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From Athens: Delphi and Meteora 2-Day Guided Tour

From Athens: Delphi and Meteora 2-Day Guided Tour

From US$ 202.02 per person

Explore the Delphi archeological site and marvel at amazing cliff-top monasteries in Meteora on this 2-day guided tour from Athens. Visit the Temple of Apollo in Delphi and 2 of the monasteries in Meteora, perched high above the surrounding countryside.

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Duration 1.5 - 2 days
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Live tour guide
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Pickup included
Free pickup service at most central Athens hotels is provided. Please note that you should contact Key Tours for the exact pickup points and time.

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the ruins at Delphi, including the Temple of Apollo and the Delphi Theater
  • Enjoy a relaxing drive through beautiful Greek countryside
  • Marvel at the fascinating cliff-top monasteries in Meteora
Full description
This 2-day tour takes you to the ancient city of Delphi and across the scenic Plain of Thessaly to Kalambaka. This picturesque small town is located at the foot of Meteora, the site of one of the most important groups of Greek Orthodox monasteries. Detailed Itinerary Day 1 You’ll start the day with a relaxing drive through the beautiful Greek countryside, passing by the cities of Thebes, Levadia, and Arachova, before arriving in Delphi at around noon. At Delphi, you’ll have the opportunity to visit this important site that appears in Greek mythology. In ancient times, Delphi was considered to be the center of the universe and was guarded by a python dragon that was killed by Apollo. You’ll see the ruins of the Temple of Apollo, which was built in the 4th century B.C. and was destroyed by Emperor Theodosius I in 390 A.D. It was also here that the priestess Pythia would foretell the future from the famous Oracle of Delphi. Visit the theater that seated 5,000 spectators and hosted plays, poetry readings, and festivals. At the nearby stadium, the Pythian Games were held every 4 years. Athletes from all over the Greek world would come to compete, and these games would become predecessor to the modern Olympics. At the end of the day you’ll drive to Kalambaka, a lovely city with beautiful gardens and magnificent views of the Meteora rocks. Overnight in Kalambaka. Day 2 In the morning, you’ll head to Meteora for a tour of the fascinating cliff-top monasteries. The cliffs, which average a height of 1,000 feet, were first inhabited in the 9th century by a group of hermit monks who lived on the rock towers. In the 11th and 12th centuries, basic monasteries were built and by the 14th century the great monastery of Meteoron was constructed. The difficult access gave the monks an ideal refuge, as well as protection during the Turkish occupation. Today 6 monasteries remain out of the original 20. Views of the entire valley from the magnificent rock towers, and the peace of the surroundings, make this a unique place to visit. On the way back to Athens you’ll make a short stop at the monument to Leonidas, the King of Sparta who died in 480 B.C. at the famous Battle of Thermopylae.
Includes
  • Pick-up and drop off service from selected hotels
  • Transportation by luxury, air-conditioned, non-smoking bus
  • Accommodation in 3* or 4* hotel (depending on the selected option)
  • Breakfast & dinner
  • Professional guide
  • Admission to the Delphi archaeological site
  • Admission to 2 monasteries
  • Admission to the Delphi Museum
  • Meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel tax
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • Pick-up is available from the majority of hotels in Athens and takes place approximately 1 hour before the tour departure time
  • Alternatively, you can meet at the tour operator's office 15 minutes before the tour departure
  • To enter the monasteries, appropriate clothing is required:
  • Ladies should not wear short skirts and must wear long sleeves.
  • Men are not allowed to wear shorts
  • Please note that a hotel accommodation tax will be applied. The tax will be paid directly to the hotel and the cost is as follows: 5 star hotels - €4 per room/per night, 4 star hotels - €3 per room/per night, 3 star hotels - €1.50 per room/per night
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 163 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.5/5
  • Transportation
    4.3/5
  • Value for money
    4.1/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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Our guide Anna was wonderful! Her knowledge of the area and history was truly remarkable and her commentary added to the enjoyment of visiting these remarkable locations. The time spent in each location was adequate and the tour was run efficiently. Our driver was also excellent, navigating some tricky roads in foggy conditions. I would recommend this tour highly. My only comment to the organizer would be to consider adding a minimum age for destinations such as this. Unfortunately, we had a 2-3 year old child on this tour who yelled/screamed pretty much the whole bus ride and during every visit to each location at a destination. It might not be a problem for some people, but visiting these solemn, thoughtful locations with a kid screaming almost non-stop almost ruined the trip for us. There's not much any guide could do - I understand the child's family has paid a ticket, but in the future, they might consider ages 6 or 10 and up for some of the trips.

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November 29, 2021

Awesome time with this tour . Matina was excellent with so much knowledge I learned so much . Only issue minor was that the driver was supposed to leave us at a metro stop and left us almost 2km away from it. Make sure you google where you want to go. As for your I would recommend to anyone . Great 2 days .thank you

November 5, 2021

Wonderful trip. The view of the Meteora from our hotel was just breathtaking. Our guides Marianna and Christina were both very friendly and professional, as was our driver. Overall a very pleasant and convenient way to visit these two wonderful, must see sights. Would definitely recommend to anyone. (The only one downside was a long delay getting back to Athens the next day, but this was due to traffic and not through any fault of the tour.)

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October 7, 2021

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