Delphi is one of most impressive archaeological sites in Greece, a place full of energy, and the place where heaven and earth met. Here lies the Sanctuary of Apollo, where Oracle Pythia was talking to the God, asking for his wisdom on behalf of the numerous visitors seeking for celestial help. The Temple of Apollo, the Temple of Athena Pronaia, the Castalian Spring, the Gymnasium and the Ancient Theatre. A visit to the Archeological Museum of Delphi gives us the chance to see up close the famous bronze Charioteer of Delphi, Eniochos, the actual stone marking the Centre of the Ancient World and a vast array of statues and artifacts.
After lunch you will depart for Meteora, one of the most striking sights in Greece. Driving through Central Greece via the cities of Amphissa, Lamia and Trikala, you will reach Kalampaka, a town that lies under the imposing rocks of Meteora. You will spend the night either in Kalampaka or in the beautiful village of Kastraki, located nearby.
Day 2: Meteora, Thermopylae, Athens
In the morning, you will visit Meteora, a series of 24 Greek Orthodox monasteries that are spectacularly perched on top of rocky pinnacles that rise over 400m above the ground. The name Meteora means ‘suspended in the air’ and it perfectly describes the monks’ settlements that were built from the 11th century onwards under impossible conditions. Access to the monasteries was extremely difficult and it required climbing a long ladder which was drawn up whenever the monks felt threatened. The monasteries flourished until the 17th century, but only 6 survive today. Aghios Stephanos, Aghia Trias, Varlaam and Meteoron Monastery are those that still host religious communities and are accessible by staircases cut into the gigantic rock formations.
After lunch, your Exclusive Minibus chauffeur will pass through Thermopylae, the city where the famous battle took place back in 480 BC. During the battle of Thermopylae, the king of Sparta Leonidas & 300 Spartan soldiers fought against king Xerxes of Persia who wanted to invade Greece. Even though the Greeks were outnumbered by the vast Persian force, Leonidas and his soldiers refused to surrender and were sacrificed in order to defend the country. After Thermopylae, you will head back to Athens.
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