DAY 1 : Depart from your Hotel early in the morning and we pick you up from your Hotel. At about 2 - 2,5 hours later, we will arrive at the unique site and museum of Delphi! As per Unesco's World Heritage Center ''The pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, where the oracle of Apollo spoke, was the site of the omphalos, the "navel of the world". Blending harmoniously with the superb landscape and charged with sacred meaning, Delphi in the 6th century B.C. was indeed the religious centre and symbol of unity of the ancient Greek world.'' You will visit the Temple of Apollo and the Ancient Oracle, the Ancient Stadium, the Ancient Theatre where could seat more than 5000 spectators, the Sacred Way, and of course The Tholos of the sanctuary of Goddess Athena, that is perhaps the most characteristic monument at Delphi and a masterpiece of Classical architecture!
Next we will visit the Museum of Delphi, where you can admire the "Charioteer", one of the best pieces of the classical art sculpted in bronze! Here you will also see the sacred symbol of Delphi, the Omphalos (navel) that signified the center of the earth, was kept in Apollo's temple and may other masterpieces from the excavations in the sanctuary of Delphi!
After that unique visit you can have your lunch either at the town of Delphi, either at the traditional village of Arachova (at 1000 meters altitude), the best winter resort of Greece. We continue our tour and we will arrive at Meteora and the small town of Kalambaka in the afternoon. your Hotel late in the afternoon. Free time to explore this small but really beautiful town located on the foot of Meteora Monasteries! Overnight: Kalambaka
DAY 2: After your breakfast we continue our tour, visiting 2 or 3 out of the 6 great monasteries in Meteora that are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. This depends of the day of the tour and which monasteries will be open that day. Most famous Monasteries are the ''Megalo Meteoro'', the ''Monastery of Vaarlaam'' and the ''Monastery of Holy Trinity'' where the production of famous film of James Bond ''For your eyes only'' filmed many scenes!!
As we can read at Unesco's official website regarding Meteora ''In a region of almost inaccessible sandstone peaks, monks settled on these 'columns of the sky' from the 11th century onwards. Twenty-four of these monasteries were built, despite incredible difficulties, at the time of the great revival of the eremetic ideal in the 15th century. Their 16th-century frescoes mark a key stage in the development of post-Byzantine painting''.
We take with us as many as we can of these breathtaking pictures of Meteora and we start our trip back to Athens. You can have your lunch at the town of Kalambaka or later at a next stop that you will wish to do. We return to Athens late in the afternoon.
Important Information regarding entrance to churches-monasteries:
Both ladies and gentlemen need to avoid bare shoulders or bare legs in order to avoid refusal of entry. For the ladies is better to wear long skirts even if in some cases long skirts are offered during the visit to the certain church-monastery.
All fields with (*) are required.