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I understand that this trip might not be for everyone. I went on this trip with my adult son and we both agree that this was well worth it but did have its pros and cons. Let me start with the cons. You spend most of the first day on the bus. The hotel in Kalambaka is not great. You do not have too many options of what to eat. Although lunches are optional, they take you to places that are really your only option as no other restaurants are in the area. On the second day the place ran out of options and I had to eat what was left. With this said, the pros more than outweigh the cons. The pros are Delphi and Meteora. On day 1 you visit Delphi. Although I was expecting the ruins I was pleasantly surprised by the setting. The surrounding area is beautiful and just enhanced the ruins. On day 2 you see Meteora. Although it is not as well known as other sights, I think it should be on everyone's bucket list. I could have spent all day just sitting up there and looking at the stunning views. Take this trip but expect that you will have to travel to see these two wonders.
The highlight of this tour was the knowledge and experience that our guide, Stathus, had. We also enjoyed not having to do the driving to the sites. Breakfast was plentiful and tasty, but our dinner was just OK. Overall, though, it was enjoyable and informative.
I would highly recommend this tour. Well worth the cost. Coaches were clean, well maintained and the guide and driver were very friendly and helpful. Delphi was stunning and the hotel we stayed at was a converted monastery which was beautiful. Meteora itself is a must do, it's amazing. You won't regret the trip :
The trip is not only eye-opening, but also very educational. Our guide for the Delphi Apollo Temple paced his introduction on the background on our way there, and told us about the history and events that happened in Delphi. He is one of the best tour guides.
Nice and well organized trip.
The food could be improved. It will be good also to mention that men need short that cover the knees or pants.
It is a high complement that 10 hours in a bus over 2 days was worth it to see Meteora. Delphi was pretty good but, in the end, it is just ruins. Meteora is both unique and alive. The tour guide who handled the second half of the trip was outstanding. Really good communications style. She managed to find a modern, young, hip twist to religion and history in Greece while still being respectful of what she was showing us.
Great trip to explore parts of Greece we wouldn't have been able to see otherwise. Coach was very comfy, which made the long drives pretty easy. The sites are breathtaking and it was amazing to see the Greek countryside. We chose the 4-star accommodation as the price was the same. Not the flashest place, but keep in mind you're in rural Greece and it's only one night, so it's not a big deal. Same for the food, which was a bit hit and miss. If you really love museums, take the 3-day tour as we only had 1.5 hours in Delphi, but it was enough for us to see everything we were interested in. Meteora just has to been seen. Be aware that you are visiting monasteries, so make sure you have long clothing whatever your gender. Long skirts are provided at the monasteries for women only in case you didn't pack your maxi skirt. We had two guides over the two days - Dimetra and Joy - who were both fantastic and so knowledgeable. The drivers were both very skillful and kept us safe going through busy Athens and tiny ski towns in the mountains. Highly recommend this tour.
The tour was fabulous. The guides, we had two different ones, were very knowledgeable. The overnight stay accommodation was very nice. A few suggestions. The hotel we stayed at prior to was a listed pick up spot so we stayed there. It left something to be desired. The monesteries have a dress code that was not in the information given. Perhaps the description of the tour should advise people so they can plan ahead.
Again, a very positive experience with Viator. Having little time in Athens, we were most appreciative of being picked up and returned to our hotel, the highly skilled and safety-conscious drivers, knowledgeable, articulate tour guides and comfortable accommodation. Although we spent many hours driving, the tour was well organized, with frequent food and comfort stops. We enjoyed seeing some of the northern parts of Greece, hearing about its history, mythology and legends. The highlights: visiting Delphi and the historic Temple of Apollo, and the awe-inspiring monasteries of Meteora. Should the stars align and gods favour us with another visit to Greece, we would not hesitate to book another tour. It absolutely lived up to our expectations.
I can't even begin to explain the majestic views of Delphi and Meteora. No trip to Greece is complete without visiting these incredible sites and going with a great guide will really make the culture, history, and pictures come to life. Katarina did an amazing job providing us with so much insight
Everything about this trip was handled in an exemplary manner. The bus, the hotel, the food, and the guides all were as good or better than described. Both Delphi and, especially Meteora are must sees if you're in Greece. The only change I would make if I did it again would be to take the 3 day rather than the 2 day version. The two day version doesn't allow one adequate time to really explore Delphi and traveling all the way from Athens to Delphi and then up and over Mount Parnassus, with a long haul across Thessaly, combines for an arduous day. We would definitely recommend taking one day just for Delphi followed by a second day just for Meteora and then returning. It would relax the pace and it's well worth the time! Big hooray for CHAT Tours who conducted the trip!
The Gods smiled on us at Delphi as the rain stopped as we got there,the ancient ruins were excellent,lunchgood and then onto Kalambaris ,stayed at the Amarlia hotel excellent hotel then next day up to the monasteries in the mountains fabulous views and such an interesting history our guide for this part of the trip was terrific so knowledgeable and gave us so much insight into iconography and the churches architecture. The bus ride was long but the driver excellent. No complaints.
Absolutely a must-do when you are in Greece. So many highlights, friends made, amazing food eaten, sights seen. Such an informative and lovely guide. Not to be missed.
Long trip on a bus but it ticks all the required boxs , the food locations were awful.
I really really recommend this trip to everyone! We had such a lovely time visiting both Meteora and Delphi. Beautiful sites! The hotel Amalia in Kalambaca is spectacular I wish we could have stayed another day! Both our guides were very knowledgable about these two places and they made sure we stopped to take pictures of the beautiful landscapes. Five stars :
Two completely different sites that make it a rich experience. Delfi evokes the mysteries of the Greek mythology. Our excellent guide Laila's story telling was so enjoyable. But the next day at Meteora was even better - a breathtaking visual experience combined with the thrill of visiting centuries old, but still functioning monasteries. Our guide Stephanie was the best - so full of energy and enthusiasm.
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Tour was very well organized and the choice of the hotel for the overnight stay was great. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and did a marvelous job explaining about all sites. In addition, she and also had very good recommendations for local places to eat and shop. Very good experience will always try to book through viator in future....
Truly magnificent, never seen anything like it in 50 years of traveling around the world. The only minor issue is there's a 5 hour drive to get there and back from Athens each way.
Great tour. A must if you only have a few days in Mainland Greece and want to see some very interesting things outside of Athens.
Delphi is interesting but don't expect preserved temples. It's mostly foundations and a few column bases.
The bus and tour guide were nice.
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