In the morning, we will head to the UNESCO Worldwide Heritage Site of Delphi.
We will explore this magnificent archaeological site on foot, the place that
in ancient times was considered the centre of the world, the place where
heaven and earth met. The history of Delphi dates back to prehistoric times
when the myths of the ancient Greeks took place. According to mythology, it
is here that the two eagles sent out by Zeus from the ends of the universe to
find the navel of the world, met. The sanctuary of Delphi, set within a
spectacular landscape, on the slopes of Mount Parnassos, was for many
centuries the cultural and religious centre and symbol of unity for the
Hellenic world. Once at the archaeological site, we’ll have the chance to
visit the Temple of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians and of the
Siphnians, the ancient theatre, stadium and the ancient gymnasium as well as
the Castalian spring that was considered the sacred source of Delphi.
We’ll have lunch in the mountainous town of Arachova, on the slopes of
Mount Parnassus, one of the most picturesque and well-known winter
destinations in Greece. We will have the chance to taste some of the local
products, such as “formaella” cheese, produced only in Arachova.
After lunch, we head northeast to the UNESCO Worldwide Heritage Site of
Meteora (approx. 4 hrs drive). Meteora is one of the largest Greek Orthodox
communities in Greece, second only to Mount Athos. Situated over the town of
Kalampaka, on the north-western edge of the Plain of Thessaly (in Central
Greece), Meteora is one of the most imposing sights in Greece and a must-see
for everyone visiting the country. Sandstone steep rocks, rising over 400
metres above the ground, were formed about 60 million years ago, as a result
of a fluvial erosion, earthquakes and geological changes that followed over
the centuries, and created this rare natural phenomenon and landscape.
Besides being a marvel of nature, what makes Meteora even more astonishing
are the monasteries spectacularly perched atop the rocky pinnacles. We aim to
arrive in Meteora at sunset, going to several viewpoints where we can enjoy
panoramic views over Kalampaka plain and the stone forest of Meteora.
Accommodation: Hotel Meteoritis or similar