If all you have is just three days and you are trying to decide where to go before you head to the islands, this tour combines two of the most famous landmarks of Greece, Delphi and Meteora.
Our trip starts from Athens, and on the way to Delphi the road cuts through some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in Greece, passing traditional villages that are among the country’s loveliest. Delphi is perched in a cliffside on the slopes of Mount Parnassos and overlooks the fertile valley of Phocis, dominated by the silvery-green Olive Grove of Amfissa and the sea. It was considered from the Ancient Greeks as the navel of the world and to honor it, they built here the sanctuary of Apollo. Pilgrims came to Delphi for throughout the Greek world, to seek wisdom from the oracle of Pythia.
Our next stop is Meteora, one of the most extraordinary places in the world. A series of sandstone pinnacles, rising above the plain of Thessaly. It is not surprising that they have been seen as places of religious retreat and the monasteries built by monks six hundred years ago on the top of these rocks, create a unique synthesis of nature and man.
Be amazed by the Unesco World Heritage listed site of Delphi, one of the best preserved ancient monuments
Discover the delights of charming mountain-top villages
Experience Meteora, world renown, monastery-topped rock pinnacles, listed as one of Unesco World Heritage sites
Hike on cobblestone paths, following the footsteps of the monks who have walked on them for centuries
Dates: From May to October
Days/Nights: 2 days / 1 nights
Condition grading: Easy Active
Drive to Mt Parnassos, hike the ancient path that was connecting Corycian Cave and Delphi and visit the archaeological site
We depart early from Athens and drive towards mount Parnassos. Covered by thick forests, with habitats of high biodiversity value, Parnassos was the first Greek mountain to be proclaimed a National Park. Our hike starts just below Corycian Cave, which was dedicated to the God Pan and it was a place for pagan rituals since Neolithic times. We follow the same path that ancient pilgrims used to take in order to approach the cave from Delphi oracle. It descends the southwest part of Parnassos mountain, within a dense fir forest and great views of the sanctuary of Delphi and the olive grove of Amfissa, the biggest in Greece, with more than one million trees. We finish at the village of Delphi where we lunch, as Greeks, tasting the traditional “meze” dishes.
The day continues as we visit the archeological site of Delphi, symbol of unity of the ancient Greek world and its most prestigious religious center. Alongside with your guide you will explore the archaeological site and the archaeological museum without the morning crowds.
Overnight in Delphi in a boutique hotel
Hiking distance: 8,5 km / Hiking Duration: 3 hr
Elevation gain & loss: 121 m & 670 m
Athens to Delphi 180 km / 2 hr 30min
Drive to Meteora and hike there
We leave the mountainous village of Delphi to transfer to magnificent Meteora, and It is not likely to forget the first moment the rock pinnacles come into view. One moment you are driving through the fertile plains of Thessaly and the next you are at the base of a gigantic “stone forest” that rise impressively above the ground. They represent a unique artistic achievement and are one of the most powerful examples of the architectural transformation of a site into a place of retreat, meditation and prayer.
By far, the best way to appreciate the power of the natural forces that shaped this breathtaking landscape is walking right into it. Fantastic manifestations of geological history and current processes of nature await you around every bend or rise in the trail.
Overnight in Kastraki in a boutique hotel
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Hiking distance: 8 km / Hiking Duration: 3 hr
Elevation gain & loss: 580 m & 580 m
Delphi to Meteora 230 km / 3 hr
Hike in Meteora, visit one of the monasteries and drive back to Athens
The world Heritage listed Meteora is an extraordinary place, a testament to the harmonious coexistence of man and nature. After admiring the iconic architecture of the monasteries from outside, we get in to find out the secrets of the monastic life. The monasteries are like museums as they host a wide selection of precious icons, wall- frescoes, relics and other treasures from the Byzantine times.
In the morning we will hike towards one of the monasteries and after having lunch in the village of Kastraki, we will drive back to Athens, where your trip with Tripin Adventures in Greece concludes.
Breakfast and lunch included
Hiking distance: 6 km / Hiking Duration: 2 hr 30 min
Meteora to Athens 350 km / 4 hr 30 min
Price includes: All accommodation based on double occupancy
Hotel taxes and service charges
All transportation during the trip
All activities mentioned in the program
Entrance fees to the archaeological site of Delphi and one Meteora monastery
Tourist guide for the archaeological site of Delphi
Services of a guide throughout the tour
Transport and handling of one reasonably sized suitcase and one carry-on per person
Included meals: Breakfast, lunches and dinners as indicated in the itinerary
Not Included: Domestic and/or international air fare
Travel or emergency evacuation insurance
Gratuities for leader/guide or driver
Alcoholic beverages and meals other than outlined in itinerary
Visas if needed
Transfer to and from the airport/port
Other items of a personal nature
Anything not mentioned in above program
We are constantly updating our unique itineraries based on new information and experiences available. The walks, accommodations, and visits listed may be adjusted. The itineraries presented are subject to modification and change by Tripin Adventures. We reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in our judgment, conditions warrant, or if we deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of participants, anything not mentioned in above program.
This trip level is Moderate and is suitable for most people that are in fairly good physical condition. The itinerary includes walking tours in villages, the archaeological sites of Delphi and three moderate hike of 2.5-4 hours where you will mostly be walking on footpaths, mountain trails and on some tarmac roads.
Trips designated “Moderate” are more active and require a bit more endurance. Hikes and treks include occasional steep ascents. Trip members should be experienced hikers in good physical condition, capable of walking 3-5 hours.
STARTING POINT AND GETTING THERE
Starting point is: Athens.
Getting There & Away:Athens airport Eleftherios Venizelos, is about 27km east of Athens. Athens is connected with direct flights with various cities in Europe, North America and Asia.
Getting around: We can arrange for a transfer from the airport to your hotel. If you want to come by yourself, the metro and the suburban rail provide quick connections to central Athens (1 hour / 10 euros ticket). The bus option is cheaper though it takes longer (1h 30 min / 5 euros ticket). You can also take a taxi (1 hour / 35-50 euros).
Simple, nutritious and flavorsome, the food is one of the pleasures of travel through Greece. Rustic Greek Cuisine reflects the history and bounty of its diverse regions and relies in the fresh, seasonal home-grown produce and generally simple, unfussy cooking that brings out the rich flavors of the Mediterranean.
Greece's relaxed and hospitable dinning culture makes it easy to get into the local spirit. Greeks love to eat out and share impossibly big meals family style. Given the long summers and mild winters, alfresco dining is central to the dining experience. Service could be slow by Western standards, but why being in rush either way.
As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though. Wherever possible we will cater for dietary needs for any included meals, but there may be times when those with special requirements may need to provide their own. Note that alcohol and soda are not included.
Spring, summer and fall in Greece are sunny and warm. The daytime temperatures average 25-30 C though temperatures in the 35s are possible in the summer months. Nighttime temperatures cool off slightly to 20° C. Rain showers are rare in the islands, but it's often breezy and rainy on the coast.
Greece has a temperate climate. Base your clothing on the "layering system", if it is hot you can "peel off" layers quickly, if it is cooler and windy you can quickly "dress up". The lighter you travel, the easier you travel. Use your best judgement and pack as lightly as possible. You will appreciate light luggage towards the end of your trip.
Please consider taking along the following items on your trip.
Duffel bag or rolling luggage
Daypack to carry camera, water bottle and snacks etc.
Luggage locks and tags
Midweight polar fleece sweater
Rain jacket and rain pants, or poncho
Casual clothing made of light-weight fabrics
Hiking pants, loose and easy to move in
Sun hat or baseball cap
Lightweight and supportive hiking boots, broken-in with good ankle support
Casual, comfortable shoes for evening
Sunscreen and lipprotection
Sunglasses and retainerstrap
Security pouch or money belt
Trekking poles or walking staff
Camera, memory and batteries
Reading and writing materials
Watch with alarm or travel alarm
Motion sickness remedies
Personal first-aid kit
Insect repellent (lowrisk)
Electric adapter plug/converter
This is not a fixed list, but more of a guideline, so feel free to add and remove items as you see fit.
CURRENCY & BANKING
Greece has adopted the Euro as its currency. The easiest way to obtain local cash is from an ATM. Greek ATMs accept cards bearing the Cirrus, EC, Euro card, Visa and Plus symbols. If you take cash, US or Canadian Dollars can be easily exchanged at banks. Most major credit cards, Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted.
It is advisable to have some Euros with you upon arrival to be used for a taxi if necessary.
You may want to check the website www.xe.com for current exchange rates.
You must have a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the conclusion of your trip. Please make sure that you have blank pages in your passport for your visa (if required), entry and exit stamps (one for each). Please make a copy to take with you in the event yours is lost or stolen and keep it separate from your actual passport.
Currently a Greek Tourist Visa is not required for citizens of Canada, United States, Britain and Australia. If you hold another passport, please check online http://visacentral.com/visas.php