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From Athens: Delphi and Meteora 2-Day Tour with Hotel

1. From Athens: Delphi and Meteora 2-Day Tour with Hotel

Embark on a 2-day tour to the archaeological site of Delphi and the historic Orthodox monasteries built on the rocks of Meteora. Learn about the myths and history attached to these sites from your guide on this guided tour from Athens. Day 1: Depart Athens for the ancient site of the Oracle of Delphi. Travel by air-conditioned coach through the pretty towns and villages of Thebes, Levadia, and Arachova on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Arrive in Delphi and explore the ruins of the ancient sanctuary of Pythia, the high priestess of the Temple of Apollo. Explore the temple and learn about its significance from your guide. Then, continue to the beautiful town of Kalabaka for dinner and your overnight stay. Day 2: After breakfast, make your way to Meteora, famous for its stunning rock formations. Visit the monasteries built to serve the monks and nuns following the teachings of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Return to Athens via Trikala and Lamia. Stop at Thermopylae to admire the monument to the Greek warrior-king Leonidas I, who died there in 480 BC. Arrive back in Athens by the early evening.

From Athens: Day Tour to Delphi

2. From Athens: Day Tour to Delphi

Discover Delphi on a guided tour from Athens. Visit the Temple of Apollo and Delphi Archaeological Museum and take in the views of the Greek countryside. Depart Athens and drive through the fertile plain of Boeotia, crossing the town of Thebes, world-renowned for its tragic story of King Oedipus. Continue through the picturesque towns of Livadeia and Arachova on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Upon arrival at Delphi, explore the "Omphalos" ("Navel of the Earth"). Marvel at the ruins of an ancient sanctuary that grew rich as the seat of the oracle. Learn how its influence extended beyond the confines of the Hellenic world, and take in the views of a landscape of unparalleled beauty. See the remains of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios, and visit the Treasury of the Athenians. Look at the remaining columns of the Temple of Apollo, and go to the Delphi Archaeological Museum where masterpieces of Ancient Greek sculpture can be found. Look at the legendary Charioteer of Delphi, regarded as one of the finest bronze sculptures of the ancient world. See the statue of the athlete Aghias and other artifacts from antiquity. Enjoy lunch in the modern village of Delphi, before the return trip to Athens by the same route (if selected). A short stop in Arachova will be provided for your comfort. 

Delphi Small-Group Day Trip From Athens

3. Delphi Small-Group Day Trip From Athens

Depart from Athens early in the morning and drive through the fertile plain of Beotia via Thebes and Levadia. Upon arrival at Delphi, learn the story of the Oracle and its impact on the Hellenic World from an official guide. Pass the Castalian Spring and visit highlights such as the Stoa of the Athenians, Athenian Treasury, polygonal retaining wall, and the Temple of Apollo. Enter the archaeological museum at your own expense to marvel at relics such as the Treasury of the Sifnians, Naxian Sphinx, Statue of Antinoos, and the bronze Charioteer. Get some time for lunch in the village before returning to Athens via the mountain village of Arachova on the south slopes of Parnassus.

From Athens: Full Day Private Tour of Delphi

4. From Athens: Full Day Private Tour of Delphi

After pickup from your hotel in Athens, start the 2.5-hour journey to Delphi. Once you have arrived, begin your day exploring the rich and ancient history of this famous city.   Visit some of the city's most famous archeological sites. First, you will explore the sanctuaries of Apollo and Athena Pronaia before heading to the ancient stadium and theater. Continue to the Delphi ruins and the Temple of Apollo, before heading to the Delphi Archaeological Museum. See archeological artifacts and learn more about the rich history of Delphi at the museum.   You have the option to spend 2 hours visiting the village of Arachova, where you can enjoy coffee or lunch. Alternatively, you can choose to have lunch or coffee in Delphi instead. After exploring Delphi and relaxing over lunch, begin the 2.5-hour journey back to Athens.

From Athens: 4-Days Classical Tour with Meteora

5. From Athens: 4-Days Classical Tour with Meteora

Day 1: Leave by the coastal road to the Corinth Canal (short stop). Drive on and visit the Theatre of Epidaurus, famous for its remarkable acoustics. Then, proceed to the town of Nafplio (short photo stop), drive on to Mycenae and visit the archaeological site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Then, depart for Olympia through central Peloponnese and the towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis. Overnight in Olympia, the cradle of the Olympic Games (dinner) Day 2: In the morning, visit the archaeological site with the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the ancient stadium, the spot where the torch of the modern Olympic Games is lit and the Archaeological Museum. Then, drive on through the plains of Ilia and Achaia until the magnificent bridge that crosses the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Pass by the picturesque towns of Nafpactos (Lepanto) and Itea. Arrive in Delphi (dinner and overnight) Day 3: In the morning, visit the archaeological site and the Museum of Delphi, the most famous oracle of the ancient world. Depart for Kalambaka, a small town located at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora, surrounded by gigantic rocks (dinner and overnight) Day 4: Visit Meteora, a striking scenery perched on top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. Return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia, Thermopylae (short stop to see across the road to Leonida's Monument). Arrive in Athens early in the evening.

From Athens: Full-Day Delphi – Thermopylae Excursion

6. From Athens: Full-Day Delphi – Thermopylae Excursion

Your private tour will start from your hotel or your cruise ship termial, passing by some scenic countryside such as Livadeia and Thebes, both great ancient cities. After 2-hours, you will reach the picturesque village of Arachova, which is a popular winter holiday destination with its ski center. Delphi will be your next stop, where you'll visit both the archaeological site with the ancient theatre and museum. Delphi was the first tourist attraction of the antiquities, as it was busy all the year round. It was the place god Apollo had his sanctuary where the prophesies were given to every man, prince, general and king by Pythia the high priestess. It was also the center of the universe, according to Zeus, king of the gods. You will then visit the Oracle of Apollo, the Omfalos, the Temple of Athena Pronaia, Kastaleia Spring and see some magnificent artifacts and statues, such as Charioteer of Delphi, the twin brothers and Sphinx of Naxos. When you feel hungry, get ready to taste the famous Greek cuisine and have a memorable lunch. the tour guide will take you to a traditional restaurant or tavern. It will be up to you to choose from a variety of flavors of the best known Greek dishes. After lunch, you will see a great view of Mount Parnassus and Itea. Then, it will be time to drive to the Thermopylae Battlefiends or the Hot Gates and the hot springs, where King Leonidas and the 300 brave Spartans gave their lives for the freedom of Greece. Honor and glory was their motto. They achieved both, as their memory lasts forever. Leaving behind the Hot Gates, you will return back to Athens.

From Athens: Private Road Trip to Delphi

7. From Athens: Private Road Trip to Delphi

After pickup in Athens, head to Delphi to admire the monuments of ancient Greece from the comfort of a minibus. See the Omphalos, considered by the ancient Greeks to be the center of the world. Explore the ancient theater, the hippodrome, the stadium, and the Tholos. Visit the Delphi Archaeological Museum to complete the experience. Alongside Delphi, you’ll enjoy a stop in the picturesque town of Arachova. The town is known for its handmade crafts and traditional Greek architecture. Stop here for lunch, a quick coffee, and a bit of shopping. Connect with the ancient world on this private full-day tour. In a luxury limousine, van, or car your private driver will take you to one of the most important cities of the ancient world. Admire the magnificent monuments of Delphi up close and then return to your initial pickup point in Athens.

From Athens: Meteora and Delphi Private 2-Day Tour

8. From Athens: Meteora and Delphi Private 2-Day Tour

Leave Athens for a wondrous tour of ancient Greece. With a private driver and an overnight stay in Meteora, enjoy plenty of time to appreciate the exciting landmarks and towns that lie beyond the capital. Sample the local cuisine, learn about Greek mythology, and glimpse into the distant past. Before reaching Delphi, see the plain of Boeotia, the birthplace of King Oedipus and origin of many great legends. Pause at the Oracle of Delphi and Castalian Spring, a source of inspiration for generations of poets and warriors. Break for lunch in Arachova and head for Kalambaka where you’ll spend the night. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the charming streets of these villages in Meteora. Check-in at your hotel with plenty of time to catch a sunset tour on the Meteora Rocks. Your driver will pick you up after a buffet breakfast to visit the Byzantine Monasteries of Meteora. See why these otherworldly structures that stretch to the sky are a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, tour some picturesque surrounding villages and dig into a traditional Greek lunch. Make a short stop at Thermopylae to admire the statue of Leonidas, a memorial of the battle of the 300 Spartans against thousands of Persian soldiers. Arrive back in your hotel in Athens that evening.

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

9. 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.

Meteora full day private tour from Athens

10. 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.

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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.

It was a great experience, the stops in Delphi and Meteora where not short, considering the lack of time at hand. Breakfast and dinner where included, both of which where of good quality, as was the hotel in Kalabaka. Professionally organised with top notch tour guides. Would recommend to anyone.

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.

two very nice days super team, very well organized to do absolutely