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 at 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 archaeological 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, Kastalia Boutique Hotel (L,D)
Hiking distance: 10km / Hiking Duration: 4 hours
Athens to Delphi 180km / 2h 30min
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, Doupiani House (B,L,D)
Hiking distance: 8km / Hiking Duration: 3 hours
Delphi to Meteora 230km / 3 hours
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.
Hiking distance: 8 km / Hiking Duration: 3 hours
Meteora to Athens 350km / 4 hours
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