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Arch of Hadrian (Athens)
On this tour will visit 2 of the most important sites of mainland Greece, Meteora, and Delphi, hassle-free! You will enjoy spectacular views of unique landscapes, visit monuments of great historical importance and save money and time.
Join this 3-days/2 nights rail tour from Thessaloniki to Meteora to discover the beauty and the history of a unique geological phenomenon and the Byzantine Monasteries, listed as UNESCO World Heritage monuments. Travel from Thessaloniki to Meteora and back by train and enjoy captivating views of an out of this world landscape. Seize the chance to engage in memorable activities in a 3-days tour that will definitely be the highlight of your entire visit to Greece.
Explore Greece's most important UNESCO World Heritage sites during this five-day tour from Athens. From the classic ancient Olympic Stadium at Olympia to the famous rock-tower monasteries of Meteora and Nafplio, the first capital of modern Greece, accompanied by a passionate and professional guide. Half board accommodation, activities, and transportation included per itinerary.
Trains are the most spacious and comfortable mode of travel in Greece. Join our two days rail tour to Meteora and discover the history of the Byzantine Monasteries, listed as UNESCO World Heritage monuments. Countless panoramic images will remain etched in your memory with the opportunity for video and photos along the train ride.
Our driver picks you up from your hotel from Athens or the Corinthian region (Loutraki, Kinetta etc.)
Meteora is considered one of the most beautiful areas of mainland Greece and its hanging monasteries are one of the country's most unique attractions.
The monasteries are perched on top of towers of sandstone, which for centuries provided totally inaccessible retreats for the monks. They are built on top of rock towers and they provide fantastic views over the plain.
In the 11th century, the first hermits came upon the peaks of the imposing rocks and built the hermitage of Doupiani. In the 14th century, holy Athanasios Meteorites formed the first organized monastic community on the rocks of Great Meteoro. Meteora Monasteries had its peak period in the 16th century but then were slowly abandoned. The 24 monasteries that were built between the 13th and 16th century only six are still inhabited: The Great Meteoro, Agia Triada, Agios Nikolaos and Varlaam, Agios Stephanos and Roussanou.
The Meteora Monasteries themselves, besides providing incredible views are full of religious treasures, wall paintings, icons and libraries rich in old manuscripts. Every day, innumerable visitors gather here from all four corners of the world to meditate and pray. The fascinating landscape was used when filming the Bond film “For Your Eyes Only” (Holy Trinity Monastery).
You will be delighted in the play of light on the rocks and their changing moods. On sunny mornings the red roof tiles of the monasteries glisten in sharp contrast to the weather-stained grayness of the rocks while the late afternoon sun bathes the landscape with a golden glow.
At night time, the rocks are dramatically illuminated by spotlights while autumnal mists shroud them in an ethereal mysteriousness that must have appealed to the hermits and monks who sought refuge.
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