Organized every Monday between April – October, only. Bus terminal: In Syntagma area, heart of Athens at 08:30, return to Athens at +/- 19:30 Free pick-up/drop off service starts at 07:30 am (See the list of hotels in the footer)
HOTELS in NAFPLION: (3* half board) VICTORIA and (4* half board) AMFITRYON HOTELS at Olympia: (3* half board) OLYMPIC VILLAGE and (4*) ARTY GRAND HOTELS in Delphi: (3* half board) HERMES and (4* half board) AMALIA HOTELS in Kalambaka: (3* half board) ORFEAS, and (4* half board) AMALIA
PRICES: All travel agents, in Greece and worldwide, offer the same tour at different prices. We believe that our prices for this tour is not matched by any other company. After 60 years organizing tours throughout Greece we have secured the best deals in all aspects of travel. So, why pay more? Our discounted prices, per adult, for this tour are:
Option 1: 3* hotel
422.00 € Half board
538.00 € Half board
Option 2: 4* hotel
522.00 € Half board includes arrival transfer offer
666.00 € Half board includes arrival transfer offer
Entrances to museums / sites (must be added): * Under 19 and E.U.students are free of charge. * Other students & E.U. citizens over 65 y.o. pay +24.00 * Everybody else pays +48.00 €
Special discounts: (One option of 5% discount is applicable). * Persuade a friend, share a triple room with your friend, and save 5% * Persuade your friends, make a team of 5 or more adults and save 5%
The Amazing open THEATRE OF EPIDAURUS The priests of the sanctuary of god Asclepius were excellent surgeons. On the ground of the sanctuary, the administration of the Asclipieion, in order to entertain the patients, decided to build a theatre. Today, next to the sanctuary of Asclepius, there is a small museum, displaying the instruments and tools used by the priests, and excellent surgeons, to perform even brain operations. NAFPLION – the “Venice” of Greece Modern architecture hasn’t spoiled the old town of Nafplion, which is a feast for the eye. Nafplion was the capital of the Greek state in the early 1830s. Here, is the first residential palace for the young Bavarian Prince, Otto, the first king of the new country after the revolution against the Turks. The old town is beautiful, with old mansions and paved roads. The town’s fortresses, the Palamidi and the Akronafplia played a key role during the war of independence. Frankish, Venetian, and Turkish conquerors left their signature on the town and strongly influenced its culture, architecture, and traditions during the years of occupation. Ancient walls, medieval castles, monuments and statues, Ottoman fountains, and Venetian or neoclassical buildings attract the visitor with their unique architecture and beauty.
MYCENAE – “City in gold” Mycenae, the city that controlled both the land and sea routes, was the kingdom of mythic Agamemnon. Myths related to history have inspired poets and writers over the centuries from Homer and the Greek tragedies of the classical period to contemporary literary and artistic creations. The site was uncovered in 1874 by Heinrich Schlieman, who also excavated the site of Troy. You enter the citadel through the impressive Lions’ Gate.
OLYMPIA & the OLYMPIC GAMES The site of Olympia, was the location of the ancient Olympic Games, with the first recorded win in 776 BC. In addition to the numerous temples and sanctuaries, there are remains of sporting structures, such as the ancient Stadium, the Gymnasium, the Palaestra, and others.
DELPHI – The famous “temple bank”. The pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, location on the oracle of Apollo, was the spiritual centre of the Greek world. Situated in a spectacular natural setting on the mountain of Parnassus, it was the symbol of Greek cultural unity from the 8th century BC onwards.
Driving from Delphi to Kalambaka you take a short stop at Thermopylae, the place where Leonidas and the 300 Spartans fought the Persians. Overnight in kalambaka.
KALAMBAKA – The unique “ART OF NATURE”. Travel on the rocks of Meteora and visit 2 monasteries that are open on the day that you visit Meteora. Return to Kalambaka for lunch and after lunch start the return and arrive in Athens at +/- 19:30
Short photo stop at Corinth canal Visit the sanctuary of Asclepius and the Epidaurus Theatre Proceed to the romantic Nafplion and spend the night there Visit the Mycenae Archaeological site & Tomb of Atreus Visit the Olympia Archaeological site & Museum Visit the Delphi Archaeological site & Museum Visit 2 of the Meteora monasteries that are open on the day you visit Meteora 1-night hotel accommodation in Nafplion 1-night hotel accommodation at Olympia 1-night hotel accommodation in Delphi 1-night hotel accommodation in Kalambaka 4 dinners & 4 breakfasts Services of the Professional guide along the tour Transport by modern air-conditioned coach Pick-up/drop-off service from central hotels in Athens(see the list in the footer) All taxes except the hotel overnight tax (0.50-4.00 € per night)
Not included: The entrances to museums and sites, drinks, beverages & Tips Juniors under 19, and E.U. students are free to enter sites & museums.
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– These tours are organized by 3 Tour Operators. All the Travel Agents sell the same tours at discounted rates. – Start the communication, and choose the agent that offers the tour at the price that suits your budget.
Following the State’s COVID 19 measures the monasteries do not provide wrappings anymore. Appropriate clothing is required for everybody that visits the monasteries. For men: Sleeveless clothing and shorts over the knees are not allowed, and For ladies: Skirts bellow the knees are required.
Departures & prices
The Delphi and Meteora tour operates April – October: Mon, Wed, Thu & selected Saturdays. CLICK and see the dates. From November – March this tour operates ONLY on Wednesdays.
170.00 + 12.00 entrance fees = 182.00 € includes complimentary arrival transfer
215.00 + 12.00 entrance fees = 227.00 € includes complimentary arrival transfer
APPLICABLE ENTRANCE FEES: NOVEMBER – MARCH the entrance fees drop from 12.00 to 6.00 €
* The hotels we use are: 3* Hotel KOSTA FAMISI or 3* Hotel ORFEAS and 4* hotel AMALIA(Thu & Sat) or Hotel GRAND METEORA(Mon & Wed) * If our offers sound interesting read the “4 steps to book” in the footer and start communication.
THE ABOVE PRICES INCLUDE: – transportation in modern, air conditioned buses – Pick up / drop off from your hotel or near it (See the list of hotels in the footer of this website). (This service is from hotels in central Athens. The airport and the Port of Piraeus are not in Athens). – Entrance fees to Delphi site and the 2 monasteries that are open on the day that you visit Meteora. – Services of the professional tour guide all along the tour. – 1 night hotel accommodation in the hotel of your choice. – All taxes except the hotel night tax of 1.50 €(in 3* hotel) – 3.00 € per room, per night(in 4*star hotel) – No hidden costs or surcharges. We offer the best price and we assure you that you ‘ll have a great tour.
NB:Lunches on both days are not included. The bus stops at local restaurants, but the lunches are extra.
MORE OFFERS and DISCOUNTS (only one discount allowed – the highest one): a) Share a triple room with a friend and save 5% on the double room rate. b) 5% GROUP DISCOUNT: Make a team of 5 or more passengers and gain 5%, or c) 5% ADVANCE BOOKING and payment discount. Follow the following 3 steps and save. # SUBMIT your booking request form 4 months before the tour departure. # WITHIN ONE WEEK following our confirmation, pay a non refundable deposit of 50.00 €, p.p. # TWO MONTHS before the departure of the tour, settle the balance in full.
Copied from a client’s blog: The tour which I joined was organized by G.O.TOURS. However I did not book through their website. I booked it through ASTORIA TRAVEL After browsing through the web, I found that ASTORIA TRAVEL offers the cheapest tour packages in Athens. Initially I was quite skeptical. How can this tour agent offer such a low price compared to the other travel companies. Is this a scam? Well, it was not a scam and the complimentary arrival transfer was true. I even booked my first two nights in Athens at Hotel Arethusa in Syntagma at a very cheap price through ASTORIA TRAVEL. Read more in the testimonials section…
This tour includes two of the most important sites, on mainland Greece. It presents a picture of ancient Greek civilisation beginning with the Mycenaeans, the Greek Bronze Age, and continuing through Archaic, Classical and, to a lesser extent, Hellenistic and Roman Greece. It provides a glimpse of the spiritual splendour of Byzantine art and architecture. It is a full itinerary, but the pace is manageable. Plenty of time is available on the sites, allowing time for adequate exposition by the tour guide and time for further exploration on your own.
* The traditional village of Arachova. * The modern Village of Delphi. * The sanctuary with the temple of Apollo and the Oracle of Delphi. * The monument of Leonidas, the Spartan King, in Thermopylae. * 2 monasteries are visited. One of them is the nunnery of St. Stephen.
* NB.The archaeological museum in Delphi is not visited in this tour. The museum is included in the 3 days Delphi – Meteora tour.
ORACLE OF APOLLO in DELPHI-the centre of the universe
According to the myth, Zeus released two eagles. One flew east and the other one west. They met over Delphi, determining that the centre of the world was there. A temple dedicated to god Apollo was built there in the 7th c BC. The oracle of Apollo became a religious centre where common people and kings alike, came to consult the priestess of the sanctuary. The ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE consists of the temple of Apollo, the treasury houses, the theatre, and the stadium.
METEORA-THE ART OF NATURE
Beautiful rocks from another world embrace Kalambaka. The monuments are under the protection of UNESCO and are recorded as the second largest Monastic community after the Holy Mountain. It’s a region of inaccessible sandstone peaks where the monks found protection and settled on these “columns of the sky” from the 10th c. onwards. 24 monasteries were built, despite incredible difficulties at the time of the great revival of the monastic ideal in the 15th c. Their 16th c. frescoes mark a key stage in the development of the post-Byzantine painting. The monasteries at Meteora grew out of the need to avoid Turkish persecution during the occupation in the 14th c. Monks lived in caves in the rocks of Meteora since the 11th c. but the inaccessible peaks provided safety for Greek Orthodox monks. Over time a large number of hermitages and monasteries were built on these rocks, making Meteora the second largest monastic complex in Greece after Mount Athos. Seeing the beautiful stone structure, surrounded by mist, is enough to make you understand why the monks and nuns selected this area for unceasing prayer. Today, from the many monasteries that existed, only six are open to the public: The monasteries of St. Nicholas Anapafsas, Grand Meteoron, Varlaam, Roussanou, Holy Trinity and St. Stephan. It is worth noting that the religious monuments mostly visitored in Greece are the Holy Meteora.
“Here at these barren rocks thousands of orthodox monks learned wisdom, humility and morals“
Over a million people visit the area of Meteora every year and admire this “unique” natural phenomenon.
DAY 1: The bus starts the pick up at 07.30am and, traffic allowing, it departs from the terminal in the centre of Athens at 08.30am. Passing by THEBES (the town of mythical Oedipus), LEVADIA (short rest room stop) and the traditional village of ARACHOVA, you arrive in DELPHI, the famous “Temple-Bank”, at +/- 11.30am. Delphi was considered by the ancient Greeks to be “the centre of the universe”. With the professional tour guide you will explore the legendary site of the Oracle.
13.30 The group proceeds for lunch, and at +/- 14.45 departs via AMPHISSA, LAMIA and TRIKALA for Kalampaka with a short photo stop at THERMOPYLAE, the site of the famous battle between the Spartan King Leonidas and his 300 Spartan soldiers against the huge Persian army of Xerxes 480 B.C. took place. Arrival at your hotel in Kalampaka at +/- 19:00. Overnight in Kalambaka.(Dinner is optional).
DAY 2: 08.15 After breakfast on the way o METEORA, you pass by a local art studio where you learn about the technique of painting of the icons and what an icon means for a Greek Orthodox Christian. You then drive up to the rocks and visit two of the monasteries that are open on that day. 12:30 Return to Kalambaka for lunch and at +/- 14:00 you start the return to Athens and arive in Athens between 19.30 – 20.00.
Time Tour Plan & Services 8:30 Hotel pick up startsat 07.30am and depart from the terminal at +/- 08:30 11:30 After a short break outside Levadia you arrive in modern Delphi village 11:45 Follow the professional tour guide, and visit the ancient sanctuary site 13:45 Proceed for lunch at a local restaurant (optional). 15:00 Continue to Kalanbaka via Thermopylae(photo stop), Lamia, Karditsa & Trikala. 19:15 Arrival in Kalambaka. Check-in the hotel and (optional) dinner at 19.30 08:15 Depart from the parking of Hotel ORFEAS, and visit the icon exhibition 09:00 Drive to Meteora and visit 2 monasteries (entrance fees included). 12:00 Have lunch at a local restaurant. (not included in price) 14:00 Start the return and arrive in Athens at +/- 19:30. Hotel drop off by 20:00
QUESTION: How many hours do we stay at the ancient site in Delphi. ANSWER: You spend 1.30 hour in the ancient site of Delphi. QUESTION: Is there any free time, or is it all guided? ANSWER: There is free time but I suggest you break from the group as early as possible. The tour doesn’t go to the top of the mountain to see the Delphi stadium. AT METEORA: You spend about 1 hour in each monastery but there is no need to break early. Appropriate clothing is required to visit the Monasteries and nunneries. Skirts below the knees for ladies and long trousers for gentlemen. The monasteries/nunneries provide wrappings that the visitors can wear them over their clothing before entering. FREE TIME: After the guide takes you around, you have enough time to see whatever is left to see. AT DELPHI, the 2 day tour to Meteora meets the 3 day classical tour, and the tour company usually moves guests travelling to Meteora onto another bus and they proceed to Kalambaka and visit Meteora together. For the 2 day tour to Delphi and Meteora clients: The restaurant in Delphi is 3 km after the modern Delphi village. If you decide to take the tour without lunch, you can ask the tour leader to drop you at the entrance of modern Delphi, and +/- 1 hour later to pick you up from the same point for the return to Athens.
CANCELATIONS If you cancel 7 days before the departure, there is no cancellation penalties. If you cancel between 3 and 6 days before the departure, there is a 50 % cancellation penalty. If you cancel within 2 days of the departure, there is a 100 % cancellation penalty.
Read more about Athens to Delphi and Meteora 2-Day Trip 2019 – https://www.viator.com/tours/Athens/2-Day-Trip-to-Delphi-and-Meteora-from-Athens/d496-31408A?mcid=56757
littlebluekingfisher, Bangalore, Re: Astoria Travel, Jan 14 My family and I are just back from a wonderful trip to Greece. I’d done some research and bookings before I ran into a brick wall trying to book train tickets to Meteora. Searching around I found a note by another traveller on Tripadvisor, who’d had exactly the same problem and stumbled on Astoria Travel. He’d had a great experience with them and recommended them highly. So I contacted Kosta at Astoria, and am blessing my stars that I did so! If we had a good, sensibly planned trip in which we saw as much as we could without being run ragged, it was thanks to Kosta. Over the course of several emails he helped refine my plans; even to the extent of arranging to hire a taxi from Delphi to Levadia railway station to catch the train from there to Kalampaka and not lose a day. He also arranged our train and ferry tickets (to Santorini) — getting the latter at a cheaper rate than that quoted on the web! I wish we’d done our hotel bookings through him too, as according to people that we met in Greece, he got them good rooms at the hotel that we all stayed at lower than the rates that we were found through www.booking.com
I visited them at their office in Athens. It was impressive to see that Astoria Travel has been in business since 1958, and through experience have been able to attune their services and offerings to a very wide range of traveller indeed. Their list of contacts is vast, which worked helpfully in our favour: Kosta just picked up the phone and got a taxi to pick us up at Kalampaka station (paying no more than the normal rates, despite being booked ahead). Moreover, they are a family-run concern, so their levels of friendliness, personalisation of services and traveller support is several notches higher than what a more impersonal agency could provide. I would highly recommend Astoria Travel not just for booking tickets, tours and hotels, but for help and advice in planning your holiday as well. He graduated from a University in South Africa, his English is excellent and he is highly knowledgeable and courteous. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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If you wish to see the major sights of mainland Ancient Greece including UNESCO listed ancient site of Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi and Meteora monasteries, then I recommend you to join a 4 Day Classical Greece Tour. The tour departs from Athens and returns to Athens.
5 UNESCO World Heritage Site in 4 days. I have to warn you that 4 out of the 5 World Heritage Site are in ruins. The tour which I joined was organized by G.O.TOURS. Information about the tour can be found at their website at http://www.gotours.com.gr/en/
However I did not book through their website. I booked it through ASTORIA TRAVEL http://www.astoria.gr/price-tours-classical-4day.html that can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. I e-mailed Mr. Kosta and since I booked the tour through him in 4 star hotels, I got a free arrival transfer offer to my hotel. Actually, Kosta himself, came to the airport and took us to the hotel.
After browsing through the web, I found that Astoria Travel offers the cheapest tour packages in Athens. Initially I was quite skeptical. How can this tour agent offer such a low price (20% cheaper) compared to the travel company’s price? Is this a scam? Well, believe it! I even book my first two night in Athens at Hotel Arethusa (very near Syntagma Square) at a very cheap price through Astoria Travel.
I took the First Class package as the price difference was not much compared to the Tourist Class package and the complimentary airport transfer sounded attractive. During the tour, some of my fellow travelers took the Tourist Class package. Frankly, I don’t think there was much of a difference compared to the First Class hotels. In fact, the Tourist Class hotels were located nearer to the town centre while the First Class hotels were located at quieter locations outside the towns providing small luxuries (swimming pools, good dinners and breakfasts, etc.)
After checking in the hotel, you can actually explore the town of Kalampaka and don’t miss the 9th century church at Kalampaka. The church is about 15 minutes walk from the hotel.
The tour includes visits to two of the six monasteries of Meteora.
As the tour group was small, we got to know each other pretty quickly. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________ tinghq, melbourne, posts 60, reviews 8. Re: Astoria Travel
Just came back from 2 days Delphi and Meteora tour arranged by Kosta. He gives such good service with fast replies and issuing of vouchers. Kosta gives excellent value for money. He is highly knowledgeable, caring and courteous.ery trust worthy. There were 6 of us going on the tour and on the morning of the tour, he personally came by and make sure we got on the tour! Great discount for the tour and we did save €’s by booking with him rather than direct with tour company or Viator. On the bus we met and became good friends with a couple that bought their tour from Viator and we could compare prices and services for the same tour in the same hotel. Kosta gives excellent value for money. He is highly knowledgeable, caring and courteous. His English is excellent, he is very experienced, extremely helpful and proud of Greek history and Greek culture.
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