Distomo Hosios Loukas - Delphi - Pavliani - Thermopylae - Meteora - Metsovo - Lake Plastira
Get ready for a journey at breathtaking landscapes, admirably archaeological sites and wonderful monasteries.
Delphi lies between two towering rocks of Mt. Parnassus, known as the Phaidriades (Shining) Rocks, in the Regional unit of Phocis in Central Greece. Here lies the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Apollo, the Olympian god of light, knowledge and harmony. The area was inhabited in the 2nd millennium BC, as is evident from Mycenaean remains (1500-1100 BC).
You'll visit the amazing clifftop monasteries of Meteora in central Greece. Monks and hermits have been finding refuge in this unique rock formation for more than a thousand years. Six Eastern Orthodox monasteries—some dating back to the 14th century—remain in place, still home to a small number of monks and nuns. Meteora is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and welcomes thousands of tourists every year. Beyond the religious quarters, Meteora offers more than picturesque scenery and an education in ancient history. It's developed a reputation as Greece's adventure capital. While most visitors opt for the popular driving and hiking excursions, always with a focus on visiting the monasteries, more active tourists look for alternative ways to reach for the heavens. Those dramatic sandstone peaks have helped make Meteora a thriving hub for rock climbers from around the world. The routes vary between bolted and traditional, and are suitable for absolute beginners through to professional climbers.
Our journey begins with Monastery Hosios Loukas through a wonderful off road trip. Hosios Loukas is a historic walled monastery situated near the town of Distomo, in Boeotia, Greece. It is one of the most important monuments of Middle Byzantine architecture and art, and has been listed on UNESCO's World Heritage Sites, along with the monasteries of Nea Moni and Daphnion. Continue through imposing Parnassos mountain and arive at Delphi where you can navigate in this magnificent monument. The pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, where the oracle of Apollo spoke, was the site of the omphalos, the 'navel of the world'. Blending harmoniously with the superb landscape and charged with sacred meaning, Delphi in the 6th century B.C. was indeed the religious centre and symbol of unity of the ancient Greek world. Drive to Pavliani and to our resort. You can walk through its beautiful narrow alleys, view the wonderfull landscapes and enjoy a delicious traditional meal.
This morning after you have a good breakfast we drive to Thermopylae. The Spercheios River and the centuries have tamed the landscape and widened it so that the pass is no longer narrow. But in your mind’s eye you see Leonidas in full armour, ready to attack. A visit at the Archaeological Museum will travel you to ancient Greece. We continue though a beautiful off road route to Meteora and the famous monasteries. Serene, spiritual, magical, mystical, extraordinary, breathtaking, immense, inspiring, impressive. These are only some of the words people very often use in an effort to describe the Meteora phenomenon. A trip to Meteora offers the unique experience of nature’s grandeur in conjunction with history, architecture and man’s everlasting desire to connect with the Divine. Our last destination is Metsovo. Metsovo generously offering you its natural surrounding beauties. Half hidden in the fog or wrapped in a snow blanket as winter sets in; Metsovo practically looks like a painting. A village where you can see art and culture introducing you to an ongoing tradition, revive your senses by hiking in the mountains and crossing the rivers.
After a good breakfast and a tour at beautiful village of Metsovo we ll head for the famous Lake Plastira. Also known as "Little Switzerland", is surrounded by an idyllic landscape of incomparable natural beauty that captivates the mind at first sight. Dreamlike in all aspects, it is one of the largest artificial lakes in Greece created in a location where in antiquity we could find the confluence of the rivers Tavropos and Achelous. The grandeur of the lake is crowned with the surrounding alpine peaks; snowcapped or green, with rushing streams that flirt with lacy coves, narrow inlets of water between cliffs that create fjord-like scenes and a single luscious green islet in the middle create a mind-blowing landscape which is mirrored in the emerald waters of the lake. A full day of activities and landscapes discoverie awaiting for you.
The climate in Greece is predominately Mediterranean with mild and rainy winters and warm and dry summers
The monetary unit for Greece is the euro whose sign is €. The euro banknotes exist in seven denominations: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500. The circulated euro coins exist in denominations of 1 euro and 2 euro, and the cents are in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50.
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It is acceptable to wear jeans around the city, providing you dress them up with a smart blazer or blouse. Be sure you get a pair of comfortable shoes for walking, hiking. Also do not forget your sunglasses.
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