From picturesque villages to significant archaeological and Byzantine sites, the 3 days private tour to Delphi and Meteora promises you an exciting time in Greece, full of memorable images and experiences you have never tried before.
Itinerary of the 3 days private tour to Delphi and Meteora
Athens, Levadia, The Monastery of St Luke, Arachova, Delphi, Kalambaka, Meteora, Thermopylae, Athens
Highlights of the three days private tour to Delphi and Meteora
- A tour to the Greek history combining sites of archaeological and modern interest
- The Monastery of St Loukas (St Luke) and its unique architecture
- A first acquaintance with the lovely Greek countryside
- New experiences and a new place every day
- A professional English-speaking driver
Description of the private tour to Delphi and Meteora
Day 1: Athens, The Monastery of St Luke, Levadia, Arachova, Delphi
Starting early in the morning from Athens, you will be driving by the fertile and hospitable countryside of Central Greece, through Levadia and Arachova, before arriving at Delphi.
Within two hours you will reach the Monastery of St. Luke (St Loukas or Ossios Loukas), which is one of the most representative monuments of the artistic greatness of the Byzantine Empire.
It was built in the period of prosperity under the Macedonian dynasty, between 867 and 1059 AD.
The monastery is dedicated to St. Luke the Steiriotis. His family was uprooted from Aegina after the raid of Saracens and Saint Luke was born in “Castorion”, the current Delphi.
Delphi is one of the national treasures of Greece, the heritage of UNESCO, renowned as the Navel of the earth in the ancient years.
It was here that the Greeks honored God Apollo, creating his Sanctuary, and it was here that the god would speak to the people through his oracle. Today, you can visit the impressive archaeological site, where you will see the Temple of Apollo, the Kastallia Spring, the Athenian treasury and the theatre.
After this fascinating sightseeing, you will enjoy your lunch in Delphi and you will relax in the afternoon.
Your driver will pick you up from your hotel in the evening and take you to Arachova, the nearby picturesque mountain village built at the feet of Mt Parnassus, for dinner and a free evening. Overnight in Delphi.
DAY 2: Delphi, Lamia, Trikala, Kalambaka, Meteora
The second morning is free, to spend at your leisure, but you will also get to visit the Museum of Delphi that houses the immense Bronze Charioteer, Eniochos.
At noon we will be setting off for Kalambaka, towards the second important destination of this tour, Meteora. Crossing the plain of Thessaly, we will be reaching Kalambaka late in the afternoon, and we will enjoy a tasteful dinner and overnight in Kalambaka that offers views to the grand rock formations, known as Meteora.
Day 3: Meteora, Thermopylae, Athens
The third day of the tour starts with an exciting visit to the complex of Monasteries, wisely built on the top of the huge rocks, providing a safe refuge to the monks and nuns since the 11th century AD.
Visit the open Meteora monasteries – not all of them can be visited each day, but we will keep you well informed, in case you wish to visit a particular monastery. The monasteries of Meteora is a complex built during the Byzantine era and still stirs feelings of admiration to its visitors.
Afterward, you will have lunch at Kalambaka and set off for Athens.
On the way back, we will also be visiting Thermopylae, the actual site of the battle between the Persians and the Greeks where King Leonidas of Sparta and his 300 men showed unparalleled bravery fighting thousands of Persian invaders.
The tour ends late in the afternoon back in Athens.
- Shore Excursion - Private tour
- Activity level: Moderate
Included in the tour
- Car and Driver
- A professional English-speaking driver or escort with good knowledge of the history and culture of Greece, to guide you till you enter archaeological sites and museums. Tour drivers are not licensed to companion you inside the archaeological sites and museums. If you'd like to have a licensed state tour guide to escort you inside the sites and museums, we can arrange it for you at an additional cost. Licensed by the state tour guides are freelance and it is subject to availability on bookings day!
- Transport by air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz vehicle or similar appropriate for the size of your group
- Accommodation is based according to availability (for multiple-day tours only)
- Pick-up from and return to your hotel
- Pick-up from the Port of Piraeus
- Private tour, Road tolls and local taxes
- Our terminal: Leof. Andrea Siggrou 37, 117 43 Athina, Greece.
Excluded from the tour
- Entrance fees to the archaeological sites and museum
- Wine tasting fee (wine tours)
- Olive oil tasting fee (olive oil tasting tours)
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and beverage
- Your private chauffeur/guide will discuss a program best suited to your interest and mobile abilities. Option for a professional tour guide with a state license at an extra cost. Read more for the difference between a STATE LICENSED TOUR GUIDE and a TOUR DRIVER GUIDE in Greece!
- Dress: religious and marmoreal sites: shoulders and knee must be covered
- Terms & Conditions and Frequent Questions
- Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
- A voucher will be emailed to you with our contact numbers and all necessary information for your tour.
- This is your ticket and proof of purchase. On the day of the tour please present a paper voucher in order to redeem your tour/activity.
Persons with Disabilities
- Due to uneven surfaces, certain sites are not recommended for persons with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair. Such sites are the Acropolis, the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, Mycenae, Delphi and Meteora
- In all cases, we recommend comfortable flat-solid walking shoes, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
- Please note that on this tour, your tour driver is not licensed to accompany you on your climb. If you want this service you may book a licensed by-state tour guide for an extra cost.
- In case a group is followed by a licensed tour guide or an English speaking tour-escort the professional driver is not obliged to speak English!
Opening hours & Admission fees
- Opening Hours:Summer April 1st to October 31st from 08:00 AM to 07:30 PM
- Winter: November 1st to March 31st from 08:30 AM to 03:00 PM
- Free admission fees: Children under 18 & Students from E.U.
- Reduced admission fees: Citizens of the E.U. aged over 65 & Students from countries outside the E.U.
Free admission days
- March 6: In memory of deceased Minister of Tourism & visionary Melina Mercouri
- June 5: Environment international day
- April 18 : International monuments day
- May 18: International museums day
- September 27: International tourism day
- The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
- National Holidays
- Sundays in the period between 1 November and 31 March
- The first Sunday of every month, except for July, August, and September
- NOTE: If the first Sunday is a holiday then the second is the free admission day
Holidays in Greece
- January 1: closed
- January 6: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
- Shrove Monday: 08:30AM - 03:00 PM
- March 25: closed
- Good Friday: 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
- Holy Saturday: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
- Easter Sunday: closed
- Easter Monday: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
- May 1: closed
- Holy Spirit Day: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
- 15 August 15: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
- October 28: 08:30 AM- 03:00 PM
- December 25 & 26: closed