21 Nov Two Days Delphi and Meteora tour (breakfast & dinner)
Free pick up / drop off hotel service!!
First Day: Athens/ Delphi/ Meteora
Depart from Athens and drive towards central Greece. Visit Delphi, the centre of the Ancient World, the “Navel (Omphalos) of the Earth”, whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic World.
Being in the heart of the Greek mainland, Delphi constitute a crossroad between the eastern and the western Greece, as well as from Thessaly to Attica. Yet, for the Greeks, this territory means a lot more. According to the legend, Zeus released two eagles, in order to find which is the central part of the earth; the two eagles, met each other in Delphi.
According to other, earlier legends, the Oracle of Delphi was important even in the pre-classical Hellenic World (1400 B.C.). The Homeric hymn of Apollo, indicates that the initial name of the site was “Krisa”; other legends, though, indicate the name “Pytho” as an initial one, from which derives the name “Pythia” for the priestess. Apart from the prophecies, Delphi was also a sanctuary where the Greeks were gathering once every four year, to participate in the so called Pythian Games, to honor god Apollo. These Games, where the second most important ones, right after the Olympic Games.
Visit the Temple of the Apollo Pythios, built on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty. Moreover, visit the Treasure of the Athenians (built to commemorate the Athenian glory against the Persians, in the battle of Marathon in 490 BC), the sanctuary of Athina Pronaia, the Stadium, the Theatre etc.
Finally, visit the Delphi Museum, containing masterpieces of the ancient Greek sculpture, as the bronze Charioteer and the athlete Aghias. In the afternoon, head to Kalambaka, a small town situated at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora gigantic rocks. “Check-in”, dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Second Day: Meteora/ Athens.
Breakfast in the hotel and “check-out”. The nearby Meteora (“suspended in the air” or “in the heavens above”, etymologically related to “Meteorite”, is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos. The six monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars, at the northwestern edge of the plain of Thessaly, near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains. The Meteora is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List
Visit Meteora, built within the area’s particularly impressive scenery, enriched by ageless Monasteries, containing priceless historical and religious treasures, stand suspended between earth and sky, on top of granite rocks. Drive to Athens, passing by Thermopyles and the monument of Leonidas, the heroic king of Sparta. Arrival in Athens, “check-in” at the hotel and overnight.
- § Tour price (A class): 212.00 € per adult in double room / 106.00 € per child (up to 16 years old), including hotel breakfast and dinner.
-Single supplement: 40.00 €
- § Tour price (B class): 182.00 € per adult in double room / 91.00 € per child (up to 16 years old), including hotel breakfast and dinner.
-Single supplement: 28.00 €
## Operating time: Departure at 08:45 – Return at 18:15 (second day)
## Operating summer schedule (01 April – 31 October): Mon/Wed/Thu/Sat.
## Operating languages: English (Mon/Wed/Thu/Sat); French (Wed); Italian (Thu).