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Three-day Delphi and Meteora tour from Athens

Take a tour through time encompassing the treasures of Byzantine and Ancient Greece with this three-day tour of enigmatic Delphi and the Meteora monasteries of the sky. Discover why pilgrims from all over the ancient world flocked to the oracle priestess at Delphi. Marvel at the towering Meteora, rocky peaks where medieval monks constructed 24 lofty monasteries to bring them closer to heaven. Crossing the plains of Boeotia, we’ll pass through Livadeia, Arachova and the ancient town of Thebes. At Delphi, visit the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios, and learn the story of this brave god’s triumph over the dragon that guarded the omphalos. This mysterious ‘navel stone’ gave the Delphic oracle her powers. Visit the Treasury of the Athenians, and see the stadium where the ancient Pythian Games, precursors to our modern Olympics, were lost or won. Then see the omphalos stone itself, as well as other masterpieces of Greek sculpture, in the museums. Enjoy a free afternoon, dinner and an overnight stay. The next morning is free for you to explore more of the ancient grandeur of Delphi. Then meander through central Greece to Kalambaka, where you can enjoy dinner. The next morning, ascend to the monasteries of the Meteora. These hermetic retreats were built under impossible conditions, often with only a rickety winch or some treacherous rock-cut stairs for access. Nonetheless the monasteries are full of priceless Byzantine treasures, including exquisite murals, Orthodox iconography and manuscripts. Return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia and Thermopylae. Here, stop to visit the Leonidas Monument commemorating the routing of the Persian invaders. Arrive back in Athens early in the evening. Take a tour through time encompassing the treasures of Byzantine and Ancient Greece with this three-day tour of enigmatic Delphi and the Meteora monasteries of the sky. Discover why pilgrims from all over the ancient world flocked to the oracle priestess at Delphi. Marvel at the towering Meteora, rocky peaks where medieval monks constructed 24 lofty monasteries to bring them closer to heaven. Meeting/pick-up point: Your hotel lobby (Athens centre only). Start/opening time: 8.45am on day one. End/closing time: 7.30pm on day three. Others: Transfer from your hotel, coach tickets, overnight hotel stay, guide, entrance fees, half board (dinner) are included. Not suitable for wheelchairs or the less mobile due to the stairs at the Meteora monasteries. Visitors to the monasteries must wear modest clothing covering their legs and arms in order to enter.