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Full Day Sailing Trip around Skiathos Island

1. Full Day Sailing Trip around Skiathos Island

Depart from the new port of Skiathos at 10:00 am and make a first stop at the small island of Arkos. There you enjoy local snacks and cool juice before the first morning swim on a unique beach. Leaving the island of Arkos, the captain sets sail and you will have the opportunity to learn about sailing, try to navigate the boat or simply sunbathe on the deck. Sometimes you can admire the friendly dolphins which  accompany the boat! Next stop is the isle of Dasia with its blue cave, where you will dive and swim like never before! Afterwards will be the perfect time for local snacks on board, accompanied by an ouzu. Sail to the west side of Skopelos island, full of beaches with clear blue waters and pine trees next to the sea and an ideal spot for yet more diving and swimming. The captain will then take you to the beach of Panormos, which is difficult to find and thus very quiet. Swim and sunbathe almost by yourself before a lunch menu consisting of Greek homemade food is served. Plenty of wine and some fruit is offered as a dessert. Later the captain sets sail towards the island of Tsougrias where you can see a spectacular sunset. There you can swim one last time and taste a sweet delight offered by the crew. Then the trip comes to an end as the boat returns to the port of Skiathos.

From Athens: Delphi and Meteora 2-Day Tour with Hotel

2. From Athens: Delphi and Meteora 2-Day Tour with Hotel

Embark on a 2-day tour to the archaeological site of Delphi and the historic Orthodox monasteries built on the rocks of Meteora. Learn about the myths and history attached to these sites from your guide on this guided tour from Athens. Day 1: Depart Athens for the ancient site of the Oracle of Delphi. Travel by air-conditioned coach through the pretty towns and villages of Thebes, Levadia, and Arachova on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Arrive in Delphi and explore the ruins of the ancient sanctuary of Pythia, the high priestess of the Temple of Apollo. Explore the temple and learn about its significance from your guide. Then, continue to the beautiful town of Kalabaka for dinner and your overnight stay. Day 2: After breakfast, make your way to Meteora, famous for its stunning rock formations. Visit the monasteries built to serve the monks and nuns following the teachings of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Return to Athens via Trikala and Lamia. Stop at Thermopylae to admire the monument to the Greek warrior-king Leonidas I, who died there in 480 BC. Arrive back in Athens by the early evening.

From Athens: Delphi and Meteora 2-Day Guided Tour

3. From Athens: Delphi and Meteora 2-Day Guided Tour

Embark on a 2-day tour that takes you to the ancient city of Delphi and across the scenic Plain of Thessaly to Kalambaka. Explore the picturesque small town located at the foot of Meteora, the site of one of the most important groups of Greek Orthodox monasteries. Detailed Itinerary Day 1 Start the day with a relaxing drive through the beautiful Greek countryside, passing by the cities of Thebes, Levadia, and Arachova, before arriving in Delphi at around noon. At Delphi, you’ll have the opportunity to visit this important site that appears in Greek mythology. In ancient times, Delphi was considered to be the center of the universe and was guarded by a python dragon that was killed by Apollo. See the ruins of the Temple of Apollo, which was built in the 4th century B.C. and was destroyed by Emperor Theodosius I in 390 A.D. It was also here that the priestess Pythia would foretell the future from the famous Oracle of Delphi. Visit the theater that seated 5,000 spectators and hosted plays, poetry readings, and festivals. At the nearby stadium, the Pythian Games were held every 4 years. Athletes from all over the Greek world would come to compete, and these games would become the predecessor to the modern Olympics. At the end of the day, drive to Kalambaka, a lovely city with beautiful gardens and magnificent views of the Meteora rocks. Overnight in Kalambaka. Day 2 In the morning, head to Meteora for a tour of the fascinating cliff-top monasteries. Be amazed by the cliffs, which average a height of 1,000 feet, and were first inhabited in the 9th century by a group of hermit monks who lived on the rock towers Today 6 monasteries remain out of the original 20. Views of the entire valley from the magnificent rock towers, and the peace of the surroundings, make this a unique place to visit. On the way back to Athens you’ll make a short stop at the monument to Leonidas, the King of Sparta who died in 480 B.C. at the famous Battle of Thermopylae.

From Kalampaka: 5-Hour Hiking Tour of Meteora

4. From Kalampaka: 5-Hour Hiking Tour of Meteora

The ideal way to experience Meteora’s unique beauty and interesting rock formations is by walking, as it is the only way to really observe the impressive rock formations and strange patterns. On a half-day guided hike, you will be taken up close to these structures and led directly to the best vantage points in the area. After being transported from Kalampaka, the hiking tour begins from Kastraki Square, continuing to Dupiani Hermitage. Pass below the ruined Pantokratoros Monastery on the north side of Dupiani's rock, arriving at the Ypapanti Monastery and the ruins of St. Dimitrios, a monastery destroyed by the Ottomans in 1808 during a local uprising. From there, the trail leads all the way up to the impressive Great Meteoro and Varlaam monasteries, 2 of 6 total Eastern Orthodox monasteries in the area, all part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour the grounds, and afterward, go down from Varlaam to St. George the Madilas to see the place where the local children climb with only a rope to dedicate offerings to St. George.

From Athens: 4-Days Classical Tour with Meteora

5. From Athens: 4-Days Classical Tour with Meteora

Day 1: Leave by the coastal road to the Corinth Canal (short stop). Drive on and visit the Theatre of Epidaurus, famous for its remarkable acoustics. Then, proceed to the town of Nafplio (short photo stop), drive on to Mycenae and visit the archaeological site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Then, depart for Olympia through central Peloponnese and the towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis. Overnight in Olympia, the cradle of the Olympic Games (dinner) Day 2: In the morning, visit the archaeological site with the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the ancient stadium, the spot where the torch of the modern Olympic Games is lit and the Archaeological Museum. Then, drive on through the plains of Ilia and Achaia until the magnificent bridge that crosses the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Pass by the picturesque towns of Nafpactos (Lepanto) and Itea. Arrive in Delphi (dinner and overnight) Day 3: In the morning, visit the archaeological site and the Museum of Delphi, the most famous oracle of the ancient world. Depart for Kalambaka, a small town located at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora, surrounded by gigantic rocks (dinner and overnight) Day 4: Visit Meteora, a striking scenery perched on top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. Return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia, Thermopylae (short stop to see across the road to Leonida's Monument). Arrive in Athens early in the evening.

Enipeas: Mount Olympus Half-Day Hiking Tour with A Guide

6. Enipeas: Mount Olympus Half-Day Hiking Tour with A Guide

Embark on a 12-kilometer hike from Prionia through the gorge of Enipeas all the way to the village of Litochoro. Immerse in the mystical wonders of Mount Olympus with its entrancing waterfalls, dense nature and time-honored wooden bridges. Encounter the bathtub of Zeus, the Old Monastery of Agios Dionysios, and a hidden cave. Benefit from pickups from convenient meeting points in the Dion-Olympos area. Begin your tour at the parking lot of Prionia where your private minibus will drop you off. From there, enter the gorge of Enipeas and hike to the first point of interest, the bathtub of Zeus and its small waterfall. Continue your guided hike through the gorge of Enipeas, crossing over wooden bridges. Spot several small waterfalls on the way. Follow the trail all the way to the monastery of Agios Dionysios, the most important monastery in all of Pieria. Carry on your Enipeas tour with a visit to a set of twin waterfalls and a cave, found within the rock formations of Mount Olympus. This hike from has several ups and downs but is an easy trail to follow. Conclude the hike upon reaching Myloi in Litochoro.

Meteora Sunset Tour on E-bikes

7. Meteora Sunset Tour on E-bikes

Take part in this wonderful e-bike tour through the rocks and monasteries of Meteora. The excursion starts from the centre of Kalambaka, just below the rocks of Meteora. Your group will then head toward this UNESCO protected area, where you will see and learn everything about this amazing location. Using electric bikes makes this ride easy and gives the rider the chance to explore without worrying about the slope of the route. There will also be a number of stops allowing you to take in the beauty of the surroundings. The tour leader will give you a comprehensive explanation of the area, geological phenomena, culture and religion. The tour covers six functional monasteries and many of the old monasteries' remains and hermit caves. Unfortunately, you will not be able to go inside of the monasteries, as they are closed during this tour. After an amazing ride, you'll go to one of the most beautiful spots of the area to enjoy the majestic sunset over the cliffs. 

Delphi and Meteora: 2-Day Bus Tour from Athens

8. Delphi and Meteora: 2-Day Bus Tour from Athens

Meteora 2 days (on halfboard basis) 1st day: First you will drive to Delphi through Levadia and Arachova. At Delphi you will visit the archaeological site. Then depart for Kalambaka. Drive through the towns of central Greece (Amphissa, Lamia and Trikala) crossing the Thessalian plain, the granary of Greece, to reach Kalambaka. Overnight. (D.*) 2nd day: Morning visit of the breathtaking Meteora and its monasteries built on the top of high rocks. Then start the drive back to Athens passing through Thermopylae where Leonidas was killed (visit) and Kamena Vourla.(B.**) * Dinner ** Breakfast

4-Day Tour of Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi & Meteora

9. 4-Day Tour of Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi & Meteora

Day 1: Corinth Canal (short stop). Drive to Epidaurus, and pay a visit to the archaeological site and to the theatre, famous for its remarkable acoustics. Continue on to Nauplia for a short stop. Next, drive to Mycenae where you will visit the fascinating archaeological site. Depart for Olympia, passing through the central Peloponnese area and passing the cities of Megalopolis and Tripolis. Finally, arrive in Olympia for dinner and overnight stay. There is also a possibility of staying in Nauplia instead. (Dinner included). Day 2: In the morning visit the archaeological site and the museum of Olympia. Drive via Patras to Rion, cross the channel to Antirion on the state of the art suspension bridge, known as the longest and most modern in Europe. Arrive in Nafpaktos, then continue to Delphi. Enjoy dinner and overnight stay in Delphi. (Breakfast and dinner included). Day 3: First, visit the archaeological site and the museum of Delphi. Depart for Kalambaka, passing through Amphissa, Lamia and Trikala. Arrive in Kalambaka, and savor a dinner before your overnight stay. (Breakfast and dinner included). Day 4: In the morning, visit the breathtaking Meteora. In the early afternoon, start the drive back to Athens passing via Thermopylae and Kammena Vourla. (Breakfast included). This tour offers the opportunity to visit the most impressive historical Greek sites, giving you an insight into the glorious past of Greece.

Meteora Electric Bike Tour

10. Meteora Electric Bike Tour

Participate in a wonderful e-bike tour through the rocks and monasteries of Meteora. The excursion starts at approximately 9:00 am from the center of Kalambaka, just below the rocks of Meteora. The group heads to UNESCO's protected area, where the visitor will see and learn everything about this amazing location. Using electric bikes makes this ride easy and gives the rider the chance to explore and enjoy without worrying about the slope of the route. Your leader will give you a comprehensive explanation of the area, the geological phenomenon, culture, and religion, with many stops for sightseeing. The tour covers all six functional monasteries and many of the old monasteries' remains and hermit caves. The visitor can choose to visit three of the operating monasteries. You will have plenty of opportunities for amazing photos and for enjoying the beautiful views of the rock formations and the valley below. The tour will finish at approximately 1 pm at the point it started.

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A lovely day sailing to Skopelos on board the Diamanti with friendly, attentive host and competent skipper. We had plenty of stops at quiet bays to swim and snorkel, lots of drinks available and snacks and fruit. We stopped for a fantastic lunch in Skopelos which was also included in the price. I would say this is a really good value trip and I’d recommend it. There were 10 of us in total, perhaps 12 might have been a bit cramped on the deck for sunbathing, but overall it was a lovely day out sailing.

A scenic uphill walk, mostly shaded, that anyone with good mobility can easily accomplish. Lots of stops for photos and information (from a knowledgable guide) that made the walk very enjoyable. Allowed time for entrance to one monastery (3 euro entrance fee not included) but be sure to bring a skirt (ladies) or you will be required to purchase one for 3.50 euro.

Well organised left as scheduled and took our family of 5 to some amazing coves to swim and snorkel. We had an excellent lunch and the crew could not do enough for us, the sun shone and we had a memorable trip would recommend to everyone, Thank you Natalie and the Captain

Nothing to say about the organisation and visit, but the return by train was too late: I had to wait 3 hours before leaving Kalambaka. The Greek train should really change its timetable, and provide a train that leave at around 4pm.

The travel accommodations where excellent. Pickup was prompt and the tour guides were very good. This is a great way to see Delphi and Meteora.