Greece Holiday Part 6: Four Day Classical Tour and Meteora

ImageAfter visiting Athens and the Acropolis, then island hopping to Mykonos, Santorini and Crete, we finally went back to Athens for our 4 Day Classical Tour and Meteora. This was a Bus Tour and we had an excellent time thanks to our enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide, Eleni Nikolaki, and our bus driver, Plato. We highly recommend Key Tours and her. Eleni was a passionate guide and was great to talk to every day because we learned new things about our Greek culture, even Mum was amazed with her. The archaeological sites we went to were:

  • Mycenae
  • Epidaurus
  • Olympia
  • Delphi
  • Monasteries of Meteora

IMG_5740It was awesome to be at these archaeological sites, especially Epidauros where I had written an essay on the god of healing and miracles, Asklepios for uni (I bought a small statue figurine) and Olympia, Mycenae and Delphi which I have studied at uni and high school. And I was astounded with seeing the monuments and statues up so close – I felt like a spoilt little girl 😛

We had an amazing time, met Aussies on the tour and two girls from Canada, and I was overloaded with so much research for my Third Novel and Historical Fiction in general. Cannot wait to go back to Greece again, and this time, to Italy as well – I’m dying to visit Pompeii and Herculaneum that I studied for the HSC in Year 12 at school.

This was the itinerary of our tour:

Day 1 Start: Athens

Travel to: CORINTH CANAL, MYCENAE, EPIDAURUS

End: OLYMPIA

  • Drive to Corinth Canal (short stop).
  • Continue to Epidaurus and visit the ancient theatre, world famous for its outstanding acoustics.
  • Proceed to Nafplia and through the plain of Argos arrive into Mycenae.
  • Visit the archaeological site and the tomb of Agamemnon.
  • In the afternoon drive to Olympia through the cities of Tripolis and Megalopolis.
  • Overnight in Olympia.

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Day 2 Start: Olympia

End: Delphi

  • Morning visit the archaeological site with the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Theatre and the Olympic Stadium and Museum.
  • Proceed to Patras, cross the recently rebuilt bridge from Rio to Antarion crossing the picturesque town of Nafpaktos.
  • Arrive into Delphi.
  • In the afternoon visit the picturesque mountain village of Arachova.
  • Dinner and overnight stay. (B,D) Delphi Palace or similar

Day 3 Start: Delphi

End: Kalambaka

  • Morning visit of the famous museum of Delphi.
  • Departure to Kalambaka passing through numerous picturesque villages and typical towns of Central Greece.
  • Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka. (B,D) Divani Hotel or similar

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Day 4 Start: Kalambaka

End: Athens

  • Note: Modest dress code is required. No shorts, no sleeveless tops. Women are required to wear
  • long skirts (no pants).
  • In the morning visit Meteora, where ageless monasteries strikingly sit perched on top of huge rocks. Here you will see exquisite specimens of Byzantine Art housed inside the monasteries.
  • Return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia, Thermopylae (see the Leonidas’s Monument) and Kammena Vourla.
  • Arrive in Athens early evening.

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Key Tours website of our tour: http://www.keytours.gr/tours/athens/four_day_classical_greece_tour_epidaurus_mycenae_olympia_delphi_meteora-34.html

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5 thoughts on “Greece Holiday Part 6: Four Day Classical Tour and Meteora

  1. An aunt and uncle of mine (who were not actually blood relations, but they were always Θεία Τούλα and θείος Γιώργος) took me to Delphi when I was a boy. We also drove to a monastery or two. I have never been to Metéora. I envy you that, as well as a good deal more in this trip.

    I’ve tweeted pictures of Metéora. That’s got to count for something.

    1. Delphi was amazing, trying to picture the Pythia proclaiming oracles in this place near the temple. Meteora was beautiful and is well known for its monasteries, apparently one was used in the James Bond film, ‘For Your Eyes Only,’ that our tour guide kept telling us. We also saw a lot of monks and priests around Kalambaka. The monasteries up on those mountains were amazing to see and walk around in. I give this tour a thumbs up for anyone to go on 🙂

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