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2 day car trip from Athens

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2 day car trip from Athens

We are in Athens for 5 nights and are planning to get a car for the last 2 days and explore Delphi and maybe something else.

We'd basically be renting a car from the airport at ~12 noon on Thursday and return to the airport ~7PM on Saturday. Would love to suggestions for places to tag along with Delphi.

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1. Re: 2 day car trip from Athens

Hello from Athens

Do this round trip and stay to Delphi overnight or Galaxidi

Shared route

From Car Rental to Car Rental via A/D PAThE/A1/E75.

6 hr 13 min (527 km) https://goo.gl/maps/YTEVhxWCCFS2

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2. Re: 2 day car trip from Athens

Thanks a lot.

We basically have two nights (Thursday and Friday). Would you recommend staying both nights in Delphi?

We would get the car on Thursday around 12 and reach Delphi around 5PM after visiting Hosios Loukas.

Should we stay Friday night at Delphi, Galaxidi too? Any other short trips we can make from there?

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3. Re: 2 day car trip from Athens

Do the first part, hosios Loukas monasterie and Delphi the first day sleep overnight there plenty of hotels and next morning start -7:00 to drive to Meteora! It's a perfect opportunity!!

https:/…1h33fDowJorO88P_zkn7f4SEzCWk

And on your way back, monasteries closing time is 16:00 !!maybe do Thermopylae

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From Delphi to Monastery of Rousanou via E65.

https://goo.gl/maps/QmGmPDn5Nwt

Enjoy the drive and remember Greece is switching in winter time one hour back! at 29th Oct so shorter daylight

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4. Re: 2 day car trip from Athens

Thanks Alexis. Is 2 nights enough time to see both Delphi and Meteora?

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5. Re: 2 day car trip from Athens

But how will it be possible to "do" the drive + Osios Loukas + Delphi site when they get their car at midday? Drive itself is at least 2hrs 30' if you get a more scenic route and site is open till 6pm. . .

Although what proposed is great, I don't think kyunbit wants to fit that much, most probably want to explore the area around Delphi.

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Kyunbit starting around midday, you 'll have to limit first day at Osios Loukas monastery only and then heading to Delphi for the night. Monastery closes at 5pm if we re talking about this month.

This is a Google map with some ideas around Delphi:

For a 48hrs trip and if you are exploring just the area, i 'd probably spend both nights at Delphi village. You 'll have to make some clever drive route planning, meaning you want to avoid backtracking. Delphi village is almost in the village of the area. . . so. . .

- explore the Eastern places between Delphi and Athens when you drive from Athens to Delphi or during the return drive

- explore the places further in the area, to the West having Delphi village as base.

You 'll have to pick some of the places, it's not possible to do everything. I 'd explore the area only, not venturing further up to the North and certainly not to Meteora. Delphi site, Delphi Museum will need the very big part of the following the first day morning.

If you want to get more in the list you 'll have to start a bit earlier on first day, still with any time you have you can certainly pick Delphi site + Osios Loukas monastery + a couple of other places around. It's a very photogenic area of the country and the places to visit vary from more touristy / weekend places like Arahova to the Distomo village that's connected to WW2.

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6. Re: 2 day car trip from Athens

Day 1 drive including Osios Loukas is https://goo.gl/maps/cEfry8EBBat so it's around 3 hrs drive + a couple of hours at the monastery and perhaps Livadeia. . . that will take around 5 - 6 hours in total, ending at Delphi village at around 6pm for check in and dinner.

Then next day you can start early from site and museum going then towards the West to Amifssa and or Galaxeidi.

Then day 3 returning yiu may want to visit Arahova or Distomo. Keep some flexibility in there, the area has its own natural beauty anyway either towards the more mountainous areas or towards the sea.

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7. Re: 2 day car trip from Athens

A couple of years ago we had a similar time-frame so spent the first day, night (and following morning) in Delphi.

We had then thought of driving up to Meteora, but decided it was just a bit too far. Instead, we drove to Thermopylae - a bit of a niche attraction, but we loved the atmosphere, and the hot springs.

The second night was spent in the low-key seaside resort of Kamena Vourla. Very old-school Greek, with fab restaurants, and decent swimming.

Two contrasting destinations, but each interesting in their own way. Recommended.

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8. Re: 2 day car trip from Athens

We want to keep the total driving under 9 hours in the 2.5 days. Thanks a lot for the itineraries.

Meteora + Delphi seems to be a stretch. Wondering if visiting Meteora only is a good idea? Any other options? We are not set on Delphi.

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9. Re: 2 day car trip from Athens

Visiting only Meteora is a very good idea but you have the time to do both!

Anyway is your call

If you start from Athens international airport at 12 noon you'll be at kalambaka at 16-16:30 exactly the time that monasteries shut down but still you can go to the Observation Deck

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https://goo.gl/maps/bodkh8k6foM2 and admire then hang around till sunset it's magnificent! Then food Taverna Gardenia

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https://goo.gl/maps/o5bycpNV2gE2

And next morning start 8 to do 2 monasteries fist this Монастырь Варлаам

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https://goo.gl/maps/WFvNSCxS7f12

Second this Great Meteor

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https://goo.gl/maps/YZsxje26wBy

Somewhere 13:00h-14:00 tops start the 4h drive back to Athens

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10. Re: 2 day car trip from Athens

Thanks to all of you for encouraging us to visit Meteora and Delphi. Both are amazing, but if I had to recommend one, I would recommend Meteora. Driving on Greek roads seemed pretty easy, similar to driving in busy US cities. Not sure why guidebooks paint a different picture.

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