Tour Duration: 2 Days Tour Destination: Kalampaka, Meteora
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*Our small team of Tour Drivers are experts of history and mythology. We speak fluent English and will provide the required knowledge that you need to give you the best understanding of the archaeological sites you visit. We drive new luxurious smoke-free, window-tinted and fully air-conditioned Peugeot & Mercedes Minivans for an upscale private experience. We are available to discuss about our culture and many different topics that you might be interested in.This way a more flexible experience is delivered to our travelers but note that our Tour Drivers cannot follow you in the archaeological sites like Licensed Tour Guides.
What's Not Included:
* It is paid once even if your tour starts and ends at the airport.
** We book your accommodations in 4-star hotels including breakfast and nice view. You do not prepay for these and the driver gets a free room. If you want to book in another hotel you’ll have to pay your driver’s room.
Important facts to know:
The 2-day tour of Meteora Monasteries begins with a relatively long, 3,5-hour drive from Athens directly to Kalambaka. The route takes places on the central highway leading to the north side of mainland Greece. The view is spectacular since we drive past seaside villages and agricultural areas aside the island & gulf of Euboea until we reach Lamia. Getting past Lamia the drive continues on a high plateau surrounded by mountains, past Domokos and into the valley of Thessaly. The 500m tall sandstone pinnacles become visible and we head to the top to visit as many monasteries as possible. The monasteries are 6 in total and some of them are closed for maintenance during the week but all stay open on weekends. The average visit time for each monastery is 30 minutes for the easiest accessible to 60 minutes for the hardest. The monasteries are St. Nicolas, Varlaam, Grand Meteoron, St. Stephan, Rousanou & Holy Trinity. The tour is finished near the evening at the hotel. The travelers may return to the monasteries to see the sunset.
The day starts by driving to the top of Meteora and start visiting the monasteries before the big groups arrive to explore the monasteries we didn’t visit the day before.
Around the middle of the day the drive back to Athens begins with a final stop in Thermopyalae. 2 hours are needed before reaching Thermopylae. The average visit time is 30-60 minutes and expect to see a museum which is completely interactive and equipped with 3D movies showrooms and touch screens in which you can learn every single detail about the Greco-Persian wars of 496 and 486 B.C., the monument of the legendary Spartan King Leonidas, the monument of the Tespians who fought alongside with the Spartans, the battlefield and the Hill of Kolonos on which the Spartans made their last stand to meet their death
This tour end with a relaxing highway drive back to Athens from the same landscapes and the sun setting in the background.