Ancient Greece on Foot

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Viewing the spectacular monasteries of Meteora, perched high on precipitous rock formations in central Greece, has to be one of the great travel experiences in Europe. The monasteries appear to be suspended in the air due to hermit monks choosing to build on such a remote site atop of ancient rock pinnacles that have weathered away over time. At sunrise and sunset, the light intensifies the dramatic landscape, whilst walking beneath the soaring heights offers a true appreciation of the scale of the monasteries and the dexterity of the builders who risked their life to produce the magnificent structures. On this self guided walking itinerary a few days are set aside to explore this centre of Greek orthodox spirituality, following in the footsteps of centuries of monks along winding paths between the rock towers. Another highlight of this walking tour includes a visit to the ancient site of Delphi on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, home to the Sanctuary of Apollo and the site of the ancient Oracle. With time to explore this fascinating site at your leisure we combine the visit with a walk along the ancient 'Skala of Delphi' footpath which provides incredible views to the Gulf of Corinth. We round off this exciting Greek walking holiday with a walk through Athens to experience the capitals ancient sites and culinary delights.
brief itinerary
DAY 1 Join Athens DAY 2 Explore Athens museums before a hike and dine experience through ancient Athens - 4 courses in 4 different locations DAY 3 To Delphi, visit ancient city (2hrs) DAY 4 Walk from Kalivia to Delphi via a historic cave and the ancient footpath 'Skala of Delphi' (5hrs) DAY 5 Bus to Livadia, visit waterfalls then train to Meteora DAY 6 Loop walk to visit Megalo Meteora (2.5hrs) DAY 7 Loop walk to Agia Triada (3hrs) DAY 8 Train to Athens, trip concludes
trip dates
Daily from 1 Apr to 30 Oct
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what's included
MEALS: *7 breakfasts, 1 dinner (hike and dine in Athens - self guided) ACCOMMODATION: *7 nights in 3-4 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (hotel taxes not included) BACKUP & SUPPORT: *road book with maps, route directions and local information *emergency hotline TRANSPORT: *transfer Athens hotel to bus station, bus tickets Athens to Delphi and Arachova to Livadia, train tickets Livadia to Kalambaka (A-Class) and Kalambaka to Athens Airport (A-Class)
Ancient Greece on Foot
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trip grading:
introductory to moderate
8 days
trip code:
AU $1,250
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