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METEORA

(Duration of tour: approximately 14 hours or 2-Day stay in Leivadia)
Meteora is a landscape of unparalleled beauty that is worth visiting, whether you are fond of natural and wild beauty, or are looking for peace and quiet.

About the Tour

According to the most prevalent theories of geologists, the enormous boulders of Meteora were created by river stones and limestone rocks, which for millions of years were accumulated to create a single cone in a sea area that then covered Thessaly. When the waters were removed from the Aegean Sea and after centuries of geological change, this part was lifted and excited, the cone was cut off from its compact form, creating the smaller rocks (the height of which reaches 400 meters) and the valley of Pinios River.

At the final destination, a major stop of the 198 km excursion from Athens is Thermopylae (named after nearby sources of warm water still on the edge of the hill and from the narrow and inaccessible passages through which, one could approach the area – the gates), mainly known for the battle of Thermopylae, in 480 BC. Where the collision of Greek and Persian troops took place. Thermopylae gained a tremendous reputation as they inspired the next generations with the example of the few Spartan soldiers ruled by Leonidas whilst they are a model of the heroism of free men with the highest military training that bravely defend their homeland and their freedom as well as their proper military exploitation of the
soil. Near the battlefield, there is the monument of Leonidas, under which the phrase “Molon lave” appears (to the left of the monument there is a marble statue representing the river Evrotas, while the marble statue on the right represents the Taygetos mountain range).

Approaching Meteora, we reach the picturesque town of Kalambaka, which attracts organized tourism and is a world climbing destination. Inside its anarchic structure and literally in the “shadow” of imposing rocks, where traditional hagiography and wood sculpture works are hidden, you will find cafes, restaurants and taverns, where you can enjoy the excellent traditional cuisine (hunting, freshwater fish, spit, pork, but also delicious pies, rice, and fermented bread). The wild and inaccessible landscape of Meteora, which now dominates your eyes, is the second most important monastic complex in Greece after Mount Athos, as it became the “shelter” for Christian ascetics who settled in the area around 1100 AD, building Monasteries “hung” on the verge of some rocks. Out of the twenty-four monasteries that have historically existed, today only six (the Mansions of the Transfiguration of the Savior, the Holy Trinity, St. Nicholas of Anapache and Varlaam, and the women Monasteries of Rousanos and Saint Stephen) are now operating, while in 1988 they were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The visiting fee for each monastery is paid directly at the entrance and costs 3€ for all visitors except for Greek citizens. 

 

SPECIAL OFFER:

 

Habilidis Transfer Αgency can offer you the unique opportunity to stay for 2 nights at the Phillipos Hotel in Leivadia at a very special price.

 

Please ask us for more information.

 

Amenities

Fridge

 

 

Beverages and snacks

 

 

Emergency Phone Call

 

 

MERCEDES C-200

0-4 passengers

MERCEDES V-250

4 or more passengers

Daily Tour to Delphi Information 

 

Duration

approximately 14 hours 

Distance

360km from Athens

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