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  • Location:Athens, Greece
  • Duration:3 days (approx.)

3-Day Trip to Delphi and Meteora from Athens

Experience two of Greece’s most awe-inspiring sights on this 3-day tour from Athens, with round-trip coach transport and hotel accommodation included. Explore UNESCO-listed Delphi on Mt Parnassus, and hear tales of the long-ago oracle who dispensed prophesies from its Temple of Apollo. Then, marvel at UNESCO-ranked Meteora, famed for its medieval monasteries perched on needle-like rock pinnacles, before your return to Athens. Your tour includes a choice of hotel standards in Delphi and Kalambaka near Meteora, plus breakfast and dinner each day, and hotel pickups and drop-offs in Athens.


  • 3-day Greece tour to Delphi and Meteora from Athens
  • Visit two stunning Greek UNESCO World Heritage sites in one tour
  • Enjoy a guided tour of ancient Delphi on the slopes of Mt Parnassus
  • View the Temple of Apollo and hear about the oracle that drew people here
  • Explore two of Meteora’s spectacular rock-top monasteries and learn about their history
  • Stay one night in Delphi and one in Kalambaka, with breakfast and dinner included
  • Choose between first-class or tourist-class accommodation to suit your budget

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

I think 3 days is the perfect length for those looking to absorb some Greek culture but also have some down time. This balanced tour gives you the best of both the man-made and natural worlds as you tour the ancient ruins of Delphi and take in the spectacular area surrounding Meteora's monasteries.

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What You Can Expect

3-Day Trip to Delphi and Meteora from Athens

Explore the ruins of ancient Delphi on this 3-day trip

Traveling by comfortable coach, your 3-day tour showcases two of Greece’s iconic sights, ancient Delphi and Meteora. After visiting the ruins of Delphi on Day 1, travel through picturesque central Greece on Day 2 and stay overnight in Kalambaka. Then, on Day 3, take in the spectacular rock-tower monasteries of Meteora before returning to Athens.

Your tour lets you choose from first-class or tourist-class accommodation depending on your budget, and includes breakfast and dinner at each hotel, plus time each day for lunch at your own expense.


Day 1: Athens – Delphi (D)
Start your 3-day tour with a pickup from your central Athens hotel or the Amalia hotel near Syntagma Square. Then, settle into your air-conditioned coach and drive northwest to Delphi.

Pass through the towns of Livadia and Arachova, known for its colorful rugs, and as you travel, listen to tales about ancient Greece, a civilisation that flourished from the 8th century BC to the 1st century AD, and made Delphi its most important religious site.

After roughly 3 hours, arrive in Delphi and drive to the UNESCO-listed ruins on Mt Parnassus for a 1.5-hour walking tour. As you explore, admire the mountain views and hear how Greek myth placed Delphi at the center of the world. Learn, too, how the site housed the oracle of Apollo, a priestess who dispensed cryptic predictions; and was also home to the Pythian Games, second in importance only to the Olympics.

Inspect the relics of the Temple of Apollo, where the oracle issued her prophesies, and stroll around the surrounding temples and treasuries as your guide describes their purpose and construction.

Then, check in to your hotel in Delphi and spend the afternoon as you wish, perhaps having lunch (own expense) or shopping before dinner at your hotel tonight.

Overnight: first-class or tourist-class (interior rooms) accommodation at the Amalia Hotel in Delphi

Day 2: Delphi - Kalambaka (B)
After breakfast, enjoy the morning at leisure. Perhaps explore Delphi or use the time to see the stunning collections of ancient artifacts at the Delphi Archaeological Museum (own expense).

After lunch (own expense), enjoy the views as you travel through central Greece, crossing the mountain-ringed Thessalian Plain and passing through the towns of Amphissa and Trikala before arriving in Kalambaka, near Meteora. Check in to your hotel in time for dinner this evening.

Overnight: first-class Amalia Hotel or tourist-class Orfeas Hotel in Kalambaka

Day 3: Kalambaka – Meteora – Thermopylae – Athens (B)
Following breakfast, continue to another of Greece’s must-sees, UNESCO-listed Meteora. This spectacular area boasts around 24 medieval monasteries, each perched on top of high rock towers or burrowed into cliffs.

Visit two monasteries — typically the Grand Meteora Monastery, Moni Varlaam or Moni Agiou Stefanou — and hear how they provided refuge for monks in the bloody aftermath of the Roman Empire. Listen to fascinating stories on how the monks accessed the monasteries: either being hoisted in nets or using retractable wooden ladders.

Later, travel back to Athens, stopping on route for lunch (own expense) and photos at Thermopylae, made famous by the battle between the Greek Spartans and Persians here in 480 BC.

After, continue to the Greek capital, where your 3-day tour ends with an evening drop-off at your hotel or the city center.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Well organized - not rushed - plenty of time to explore on your own.
Hotels were good - the food was very good buffet style.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

The local operator, Chat Tours, is professional and conscientious with knowledgeable guides. All the logistics and communication for our hotel pickups, tours, hotels and meals were excellently managed. The free afternoon and morning my daughter and I were able to enjoy in Delphi was a perfect mid-vacation break (12 days in Greece). Delphi has some excellent souvlaki and bakeries/cafes, as well as souvenir shops with hand-made Greek items. We hiked a lovely section of the E4 trail which is very well marked.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

My trip was in two segments, the first to Delphi. Our guide, Daphne, was incredible. Not only was she knowledgeable but also very enthusiastic and helpful in getting me setup for the next day. The next day I was picked up and enjoyed a trip through the plains of Greece with another great tour guide. I had been having knee problems and was worried about climbing stairs, but we drove right up to the monasteries and I was able to climb the rest of the way with only little difficulty. The hotels on both days were very comfortable. I would definitely recommend this trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

Really fantastic to see the monastries perched up on those rocky pinacles. The tour couldn't have been any better. We loved the accommodation as well. I highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2011

Excellent trip with world class highlights at Delphi and Meteora. Expect some long drives, but scenery is beautiful and mountainous. Included is some free time to do your own thing, a well balanced tour. Guides are good, enthusiastic and well organised.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2009

If you are still considering whether to go on this tour, do not hesitate! Delphi and Meteora are the "must see" places in Greece and indeed they are amazing, especially Meteora. Organization of the tour was perfect, hotels could not have been better each had a pool so you could cool off a bit after a long day but the best was the tour guide. Thanks to her, we got to know Greece, Greek tradition and habits much better. The trip was one of the best I had. Efharisto thank you in Greek Viator and the local agency!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2009

We did this tour back in September, and it was very good. The guides were excellent, especially in terms of giving an overview of the history and constructions. The hotels were very good, and all in all we were able to see much more at a cheaper price than we could have arranging things on our own. We priced a few different options, and this tour was the best on paper for value for money. And now that we've done it, we agree that it was very worthwhile.

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

excellent hotel in Delphi but in Kalambaka our room in the Amalia had a non-functioning toilet flush, a sink stopper that once down we couldn't get up, a tv we couldn't figure out , and a door to the patio we couldn't open -- and the food was pretty mediocre.
similarly, our guide at Delphi, Coreena, was outstanding Meteora only ok
buses comfortable

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

The trip was quite nice. The hotels we were staying at were quite good, and the tour was conducted in a very relaxed pace that was exactly what I was looking for. Take note that it may not necessarily be conducted with 1 bus. I got dropped off at a hotel in Delphi by on bus that was doing 1 day trip to Delphi, and the next day after lunch I have gotten picked up by the bus doing 4 day trip. That was ok, although it would have been nicer if it has been communicated in the tour description.

4 star rating: Recommended July 2015

It was a first for us and we enjoyed our trip around Greece. The 1st leg of the tour from Athens to Delphi was a real treat. Our guide Evie was a 'fire-cracker' and made everyone feel welcomed and excited about the trip. Her storytelling and positivity kept us all engaged at all time. On the 2nd leg of our tour we joined a different group. Meteora was also impressive, but it was Delphi that took our breaths away also because you had to climb up the hill in the heat. Both hotels were pleasant and beds were comfortable. The only downside was the food, which was less of a greek buffet and more of a international mix of pastas and meats.
All together it was an interesting experience and one we enjoyed.

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