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2 Day Private Tour of Meteora & Thermopylae From Athens – Overnight At Kalambaka or Kastraki

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Duration

2 days

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

1 -15 persons

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Languages

English

Witness the extraordinary hanging monasteries together with the glorious Thermopylae battlefield!

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Tour Highlights

Our first stop is at historical Thermopylae! Paying tribute to King Leonidas of Sparta and his 300 Spartan warriors we will visit the amazing monument of his statue which is captivating!

Next stop breathtaking Meteora! Meteora is considered one of the most beautiful areas of mainland Greece and its hanging monasteries are one of the country’s most unique attractions.

The monasteries are perched on top of towers of sandstone, which for centuries provided totally inaccessible retreats for the monks. They are built on top of rock towers and they provide fantastic views over the plain. 

The Meteora Monasteries themselves, besides providing incredible views are full of religious treasures, wall paintings, icons and libraries rich in old manuscripts. Everyday, innumerable visitors gather here from all four corners of the world to meditate and pray. The fascinating landscape was used when filming the Bond film “For Your Eyes Only” (Holy Trinity Monastery).

Day 1 Thermopylae / Meteora

  • Pickup from your chosen hotel in Athens
  • The Gates of Fire: Deriving from the Hot sulphur Springs and in Greek mythology the cavernous entrances to Hades.
  • The monument of King Leonidas: Erected in 1955 and created by the sculptor Vasos Falireas. The brass sculpture of the Spartan King with his spear and shield is truly amazing.
  • Thermopylae museum: The innovative museum is dedicated to the 480 BC battle that changed the course of Greek history and western civilization as we know it today.
  • Hotsprings: The baths of Thermopylae could be described as a paradise of healing spas. 
  • Drive to Meteora
  • Check in at your chosen hotel in Meteora
  • Visit the “Hanging Monasteries” (1 to 2 monasteries).
  • The town of Kalambaka.
  • The village of Kastraki.
  • Experience the breathtaking Meteora sunset.
  • Late lunch – early dinner at a traditional taverna.
  • Stroll amongst the village shops where you can treat yourself and buy handmade souvenirs for your family and friends.
  • Overnight at Kalambaka or Kastraki.

Day 2 Meteora

  • Breakfast at Meteora
  • Visit the remaining “Hanging Monasteries”
  • The monasteries that will be visited are:
  1. St Nicolaos
  2. Rousanou
  3. Varlaam
  4. Metamorphosis Sotiros (Grand Monastery)
  5. St Trinity
  6. St Stefanos
  • Lunch at a traditional Greek taverna at Kalambaka or Kastraki
  • Coffees
  • Drive back to Athens and your chosen drop off location

What’s included

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points

Private tour

Transport by private air-conditioned luxury vehicles

WiFi

Native English speaking drivers

Handmade candies

Refreshment wipes

Bottled water

Fuel surcharge

Parking fees

Goods & Services tax

Driver/guide’s accommodation

Exclusions

Entry or admission fees

Food & drinks

Accommodation (option for hotel reservation upon request)

Know before you go

Instant confirmation at time of booking

Infant seats are available on request if advised at time of booking

A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements

What to bring with you

Casual clothing

Non slip shoes

Sunscreen

Cancellation policy

80% refund if booking is cancelled 30 days or less before the experience

70% refund if booking is cancelled 14 days or less before the experience

50% refund if booking is cancelled 7 days or less before the experience

No refund if booking is cancelled 1 day or less before the experience

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