For many centuries Greece has been a destination inextricably linked with ancient Greek civilization and the love for Ancient Greek art and culture. From the 17th century and onwards many foreign travellers, mostly writers and artists were coming to Greece with the dream to “touch” the beauty of ancient monuments, to breathe the air of the place that gave birth to democracy and philosophy and to enjoy the light and nature of Greece.

With the writings of Pausanias in their hands, they travelled around Greece most of the time on foot looking for ancient monuments and historic places. But at the same time, they experienced the way of living of the Greek people, the hardships, and poverty they lived. Travellers from Great Britain, France, Germany embraced Greece through their writings and works of art and revived the spirit of ancient Greece in a unique way.

Chateaubriand, Flaubert, Lear, Lamartine, von Hallerstein, Hauptmann, Schliemann and many other travellers through their journeys and their writings discovered a different Greece and shared with us their own view and experience of the country. Let’s follow their steps to see through their own eyes the most fascinating sites and the monuments of mainland Greece.

Highlights:

  • Oracle of Delphi – an archaeological visit at the ‘navel of the Earth’, a ‘must’ for all visitors to Greece
  • Nature walk in Mt. Parnassus National Park – featuring a forest of endemic Grecian Fir, rare montane wildflowers and limestone formations
  • Walk down the ancient stairway from Parnassus to Delphi, above the cliffs of Castalia spring – magnificent views, Mediterranean wildflowers and the best way to enjoy Delphi away from the tourist crowd
  •  Lunch at the oldest tavern of the small market-town of Amfissa – a Greek original
  • Overnight at the shade of the famous Meteora, the ‘floating rocks’ of Thessaly, impressive sandstone and conglomerate rock formations riddled with monasteries
  • Visit two Byzantine monasteries built on the Meteora rocks – 11th-century medieval architecture, some of the best Orthodox icons in Greece, and views to the distant Pindos mountain range
  • Two short nature walks between the sandstone cliffs and the monasteries – Mediterranean deciduous forests, teeming with butterflies, rare birds, and impressive geology

Day 1: The Delphi Oracle and the foothills of Mt. Parnassus

We leave from Athens in the morning and head towards the village of Delphi, up in the mountain of Parnassus. The elite ancient Greeks would come to the sanctuary of Delphi to get the prophecies of the famous oracle of Pythia. Delphi was regarded as the center of the world and was for many centuries the cultural and religious center of ancient Greece. We visit the archaeological site, exploring the sanctuary of Apollo, the tholos of Athena Pronaia, the stadium, the gymnasium and the theatre of Delphi. From Delphi we head to Arachova, where we wander through the picturesque alleys and traditional cafés of the village and have lunch in a traditional taverna in the village. After settling into our hotel, we have a short nature walk in Mt. Parnassus National Park where we enjoy the forest of endemic Grecian Fir, rare montane wildflowers, and limestone formations. We overnight in a hotel in Parnassus.

Day 2: Walking the ancient stairway of Delphi

In the morning we hike down the ancient footpath from Parnassus to Delphi, above the cliffs of Castalia spring enjoying magnificent views to Delphi and the sea of Galaxidi as learn about Mediterranean nature and the local history – the best way to enjoy Delphi away from the tourist crowd. Reaching Delphi we have some free time to explore the village and have lunch in one of the traditional restaurants of the village. After lunch, we leave Delphi and head towards Kalambaka and Meteora, where we settle into our hotel and have a short evening stroll in the city, at the shade of the famous Meteora, the ‘floating rocks’ of Thessaly, these impressive sandstone and conglomerate rock formations riddled with monasteries. We overnight in a hotel in Kalambaka.

Day 3: Between the ‘floating’ rocks and the monasteries of Meteora

Today we explore the magnificent Meteora monasteries and hike between the impressive cliffs. We visit two Byzantine monasteries built on the Meteora rocks, admiring 11th-century medieval architecture, some of the best Orthodox icons in Greece, and views to the distant Pindos mountain range. We have two short nature walks between the sandstone cliffs and the monasteries through Mediterranean deciduous forests, teeming with butterflies, rare birds, and impressive geology. We visit Kastraki village near Kalambaka and have lunch in a traditional local taverna with nice views at the cliffs. After lunch, we head back to Athens with a shortstop in the historic Thermopylae.

What to expect

  • Oracle of Delphi – an archaeological visit at the ‘navel of the Earth’, a ‘must’ for all visitors to Greece
  • Nature walk in Mt. Parnassus National Park – featuring a forest of endemic Grecian Fir, rare montane wildflowers and limestone formations
  • Walk down the ancient stairway from Parnassus to Delphi, above the cliffs of Castalia spring – magnificent views, Mediterranean wildflowers and the best way to enjoy Delphi away from the tourist crowd
  •  Lunch at the oldest tavern of the small market-town of Amfissa – a Greek original
  • Overnight at the shade of the famous Meteora, the ‘floating rocks’ of Thessaly, impressive sandstone and conglomerate rock formations riddled with monasteries
  • Visit two Byzantine monasteries built on the Meteora rocks – 11th-century medieval architecture, some of the best Orthodox icons in Greece, and views to the distant Pindos mountain range
  • Two short nature walks between the sandstone cliffs and the monasteries – Mediterranean deciduous forests, teeming with butterflies, rare birds, and impressive geology

Who it's for

Our multi-thematic trips are designed for private and corporate groups looking to get the most out of their stay in Greece.

Itinerary

  • Accommodation in hotels or characterful local guesthouses with breakfast
  • Private vehicle throughout the tour
  • Experienced guide specializing in hiking tours
  • Information material
  • Liability Insurance
  • All applicable taxes

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