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Meteora by train

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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.
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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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Daily from April till October – Departs 08.30 & Returns +/- 18.30

1st day: Drive through the the plain of Beotia, crossing the towns of Thebes, Levadia and Arachova to arrive in Delphi, the center of the Ancient World. On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of great beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios. Visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the Museum containing such masterpieces of Ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer. Afternoon free. Dinner. Overnight.

2nd day: Morning free for you to enjoy the ragged grandeur of Delphi and take photographs to remind you of its beauty. Return to Athens at +/- 18:30.

Price:
Half board 4* hotel 170,00 € per person | Single Supplement in 4* hotel 36,00 €
Half board 3* hotel 146,00 € per person | Single Supplement in 3* hotel 29,00 €

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.

NOT INCLUDED: The “CITY TAX” for hotel overnights. The Tax is payable by the clients before check-out: 4* hotel: 3,00 € | 3* hotel: 1,50 € per night, per room.

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VISIT DELPHI BY BUS

To help the people that want to take a side trip to Delphi, we offer the “One Day tour to Delphi” for 59.00 euro (2016 price). Students pay 49.00 euro, cash in our office. We call it “enabler’s tour to Delphi” and includes: transportation, pick up / drop off from your hotel, and the services of the professional tour guide, during the tour. The entrance tickets to the museum and site (12.00 euro for adults or 6.00 euro discounted) as well as lunch is not included. You pay for them, on the spot. For information and bookings, please, contact us at: tours@astoriatravel.gr mentioning the enabler’s tours.

If you still prefer to do the trip on your own, Delphi can be reached from Athens only by bus. There are no trains connecting Athens and Delphi.
However, Delphi, Olympia and the Acropolis of Athens are 3 places that a professional tour guide is needed. Without a tour guide, you leave from Delphi, with the feeling that you visited the oracle of Delphi, but you missed something.
In Delphi, the local professional tour guide that I recommend without a second thought is Penny (Pagona) Kolomvotsou. Her e-mail is: kpagona@hotmail.com, her Greek cell phone: 69 446 444 27 and she is the lady that is talking to Rick Steves about the importance of the Delphi sanctuary in my www.toursingreece.info/One-day-tour-Delphi.htm (Click and listen to her). She is extremely knowledgeable and graduated with a B.A, and M.A. degree in museum studies. She speaks German & English, fluently, and she is a pure Delphian lady, born and grown in Delphi. Her family owns the Hotel LETO DELPHI.

– F.Y.I. The entrance fees to the museum and the ancient site of Delphi cost 12.00 euro per adult.
– To get to Delphi by local bus, you depart from the bus terminal, located at 216 Liossion street. Go to the Attiki metro stop, and get a bus travelling along Liossion street. A taxi from your hotel should cost +/- 10.00 euro.

Call the bus station (++30 210 8317096) and check the timetables. Be at the terminal 30 minutes before the bus departure, get your ticket and find your bus. A single ticket costs 15.10 euros one way (Jan 2015). You cannot book in advance your bus tickets. You book your return seat at the bus station in Delphi when you get there.
Keep your ticket on you at all times. There are numerous inspections during the trip and a large fine applies if you don’t present a ticket.

SEE also:
1) All the options to visit Meteora (train and shared bus guided tours),
2) All the options to visit Olympia (Intercity bus and shared bus guided tours).

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Guided tour to Delphi

Let a local tour expert organize your tours and make your dream come true. Locals know better.

One of Greece’s premier tourist attractions all year round.

The sheer magnificence and grandeur of the location strikes you. Below the site, a valley ringed by mountains, provides breathtaking views from any location within the site. Delphi was the most sacred place in the ancient world. A temple dedicated to god Apollo was built there in the 7th c BC. and housed the Oracle of Delphi, the greatest source of income for a thousand years. Delphi became a religious centre. Kings and common people, came to consult the priestess called PYTHIA. In a secret room below the tripod of the Pythia, the priests of Apollo, interpreted her vague and wild cries, and put them into ordered language. The idea was: build a treasury house for your city state, bring your valuables and we shall keep them for you in it.

The archaeological site today with the treasuries, the ancient temples and the shrines, is one of the best in Greece, making Delphi one of Greece’s premier tourist attractions all year round. It is a 2.30 hour drive from Athens making the visit to Delphi a comfortable 1-day trip.

The museum in Delphi houses impressive statues, jewelry and other wares that have been unearthed from the site. There are free admission days for everyone throughout the year. See the dates in our Home page.

Unless you are a history guy you need a full hour to explore the ancient site. The Sacred Way starts at the ticket booth. It winds up past a number of Treasuries and leads to the Temple of Apollo, where the Oracle was sitting.

Days & prices


APRIL – OCTOBER this One Day Guided Tour to Delphi operates daily.
NOVEMBER – MARCH the tour operates 4 times per week; every Monday-Wednesday-Friday & Sunday

PRICES: We are sure that our discounted prices are not matched. We offer the best price in the market and assure you that you ‘ll have a memorable tour.

The tour services without lunch are:
1) The adult price for the tour = 59.00 € + 12.00 € entrance fees = 71.00 €
2) The child’s price for the tour = 45.00 € (no entrance fees)
3) The Student price (ON LY for ISI card holders) = 49.00 €.
ONLY holders of International Student Identity Cards are eligible to this price. CLICK here and see what we call “Students Enabler” price.

ENTRANCE FEES: Between NOVEMBER – MARCH the entrance fees drop from 12.00 € to 6.00 €

– Lunch(3 course menu) is served in a restaurant outside modern Delphi and costs 10.00 € extra for everybody.

The tour services include:
– transportation on modern air-conditioned buses
– the services of the professional tour guide
– entrance fees to the site and the museum in Delphi, and
– Pick up/drop off from or near your hotel (See the list of hotels in the footer of this website).
– Short stop in the picturesque village of Arachova , a popular winter destination in Greece.

MORE OFFERS and DISCOUNTS (only one discount allowed – the highest one):
a) 5% GROUP DISCOUNT: Make a team of 5 full paying passengers or more passengers and gain 5%

The ONE DAY DELPHI TOUR can also be organized as a private tour (cost shared between the passengers):
– Transportation of 1-4 passengers = 260.00 € (5-8 passengers the extra cost is 10.00 € per person).
In this private tour a) entrance fees, lunch, and drinks are not included in the price, plus
b) a local professional tour guide, can be arranged to meet you in Delphi at an extra cost.

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Copied from a client’s blogspot:
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 https://astoriatravel.gr/
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! It was not a scam. I even booked my first two nights in Athens at Hotel Arethusa (next to Syntagma Square) at a very cheap price through ASTORIA TRAVEL.

History

If there is a site to visit in Greece then Delphi is this place. The sheer magnificence and grandeur of the location strikes you. God Apollo had chosen the best spot to build his temple. Below the site, a valley ringed by mountains, provides breathtaking views from any location within the site.

Delphi was considered to be one of the most important cities of ancient Greece. It was believed to be home to the goddess Gaia, or Earth, and later to Apollo after slaying Gaia’s son, the snake Python. The Pythian games—similar to the Olympic Games—were held here every four years to honour Apollo’s slaying of the Python dragon.

According to the myth, Zeus released two eagles. The one flew east and the other one flew west. They both 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 Temple of Apollo housed the great Oracle of Delphi, the world’s greatest source of income for a thousand years. The Oracle was the most eminent feature of Delphi, and some of the most important people from all over Greece—including demigods, according to Greek mythology—visited her to seek advice. The oracle of Apollo became a religious centre where common people and kings alike, came to consult “Pythia”, the priestess of the sanctuary. In a room, below the Pythia stood the priests, and interpreted her vague and wild cries, and put them into ordered language.

Above the entrance to the temple it reads ‘Know Thyself’ and ‘Nothing in Excess’. These sayings were read and pondered upon by all of the great kings, warriors and noblemen who came here for advice. The true wisdom of the Oracle lies not within the words of the Oracle’s priestess, but within the walls of the temple itself.

The Pythian Games held at Delphi were one of four Panhellenic games held in ancient Greece, and they attracted competitors from all over the Greek world. Founded in the 6th c. BC and held in honour of Apollo, they originally centered around the talents the god exemplified – music and poetry. But soon, athletic competitions were added as well. The best known was a great chariot race, held in the stadium that can still be seen at Delphi. The winners of the Pythian Games received a laurel wreath from the city of Tempe in Thessaly, where Apollo was said to have picked a laurel on his way to Delphi.

The 6th c. BC saw the political rise of Delphi and the reorganization of the Pythian Games, ushering in a golden age that lasted until the arrival of the Romans in 191 BC. Numerous treasuries were built in the Sanctuary of Apollo to house votive offerings of grateful pilgrims. In the 4th century BC, a theater accommodating 5,000 spectators was constructed nearby. It was restored in 159 by the Pergamene king Eumenes II and later by the Romans.

The oracle of Delphi was abolished in 393 AD by Emperor Theodosius, who made Christianity the official religion of the Byzantine Empire. No longer used, the temples fell into disrepair and their materials were plundered for new buildings.

Site & Museum


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 is one of the best 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.

When you finish with the sightseeing, you proceed to a local restaurant for lunch (optional), and after lunch the driver stops for 40 minutes at the nearby traditional village of Arachova. The bus arrives in the centre of Athens at +/- 18.30.

Itinerary

Time Tour Plan Services
7:30 Start the pick up service Depart from the terminal at 08.30
11:30 Arrival in modern Delphi village On the way, 20 mins break near Levadia
11:45 Visit the museum & the ancient site Entrance fees – See the price you paid
14:30 Drive to a local restaurant for lunch Lunch, is optional – See the price you paid.
15:50 Take the return towards Athens Stop at the village of Arachova
18:30 Arrival in the centre of Athens Hotel drop off by 19.30

Testimonials


By Provoensis, United States, 11 posts, 38 reviews. Re: Astoria Travel, Jul 31

My experiences with Astoria Travel have been varied in scope, but ALWAYS extraordinarily positive. I cannot praise Kosta and his team highly enough. From small-scale arrangements for my wife and me to multi-day academic tours for groups of 30+ university students, our experience has always been top notch.
I regularly travel with a university group to Greece, and other colleagues from my university (in USA) have been booking arrangements through Astoria Travel since 2003, sometimes 2 – 3 groups per year. Kosta’s heartfelt inclination to provide a high quality academic experience for our students really shows. Above all, his reliability and his determination to help us provide an affordable program for them is apparent from beginning to end. On each program he has been constantly calculating how we can shave down costs to the students’ advantage. He really tends to the smallest details.
Trustworthiness may be the most important aspect of a travel agent’s involvement with a group. In the many facets of our several tours arranged by Astoria, I have yet to be surprised by any bill or expenditure. Everything has been transparent and anticipated.
I recommend to all my colleagues at my university to work their Greek travel arrangements through Astoria Travel. For us Greece means Kosta.
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Re: Astoria Travel Meteora trip Reviews.
Hi SomeGirl111. All the bus tours in Greece are organized by three Tour operators. The travel agents do not organize, they sell these guided tours at discounted rates. So, whoever you decide to buy your tour from, you will end up sitting in one of the T.O. buses. All three T.Os. use modern, air conditioned buses., and knowledgeable professional tour guides. You travel in the same bus with visitors that paid the full brochure price. Astoria Travel was established 1958 and is still operating and prospering. So, your question should be: is the price that they sell the tours organized by G.O.Tours, CHAT or KEY Tours, good? What differs between the travel agents, is how fast they reply to you, and the way they answer to your request. Being in the travel trade for such a long time, I am sure that they know the way to satisfy their clients.

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