Begin the drive towards the northwest area of Athens, where you will arrive at the archaeological site of Delphi in just 2 hours without any unnecessary touristy stops. Only a quick stop is included, at the scenic Arachova village which is the dominant location at the top of a cliff on the side of Mt Parnassus ski center. Explore the classical treasures, theater, museum, and ancient ruins. Visit the 2nd site where you see the main theme/photo of Delphi guides; “Athina Pronaia temple.”
Next, head towards the scenic Amphissa mountain town. After an “important” lunch stop halfway -treat of your driver/tour leader- arrive at your hotel. Should we arrive at Meteora in good time, and before checking in to your hotel, we can visit the famous Meteora rocks for a complimentary evening photo shoot with the evening light.
Enjoy breakfast in your hotel, and then a swift drive to Meteora, your main destination of the day! This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to more than 20 rock monasteries. Visit two (maybe 3) of the incredible monasteries depending on the day of your visit. Originally occupied by 11th-century hermits, the monasteries became hiding places for monks when the Roman Empire started falling. The two monasteries you may visit are subject to change depending on the day of the visit since most monasteries have different opening days and times. Typically, the monasteries to be visited include the Grand Meteora Monastery and Moni Agiou Stefanou or Moni Varlaam.
After exploring Meteora, return to your private vehicle for your trip back to Athens which takes around 3.5 hours. A couple of necessary stops on the way to stretch your legs. First, enjoy great lunch & drinks, and then see Thermopylae; the historical battlefield between the Spartans (300) and the Persians. Continue the journey south towards Athens to arrive and be dropped off directly at the hotel/Airbnb/cruise ship, in the early evening. An authentic tour with a great tour leader!