Day 1: Athens, Corinth Canal, Ancient Corinth, Delphi
Your private tour starts after picking you up from our meeting place and our first stop is the Acropolis site, a complex of buildings that includes the Parthenon (main temple), Erectheion (the temple with the 6 female figurers, Caryatides), Temple of Athena Nike (Wingless Godess), Propylaia (the monumental Gate), Odeon of Herodus Atticus, Dionysus theater and finally the Mars Hill or Areios Pagos (the first ancient court and the place that St. Paul preached the Christianity for the first time in Athens).
Our next stop will be the temple of the Olympian Zeus (the largest temple in Hellenic and Roman times), the Panathenian Stadium (the stadium of the first Olympic Games on 1896), the memorial of the Unknown Soldier and the changing of the Guards (Euzones) in front of the Greek Parliament, opposite the Syntagma or Constitutional square.
Let’s continue and see the Trilogy of Athens (the Academy, the First University of Athens and the National Greek Library) and finally the Lycabettus Hill (the highest point of Athens) and don’t forget to take some pictures and a memory in your mind and heart of the entire city. When you feel hungry, get ready to taste the famous Greek cuisine and have a memorable lunch. The tour will guide you to a traditional Athens restaurant or tavern. It’s up to you to choose from a variety of flavors of the most known Greek dishes.
After your lunch, it’s time to drive to the peninsula of Athens, Peloponnese and visit the Corinth Canal that connects the Ionian with the Aegean Sea and Ancient Corinth (the city of Apollo and Aphrodite, plus one of the most important visits of St. Paul).Ancient Corinth was an important state city during the ancient years, the richest and most famous port of the ancient Greece. There you can visit both Greek and Roman architectures at the archaeological site and the museum.
Now, it is time to head to Delphi where you will spend the night.
Day 2: Osios Loukas, Delphi, Meteora
After your breakfast, you’ll visit the Osios Loukas monastery founded on the early 11th century, favored by the Byzantine emperors and most worshiped by the pilgrims. There you can see the wonderful golden mosaics, built in the 11th century, and frescoes plus the Burial Crypt. Then we will return to Delphi to visit both the archaeological site with the ancient theatre, and museum. Delphi is the first touristic attraction of the antiquity, as it was busy all the year round. It was the place God Apollo had his sanctuary, that the prophesies were given to every man, every prince, General and king by Pythia the High Priestess. It was the center of the universe, according to Zeus, king of the Gods.
You will visit the Oracle of Apollo, the Omfalos, the temple of Athena Pronaia, Kastaleia Spring and see some magnificent artifacts and statues, such as Eniochos the charioteer, the twin Brothers and Sphynx of Naxos. When you feel hungry, get ready to taste the famous Greek cuisine and have a memorable lunch. The tour will guide you to a traditional restaurant or tavern. It’s up to you to choose from a variety of flavors of the most known Greek dishes.
After your lunch, there with a great view of mountain Parnassus and Itea, it is time to head to Kalambaka, Meteora where you will spend the night.
Day 3: Meteora, Thermopylae, Athens
After your breakfast, you will visit the monasteries of Meteora. They come second in religious importance and size after mount Athos in Orthodox Christianity.
Meteora means “middle of the sky”, “suspended in the air” or “in the heavens above” and the monasteries are built on high pillars at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece after the 11th century and on and they were never abondoned as since monks and nuns occupy them till today. The monasteries are: St. Nicolas, Grande Meteoro, Varlaam, Rousannou, Holy Trinity and St. Stephen.
There you will visit up to 3 monasteries, depends on the day and you admire the wonderful, panoramic view.
When you feel hungry, get ready to taste the famous Greek cuisine and have a memorable lunch. The tour will guide you to a traditional tavern at Kalambaka or Kastraki. It’s up to you to choose from a variety of flavors of the most known Greek dishes .
Our next stop is the battlefield of Thermopylae or Hotgates and the Hot Springs, where King Leonidas and the 300 brave Spartans gave their lives for the freedom of Greece. Honor and Glory was their moto. They achieved both, as their memory lasts forever.
After that religious and historical experience, it is time to return back to Athens.
Check this out: The tour is private so we can easily customize it by adding days and places according to your interests!