CHAT TOURS: Meteora Two Days Tour
Depart 8:30am/Return 7:00pm
Departures: Apr. 3 – Oct. 30 2016- Mon, Wed. & Thu. and Sat. (on certain days)
Nov. 6, 2012 – Mar 26, 2016-Every Wed
Day 1: Drive through Levadia and Arachova (famous for its bright multi colored carpets)and arrive in the town Delphi.
At the foot of Mount Parnassos,within an angle formed by the twin rocks of the Phaedriades,lies the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi,which had the most famous oracle of ancient Greece.Delphi was regarded as the center of the world.According to mythology, it is here that the two eagles sent out by Zeus from the ends of the universe to find the navel of the world met.The sanctuary of Delphi, set with in a most spectacular landscape, was for many centries the cultural and religious center and symbol of unity for the Hellenic world. It was seat of the Pythian Games, the second most important games in Greece after the Olympics, which were held every four years. Visit of the archaeological site (museum not included).
After, depart for Kalambaka crossing the plains of Thessalia, the “granary of Greece”.
After arrival, enjoy a short tour of the town.-Dinner & overnigh in Kalambaka (D).
Day 2:Today, visit one of the most amazing places in Greece-Meteora!-Meaning ‘suspended in air’.The name soon came to en compass the entire rock community of 24 monasteries, the biggest and most important group of monasteries in Greece after those in Mount Athos, there were no steps at the time and the main access to the monasteries was by means of a net that was hitched over a hook and hoisted up by rope and a hand cranked pulley. Monks descended in the nets or on retractable wooden ladders up to 130 feet long to fertile valleys below to grow grapes, corn and potatoes. Each community developed its own resources and by the end of 14th century, the Grand Meteoron emerged as the dominant community.The rock monasteries have been named a world heritage site by UNESCO.After the visit, drive back to Athens passing through the battle ground site of Thermopylae and stop to take some photos.(Date and time for the stop in Thermopylae is subject to change) (B).