracle was used as a stage before visiting the oracle of Delphi and as such, through the times, it acquired great power and riches.
Visit Castalia Spring and the Sanctuary of Athena Pronaea then in the afternoon the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios and the Museum. Overnight in Delphi or Arachova which is one of the most traditional villages in Greece.
The road descends into Lamia, passing through typical towns and numerous picturesque mountain villages of Central Greece. We'll arrive in Meteora which lies North of Kalambaka in the northwest corner of the Thessaly plain ,a group of fantastic grey rocks rising up out of the trees in the Pinions Valley. Perched on the top of these huge and precipitous columns of rock, (there are some 60 of these columns of rock, a favorite haunt for climbers) are the famous coenobitic monasteries known as the Meteora which means "in the air" where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine Art.
Of the 24 monasteries that were built between the 13th and 16th centuries only six are still inhabited: The Great Meteoron, Agia Triada, Agios Nikolaos and Varlaam by monks: Agios Stephanos and Roussanou by nuns. Stay overnight in the closest village to Meteora with the best view of the giant rocks and monasteries (photo below). Opportunity for photo shoots with the sunset.
3rd day: Visit the Monasteries: Agios Nikolaos daily, summer 9a.m to 5.45p.m Closed in winter. Poussanou daily except Wensdays, summer 9a.m to 6p.m Winter 9a.m to 1p.m and 3p.m to 5.pm Entrance fee2 Euro. Megalo Meteoron daily except Tuesdays 9a.m to 1p.m and 3p.m to 6 p.m (5p.m in winter) entrance fee 2 Euro. Varlaam daily except Fridays (and Thursdays in winter), same times as for the Megalo Meteoro. Agia Triada daily except Thursdays 9a.m to 12.30p.m and 3p.m to 5p.m Entrance fee 2 Euro Agios Stefanos daily except Mondays 9a.m to 1p.m and 3p. (5p.min winter)
Depart before noon to return to Athens via Trikala (short stop), Lamia. We will stop at Thermopylae (where in 480 B.C. a battle between the ancient Greeks and Persians took place) to visit Leonida's Monument and then on to Kammena Vourla (last stop for coffee break or lunch by the sea). Arrive in Athens in the evening.
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DEPARTUREDaily: Three day tour, all year round. Delphi fee 9 euro (Site & Museum) - Monasteries fee 2 euro each...
Comment: See the main cultural: archaeological, historical and biblical highlights of Greece. Time is allowed for gentle walks and relaxation. Most of the driving is on mountain roads.
Delphi, Apollo Oracle, Meteora, Byzantine Monasteries, Thermopylae.
Closed on Holidays: January 1st., March 25th, May 1st, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. On Good Friday, the sites are open 12.00 - 17.00.