TRIP To DELPHI And METEORA From ATHENS

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TRIP To DELPHI And METEORA From ATHENS 

Let’s explore some archaeological ancient Greek sites which are located at 2 to 3 hours from Athens by road. These ancient sites are located in beautiful mountainous regions with lots of olive farms all around. I must say that no Greek trip is complete with some attractions from mainlands. My Greek trip included a couple of islands hopping with some interesting ancient cities from mainlands. So in this post, I will take you around the Greek mainland by taking a trip to Delphi and Meteora from Athens.

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’s Heritage sites like Temple of Apollo, Oracle, Delphi Theatre, Treasury of Athenians, the Polygonal Wall, Monument of Platea and Delphi Museum. Click here to book your full day trip to Delphi from Athens with lunch at the beautiful village of Arachova

First stop –  Tholos of Delphi | Trip to Delphi And Meteora From Athens

Trip to Delphi and Meteora From Athens
Tholos of Delphi

Second stop at Delphi’s famous archaeological site of an 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 the 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.  If you are opting for Meteora visit then consider for a 2 day trip from Athens with a night stay at Kalampaka. Click here to book 2 days trip to Delphi – Meteora with a night stay.

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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)  There are many great staying options in Kalampaka for your reference.

Read about Tips to know before visiting Meteora.  Next day, an early morning visit to Neolithic Era monasteries since 9th  A.D.  Group of monks move up to clifftop and built monasteries on top of rock towers.

From the top of monasteries, there are stunning views of farms & villages in the plains.  There are a 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 to all monasteries through manmade rock-cut stairs and paths, then proceed to traditional Greek Lunch at Kalampaka(Kalambaka).

Hiking to Monasteries along the forest and natural path

 Going back to Kalampaka(Kalambaka town)

There are many viewpoints 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(seaside 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 in Athens late evening.

These places can be covered by rent a car or many tour services available from Athens. Also, you can reach here by train from Athens. Select your stay at Kalampaka(near Meteora) for your mainland tours from Athens from the below-given map.

If you are interested in classical Greece or ancient historical Greek sites then book for 4 days Classical tour to Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi & Meteora by clicking here. 



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Tips for Day trips from Athens | Tours from Athens

  • These are a high walking activity which requires lots of physical stamina.
  • Many places are not accessed by strollers and wheelchairs as there are natural cut rock stairs.
  • Lots of water consumed during visiting historic activities. Carry lots of water/juices.
  • Head should be covered in a monastery and follow proper clothing like full pants and no skin show.
  • All monasteries are closed on specific days of the week like Monday, Tuesday, etc. but not all on the 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 the Greek countryside with locals. They are very friendly.
  • Lots of souvenirs shops selling antique brass artifacts 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 a lot of time.
  • On the way to Delphi is Hosios Loukas Monastery, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Greece, if you’re interested in historic mosaic art. 
  • Read to know more about before visiting Delphi and Meteora monasteries.

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91 Comments

  1. I’d somehow never heard of Delphi before but now I absolutely need to go! It just jumped to the top of my bucket list. I LOVE mountains and historical sites and this just combines both.

  2. The monasteries perched on the hill tops remind me of Tiger’s nest monastery in Bhutan. My interest in Greek architecture grew after visiting ancient sites in Petra. Delhi and Meteora make for such an enriching experience. I want to explore Greece for at least a month to appreciate it truly. Lovely pictures and blog.

  3. Wow, I’ve never heard about Delphi before and today I discovered a place which attracted my attention immensely. Love all of the pictures and especially the monasteries on the rock hills – gosh that’s truly amazing. Amazing post, not sure when I’m going to visit Greece, but pinning it for future 🙂

  4. I’m completely in love with Greece, so love everything you’ve mentioned here. Meterora is so special, and those monasteries are amazing. Very true about taking plenty of water, there’s a lot of walking to do there!

  5. wow, these pictures are stunning and they serve justice to your awesome trip. those monasteries on the cliffs are beautiful. I had no idea Greece even had a ski lodge!

  6. I’m a sucker for Monasteries, and these are absolutely stunning! I actually didn’t know that Greece had so many monasteries, I thought I was looking at something you would find in Bhutan or something. Really a great post, I’m actually going to have to investigate into this location now.

    1. There are many monasteries in Georgia(ex USSR now country in Eurasia) too over the stunning hilltop. Greece has many monasteries. All follow orthodox Christianity.

  7. I think a trip like this is a great idea; Athens is amazing but can be crowded; here you get the magical heritage and beautiful old buildings but without the crowds! The hilltop monastery is spectacular, it almost doesn’t look real! And those photos of the Greek food… always makes me hungry!

  8. When we were planning a trip to Athens and Santorini we wanted to make a day trip to explore some other historical Greek sites which we zeroed on Corinth and Argolis but Delphi and Meteora were high on the list. Meteora needed hiking which wasn’t possible with Chhavi (Year old then) hence we had skip to it. But we really want to return some day and explore these amazing monasteries.

  9. That first picture of Meteora is so beautiful, and I would love to visit all of these sites! The thought of walking uphill all day already makes my legs hurt, though. haha Cool facts about the monks; and amazing greek architecture in those pics, too. Thanks for the post!

  10. Sp many monasteries!!! I already know I am gonna love Meteora! I can’t wait to plan a trip to Greece sometime soon. A friend of mine is planning a month long Eurotrip next year and Greece is one of the places he is planning to visit. How many days would you suggest spending in Greece to at least cover everything worth seeing?

  11. I really wish I would’ve had time to visit Delphi and Meteora when I was in Greece in July. Although seeing how much hiking there is I probably would want to go back in a cooler season. And that burger looks like just the thing I would want after hiking up to all the monasteries at Meteora!

  12. I have always wanted to go to Greece. I studied Greek History at university, and have since always wanted to go. My Sister went the other day for a month and I am so jealous. She stayed with a family and she said the food was great. I love Greek food too. Like Greek salads. I love olives. I bet you had great tasting olives here. I want to go here and your post makes me want to go here.

  13. I’ve always wanted to go to Meteora since I saw pictures of the monasteries on top of the rock formations. The landscapes are unique and the presence of monasteries which look like part of the natural formations are amazing. Your photos also make me go there even more.

  14. I had no clue about places like Delphi and Meteora and that one could visit them if in Athen. They look so amazing. The monasteries got me with the pictures. Such lovely colors. I am in love with your pictures. Thanks for talking about these gem places.

    Manjulika Pramod

  15. Delphi looks like the place to be ! With picturesque Monasteries on top of Cliffs to the Archaeological marvels, I am surely going to run out of memory cards, as I won’t leave a chance to leave anything un captured through my camera.

    1. sure… my camera’s battery was off after that visit and I too have to change memory card in between. Could not stop clicking…

  16. Oh my gosh…Delphi and Meteora are just absolutely gorgeous! I can’t believe the monasteries and wonder how they were built all the way up such steep cliffs. The landscape is simply stunning and you have taken such wonderful photos. Would love to visit here and experience the history and the beautiful views.

  17. I so want to visit the monasteries of Meteora now. They look so magical sitting on top of those hilltops. I wonder what stories the monks could tell you from the operating monasteries. Do you think they have seen any miracles in their days?

  18. Delphi ought to be changed to town of monasteries. So much to see in Delphi. The ancient Greece isn’t ancient for nothing right? I’m intrigued by the monastery on the top hill. Everything about Delphi looks unique.

  19. Looks like you guys had an amazing trip! I’ve wanted to go to Meteora for ages–it’s a must-see when we finally make it to Greece. Those monasteries perched on the cliffs are just beyond belief!

  20. I will visit Athens this winter, I didn’t know it was possible to take day tips to such beautiful nearby places. The monastery on the cliff is amazing, as a photographer this is what I dream of. You’ve influenced my trip to Greece with this post!

  21. Ever since I’ve visited my first UNESCO site (Angkor Wat, and also Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia), I’ve been hunting down UNESCO sites. These sites in Greece are truly spectacular! It is so impressive how they’ve managed to stay up after all these centuries!

  22. What a beautiful place! I’m seriously astounded by its beauty. I feel like if I go there I’ll feel like a tiny creature because of such huge structures and landscape. I’m in love!

  23. I think that’s a trip we would take as a family to once the children are older having read your tips. My little one still uses a buggy when he is tired and it seems like a lot of walking is involved. The views must have been amazing.

  24. I come from Greece and I haven’t visited in a little bit. Your post just made me tear up, because Meteora is very close to where I was born! Thank you for sharing! Also, Meteora is truly breathtaking in person and in pictures! Delphi is stunning also and so rich in history!

  25. I can’t believe how cool the monastery on top of the cliff is! It looks like it’s balancing on top of the world. I bet there are many great stories to be had by those who built it! x

  26. I live in Greece, I get super excited when people visit and write about our beautiful country. You should also consider visiting Nafplio and Messinia on the mainland, and Rhodes island. You’d love it!

  27. I had heard of Delphi but couldn’t manage to search for it. Now that I get to see, i think I missed such a beautiful of archaeological sites and lovely landscapes. Thanks for making me aware of such remarkable places in world.

  28. Ha! One more on Greece…. Here on I should stop checking your blog till I actually book my tickets to Greece.. Just joking, lolz! Ahhhh. This is really frustrating… I really have to go to Greece. Hopefully in 2018, I get to see these place myself… Those monasteries atop those rocky mountains are just too gorgeous! Good to know veggies too have a decent option.

  29. I am such a huge fan of Greek mythology so to be able to visit these places would be a dream! We’re actually headed to the Greek islands in a couple of weeks, will check out your guide for Santorini and Mykonos next!

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