Published on July 24th, 2014 | by Emma Hackwood0
Greece is much more than beaches.
Planning to visit Greece? Our Travel Consultant Jessica Piche shares her experience on the Transat Holidays Greek Classical Coach tour and three great reasons why you should experience it, too.
After travelling to some fantastic resorts in the Caribbean and seeing some amazing islands, I wanted to step foot on further soil. Greece is known for it’s stunning beaches and islands. However, the lour of the ocean was not going to distract me. My heart was set on truly getting a feel for more then just beaches. Greece offers stories of old, fantastic archaeological sites, and breathtaking views. This led to my decision to take Transat Holidays Greek Classical Coach Tour. The tour is 4 days and 3 nights and is great as a stand alone tour or pre/post Island stay.
1.The Majestic Kalambaca/Meteora
This area is amazing with 6 monasteries perched on cliffs overlooking some fantastic landscape. Either jump in a car and self drive here, or be sure to take a tour that includes this location. Keep in mind to wear proper attire as shoulders and knees need to be covered while visiting. The bonus is that some of the monasteries will let you borrow scarves if you need to make a last minute adjustment but I recomend being prepared. If you time your trip just right you can finish touring right around vespers and hear the bells ringing. We took in two of the Monasteries and had pictures of most. Driving distance listed in the Transat brochure from Athens was approx 380 KM
2. Delphi: More Than Just a Museum
How I interpret the story of Delphi is that the Greek God Apollo turned into a dolphin and lead a ship of sailors to Delphi. I sat myself down and looked down the side of this mountain in awe. In that moment, I understood what was in the mind of the great Apollo. Looking back at my pictures I feel cheated that the beauty I saw was not quite captured on film. In this location you get to see the Museum, the Archaeological site, and the small hillside town.
The town in comparison offers a hillside view and neat souvenir shops. These were some of the best prices I had seen in comparison to some roadside stops, as well as my quick view of Athens before we started this tour. Driving distance is approx 260 kms from Kalambaca.
3. Walk the Plaka!
One of the oldest areas in Athens is the Plaka which offers side streets full of sounds, scrumptious smells, and tastes! I highly recommend gelato or ice cream! There are tons of vendors and makes for a great treat on a hot day. Move your way through the streets and you will be able to find a number of cafe’s or patios to have lunch. Tzatziki…need I say more!? Be sure to keep an eye out for souvenirs. There are lots of the same thing over and over, but some shops have unique and antique jewellery for really reasonable prices.
Overall, Transat Holidays offered an amazing experience to see more of inland Greece. I would highly recommend this tour.
For more information on travelling to Greece or with Transat Holidays, contact Jessica Piche, an International Travel Consultant at Flight Centre Essa Road in Barrie, Ontario by connecting with her online or calling 1-866-230-9287.