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Meteora - St Stephan nunnery

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Departures & prices

From November – March this tour operates ONLY on Wednesdays.

CLICK HERE and see our 3day/ 2nights tour by train, spending 1 night in Kalambaka and 1 in Delphi.

PRICES:

HOTEL
DOUBLE ROOM per person
SINGLE ROOM
3* Kosta FAMISSI – with breakfast
120.00 + 6.00 entrance fees = 126.00 €
137.00 + 6.00 entrance fees = 143.00 €
3* ORFEAS – half board
134.00 + 6.00 entrance fees = 140.00 €
164.00 + 6.00 entrance fees = 170.00 €
4* AMALIA or GRAND METEORA – half board
170.00 + 6.00 entrance fees = 176.00
includes complimentary arrival transfer
214.00 + 6.00 entrance fees = 220.00 €
includes complimentary arrival transfer

* The hotels we use are: 3* Hotel KOSTA FAMISI or 3* Hotel ORFEAS and 4* hotel AMALIA(Thu & Sat) or Hotel GRAND METEORA(Mon & Wed)
* If our offers sound interesting read the “4 steps to book” in the footer.
* Fill the booking request and start the communication. We shall get back to you asap.

THE ABOVE PRICES INCLUDE:
– transportation in modern, air conditioned buses
– Pick up / drop off from your hotel or near it (See the list of hotels in the footer of this website).
(This service is from hotels in central Athens. The airport and the Port of Piraeus are not included).
– Entrance fees to Delphi site and the 2 monasteries that are open on the day that you visit Meteora.
– Services of the professional tour guide all along the tour.
– 1 night hotel accommodation in the hotel of your choice.
– All taxes except the hotel tax of 1.50 €(in 3*) & 3.00 € (in 4*star) per room, per night.
– Complimentary arrival transfer if you book and pay the tour in 4* star hotel

NB:Lunches on both days are not included. The bus stops at local restaurants, but the lunches are extra. In Kalambaka the bus stops at the central square where you have lots of restaurants to choose from.

MORE OFFERS and DISCOUNTS (only one discount allowed – the highest one):
a) Share a triple room with a friend and save 5% on the double room rate.
b) 5% GROUP DISCOUNT: Make a team of 5 or more passengers and gain 5%, or
c) 5% ADVANCE BOOKING and payment discount. Follow the following 3 steps and save.
# SUBMIT your booking request form 4 months before the tour departure.
# WITHIN ONE WEEK following our confirmation, pay a non refundable deposit of 50.00 €, p.p.
# TWO MONTHS before the departure of the tour, settle the balance in full.
d) Pay 78.00 euro p.p. and join the One day cruise to HYDRA. The transfer to and from the port is 10.00 € extra.

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The tour which I joined was organized by G.O.TOURS. However I did not book through their website. I booked it through ASTORIA TRAVEL
After browsing through the web, I found that ASTORIA TRAVEL offers the cheapest tour packages in Athens. Initially I was quite skeptical. How can this tour agent offer such a low price compared to the other travel companies. Is this a scam? Well, it was not a scam and the complimentary arrival transfer was true. I even booked my first two nights in Athens at Hotel Arethusa in Syntagma at a very cheap price through ASTORIA TRAVEL. Read more in the testimonials section…

 

POPULAR TOURS: 1 day Delphi | 1 day Argolis | 3 day explore Meteora | 4 day classical & Meteora | 5 day explore Meteora | 1 day cruise

 

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Places visited

This tour includes two of the most important sites, on mainland Greece. It presents a picture of ancient Greek civilisation beginning with the Mycenaeans, the Greek Bronze Age, and continuing through Archaic, Classical and, to a lesser extent, Hellenistic and Roman Greece. It provides a glimpse of the spiritual splendour of Byzantine art and architecture.
It is a full itinerary, but the pace is manageable. Plenty of time is available on the sites, allowing time for adequate exposition by the tour guide and time for further exploration on your own.

* The traditional village of Arachova.
* The modern Village of Delphi.
* The sanctuary with the temple of Apollo and the Oracle of Delphi.
* The monument of Leonidas, the Spartan King, in Thermopylae.
* 2 monasteries are visited. One of them is the nunnery of St. Stephen.

* NB.The archaeological museum in Delphi is not visited in this tour. The museum is visited in the 3 days Delphi – Meteora tour.

ORACLE OF APOLLO in DELPHI-the centre of the universe

According to the myth, Zeus released two eagles. One flew east and the other one west. They met over Delphi, determining that the centre of the world was there. A temple dedicated to god Apollo was built there in the 7th c BC. The oracle of Apollo became a religious centre where common people and kings alike, came to consult the priestess of the sanctuary.
The ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE consists of the temple of Apollo, the treasury houses, the theatre, and the stadium.

METEORA-THE ART OF NATURE

Beautiful rocks from another world embrace Kalambaka. The monuments are under the protection of UNESCO and are recorded as the second largest Monastic community after the Holy Mountain.
It’s a region of inaccessible sandstone peaks where the monks found protection and settled on these “columns of the sky” since the 10th c. AD. 24 monasteries were built, despite incredible difficulties at the time of the great revival of the monastic ideal in the 15th c. Their 16th c. frescoes mark a key stage in the development of the post-Byzantine painting.
The monasteries at Meteora grew out of the need to avoid Turkish persecution during the occupation in the 14th c. Monks lived in caves in the rocks of Meteora since the 11th c. but the inaccessible peaks provided safety for Greek Orthodox monks. Over time a large number of hermitages and monasteries were built on these rocks, making Meteora the second largest monastic complex in Greece after Mount Athos.
Seeing the beautiful stone structure, surrounded by mist, is enough to make you understand why the monks and nuns selected this area for unceasing prayer. Today, from the many monasteries that existed, only six are open to the public: The monasteries of St. Nicholas Anapafsas, Grand Meteoron, Varlaam, Roussanou, Holy Trinity and St. Stephan. The Holy Meteora is the most visited religious monument in Greece.

“Here at these barren rocks thousands of orthodox monks learned wisdom, humility and morals“

Over a million people visit the area of Meteora every year and admire this “unique” natural phenomenon.

Itinerary

DAY 1: The bus starts the pick up at 07.30am and, traffic allowing, it departs from the terminal in the centre of Athens at 08.30am.
Passing by THEBES (the town of mythical Oedipus), LEVADIA (short rest room stop) and the traditional village of ARACHOVA, you arrive in DELPHI at +/- 11.30am.
Delphi was considered by the ancient Greeks to be “the centre of the universe”. With the professional tour guide you will explore the legendary site of the Oracle.

13.30 The group proceeds for lunch, and at +/- 14.45 departs via AMPHISSA, LAMIA and TRIKALA for Kalampaka with a short photo stop at THERMOPYLAE, the site of the famous battle between the 300 Spartans against the huge Persian army in 480 B.C. took place. Arrival at your hotel in Kalampaka at +/- 19:00. Overnight in Kalambaka.

DAY 2: 08.15 After breakfast you start with a local art studio where you learn about the technique of painting of the icons.
You continue and visit two of the monasteries that are open on that day.
12:30 Return to Kalambaka for lunch and at +/- 14:00 you start the return and arrive in Athens 19.30.

Time Tour Plan & Services
8:30 Depart from the terminal at +/- 08:30
11:30 After a short break outside Levadia you arrive in Delphi
11:45 With the professional tour guide you visit the sanctuary
13:45 Proceed for lunch at a local restaurant (not included in price).
15:00 Continue to Kalanbaka via Thermopylae(photo stop) & Trikala.
19:15 Arrival in Kalambaka. Check-in the hotel and (optional) dinner at 19.30
08:15 Depart from the parking of Hotel ORFEAS, and visit the icon exhibition
09:00 Drive to Meteora and visit 2 monasteries (entrance fees included).
12:00 Have lunch at a local restaurant. (not included in price)
14:00 Start the return and arrive in Athens at +/- 19:30. Hotel drop off by 20:00

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Tour options

Meteora is one of the most beautiful areas of mainland Greece and the monasteries are one of the country’s most unique attractions. Join one of the following tours and visit Meteora.

CLICK HERE and see all the different options (guided tours and independent tours by train) to visit Meteora.

FAQs

QUESTION: How many hours do we stay at the ancient site in Delphi. ANSWER: You spend 1.30 hour in the ancient site of Delphi.
QUESTION: Is there any free time, or is it all guided? ANSWER: There is free time but I suggest you break from the group as early as possible. The tour doesn’t go to the top of the mountain to see the Delphi stadium.
AT METEORA: You spend about 1 hour in each monastery but there is no need to break early.
Appropriate clothing is required to visit the Monasteries and nunneries. Skirts below the knees for ladies and long trousers for gentlemen.
The monasteries/nunneries provide wrappings that the visitors can wear them over their clothing before entering.
FREE TIME: After the guide takes you around, you have enough time to see whatever is left to see.
AT DELPHI, the 2 day tour to Meteora meets the 3 day classical tour, and the tour company usually moves guests travelling to Meteora onto another bus and they proceed to Kalambaka and visit Meteora together.
For the 2 day tour to Delphi and Meteora clients: The restaurant in Delphi is 3 km after the modern Delphi village.

CANCELATIONS Please see the Terms of use in the footer.
Read more about Athens to Delphi and Meteora 2-Day Trip 2019 – https://www.viator.com/tours/Athens/2-Day-Trip-to-Delphi-and-Meteora-from-Athens/d496-31408A?mcid=56757

Testimonials

littlebluekingfisher, Bangalore, Re: Astoria Travel, Jan 14
My family and I are just back from a wonderful trip to Greece. I’d done some research and bookings before I ran into a brick wall trying to book train tickets to Meteora. Searching around I found a note by another traveller on Tripadvisor, who’d had exactly the same problem and stumbled on Astoria Travel. He’d had a great experience with them and recommended them highly. So I contacted Kosta at Astoria, and am blessing my stars that I did so!
If we had a good, sensibly planned trip in which we saw as much as we could without being run ragged, it was thanks to Kosta. Over the course of several emails he helped refine my plans; even to the extent of arranging to hire a taxi from Delphi to Levadia railway station to catch the train from there to Kalampaka and not lose a day.
He also arranged our train and ferry tickets (to Santorini) — getting the latter at a cheaper rate than that quoted on the web! I wish we’d done our hotel bookings through him too, as according to people that we met in Greece, he got them good rooms at the hotel that we all stayed at lower than the rates that we were found through www.booking.com

I visited them at their office in Athens. It was impressive to see that Astoria Travel has been in business since 1958, and through experience have been able to attune their services and offerings to a very wide range of traveller needs. Their list of contacts is vast, which worked helpfully in our favour: Kosta just picked up the phone and got a taxi to pick us up at Kalampaka station (paying no more than the normal rates, despite being booked ahead).
Moreover, they are a family-run concern, so their levels of friendliness, personalisation of services and traveller support is several notches higher than what a more impersonal agency could provide.
I would highly recommend Astoria Travel not just for booking tickets, tours and hotels, but for help and advice in planning your holiday as well. He graduated from a University in South Africa, his English is excellent and he is highly knowledgeable and courteous.
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If you wish to see the major sights of mainland Ancient Greece including UNESCO listed ancient site of Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi and Meteora monasteries, then I recommend you to join a 4 Day Classical Greece Tour.
The tour departs from Athens and returns to Athens.

5 UNESCO World Heritage Site in 4 days. I have to warn you that 4 out of the 5 World Heritage Site are in ruins. The tour which I joined was organized by G.O.TOURS. Information about the tour can be found at their website at http://www.gotours.com.gr/en/

However I did not book through their website. I booked it through ASTORIA TRAVEL http://www.astoria.gr/price-tours-classical-4day.html that can be contacted at athens@astoriatravel.gr. I e-mailed Mr. Kosta and since I booked the tour through him in 4 star hotels, I got a free arrival transfer offer to my hotel. Actually, Kosta himself, came to the airport and took us to the hotel.

After browsing through the web, I found that Astoria Travel offers the cheapest tour packages in Athens. Initially I was quite skeptical. How can this tour agent offer such a low price (20% cheaper) compared to the travel company’s price? Is this a scam? Well, believe it! I even book my first two night in Athens at Hotel Arethusa (very near Syntagma Square) at a very cheap price through Astoria Travel.

I took the First Class package as the price difference was not much compared to the Tourist Class package and the complimentary airport transfer sounded attractive. During the tour, some of my fellow travelers took the Tourist Class package. Frankly, I don’t think there was much of a difference compared to the First Class hotels. In fact, the Tourist Class hotels were located nearer to the town centre while the First Class hotels were located at quieter locations outside the towns providing small luxuries (swimming pools, good dinners and breakfasts, etc.)

After checking in the hotel, you can actually explore the town of Kalampaka and don’t miss the 9th century church at Kalampaka. The church is about 15 minutes walk from the hotel.

The tour includes visits to two of the six monasteries of Meteora.

As the tour group was small, we got to know each other pretty quickly.
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tinghq, melbourne, posts 60, reviews 8. Re: Astoria Travel

Just came back from 2 days Delphi and Meteora tour arranged by Kosta. He gives such good service with fast replies and issuing of vouchers. Kosta gives excellent value for money. He is highly knowledgeable, caring and courteous.ery trust worthy. There were 6 of us going on the tour and on the morning of the tour, he personally came by and make sure we got on the tour! Great discount for the tour and we did save €’s by booking with him rather than direct with tour company or Viator. On the bus we met and became good friends with a couple that bought their tour from Viator and we could compare prices and services for the same tour in the same hotel. Kosta gives excellent value for money. He is highly knowledgeable, caring and courteous. His English is excellent, he is very experienced, extremely helpful and proud of Greek history and Greek culture.

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CLICK AND SEE ALL THE TOURS AND OPTIONS to visit Meteora by shared bus guided tours or independent trips by train.

Take the train from LARISA Train Station in Athens at 07:20 and travel to Kalambaka through beautiful Greek landscapes. Arrive in Kalambaka at 11:30, meet our driver outside the local train Station and be transferred to your hotel to check in and get ready for the Sunset Meteora Tour. The driver will be looking for you at +/- 16:00 to take you for the tour. After your tour, we will drop you off again at your hotel or in Kalambaka for a short walk.
Next morning at 09:00 join a comprehensive Panoramic Morning Meteora Tour or an Authentic Hiking Meteora Tour (your choice). For 4 hours you will have the chance to experience all the beauty of the unique phenomenon of Meteora and the Holy monasteries on top of the rock giants. After your morning Meteora activity we will transfer you back to your hotel to have lunch and prepare for your departure back to Athens. The train departs at 17:15 from Kalambaka and you will be in Athens at 21:30.

*IMPORTANT NOTICE* : During the Winter Season (Nov 1st – March 28th) the Sunset Meteora Tour starts upon train arrival

INCLUDED

Roundtrip B class Train tickets
One night 3* hotel accommodation with breakfast
Pickup & Transfer from Kalambaka Train Station to your hotel.
Sunset Meteora Tour – ( 1st day )
Morning OR Hiking Meteora Tour – ( 2nd day )
English speaking, Tour Guide
Hotel Pickup / Drop off (for the tours)

EXCLUDED

Entrance fees of Monasteries (3 euro each)
Hotel tax paid personally in reception (1.5€/room 3* hotel)
Meals and soft drinks

USEFUL INFO

Departure place: Athens Train Station (Larissis Station)
Meeting point: Kalabaka Train Station
Train tickets will be sent to your email 3 days before your trip or immediately if it is a last minute reservation
It is not necessary to print the train tickets you can just have it on your phone

* Child price applies to children aged between 4 – 12 years old

Our 3 day tour includes


SEE our tour to Meteora and Delphi combining train, taxi and bus.

  • Daily departures, travelling on your own or in a small group.
  • Travelling by train in a scenic and smooth ride.
  • Visit well hidden spots that other travellers never experience.
  • Learn the culture and history of the place from the local leader.
  • INCLUDES:
    – Stay in the hotels KOSTA FAMISI and Hotel LEFAS,
    – B class Train tickets from Athens to Kalambaka and on to Levadia,
    – The Taxi transfer at 21:10 from Levadia train station to Delphi,
    – The Intercity Bus from Delphi to Athens. Arrival in Athens at 19:15

    EXCLUDED: Lunches and dinners, Entrance fees to the monasteries and the archaeological site.

    All options to visit Meteora

    Testimonials


    Hani K, Ottawa, Canada, 33 reviews
    Re: Astoria Travel
    I had a fantastic experience with Astoria Travel and Kosta. He is very efficient, he know his stuff and he is one of the best in his job. He helped me plan a trip to Kalambala and Delphi by train, private taxi and Intercity bus. He arranged everything and all went very smoothly like a clock work.
    He takes care of everything, so you don’t have to worry about anything, all you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy a well organized trip.
    His prices are very reasonable and extremely competitive compare to other tours. I definitely recommend him

    I was in Greece last week of March and first week of April 2018

    Contact us

    Astoria Travel,
    48 Stadiou street, Athens 10564, Greece.
    Tel. +302103250380, +306932888585.
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    Daily 08:45 – 13:00
    A comprehensive tour of Athens. Drive through the centre of Athens, past the Academy, the University and the Parliament with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and see Hadrian’s Arch and the stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896. Continue to the Acropolis for a visit to the ancient hilltop complex that was once the Cradle of Western civilization and today overlooks the sprawling city below. Along our journey into antiquity we’ll explore the Acropolis with its treasures. We’ll admire the Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena, and the Temple of Zeus. We’ll see remarkable displays of an ancient world during the visit to the Acropolis Museum, containing antiquities giving visitors insight into the lives of Athenians centuries ago

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    Daily 15:00 – 19:15
    Drive along the scenic coastal road past the beach resorts to the most southern point of Attica to Cape Sounion where the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon stand. En-route there is an extraordinary view of the Saronic Gulf and the little islands offshore.

    Athens By Night
    Every Tue., Wed., Thu. & Sat 20:00 – Midnight
    An evening drive past the illuminated Acropolis and stop for a drink at a nearby cafe to enjoy the view. Dinner at a typical Athenian taverna with bouzouki music and Greek folk dancing.

    Ancient Corinth from 51.00 €
    April -October on Mon. & Fri 08:15 – 14:00
    Drive south to the Corinth Canal that connects Aegean and Ionian Seas. Visit the ancient town of Corinth where St. Paul lived and preached for almost two years. The remains of the city which include the Agora and the Temple of Apollo (6th c. B.C.) clearly show how rich and important Corinth was in ancient times. With the professional tour guide you will explore an ancient city that several empires fought over throughout the centuries. Before returning to Athens stop at the site of the ancient port Kechries where St. Paul disembarked.

    One day Tour to Delphi (with / without lunch) from 49.00 €
    Daily 08:30 – 18:30
    Home of the Sanctuary of Apollo, Delphi is the most famous site in Classical Greece. On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, hear thee myths about the oracle and tour the excavations. Walk the Sacred Way to the 4th century Temple of Apollo and view the statues immortalising the strength of the athletes who once competed in the Pythian Games held in honour of Apollo and the Arts. A visit to the museum to admire the bronze Charioteer is included.

    Full Day Tour to Argolis (with / without lunch) from 49.00 €
    Every Mon, Tue., Wed., Thu., Sat.08:00 – 18:30
    After a short stop on the bridge crossing the Corinth Canal continue to Mycenae where 19th century excavations described by Homer can be seen. Visit the Beehive Tomb and the Lion’s Gate – Europe’s oldest known monument. On to Epidaurus via the port town of Nauplion to see the 2,000 year old amphitheatre known for its perfect acoustics.

    One Day Saronic Island Cruise (with lunch) at discounted price.
    Daily 08:00 a.m. – 20:00
    Pick up from Athens center and transfer to the port for embarkation. Visit the beautiful islands of the Saronic Gulf; Aegina, Hydra and Poros.

    Two Day Tour to Delphi
    Daily
    Day 1 – Depart Athens driving through the towns of Thebes and Levadia and the quaint village of Arachova, famous for its colourful carpets, to Delphi. Visit the Sanctuary of Apollo situated on the slopes of Mt. Parnassus, the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the museum containing the ancient Greek bronze sculpture “the Charioteer” and many other masterpieces. Dinner and overnight in Delphi.

    Day 2 – Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure in Delphi. Enjoy the scenery, return to the museum. Afternoon departure for Athens.

    Two Day Tour to Argolis
    April – October on Tue. & Wed.
    Day 1 – After short stop at the bridge crossing the Corinth Canal continue to Mycenae where 19th century excavations described by Homer can be seen. Visit the Beehive Tomb and the Lion’s Gate – Europe’s oldest known monument. Continue to the lovely port town of Nafplion. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Nauplion.
    Day 2 – Breakfast at hotel and morning at leisure in Nafplion. Depart for Epidaurus to visit the 4th century B.C. theatre famous for its perfect acoustics. Return to Athens early this evening.

    Three Day Delphi & Meteora Tour
    April – October on Tue., Wed. & Sun.
    Day 1 – Depart Athens driving through the towns of Thebes and Levadia to Delphi. Visit the Sanctuary of Apollo situated on the slopes of Mt. Parnassus, the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the museum. Overnight in Delphi.
    Day 2 – After breakfast, depart Delphi and enjoy an interesting drive through Central Greece, Thermopylae, famous for the heroic defence by Leonidas and his brave 300 Spartans against the invading Persians. (short stop) and the town of Lamia before reaching Kalambaka. Overnight in Kalambaka.
    Day 3 – The breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage monasteries of Meteora are our first stop today. Following breakfast set out for Meteora to visit the ageless monasteries containing priceless historical and religious treasures, which appear to be suspended in air on top of huge granite rocks. With the professional tour guide visit two of the six Eastern Orthodox monasteries that cling impressively to immense, rounded rock towers overlooking the town. Return to Athens via the towns of Trikala, Lamia.

    Three Day Classical Tour
    April – October on Mon., Tue., Thu & Sat.
    Day 1 – Drive South on the coastal road to Corinth Canal. Continue to Epidaurus to visit the theatre with its perfect acoustics and proceed to Mycenae to see the Lions’ Gate and Beehive Tomb. O/n Olympia.
    Day 2 – This morning visit the Sanctuary of the Olympian Zeus and the museum. Drive to Delphi for o/n.
    Day 3 – Walk on the sacred way and visit the Castalia Spring, the Sanctuary of Apollo and the museum. Return to Athens stopping at the picturesque village of Arachova.

    Four Day Classical Tour (with Meteora)
    April – October on Mon., Tue. Thu & Sat.
    Day 1 – Drive via the coastal road stopping at the Corinth Canal and on to Epidaurus to visit the amphitheatre with its perfect acoustics and proceed to Mycenae to see the Lions Gate and Beehive Tomb. Overnight at Olympia.
    Day 2 – This morning visit the site of the first Olympic Games; the Sanctuary of the Olympian Zeus and the museum. Drive on to Delphi for overnight.
    Day 3 – After the visit at the Sanctuary of Apollo and the museum, depart for Kalambaka passing through numerous picturesque villages and typical towns of Central Greece and a short stop in Thermopylae. Overnight in Kalambaka.
    Day 4 – Visit Meteora this morning and among striking scenery, perched on top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless monasteries where there are exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. Return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia.

    SEE ALL THE TOURS that visit Meteora in guided tours or train trips.

    Description

    The 2 Days package to Meteora by train is organised daily.
    METEORA are listed as UNESCO World Heritage monuments. It’s a natural landmark nowhere to be found around the world. The imposing vertical rocks standing as pillars reaching the sky, host on their plateaus ancient monasteries with a vast cultural significance for the whole Christianity. The Byzantine Monasteries were built for protection at the top of the rocks. This is your chance to explore this unique natural phenomenon.
    The tour includes the train tickets, 1 night stay, Sunset, Morning, or Hiking Tour!

    In kalambaka join the 4.00 hrs tour of Meteora, see all 6 monasteries of the monastic community and visit 2 of them and experience the life of the monks and nuns.

    You deposit 40.00 € to help us buy your train tickets and you collect tickets and vouchers in Athens.

    Tour itinerary

    Day 1:
    * Be at the Railway Station of Athens (Larissa station) at 07:00.
    Find you platform and board the train to Kalambaka that departs at 07:20.
    Travel in a smooth and scenic ride through the plain of Thessaly. It is the most comfortable and efficient way.
    * You arrive in kalambaka at +/- 11:30 and an unforgetable experience starts. Enjoy the trip.
    Meet our driver and go to the hotel. Check in and have lunch in a nearby restaurant.
    * Return to the hotel and 16:00 be ready in the lobby of the hotel for the “afternoon sunset tour”. (CLICK and read details of the tour).
    (The pick up time for the “sunset tour” varies, following the time that the sun sets).
    * Return to Kalambaka after the sunset, have dinner in one of the tavernas and spend the night in the hotel KOSTA FAMISSI.

    Second day.

    * 08.00 – Have an early breakfast, take a walk, enjoy the local fauna & flora and at 09.00 be ready to be picked up for the morning tour of Meteora. You drive up the rocks, stop in a couple of openings for beautiful photos, visit at least 2 monasteries that are open on the day that you visit the area, and
    * 13.30 – return to Kalampaka. Have lunch, and return to the hotel to take your luggage and walk 400 m. to the train station.
    * 17.20 – Board the train and depart for Athens. Arrival at Larissa Rail station at +/- 21.30. End of the tour.

    On day 2 you can choose to take the hiking tour to the Meteora rocks instead of the morning tour. This decision is yours.

    Prices

    The price p.p. is: 115.00 € p.p. in a double bedroom with breakfast, 134.00 € in single room & 110.00 € p.p. in triple room,
    AND INCLUDES:

  • Train ticket (B class),
  • accommodation with breakfast in hotel Kosta Famissi,
  • the arrival transfer from the train station to the hotel,
  • the 3.30 hours afternoon “Sunset” tour tour, and
  • on the second day,either the 4 hrs morning tour, or, the hiking tour, organized by our local partner.
  • NOT INCLUDED:

  • 3.00 € p.p., the entrance fee to every monastery,
  • Your meals and drinks in the train & in Kalampaka, and
  • The 1.50 € per room, per night “city tax”
  • Extra night in single = 38.00 euro, in double = 24.00 euro, in triple = 20.00 euro,
    Extra for upgrading your train ticket from B class to A class = 12.00 euro per person,

    Click here and see the terms and conditions to make a booking. Pay 40.00 € and secure your bookings.

    CLICK and see all the options to visit Meteora in guided tours or independent trips.

    contact us

    Astoria Travel, (Est. 1958)
    48 Stadiou street, Athens 10564, Greece.
    Tel. +302103250380, +306932888585.
    Click here and send us a message

    Meteora by train

    SEE ALL THE TOURS that visit Meteora in guided tours or train trips.

    You choose the monasteries to visit and how long to stay in each one.

    Question: Is it possible to visit Meteora, see the monasteries, and return to Athens all in one day? The answer is: Yes. In Kalambaka you have 5 hours to drive on the rocks and visit 2-3 monasteries at the maximum.

    If your visit to Greece is too short, this is your chance to visit Meteora.

    You realize why the first hermits chose this location to create their monastic community and seek communication with God. See the 4 monasteries and the 2 nunneries, and visit two of them. Learn about the everyday life of the monks, admire their architecture and gaze at the priceless relics and treasures of the monasteries, a cultural heritage to all Christian religions.

    Finish your sightseeing return to Kalambaka, have a light lunch, board the train and return to Athens at 21:30

    Itinerary


    * You collect your tickets from us and settle the account, at least a day before departure.
    * Be at the LARISA railway station in Athens at least 30 minutes before the train departure.
    * Your train comes at 07:10 am. Find your carriage and your seat.
    * 07:20 – The train departs and following a scenic route it travels straight from Athens to Kalampaka(last stop).
    * 11:30 – Arrive in Kalampaka and meet our English speaking driver outside the railway station.
    * 11:45 – Drive to Meteora. Visit up to 3 monasteries. See old hermitages and cloisters in the caves.
    * 16:45 – Return to Kalampaka. Stop at a local restaurant for a light meal (not included in the price).
    * 17:00 – The train departs from Kalampaka and arrives in Athens (LARISA station) at +/- 21.30.

    To make a booking you deposit 40.00 euro per person and you settle the balance when we meet in Athens.

    CANCELLATION POLICY: 15.00 € p.p. is not refundable. In case of a strike the full amount is refunded.

    Price & Inclussions


    The price for the 3.30 hours private tour of Meteora includes your return B class train ticket and the taxi hire from the moment that you arrive until the moment that you tell the driver that you have seen enough and want to get back to Kalambaka and have something to eat.

    – 1 passenger: Train ticket B class, 86.00 € | A class, 98.00 €
    – 2 passengers: Train ticket B class, 82.00 € p.p. | A class, 94.00 € p.p.
    – 3 passengers: Train ticket B class, 76.00 € p.p. | A class, 88.00 € p.p.
    – 4 passengers: Train ticket B class, 69.00 € p.p. | A class, 81.00 € p.p.

    To secure your booking, please, click and see the terms, find the pay on line link in the footer, and, deposit 40.00 € p.p.

    THE PRICE INCLUDES:

    * Return train ticket. Pay 12.00 euro, and upgrade the train ticket to A class (recommended).
    * Upon arrival you meet our taxi driver and for 4 hours, you visit up to 3 monasteries.
    * Visit hidden beauties & explore the area with a local, English speaking taxi driver.

    NOT INCLUDED in the price:
    * No professional tour guide service is included. It’s you and the taxi driver.
    * 3.00 euro per person, being the entrance ticket to each monastery, and
    * Your lunch and drinks in the train and while you are in Kalampaka.

    Options to visit

    CLICK and see all the options to visit the Meteora

    We also offer packages for 2 or 3 days. During the extra day, join a Hiking Tour and explore the natural beauty. Discover the geology of the region and follow the trails that the first monks used centuries ago. Hike on the well paved paths from the monastery of Grand Meteoron or the monastery of Varlaam all the way to the village of Kastraki and Kalambaka.

    If the hiking tour is a difficult exercise, join the 4 hour morning tour and learn about the monasticism at Meteora. Discover their cultural wealth and have a personal experience of the monastic community.

    Our BEST SELLER is the 3 days/2 nights Meteora and Delphi, independent trip by train/taxi and bus.

    Last minute bookings are difficult to work. Plan in advance and get the best seats in the train.
    We stop issuing tickets 48 hours before the departure from Athens.

    Testimonials


    KSL13, Level 6 Contributor, TripAdvisor member since 2005, From USA
    Kosta is an all service travel agent
    I booked a tour to Meteora via train with Astoria travel at a significant discount from other agencies. Kosta also picked us up from the cruise port and took us to our Airbnb. He also gave us lots of advice about life in Greece. He knows so much! And he truly loves his job and he is proud of his country. I hope that lots of people use his services! I did not feel that he was exploiting tourist dollars, like most guys did. He is honest and reliable.

    contact us

    Astoria Travel, (Est. 1958)
    48 Stadiou street, Athens 10564, Greece.
    Tel. +302103250380, +306932888585.
    Click here and send us a message

    Travelling to Meteora by train is a comfortable and efficient way. A smooth and scenic ride.

    CLICK AND SEE ALL THE TOURS AND OPTIONS to visit Meteora.

    Description

    The 2 Days package to Meteora by train is your chance to explore a unique natural phenomenon in central Greece. The rocky forest with the Byzantine Monasteries, built for protection at the top of the rocks, are listed as UNESCO World Heritage monuments.
    The tour includes the train tickets, and 1 night stay with breakfast in the 3 star hotel Kosta Famissi.
    You can add to it the local tours organized by our partner, METEORA THRONES at special prices(the Sunset Tour, and either the Meteora morning tour or the Meteora Hiking Tour! or,
    After checking in the hotel, you can explore Kalampaka. Don’t miss the 9th c church about 15 min. walk from the hotel.

    Suggested itinerary
    Day 1: Travel by train to Kalampaka, and visit the Meteora rocks in the afternoon.
    * Be at LARISA railway station 07:50, and find platform 08.
    * 07:20 – The train departs from Athens straight to Kalampaka (+/- 12 stops).
    * 11:30 – Arrive in Kalambaka and check in the hotel KOSTA FAMISSI.
    * 16:00 – Optional “sunset tour”of the Meteora (costs 25.00 euro p.p.)
    * 20:00 – Return to Kalampaka. Evening free.

    Day 2: A day to explore Meteora before returning to Athens.
    * 09:00 – Take the bus or our taxi and visit the highest monastery open on the day of your visit.
    * 13:00 – After you finish your visits, hike down on the well paved paths, or, take the bus to Kalampaka.
    Explore the old town of Kalampaka, visit the Byzantine church of the dormition of Mother Mary,
    find a nice restaurant, have lunch, and return to the hotel to take your luggage and
    walk to the railway station.
    * 17.15 – Board the train and depart for Athens. Arrival +/- 21.30.

    Why book with us

    Daily departures travelling on your own or in a small group.
    Traveling by train is by far the most efficient and scenic way.
    You will go to secret local spots that the vast majority of other travellers will never experience.
    You will learn about the history of the place from a local tour leader.

    To secure your booking, please, read the terms and conditions and deposit 40.00 € p.p.

    TO MAKE AND SECURE A BOOKING You deposit 40.00 € to help us buy your train tickets.
    You collect tickets and vouchers, any day before your departure for Kalambaka.

    Do not miss


    The Byzantine church Assumption of mother Mary
    An important monument of Kalambaka is the byzantine church Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Basilica style. It is located at the base of the Meteora rocks in the old city of Kalambaka. For a very long time it was the main church of Kalambaka.

    This byzantine church is one of the oldest monuments in the province. The unique feature of the church is the large and tall pulpit found in the middle of the church.

    The Cave of Theopetra
    The oldest in Greece, possibly in the world, is the Prehistorical Cave at Theopetra dates 23.000 years old. A stone wall at the entrance of the cave blocks 2/3 of the opening.
    The cave is found about 5 Km from kalambaka. It is one of the most interesting Archaeological sites worth seeing in all of the Thessalian plain. It is of world-wide interest due to the discovery of rich and unique findings for two of the most important changes in human prehistory: the replacement of Neaderdal from the contempory human and the transition of the human hunter in the agricultural revolution.
    In small distance from the cave you can find the Documentation and education center of Theopetra cave.

    Prices


    Prices: 87.00 € in single, 73.00 € p.p. in double room, 70.00 p.p. in triple room
    Includes: B class return train ticket + hotel in double room with breakfast.

    EXTRAS:
    Additional night in Double room with breakfast: 24.00 euro p.p. | in Single room: 35.00 euro
    Upgrade your train ticket to A class: 12.00 euro p.p.,
    OPTIONAL:
    – 4.00 hours morning tour of Meteora: 25.00 euro, per person,
    – 3.30 hours Sunset tour of Meteora: 25.00 euro, per person,
    – 4.30 hours hiking tour of Meteora: 25.00 euro, per person.

    NOT INCLUDED:

  • 3.00 € p.p., the entrance fee to every monastery, and
  • Your meals and drinks in the train & in Kalampaka.
  • The 1.50 € per room, per night “city tax”
  • See our “meteora special” tour that includes SUNSET and another local tour for 115.00 €

    Included

    Accommodation in 3-star hotel with breakfast
    Visit all the monasteries
    Taxes & service fees
    Join the optional Meteora Sunset Tour
    Choose one of teh other 2 optional tours for the second day
    Round trip train ticket from/to Athens

    Testimonials


    Hani K, Ottawa, Canada, 33 reviews
    Re: Astoria Travel

    I had a fantastic experience with Astoria Travel and Kosta. He is very efficient, he know his stuff and he is one of the best in his job. He helped me plan a trip to Kalambala and Delphi by train, private taxi and Intercity bus. He arranged everything and all went very smoothly like a clock work.
    He takes care of everything, so you don’t have to worry about anything, all you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy a well organized trip.
    His prices are very reasonable and extremely competitive compare to other tours. I definitely recommend him

    I was in Greece last week of March and first week of April 2018

    contact us

    Astoria Travel, (Est. 1958)
    48 Stadiou street, Athens 10564, Greece.
    Tel. +302103250380, +306932888585.
    Click here and send us a message

    Travelling by train in a smooth and scenic train ride is the most comfortable & efficient way.

    Meteora by train

    SEE ALL THE TOURS that visit Meteora in guided tours or train trips.

    Tour details


    Take this independent tour and visit the 2 well known UNESCO sites of Meteora, and Delphi, at your own pace.
    Travel from Athens and back in a combination of train, private taxi, and public bus.
    It took us a long time to make a team of partners and offer a reliable service at a reasonable price.
    Enjoy unique landscapes, and visit monuments of great historical importance. Join the local tours organised by our local partner a) the Meteora Sunset Tour, and b) either the morning Half-Day Tour or c) the Meteora Hiking Tour and learn the history and culture of the unique area of Meteora.

    The train tickets are offered in B class. Upgrading to A class costs 12.00 € p.p. extra

    Departures daily, travelling on your own or in small groups.

    See also our alternative tours:
    1 day Meteora by train and private taxi tour from… 69.00 €
    2 days Meteora package by train from 73.00 €
    2 days Meteora “special” by train from 115.00 €
    2 days guided tour to Delphi and Meteora from…120.00 €
    3 days guided tour to Delphi and an extra day in Kalambaka for 148.00 €
    5 days guided classical tour of Greece staying an extra day in Kalambaka.

    Itinerary


    Day 1. Travel from Athens to Kalampaka. In the afternoon, visit Meteora.

    * You collect your tickets and settle the account, any day before departure
    * Be at the LARISA railway station at 07:50 and find your platform.
    * 07.20 – The train departs from Athens and travels straight to Kalampaka.
    * +/- 11.30 – Arrive in Kalambaka and check in the Hotel KOSTA FAMISSI.
    * 16.30 – Optional Sunset tour for extra 20.00 euro p.p..
    * 20.30 – After dinner, return to the hotel for overnight.

    Day 2. Explore Meteora and at 17.30 depart for Delphi.

    * Wake up early go for a walk and experience the surrounding terrace, the flora and fauna of the area.
    * 08.00 – Have a good breakfast at Hotel Kosta Famissi. You will need a lot of energy this morning.
    * 09.00 – Optional 4 hrs tour. Visit 2-3 monasteries for ONLY 20.00 euro p.p. extra
    * 13.00 – After the tour, take a walk in the old town, see the Byzantine church of the dormition of Mother Mary,
    have a light lunch, and return to the hotel to take your luggage and walk to the train station.
    * 17.00 – Get on board the train and travel to Levadia, via Tithorea.
    * 20.00 – Get off at Levadia, meet Apollo, our driver, and drive to Delphi.
    * 22.00 – Arrive in Delphi and check in the Hotel LEFAS.

    Day 3. In the morning, explore Delphi and return to Athens.

    * 08.00 – After breakfast walk to the bus ticket office and validate your bus ticket.
    * 08.30 – Visit the nearby archaeological museum.
    * 11.00 – Explore the sanctuary of Apollo, and the temple of Athena Pronaia.
    * 13.30 – Return to the town of modern Delphi and have lunch.
    * 16.00 – Board the bus and depart for Athens. Arrive in Athens at +/- 19.15. (Liossion street terminal).

    To secure a booking, please, read the terms and conditions and deposit 40.00 € p.p.

    Price


    Our price is: € 138.00, per person in double rooms.
    Persuade a friend, share a triple room and save 5%
    (The trip is not organized for single travellers).

    INCLUDED:
    * Train ticket from Athens to Kalambaka
    * Train ticket from Kalambaka to Levadia
    * 1 night stay in Hotel Kosta FAMISI, in Kalambaka
    * Taxi transfer from Levadia to Delphi
    * 1 night stay in Hotel LEFAS, in Delphi
    * Intercity Bus tickets from Delphi to Athens
    * Join the Meteora Sunset Tour (optional)
    * Choose the second day’s tour (optional)
    * English speaking tour leader on the tours
    * Taxes & service fees

    NOT INCLUDED:
    # The € 3.00 p.p. to each monastery, and the entrance to the museum and site of Delphi.
    # All meals and drinks, except the 2 breakfasts.
    # The overnight tax of 1.50 EUR per room, per night./li>
    # Services of a professional tour guide can be arranged at extra cost.

    The tours in Kalampaka are optional and are offered, at discounted rates.
    ———————————————————————–
    EXTRAS:
    # Extra night in double bedroom: € 24.00 p.p., per hotel. (The trip is not organized for single travellers).
    # Upgrade your train ticket to A class: € 12.00,
    # 4 hours morning tour of Meteora: Only 20.00 € p.p.,
    # 3.30 hours Sunset tour of Meteora:Only 20.00 € p.p.
    # 4 hours morning hiking tour: Only 20.00 € p.p.

    CLICK and see all the options to visit Meteora, guided tours and independent trips.

    Testimonials


    Client’s comments about the tour and our services
    Yan_RN, Houston, Texas, Dec 15,
    I booked 2 trips, One day Mycenae-Nafplion-Epidaurus and the 3 DAYS/2 NIGHTS – METEORA & DELPHI TRIP (no guide), from Astoria travel and was very satisfied with their service. Kosta, a very reliable gentleman, tried his best to arrange every detail for our trips. He accompanied us until we seated on the train at departure. He booked the same seat number for our departure and return train for us to be convenient to remember. Important is that I don’t think I paid more for this 5 star service. I paid less for the one day tour and for the train ticket comparing with what others paid. I highly recommend Astoria travel for Greece travel.

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    Astoria Travel (Est. 1958)
    48 Stadiou street, Athens 10564, Greece.
    Tel. +302103250380, +306932888585.
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    In the footer of this website you find the “4 steps to make a booking”. If our offer sounds interesting, please, send us the booking form.

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    Prehistory, Classical Period, Roman Domination, Byzantine Empire, Crusades & Modern Times in 7 days.

    Dates of operation: 18/04/19 – 09 & 23/05/19 – 06 & 20/06/19 – 18/07/19 – 08/08/19 – 12, 19 & 26/09/19

    Description


    Free pick up service starts at 07:30 am and is included in the price. (See the list of hotels in the footer).

    Day 1: Depart from Athens on the coastal road to Corinth Canal (short stop). Visit Epidaurus and the famous for its acoustics Theatre. Short stop in Nafplio (photo stop). Proceed to Mycenae and visit the Tomb of Agamemnon and the Archaeological Site. Drive on to Olympia. Dinner & overnight.

    Day 2: OLYMPIA. Visit the Archaeological Site with the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus. See the temple of Zeus, the temple of Hera, the spot where the torch of the modern Olympic Games is lit, the Stadium, and the Archaeological Museum.
    Continue to Delphi crossing the Corinthian Bay, driving on the bridge that connects Rio and Antirion. Drive through the beautiful towns of Nafpaktos and Itea. Dinner and overnight in Delphi.

    Day 3: Visit the famous oracle and see the Temple of Apollo, the Treasury of Athenians and the Museum with great sculptures such as the Sphinx, the athlete Aghias and the bronze Charioteer.
    After lunch depart for Kalambaka the town at the foot of the gigantic rocks of Meteora.

    Day 4: METEORA, meaning “suspended in the air”. You will visit 2 Monasteries and see unique specimens of Byzantine art.
    Depart from Kalampaka to Thessaloniki, the second largest city of Greece (dinner & overnight).

    Day 5: THESSALONIKI. In the morning explore the city that during the Byzantine Empire was the “co-reigning” city. Visit the Museum of Byzantine Culture and the most characteristic churches of the Christian world. The rest of the day you are free to see more of the city. Dinner & overnight.

    Day 6: Departure for the historical Macedonia. Stop at Edessa, the city with the famous Waterfalls. Second stop at Naoussa where Aristoteles, the great philosopher taught the doctrines of morals and politics to Great Alexander.

    Continue to Vergina (ancient Aigai). Visit the royal tombs of King Philip, Alexander’s father, and the unique museum.

    Last stop is Veria (Biblical Berea) and the Bema of Saint Paul. Stroll through the old Jewish neighbourhood and the market area and return to Thessaloniki for dinner & overnight.

    Day 7: Today you visit Pella, the birthplace of Alexander the Great. In the museum you see the exquisite floor mosaics of the 4th century villas.

    Next stop is the Archaeological Park of Dion, the sacred city of Macedonians at the foot of Mt Olympus, the highest Mountain of Greece and residence of the 12 Gods of the Greek Mythology. Return to Athens arriving late in the afternoon.

    Price & Highlights

    All travel agents, in Greece and worldwide, offer the same tour at different prices. We are sure that our prices for this tour is not matched by any other company. After 60 years organizing tours throughout Greece we have secured the best deals in all aspects of travel. So, why pay more?
    Our discounted price is: 890.00 € per adult, and 630.00 € per child

    The price includes:

    * 6 nights accommodation in 4 star hotels
    * 6 Dinners & 6 breakfasts
    * The services of the professional tour Guide
    * Entrance Fees to the sites and the museums visited
    * Pick-up service from or near your hotel (see the list of hotels in the footer)
    * Transportation by modern air-conditioned coach
    * All taxes except the hotel overnight tax

    Discounts

    Maps & routes

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    Astoria Travel,
    48 Stadiou street, Athens 10564, Greece.
    Tel. +302103250380, +306932888585.
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    In the footer of this website you find the “4 steps to make a booking”. If our offer sounds good send us the multi day booking form and start communication.

    SEE ALL THE TOURS that visit Meteora in guided tours or train trips.

    Description


    Day 1: Arrive in Delphi at +/- 11:30.
    Visit the famous “Temple Bank” of the ancient times, dedicated to the God Apollo, and see the Temple of Apollo, the Treasury of Athenians and in the archaeological Museum you will see fantastic Greek sculptures like the Sphinx, the famous athlete Aghias, the handsome Antinoos and the bronze Charioteer.

    Day 2: The morning is free to explore the ancient site of Delphi. After lunch leave for Kalambaka through the town of Lamia. On the way, a short stop in Thermopylae, the place where the 300 Spartans (fought against the Persians) is in the plan, to see Leonidas Monument. Arrive in Kalambaka at +/- 19:00. Overnight.

    Day 3: Visit Meteora, meaning “hanging from the sky”. It seems to be “suspended in the air”. You will visit two ageless Byzantine Monasteries and you will see unique specimens of Byzantine art. After lunch, return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia, and arrive in Athens at +/- 19:30

    Days of departure & prices

    The Delphi and Meteora tour operates April – October: Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & selected Fridays. CLICK and see the dates.

    PRICES: All travel agents, in Greece and worldwide, offer the same tour at different prices. We are sure that our prices for this tour is not matched by any other company. After 60 years organizing tours throughout Greece we have secured the best deals in all aspects of travel. So, why pay more? Our discounted prices, per adult, for this tour are:

    Per person in 3 star hotel
    – in double room with breakfast 225.00 €, or
    – in double room with dinner and breakfast 270.00 €

    The tour includes:

    -1 night in Delphi & 1 in Kalambaka in double room.
    -2 breakfasts & 2 dinners
    -The services of the professional Guide
    -The entrance fees to Delphi site and the archaelogical museum are not included.
    -Pick-up service from your hotel (see the list of hotels in the footer)
    -Transportation with modern air-conditioned coach
    -Taxes, except the hotel overnight tax.

    Places visited


    * The traditional village of Arachova.
    * The modern Village of Delphi.
    * The sanctuary with the temple of Apollo and the Oracle of Delphi.
    * The monument of Leonidas, the Spartan King, in Thermopylae.
    * 2 monasteries are visited. One of them is the nunnery of St. Stephen.

    * NB.The archaeological museum in Delphi is not visited in this tour. The museum is included in the 3 days Delphi – Meteora tour.

    ORACLE OF APOLLO in DELPHI-the centre of the universe

    According to the myth, Zeus released two eagles. One flew east and the other one west. They met over Delphi, determining that the centre of the world was there. A temple dedicated to god Apollo was built there in the 7th c BC. The oracle of Apollo became a religious centre where common people and kings alike, came to consult the priestess of the sanctuary. Delphi was the most sacred place in the ancient world and thousands of pilgrims visited here, from kings and philosophers to common people to hear the prophesies of the Oracle and to watch and compete in the ancient games held here, the Pythian Games, similar to the Olympics.

    The ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE consists of the temple of Apollo, the treasury houses, the theatre, and the stadium. DELPHI is one of the best archaeological sites in Greece with ancient temples and shrines placed along the sacred way, making Delphi one of the best places to visit all year round. The site consists of the temple of Apollo, the treasury houses of the City States, the ancient theatre, the stadium at the top of the hill, the gymnasium, and hippodrome. The sanctuary was built in an imposing location, on the slopes of Mt. Parnassus. The Temple of Apollo, the treasury house of the Athenians, the Polygonal wall, the treasury houses of the different city States — where treasures from all over Greece were kept, and the Theatre are some of the most important building.

    The remaining part of the ancient site, bellow the road, with the temple of Athena Pronaia, the Tholos (a circular structure with 3 of its original 20 doric columns restored), the gymnasium and the sports facilities, used for training for the athletes that took part in the “Pythian or Delphian Games”, is not visited in the guided tours. Choose the tour without lunch and when the group is having lunch you can visit them on your own, without the tour guide.

    Today, next to the archaeological site, there is an impressive museum, displaying findings from the local excavations, that started 1892, masterpieces of Ancient Greek sculpture. The highlights are offerings by the oracle visitors, such as the famous bronze statue of the Charioteer, the statue of Antinoos, the famous athlete Aghias, the two “kouros” statues, the Roman “omphalos”, being the sculptured stone that represented the navel of the world, and many others.

    METEORA-THE ART OF NATURE

    Beautiful rocks from another world embrace Kalambaka. The monuments are under the protection of UNESCO and are recorded as the second largest Monastic community after the Holy Mountain.
    It’s a region of inaccessible sandstone peaks where the monks found protection and settled on these “columns of the sky” from the 10th c. onwards. 24 monasteries were built, despite incredible difficulties at the time of the great revival of the monastic ideal in the 15th c. Their 16th c. frescoes mark a key stage in the development of the post-Byzantine painting.
    The monasteries at Meteora grew out of the need to avoid Turkish persecution during the occupation in the 14th c. Monks lived in caves in the rocks of Meteora since the 11th c. but the inaccessible peaks provided safety for Greek Orthodox monks. Over time a large number of hermitages and monasteries were built on these rocks, making Meteora the second largest monastic complex in Greece after Mount Athos.
    Seeing the beautiful stone structure, surrounded by mist, is enough to make you understand why the monks and nuns selected this area for unceasing prayer. Today, from the many monasteries that existed, only six are open to the public: The monasteries of St. Nicholas Anapafsas, Grand Meteoron, Varlaam, Roussanou, Holy Trinity and St. Stephan. It is worth noting that the religious monuments mostly visited in Greece are the Holy Meteora.

    “Here at these barren rocks thousands of orthodox monks learned wisdom, humility and morals“

    Almost two million people visit the area of Meteora every year and admire this “unique” natural phenomenon.

    contact us

    Astoria Travel (est. 1958)
    48 Stadiou street, Athens 10564, Greece.
    Tel. +302103250380, +306932888585.
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    In the footer of this website you find the “4 steps to make a booking”. If our offer looks interesting, please send us the booking form.

    CLICK here and see ALL THE GUIDED TOURS that start from Athens. Detailed information on each tour is included.