We drive on the Northern highway out of the "bowl" of Athens & pass by cotton & wheat fields of Thebes. An hour later we visit the historical village of Cheronia famous for its marble lion built by Alexander the Great to commemorate his victory over the Thebans here the year 336 BC & hometown of Plutarch.
We start our uphill drive passing Levadia village, the hills of Davleia known for the myth of Aedipus & reach the mountaintop village of Arachova.
We pass by the narrow road with its charming houses, shops, sidewalk cafe's made of stone.
Driving next to the Gorge of St. George we arrive to the site of Delphi next to the Castalian Spring & the "shiny" rocks.
Visit the UN UNESCO site & museum that houses among others the Charioteer statue, the Naxian Sphinx & the navel.
We visit the nearby charming village of Delphi, built on the slope of mount Parnassos, with a spectacular view of an olive tree forest & Itea.
Try the local specialties at a traditional tavern.
We visit the site opposite the Temple of Apollo known as Palaestra or Gymnasium. Walk next to the pillars of the circular temple of Athena Pronoias first such temple in the world.
We drive the winding road to the higher monastery & start our visit.
There are 6 active monasteries. The Great Meteoron, Varlaam, St. Barbara, St. Nicholas & Holy Trinity known for the James Bond movie "For your eyes only" a rather difficult one with many steps, St. Stephen & another one built in a cave.
After lunch in the afternoon we start our return to Athens.
On the way we stop at the site of Thermopylae known for the heroic 300 Spartans & King Leonidas who defended this strategic passage to Athens the year 480 BC.
Our drive back to Athens takes us past coastal villages, tunnels, mountain lakes & the plains of Thebes.
Visit the Historical Facts section & learn more about Delphi & Meteora!
Delphi & Meteora tour