Two day tour to Delphi and Meteora

A run to the Greek Mountains

Are you one of those people who still watches Bond movies for the breathtaking scenery? You are in for a treat since Meteora is one of the most impressive locations used to shoot the franchise. Pack for a two day getaway and get ready to feel a different kind of energy flowing through your body while visiting the Oracle of Delphi. Pay a visit to the infamous Thermopylae and, if you feel like showing your six pack like a soldier from the movie 300, feel free to strike a pose. This two day tour to Delphi and Meteora is a must go tour for those of you who love mountains, antiquity and culture.

Highlights
1

Delphi

Delphi

Delphi is an archaeological site and a modern town situated on the south-western slope of Mount Parnassus in the valley of Phocis. The Delphic oracle was the most important oracle in classical Greece. It was also a major site for the worship of the god Apollo. His sacred precinct in Delphi was a Panhellenic sanctuary, where every four years athletes from all over the Greek world competed in the Pythian Games. Delphi was renowned throughout the Greek world as the site of the Omphalos Stone which was thought to be the center of the Earth and the universe in antiquity.

2

Temple of Apollo

Temple of Apollo

The Temple of Apollo was first built in the 7th century BC by the two historic architects Trophonios and Agamedes. It was rebuilt after a fire in the 6th century BC and was named the “Temple of Alcmeonidae” in tribute to the noble Athenian family that took care of its construction. It was built in the Doric style and was known for the eternal flame that burned inside the temple.

3

Temple of Athena Pronaia

Temple of Athena Pronaia

An early Doric style monument that was the first ever to be built at the sanctuary of Delphi. The temple is part of a larger complex consisting of three temples that was called the Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia. The site was destroyed and rebuilt twice and you can see all the different influences through the ages.

4

Delphi Archaeological Museum

Delphi Archaeological Museum

Delphi Archaeological Museum was founded in 1903 and was recently renovated, making this venue one of the most important in Greece. The museum features exhibits from the late Helladic (Mycenean) period to the early Byzantine era. Organised in fourteen rooms on two levels, the museum mainly displays statues, including the famous Charioteer of Delphi, architectural elements, like the frieze of the Siphnian Treasury, and ex votos dedicated to the sanctuary of Pythian Apollo, like the Sphinx of Naxos.

5

Meteora

Meteora

You don’t have to be a religious traveller to appreciate the stunning beauty of Meteora. If the scenery is good enough for a James Bond film, it sure is good enough for everyone. The natural beauty of the majestic towers of rock in the middle of the Thessaly valley, the caves and the Byzantine monasteries poised between earth, wind and sky, create a unique picture and the producers of the Bond movie “For Your Eyes Only” could not resist filming there.

You can also visit some of the six inhabited monasteries and nunneries that are still up and running. The initial number included 24 monasteries mostly dating from the 14th to the 16th centuries AD. These monasteries were built by monks who were previously hermits in the area, living in individual caves. No matter how long or brief your sojourn in our beautiful land, your visit to a monastery will enrich the feelings of spirituality that this area already exudes. There is no myth behind this miracle of nature, although it used to be said that the Meteora rocks fell as meteors from the sky. A sky full of glorious colour at sunset, reminding us that “sometimes good things happen in goodbyes.” It’s the most beautiful time of day in Meteora, when the sun hides behind the mountain range of Pindos.

6

Thermopylae

Thermopylae

This is where 300 Spartans, alongside their leader Leonidas, sacrificed themselves fighting against a massive Persian army. History declared them heroes, inspiring generations of soldiers and storytellers.

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Tour Preparation

No need to spend time planning anything or stressing about your trip. You should only get prepared physically and mentally. So before any other preparation, it is extremely important to pack and put on your biggest smile, and then start to choose the perfect outfits to slay with your fabulous, vacation looks. Take the most comfortable clothes and shoes. Sun is super bright and always shining in Greece, so do not forget your sunscreen, your hat and your shades under any circumstances. Delphi and Meteora are situated in the mountains so an extra, light jacket in case it gets chilly during the afternoon is always welcome. A lot of walking uphill is on the menu so do not forget to bring your walking shoes or boots or whatever you strut into.

  • Remember your shades
  • Choose comfortable shoes
  • Do not forget your hat
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