Meet your driver/guide at your hotel or Athens Airport and hop on your private vehicle from your location without wasting time picking up unknown people. Begin the drive towards the famous and mythical Peloponnese region.
The archaeological site held over 70 significant buildings, and ruins of many of these survive, although the main Temple of Zeus survives only as stones on the ground. You can walk through the impressive ruins of the area where athletes trained and ran in the ancient stadium; just as the ancient Olympians did after their victory 3,000 years ago. In front of the Temple of Hera burns the Olympic Flame during the modern-day Olympic Games. Tour the monuments of the archaeological site, including the former gymnasium and Palaestra (where athletes practiced before competing), stadium, hotel & crypt. Let your imagination run to the times that Greece’s finest athletes strove to honor the gods through the Olympic ideal.
We depart from Olympia after lunch and will cross over the amazing bridge of Rio – Antirio, in order to leave behind the Peloponnese region and reach Nafpaktos town for a coffee break next to the Venetian Port and possibly lunch too depending on our timing. We will depart from Nafpaktos aiming to reach Delphi in the late afternoon giving time to enjoy the area even before the next day’s explorations. Should you book early enough we can arrange a surprise location and accommodation less touristy than the obvious hotels of Delphi!
On the way to the Hosios Loukas monastery, we stop to enjoy the scenic Arachova village which is at the top of a cliff on the side of Mt Parnassus. This beautiful and peaceful monastery is located in a great location with excellent views. A 1,000 years old monument preserved to perfection still active with its monks and also people using it for the normal church services but also baptisms and weddings!
Our lunch will be determined by our time spent at each site, but we have the options open and without compromises when it comes to food & drink.
Heading towards the scenic Amphissa mountain town we should arrive at Meteora by 16:30. Before checking in to your hotel, we will visit the rocks for a complimentary evening photo shooting with the evening light and with multiple stops at selected spots. We will spend the evening relaxing at a great hotel facing the amazing Meteora rock formations. You can (optionally), explore the bustling but not touristy Trikala town, relaxing over dinner!
Meteora Unesco site is home to more than 20 rock monasteries. Originally occupied by 11th-century hermits, the monasteries later became hiding places for monks when the Roman Empire started to fall. We visit two (maybe 3) of the incredible monasteries depending on the available time, your rhythm, and fitness!
After breakfast, we approach the monasteries. Depending on the time available and your fitness, you have the option of visiting 2 or 3 monasteries such choosing from the Grand Meteora Monastery, Moni Agiou Stefanou, Holy Trinity, Rousanou, or Moni Varlaam. This visit is subject to change depending on your day of the visit since there are different opening days for each monastery.