Delphi – Parnassus – Meteora: Through the Eyes of Famous European Travellers
A hiking tour following in the footsteps of foreign travellers and writers in the most impressive landscapes of mainland Greece!
For many centuries Greece has been a destination inextricably linked with ancient Greek civilization and the love for Ancient Greek art and culture. From the 17th century and onwards many foreign travellers, mostly writers and artists, were coming to Greece with the dream to “touch” the beauty of ancient monuments, to breathe the air of the place that gave birth to democracy and philosophy and to enjoy the light and nature of Greece.
With the writings of Pausanias in their hands, they travelled around Greece most of the time on foot looking for ancient monuments and historic places. But at the same time they experienced the way of living of the Greek people, the hardships and poverty they lived. Travellers from Great Britain, France, Germany embraced Greece through their writings and works of art and revived the spirit of ancient Greece in a unique way.
Chateaubriand, Flaubert, Lear, Lamartine, von Hallerstein, Hauptmann, Schliemann and many other travellers through their journeys and their writings discovered a different Greece and shared with us their own view and experience of the country. Let’s follow their steps to see through their own eyes the most fascinating sites and the monuments of mainland Greece.
Key highlights of this journey:
– Oracle of Delphi – an archaeological visit at the ‘navel of the Earth’, a ‘must’ for all visitors to Greece
– Nature walk in Mt. Parnassus National Park – featuring a forest of endemic Grecian Fir, rare montane wildflowers, limestone formations
– Walk down the ancient stairway from Parnassus to Delphi, above the cliffs of Castalia spring – magnificent views, Mediterranean wildflowers and the best way to enjoy Delphi away from the tourist crowds
– Lunch at the oldest tavern of the small market-town of Amfissa – a Greek original
– Overnight at the shade of the famous Meteora, the ‘floating rocks’ of Thessaly, impressive sandstone and conglomerate rock formations riddled with monasteries
– Visit two Byzantine monasteries built on the Meteora rocks – 11th century medieval architecture, some of the best Orthodox icons in Greece, and views to the distant Pindos mountain range
– Two short nature walks between the sandstone cliffs and the monasteries – mediterranean deciduous forests, teeming with butterflies, rare birds and impressive geology
Departure6 Filellinon Street, Syntagma Square
Departure TimePlease arrive by 8:15 AM for a prompt departure at 8:30 AM.
Dress CodeCasual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat, light jacket.
Day 1: The Delphi oracle and the foothills of Mt. Parnassus
Day 2: Walking the ancient stairway of Delphi
Day 3: Between the ‘floating’ rocks and the monasteries of Meteora
Here is a map with the places we visit during this half day tour