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2-Day Private Tour to Delphi, Meteora and Thermopylae from Athens

Price USD$439.45


2-Day Private Tour to Delphi, Meteora and Thermopylae from Athens
Explore two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in this private tour exclusive to your group only, visiting Delphi on the beautiful slopes of Mount Parnassus, a major center of worship in the ancient world, and the Meteora Monasteries ?suspended in the air? on a series of majestic rock pillars up to 1,312 feet high. With a stop at the Thermopylae site and visitors center with its 3D recreation of the \'battle of the 300\', our tour aims to provide one of the great highlights of your visit to Greece.

Day 1: Delphi 
After meeting you at your hotel, we head north passing through beautiful countryside and the famous villages of Levadia and Arachova before arriving at the Delphi archaeological site. You\'ll have plenty of time to enjoy the magnificent scenery as we tour the Castalian Spring, ancient sanctuary of Apollo, the treasury of the Athenians, the ancient stadium and ancient theater. Delphi was a major center of worship and ritual in the ancient world and home of the Oracle who consulted on many matters from personal dilemmas to decisions before battles. Learning the rich mythological history as we go, the tour ends with a visit to the impressive museum with time to take in the many artifacts from as far back as the 15th century BC, including highlights such as the Naxian Sphinx, statue of Antinoos and the bronze sculpture of a charioteer. After ample time to enjoy the site and reflect on its significance, we\'ll then visit the pretty mountain village of Arachova perched at 3,116 feet (950 meters) on the south slopes of Mount Parnassus. Here we\'ll take the opportunity to stop for lunch with some wonderful Greek cuisine and many regional specialties. Later, we\'ll explore the village enjoying its atmosphere, views and local craft shops before relaxing on the trip to the village of Kalabaka, arriving in time to enjoy your evening location and hotel.

Day 2: Meteora and Thermopylae
After a fresh breakfast, we\'ll travel to see two of the monasteries at Meteora. Built on a natural formation of sandstone rock pillars up to 1,312 feet high, the six remaining monasteries date from the 14th century and form a remarkable and awe-inspiring combination of nature and spiritual significance. We\'ll visit two of the most outstanding monasteries, normally the Grand Meteora Monastery, Moni Varlaam or Moni Agiou Stefanou, and learn about their long history and the hermits and monks that lived there, as you capture the majestic landscape views with your camera. After pausing for lunch, next we\'ll head south for approximately 90 minutes to the site of Thermopylae, stopping to see the monument and enter the visitor’s center which recreates the ancient battle where King Leonidas led the 300 Spartans in 480 BC. Finally, we\'ll return you to your hotel in Athens with the memories and images from these wonderful experiences.

A private tour exclusive to your group allowing flexibility and consideration for the needs of small philosophers & experienced travelers alike, our English speaking driver will take full and special care of you during you trip and provide all the historical, mythological, ancient & modern context along the way to help you make the most of the sites you will visit. Our driver/guide is not allowed by law to accompany you into the sites themselves. We collaborate with guides licensed to enter sites & can provide these if requested.

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Explore two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in this private tour exclusive to your group only, visiting Delphi on the beautiful slopes of Mount Parnassus, a major center of worship in the ancient world, and the Meteora Monasteries ?suspended in the air? on a series of majestic rock pillars up to 1,312 feet high. With a stop at the Thermopylae site and visitors center with its 3D recreation of the \'battle of the 300\', our tour aims to provide one of the great highlights of your visit to Greece.