Ride to Delphi and Meteora ("suspended in the middle of the sky") from Athens with a private driver and get an up-close look at Ancient Greece on this 2day totally PRIVATE tour of two Unesco sites with more local flavor. After drop-off at Delphi, stroll around the area on a self-guided tour, seeing attractions like Arachova village, the Temple of Apollo AND Athina Pronaia. Enjoy a great lunch -treat of your driver- at a location where Greeks eat out.Arrive near Meteora and spend your evening (dinner) in the off the beaten path, bustling Trikala town, and not "touristy" Kalambaka town. Next morning, a v. short drive to arrive at the famous monasteries of Meteora, which was a very safe hiding spot for the monks from the Romans. Visit two amazing monasteries before heading back to Athens with a couple of relaxing stops and lunch. Not much to see at Thermopylae!A PRIVATE experience worth every penny. Please read until the end!Optional: Hosios Loukas monastery
Why this tour? It is really private and totally authentic. A great personalized experience just for you! Two legendary UNESCO sites from Ancient Greece are included on this 2-day tour. The destinations are "touristy" but you will still experience "real Greece" if you follow the foot steps of your driver/guide; to show you what this country has been gifted with: hospitality, harmony, warmth and spontaneity.
> Meet your driver/guide and hop on your private vehicle from your location without waiting or wasting time to pick up unknown people.
Day 1: Athens – Arachova town – Delphi – Trikala town
> Begin the drive towards the northwest area of Athens, where you will arrive at the archaeological site of Delphi in just 2 hours without any unnecessary touristy stops. Only a quick stop is included, at the scenic Arachova village which is the dominant site at the top of a cliff on the side of Mt Parnassus ski center. Explore the classic treasures, theater, the museum and the ancient ruins.
> Next, head towards the scenic Amphissa mountain town. After an "important" lunch stop halfway -treat of your driver/guide- arrive at your hotel. Spend the evening in Trikala town which fits much better with the organizer's authentic approach to this private tour, as compared to the touristy Kalambaka town, with "nothing to do" in the evening. Explore the town on your own, and finally relax over dinner, after you've briefed properly! Evening transportation is included!Day 2: Meteora ("suspended in the middle of the sky") – Lunch - Optional Thermopylae – Athens
> Enjoy breakfast in your hotel, and then a very quick drive to Meteora, your main destination of the day! This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to more than 20 rock monasteries. Visit two (maybe 3) of the incredible monasteries depending on the day of your visit. Originally occupied by 11th-century hermits, the monasteries later became hiding places for monks when the Roman Empire started to fall. The two monasteries you may visit are subject to change depending on your day of visit, since most have different opening days. Typically, the monasteries to be visited include the Grand Meteora Monastery and Moni Agiou Stefanou or Moni Varlaam. After exploring Meteora, return to your private vehicle for your trip back to Athens which takes around four hours. A couple of 2 necessary stops on the way to stretch your legs, enjoy great lunch and maybe... visit Thermopylae; of the historical battle between the Spartans (300) and the Persians. Continue the journey further south towards Athens to arrive and be dropped-off directly at the hotel, in the early evening. An authentic tour with a great driver/guide!
Tip: Best time to visit? Both summer and winter time. We enjoy winter more! Around Christmas is perfect!