Two Days Meteora
1st DAY: Depart through Thebes, Levadia (short stop) and Arachova to arrive at Delphi at around noon. Famous for its theatre, Temple of Apollo and ancient ruins, Delphi was considered the navel of the world and played a central role in the classical Greek world. Pass by the sacred Castalia Spring and visit the Temple of Apollo which was famous for its oracle and the Museum of Delphi (optional) with its spectacular finds, including the unique bronze Charioteer, the Naxian Sphinx and the Statue of Antinoos, to be followed by a visit the archaeological site of Delphi.
In the afternoon after lunch depart for the drive through Central Greece crossing the plain of Thessaly through the cities of Lamia (short stop) and Trikala to Kalambaka, a small town built at the foot of the majestic Meteora rocks crowned by the famous monasteries (short stop for souvenirs). Overnight stay in Kalambaka.
2nd DAY: Leave in the morning for nearby Meteora for a tour of the cliff-top monasteries to visit two Byzantine Monasteries* built on top of the towers of rock and providing fantastic views over the plain. Meteora is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage monument. The monasteries are perched on top of towers of conglomerate, which for centuries provided totally inaccessible retreats for the monks. Meteora is considered one of the most beautiful areas of mainland Greece, and its monasteries are one of the country's unique attractions. When your return from the monasteries you may optionally visit a factory of Byzantine-style icons. Return to Athens passing by the monument of Leonidas, king of Sparta at Thermopylae (short stop for photos). The tour returns to Athens in the late afternoon.
Note: Entrance fee of Delphi museum is not included.
To enter the monasteries, appropriate clothing is required. Ladies should not wear short skirts and must have long sleeves. Men are not allowed to wear shorts.
* Normally we visit Great Meteoro Monastery and St. Stefanos. Every Tuesday we visit instead of Great Meteoro, the Varlaam monastery.
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