Welcome to Trikala
Roughly halfway between Karditsa and Kalambaka is Trikala (tree-kah-lah), an attractive and bustling agricultural centre. The first thing you might notice about the town are the bicycles. Many souls, young and old, pedal around on their treadlies. Trikala was once ancient Trikki, and home to Asclepius, the god of healing. A statue honouring the mythic doctor stands on a small bridge by the main square.
Top experiences in Trikala
4-Day Classical Greece Tour: Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora
Day 1: Athens - Corinth Canal - Mycenae - Epidaurus - Nauplia/Olympia (D)Leave Athens behind and head west to Corinth Canal - your first stop of the day! Linking the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf, the canal is narrow, and the ancient ships that once passed through have been replaced with bungee jumpers. After exploring, continue on to Mycenae for a walking tour. Learn about the development of Classical Greek culture as you walk through this fascinating archeological site.After lunch (own expense) in Mycenae, travel to Epidaurus for a tour of its archaeological site, stopping to see the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sanctuary of Asklepios (shrine to the Greek god of medicine). Continue to the pretty seaport town of Nauplia or Olympia (depending on your travel dates) to spend the night in a hotel.Overnight: Amalia (4-star hotel) in Nauplia or OlympiaDay 2: Nauplia - Olympia - Antirion - Delphi (B, D)After breakfast, set off with your guide by luxury coach, and visit the Archeological Site of Olympia. Home to the Atlis (Sanctuary of the Gods), the site was a mecca for ancient Greeks who came here to worship Zeus. See incredible ruins like the Stadium of Olympia, where the country’s ancient Olympic Games were held.In the afternoon, board your coach for a scenic drive to Antirion, passing the towns of Patras. Cross over the Rion-Antirion Bridge - considered a landmark of 21st-century Greece - and then sightsee independently in Antirion and the nearby town of Nafpaktos. Finish your day with a relaxing meal at your hotel in Delphi.Overnight: Parnassos or Hermes (3-star), or Amalia (4-star) in DelphiDay 3: Delphi - Kalambakka (B, D)Rise early and meet your guide to explore Delphi - one of the most important archaeological digs in Europe. As you walk around this stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site with your guide, see monuments like the Sanctuary of Athena.Head inside the Delphi Archeological Museum and encounter numerous artifacts and relics that date back to 15th century BC. Watch out for the Charioteer of Delphi and the intriguing Sphinx of Naxos. After spending most of your day in Delphi, head to Kalambakka by coach, traveling through the eye-catching towns of Amphissa, Lamia and Trikala. Enjoy dinner at your hotel and then relax at leisure.Overnight: 4-star or 3-star hotel in central KalambakkaDay 4: Kalambakka - Meteora - Athens (B)Leave your hotel to visit the rock towers of Meteora - incredible sandstone peaks topped with 11th-century monasteries. With your guide, make your way up the walking trails to visit these monasteries.After spending the morning exploring Meteora, head back to Athens by coach, stopping in the town of Thermopylae and at Kamena Voural hot springs. Arrive back in Athens in the evening.
Classic Greece 8-Day Tour of Athens and Meteora
> DAY 1 | Arrival in Athens. Arrival at Athens airport - Transfer to your 4* hotel in Athens - Freeafternoon - night at the hotel. Walking to enjoy the nightly Athens.> DAY 2 | Panoramic tour of Athens. Depart for a half-day visit to Athens. Visit the site of Acropolis and panoramic tourof the area by bus. During this route you can admire the different contrasts offered to the Athens visitors. You will discover the center of the city, Constitution Square (Syntagma), the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,Parliament and neoclassical buildings, Avenue Venizelos (the Academy, the University and the National Library). On the way to the Acropolis you will see the Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and then you will see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of our time were held in 1896 (short stop). In the Acropolis you can admire the masterpieces of the golden age of Athens, the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike and finally “the harmony between spirit and matter”, the Parthenon. Then you will visit the impressive sculptures, which adorned the temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion (with Caryatids) and of course the Parthenon. - Back to hotel - Free afternoon - evening at the hotel> DAY 3 | Free Day Enjoy your day by strolling along the plaka area and the narrow streets, which are full of traditional restaurants where you can taste typical dishes of Greek cuisine, the famous drink “ouzo” and enjoy the atmosphere of this vibrant neighborhood. > DAY 4 | Athens - Epidaurus - Mycenae - Olympia. Departure from Athens, we travel along the coast to the Corinth Canal(shortstop). We continue to Epidaurus and visit the theater, known for its excellent acoustics. Depart for Nafplion (short stop), continue toMycenae, visit the Citadel and the tomb of Agamemnon and depart for Olympia, across the Peloponnese. Arrive for dinner and overnight.> DAY 5| Olympia - Delphi. Visit Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games (Museum - Archaeological Site). Departure for Delphi,crossing the plains of Ilia and Achaia and reaching the large bridge of Rio, which connects the Peloponnese with mainland Greece (Antirio)through Lepanto and other picturesque towns. Arrive for dinner and overnight.> DAY 6 |Delphi - Meteora.Visit Delphi (Museum and Archaeological site). Departure for Kalambaka, situated at the foot of Meteora, anamazing and unique scenery in the world. Arrive for dinner and overnight.> DAY 7 | Meteora – Athens. Visit Meteora and the monasteries, which are unique monuments of Byzantine art. Return to Athenspassing from Trikala and Thermopylae with a small stop at the monument of King Leonidas. Check-in capital in the late afternoon. Arrivefor dinner and overnight.> DAY 8 | Athens. Departure. Transfer to Athens airport for the departure - Assistance to boarding.