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Meteora, Ηomosapiens museum and 300 Spartans battle

12 Hours
  • Mini Van of 9 seats, full air-conditioned
  • 07:30 am from Monastiraki square, Ermou 80 str. / Pick up is available by arrangement if you live in the center of Athens
  • Day tour, out of town, local experience, museums & culture, youth & family, nature & landscapes / Youth & Family
  • English
  • Light
  • I am not a licensed guide and will not be able to guide you inside of the archaeological sites or museums. But you are going to have any detailed information you need, before your entrance in an archaeological site. Also, you will get for free a small Book guide for the site.
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Overview

Explore the amazing rocks of Meteora and the battlefield of King Leonidas & 300 Spartans.

Meteora is one of the most impressive and popular monuments in Greece. It is not only the Monasteries that are strikingly hanging on the rocks that you will see and admire. It is more the magic of nature and what it can create. It is the view of that landscape that gives you the feeling, the magic, the awe and the admiration. It is one of those landscapes that fills your soul and makes you feel beautiful, love beyond ordinary limits!

Thermopylae is also certainly the most popular battle site in ancient Greece. The message that this battle has given to humanity has been unique, and you will surely feel it when you visit this place.

Highlights

  • • Meteora monasteries
  • • Unique landscapes
  • • Thermopylae battlefield
  • • Theopetra cave and Neanderthal museum

Itinerary

1. We will start from Athens and we will drive about 4 hours to reach Meteora. On our way we will also see (from a distance) Thebes, Marathon battlefield and finally Kalampaka. Of course we will make at least one stop at the costal town of "Kamena Vourla" and even more if you need it.
2. Few minutes before Meteora we will visit the rock of Theopetra and the museum there.
3. At Meteora, we will do the round of the area, we will stop at the best spots for photos and we will visit at least 2 monasteries. The monasteries of Grand Meteora, Varlaam and St Stefan (if there is time).
4. There we will also visit the cave of Theopetra, a place where archaeologists have discovered habitats from 130. 000 - 25. 000 BC, if it's open for visitors.
5. After our lunch at the picturesque village Kastraki, below Meteora, we will drive to Thermopylae battlefield. The place that king Leonidas and the 300 Spartans fight against the Persians at 480 BC. There we will see the monument, the hot springs, the battlefield, the Hill of Kolonos and I will describe all the details about the battle.

Includes/Excludes

The Cost Includes

  • • Transportation (I will be your guide and your driver, we will drive from Athens with a minivan of 9 seats, full air conditioned)
  • • Hotel pick up (if you stay at the central Athens or from the Cruise Terminals)
  • • Water, sodas

The Cost Excludes

  • • Ticket for the Monasteries (3-5€ each)
  • • Lunch

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will too, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay a certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, a hot water facility could be free at a lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. The Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. The Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during the offseason.

It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For the Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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  • Mini Van of 9 seats, full air-conditioned
  • 07:30 am from Monastiraki square, Ermou 80 str. / Pick up is available by arrangement if you live in the center of Athens
  • Day tour, out of town, local experience, museums & culture, youth & family, nature & landscapes / Youth & Family
  • English
  • Light
  • I am not a licensed guide and will not be able to guide you inside of the archaeological sites or museums. But you are going to have any detailed information you need, before your entrance in an archaeological site. Also, you will get for free a small Book guide for the site.
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