TRIP To DELPHI And METEORA From ATHENS

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Trip to Delphi and Meteora From Athens
Apollo temple

Archaeological Delphi, surrounded by Greek mountainous countryside is about 180km  (Two and half hour drive) from Athens. 

Trip to Delphi and Meteora From Athens
Driving to Delphi

There are many UNESCO sites in Delphi.  Delphi is famous for top Greek UNESCO world Heritage sites like Temple of Apollo, Oracle, Delphi Theatre, Treasury of Athenians, the Polygonal Wall, Monument of Platea and Delphi Museum.

First stop –  Tholos of Delphi

Trip to Delphi and Meteora From Athens
Tholos of Delphi

Second stop at Delphi’s famous archaeological site of ancient settlement on Mount Parnassus overlooking beautiful hills, slopes, valleys and ruins. This is walking up activity down and up the hill on natural stairs and paths. It takes around 2 hours. 

Trip to Delphi and Meteora From Athens
Temple of Apollo with sites of Oracle
Trip to Delphi and Meteora From Athens
Treasury of Ancient Athenians
Trip to Delphi and Meteora From Athens
Dodona theatre

After visiting archaeological sites of Delphi, the trip passes through scenic village of Arachova at about 1000m altitude.  Arachova is the best winter resort of Greece and famous for skiing. 

Trip to Delphi and Meteora from Athens
Arachova village

Lunch at Arachova

Then proceed to Kalampaka for visiting monasteries of Meteora. Kalampaka is the nearest staying option for Meteora visit which is at a distance of about 221km. approximately from Arachova.

TRIP TO METEORA

Trip to Delphi and Meteora from Athens

Kalampaka is a small Greek town built at the foot of the majestic grey rocks and is crowded by the Meteora monasteries.

Trip to Delphi and Meteora from Athens
Kalampaka/Kalambaka

Night stay in Kalampaka(kalambaka)

Next day, early morning visit to Neolithic Era monasteries since 9th  A.D.  Group of monks move upto clifftop and  built monasteries on top of rock towers.

From top of monasteries there are stunning views of farms & villages in the plains.  There are total of 6 monasteries those are still functioning.  These monasteries are accessed by road, rock-cut stairways and pathways.  In actual there are 24 monasteries at Meteora, but now many of them are ruins and only 6 are still functioning.  Till 17th century monks get their supplies from basket rope-ways.

  • Monastery of Great Meteron

Trip to Delphi and Meteora from Athens

  • Monastery of Varlaam

Trip to Delphi and Meteora from Athens

  • Monastery of Rousanou

Trip to Delphi and Meteora from Athens

  • Monastery of St. Nicholas Anapausas

Trip to Delphi and Meteora from Athens

  • Monastery of St. Stephen
  • Monastery of Holy Trinity

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Hiking upto all monasteries through manmade rockcut stairs and paths, then proceed to traditional Greek Lunch at Kalampaka(Kalambaka).

Hiking upto Monasteries along the forest and natural path

 Going back to Kalampaka(kalambaka town)

There are many view points along the drives to get the beautiful views of all pillar rocks with the valley villages.

After having lunch in Kalampaka(Kalambaka), return back to Athens via small towns of Domokos, Kamena Vourlal(sea side village) and Thermopyles.  In between a small stop at Statue of Leonidas as a memorial of the battle of 300 Spartans against thousands of Persian soldiers. 

Arrive Athens late evening.

These places can be covered by Rent a car or many tour services available from Athens.

Tips during Trip to Delphi and Meteora from Athens

These are high walking acitivity which requires lots of physical stamina.

Many places are not accessed by strollers and wheel chairs as there are natural cut rock stairs.

Lots of water consumed during visiting historic activites. Carry lots of water/juices.

Head should be covered in monastery and follow proper clothing like full pants and no skin show.

All monastery are closed on specific days of week like Monday, Tuesday, etc. but not all on same day.  Check closing days before going.

Avoid during rains.

Try local Greek cuisine. Vegetarians can also relish here as lots of vegan varieties too.

Explore Greek countryside with locals. They are very friendly.

Lots of souveniers shops selling antique brass artefacts which are cost effective.

Start early from Athens as driving takes lots of time due to mountainous drive and also seeing places through foot takes lot of time.

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75 Comments

  1. Wow. This post totally gave me a different perspective about Greece. Here I am thinking all there is to see in Greece is the Parthenon and Santorini. I wish I could live in Greece for 6 months so I can explore every beautiful place.

  2. The images are so pretty. I liked the one with the view of mountains where the red roofs are seen from far away. Also, surprised to see places like Delphi and Oracle are actually close together. Big names in the IT industry.

  3. I heard a lot about Delphi and Meteora.i love to visit historical places and archaeological sites.For this reason, i want to visite Delphi and Meteora. I was collecting information about these places and at last found your article. thanks for sharing and nice pictures.

  4. I know that I had read about all of those city states while I was growing up in school but now I think I am getting a better picture as to why they existed. Just the landscape for some of those places seems to call for little enclaves of people gathered together in tribes of sorts. I love the architecture there. I really am going to have to go there sometime in the near future.

  5. I have heard so much about Delphi, temple of Apollo and other archaeological sites but I have never been there. After looking at the pics you have shared, I wish to visit these places soon. 🙂

  6. I have heard but good things about Delphi. I really amaze in Monastery of St. Nicholas Anapausas. looks so awesome and breathtaking.

  7. These are some great ancient architecture. I have no idea about all these but Yes I enjoyed all these pictures you shared here on this article. Specially the “Monastery of Varlaam”.

  8. I love Greece, such a beautiful country full of lovely people. I went to Delphi when I was 15 and loved it. I could almost feel its historic atmosphere..Reading your post, I just want to go back now 🙂

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