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Athens: Meteora Small-Group Day Trip & Visit to Thermopylae

1. Athens: Meteora Small-Group Day Trip & Visit to Thermopylae

Admire the authentic mainland of Greece, first visiting the historic Thermopylae, the original location of the famous battle between ancient Greeks and Persians in 480 B.C. See the battlefield, the statue of King Leonidas and visit the museum. The journey continues with beautiful views of the mountains and fields until you reach Meteora.  Visit 2 of the 6 remaining Byzantine monasteries, built back in the 14th and 16th centuries. Take photos and videos of the marvelous landscape while your guide shares the local history. Afterward, your driver will take you to Kalambaka, a scenic town below the rocks with many options for a delicious traditional Greek lunch.  Visit the oldest church in the area, where you can see a Greek inscription on the wall which testifies to the existence of an ancient Greek temple at the same location. During your free time in Kalambaka, you may also visit the Natural History Museum.

2-Days Delphi and Meteora Private Tour from Athens

2. 2-Days Delphi and Meteora Private Tour from Athens

Journey starts early in the morning, driving north from Athens on the national highway past the cities of Halkida and Thiva, finally reaching Arachova, a popular winter destination and host to the largest ski center in Greece. Only two hours away from Athens is Delphi, the place ancient Greeks believed was the navel of the world. Visit fascinating archaeological sites and the museum there, and have lunch enjoying the views of Amfissa and Itea. Later, the drive continues through quaint traditional villages before reaching Kalabaka. Accommodation will be provided there. Visit the holy monasteries of Meteora, a site of significant religious and historical importance. On the way back to Athens, stop at Thermopyles, where Leonidas and his 300 men had a great battle against the Persians.

Meteora full day private tour from Athens

3. Meteora full day private tour from Athens

We start our tour early in the morning from Athens till Meteora. Our driver will pick you up from your hotel/ apartment or the airport/ port. The travel time is about 4,5 hours. The first stop is at Kalabaka, a town of the municipality of Meteora in the Trikala regional unit, part of Thessaly in Greece. The population was 12,000 at the 2011 census, of which 8,330 in the town proper. The Meteora monasteries are located near the town. We arrive at Meteora and visit up to three Monasteries. Breathtaking at first site, the Monasteries are of great cultural and natural importance. Split from earthquakes, weathered from the wind and the water over millions of millions of years, these immense rocks are an authentic masterpiece of mother nature. The Meteora is a rock formation in central Greece hosting one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Eastern Orthodox Monasteries. The six (of an original 24) monasteries are built on immense natural pillars and hill-like rounded boulders that dominate the local area. Meteora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List and the name means "lofty", "elevated", and is etymologically related to meteor. Please be modestly dressed. Women are suggested to wear long skirts & long sleeves. If you do not have, you will be given a skirt on your way in. Next stop is at Kastraki, a picturesque village near Meteora, where we have free time for lunch at a traditional Greek tavern with your friends and family or shopping. As we leave the magnificent Meteora behind us, let us not overlook the Battle of Thermopylae of 480 BCE, which has long been the topic of cultural motivation, as it is perhaps the most famous military last stand of all time. The monument of the Great Leonidas, King of Sparta, in Thermopylae, will grace our path on our way back to Athens in the late afternoon. The drive is about 4,5 hours.

From Athens: City, Delphi, Meteora, and Santorini Tour

4. From Athens: City, Delphi, Meteora, and Santorini Tour

Experience Athens, Santorini, and points beyond on this tour. Wander the ancient temples of the Acropolis. Visit the monasteries around Meteora. Watch the sun set during a cruise around Santorini. Day 1Meet your driver at Athens airport for transfer to your hotel. Enjoy some free time in the city after checking in. Day 2Admire the Parthenon and the other archaeological wonders around the Acropolis. Spend time wandering the narrow streets of Plaka. The area is full of traditional architecture and culture.  Day 3Enjoy the scenery away from Athens. Discover the winter village of Arachova nestled in the mountains. Visit the historical sites and museums of Delphi, once home to the oracle of ancient Greek legends. End your day in the town of Kalambaka. Day 4Visit two of the monasteries of Meteora built on the cliffs above the town of Kalambaka. Learn more about the lives of monks. Dine on a traditional Greek lunch back in Kalambaka. Stop in Thermopylae to check out a statue of Leonidas, leader of the famed 300 Spartans. Return to Athens. Day 5Get an early start and catch a ferry to Santorini. Meet your driver on the island and transfer to your hotel. Explore during the area during the rest of your day. Enjoy the island’s renowned white buildings and sweeping views of the Mediterranean Sea. Day 6Spend your morning in town. Explore the shops or stroll around. Meet your driver at the hotel in the afternoon. Take a cruise around the island while enjoying a buffet. Marvel at Santorini’s volcano and hot springs. Enjoy the sunset sailing in the caldera. Savor Greek delicacies prepared onboard.  Day 7Return to Athens on the ferry. Enjoy views of the islands and the sea. Meet your driver at the terminal for the return to your hotel. Day 8Meet your driver at the hotel for return to the airport.

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Really good experience glad we went for this over the train. It's quite a long journey but well worth it. Pick up was prompt, in a nice MPV. We even managed to get some sleep on the journey and we had a rest stop about half way there. We were dropped off as close to the entrance as possible at 3 of the monasteries with no time limits, enabling us to spend more time at Varlaam and less time at the Holy Trinity. Our driver also stopped off at a few viewing spots. Return journey was also good with the stop at Thermopylae and another rest stop.

We had the best experience! Our driver, Antoni, was patient, accommodating, flexible, and showed us the best of Meteora! He stopped at all the great viewpoints and gave us the option to visit more than one monastery. The drive is so challenging but our ride was comfortable and we didn't even notice. We had so much fun and we slept the entire way back.

this tour was great the scenery seemed like it was something out of a movie and our guide Antony was the best he made sure we didn't want for anything. From food runs to bathroom breaks and even the perfect photo, Antony was right there making sure we got the best of our experience. I would definitely recommend

Anthony was an amazing driver/tour guide. He took us to so many places for pictures along with a great place to eat. Would definitely recommend!

perfect trip in a small group in a van. Driver gave us as much time as we wanted everywhere. He was always waiting for us outside.