Two Days Delphi – Meteora, unique tour to Delphi, the temple of Apollo, the Delphi museum, the navel of Earth in Delphi and the Delphi Oracle.
This Tour will guide you to the ancient period of the Delphi glory.
Enjoy Delphi, the museum and all it’s treasures. Athens taxi tour will pick you up from your Hotel, or cruise ship, and we will start our tour driving through Viotia, by Thebes, the once powerful city – state that fell along with Athens in the battle of Chaeronia in the 4th century B.C.Levadia.
Athens Taxi we’ll drive you, through Arachova (famous for its bright multi colored carpets) to Delphi.
Arrive in Delphi, the ancient sanctuary of Apollo. (The grandeur of Delphi has to be seen to be believed). At Delphi you will visit the Archaeological site, with the Temple of Apollo, the Athenian treasury, the Theater, and also the Stadium. And also a visit to the Museum where one can see excellent pieces from the Archaic and Classical periods.
Among other archaeological treasures, the unique bronze Charioteer, the pediments from the temple of Apollo, the “naval of the earth” the winged Sphinx.
Lunch in in the modern city of Delphi a picturesque mountain village.
After lunch we continue to drive towards Kalampaka, a very scenic drive driving on mountain roads.
Drive through the towns of Central Greece (AMPHISSA, LAMIA and TRIKALA) crossing the Thessaly’s plain, the granary of GREECE, to reach Kalambaka late in the afternoon. Located at the foothill of Meteora in Kastraki or Kalambaka.
Overnight in Kalampaka or Kastraki.
2nd Day: Meteora, Thermopylae, Athens
Morning we will visit METEORA the most breathtaking rock formation and its monasteries built on the top of high rocks, standing between, earth & Heaven.
The monasteries of Meteora are:
* The Monastery of Great Meteoron. It is the biggest of the Meteorite monasteries.
* The Monastery of Varlaam is the second, in size monastery.
* The Monastery of Rousanou. It is dedicated to ‘The Transfiguration’ but honored to Saint Barbara.
* The holly Trinity Monastery (the most difficult to get to).
* The Monastery of St. Nicholas Anapausas. Lunch at Kalampaka, and we start to drive back to Athens.
On the way back to Athens will we stop and visit Thermopylae: were the famous site of the historic battle between the 300 Spartans led by Leonidas and the Persian army of Xerxes 480B.C. The huge monument to Leonidas and the 300 cypress trees commemorate the death of the heroic Spartans. On the monument wall the words “Molon Lave” is written under the statue. The phrase means, “Come and get it”, this is the phrase that Leonidas said to the Persian king Xerxes when he was told to hand over his weapons. The phrase has become a slogan of defiance all over the world. Shortly After the battle the ancient memorial was placed just across the highway from the modern memorial. It is a small carved stone plaque that says, “Stranger, tell the Spartans that we lay here obedient to their laws”. This ancient memorial is on the small hill across the national road from the modern one.
After visiting we will drive back to Athens.