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6 days Athens, Delphi & Meteora Winter in Greece - 4 nights Athens & 1 night Kalambaka
Athens, one of the world’s oldest cities, is the capital and largest city of Greece, dominating the Attica region. Arrival at the airport which is named Elefthérios Venizélos, started operating in 2001 and it is about 30 km from Athens. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Athens.
The contrast between the monuments of a glorious past and the modern elegant structures is what you will enjoy most during your tour of Athens. City tour. Overnight in Athens.
After breakfast, pick up from your hotel for the one day tour to Mycenae & Epidaurus. Starting your tour through the famous Corinth Canal and continuing to the region of Argolis where we will visit the archaeological site of Mycenae. After lunch, you will continue through Argos and Nafplio, the first capital of modern Greece, with its Venetian fortress of Palamidi. Continue on to Epidaurus and visit of the ancient theatre. Transfer to your hotel and overnight in Athens.
After breakfast, pick up from your hotel for the two day guided tour to Delphi & Meteora. Starting your tour through Thebes, Levadia and Arachova to Delphi. At the foot of Mount Parnassus, within the 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 centre of the world. The sanctuary of Delphi, set within a most spectacular landscape, was for many centuries the cultural and religious centre as well as a symbol of unity for the Hellenic world, while it was also the home of the Pythian Games, the second most important games in Greece after the Olympics, which were held every four years. Visit at the archaeological site and the Temple of Apollo, famous for its oracle. In the afternoon, after lunch, depart to Kalambaka, a small town built at the foot of the majestic grey rocks, and crowded by the Meteora Monasteries. Dinner & Overnight in Kalambaka.
Today we will see one of the most amazing places in Greece – Meteora that means “suspended in air”. The name Meteora soon came to encompass 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 and the main access to the monasteries wasby means of a net that was hitched over a hook and hoisted up by rope and a hand cranked windlass to winch the towers overhanging the chasm. Monks descended in nets or on retractable wooden ladders, up to 40m long, to the fertile valleys below to grow grapes, corn and potatoes. Each community developed its own resources and by the end of the 14th century, the Grand Meteoron emerged as the dominant community.The rock monasteries have been characterized by UNESCO as a unique phenomenon of cultural heritage. After our visit, we start the drive back to Athens, passing through Thermopylae. Overnight in Athens.
Transfer to the airport for your international flight.