Athens to St. Lukas Monastery & Delphi Tour
A pilgrimage to the religious sanctuaries of the past
A pilgrimage to the religious sanctuaries of the past
The "ARC OF FAITH" A VISIT TO HOSIOS LUKAS MONASTERY
A 1.000-year- old monastery at an altitude of 430 m. on the slopes of Mount Helicon, - one of UNESCO’S protected monuments, daily welcomes numerous visitors who bow to its unparalleled aesthetic and undeniable architectural value. Hosios Loukas represents the most complete and therefore, the most important monastic ensemble of medieval Byzantium. Being so close to Athens, isn't it a shame to miss it?
The unparalleled aesthetic of the historic walled Monastery of Hosios (The Blessed) Loukas along with the natural surroundings, ease the mind and calm the soul, either you come as a pilgrim to offer a candle and pray or just as a tourist. Retaining its religious identity, it has been listed on UNESCO's World Heritage Sites, attracts on a daily basis crowds of visitors who are fascinated by its impressive mid-Byzantine architecture and monumental decoration. Along with the New Monastery on Chios island and the one of Daphne in Athens, Hosios Loukas Monastery is one of the most characteristic and important monuments of the Mid-Byzantine period (896-1204 AD).
"The mosaic floors of St Luke have no soft colors such as the ones in Daphne’s Monastery, but neither does the workmanship of St.Demetrios in Thessaloniki"… writes Fotis Kontoglou a Greek contemporary painter of the 50’s and a writer."Comparing them, they look unassumingly poor, as if they were made by an ignorant. Nevertheless it is exactly this special grace that makes them stand out.
On the same issue the famous British Byzantinologist Sir S.Runsiman commented: "In Hosios Loukas monastery there is nothing from the mundane that begins appear into later works of Daphne’s Monastery and triumph in the 14th century ... Everything is serious, balanced and tied into the high classical tradition of Byzantium, but they become vivid through a feeling of eternity, with some roughness in the parts where inferior craftsmen were used, but so unbeatable in large compositions". These features intrigue visitors from around the world, who come to admire the mosaics, the frescoes the alabaster windows and the complex and asymmetric construction of the three churches.
DELPHI: There is probably no other place in Ancient Greece that exudes such intense spiritual energy as Delphi, with the shrine of Apollo and the oracle. At the foot of Mount Parnassos, within the angle which is formed by the twin cliffs, known as the Phaedriadhes (“the Bright Ones”), in Fokida valley, lies the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, the religious center and symbol of unity of the ancient Greek world. Delphi was regarded as the center of the world.
According to mythology, when Zeus, the father of the 12 Olympian Gods, sought to find the center of his "mother Earth" (Gi, Gea, or Gaia), he launched two eagles from the East and West, the two ends of the world. Leaving at the same time and flying at equal speed, the eagles’ path crossed above the area of Delphi. From that point, Zeus threw a stone from the sky and marked the “omphalos”, center of the earth or “navel of Gaia”, founding the Delphi Oracle, which was thereafter dedicated to the earth-goddess Gaia. The ancient Greeks believed that the oracle was guarded by Python, a monstrous dragon-serpent set by Gaia (the Earth).
Thereafter, the priestess of the oracle at Delphi got the title "Pythia". The Oracle exerted considerable influence throughout the Greek world and she was consulted before all major undertakings: wars, the founding of colonies and so forth.
After the visit at the Archaeological museum of Delphi is finished, there is no better way to end your day tour than having lunch in a traditional tavern, either in the historical village of Arahova or in the nearby picturesque town of Delphi. There you will have the chance to taste some traditional recipes of the Mediterranean cuisine which you have certainly heard a lot about.
Our tour packages don’t include a professional licensed tour guide, in order to be more affordable to our clients. However your driver will provide substantial information for all the locations that you'll visit, within the car or outside the sites.
Kindly choose one from the following below.
a/ You can have your driver - tour Leader to accompany you. ( No additional cost)
b/ We can provide upon request a Professional tour guide.
c/ For tours that are taking place outside Athens we can always book a local tour guide in each place of visit , upon your request.
Whatever your choice might be, send your request and we will inform you of the additional cost, if that exists!
In case you'd like to be picked up by us at Athens International Airport "El Venizelos", we offer you transportation in significantly better price.
Our representative will welcome you at the Arrival Hall, holding a sign with your name written on it ,will help you with your luggage and escort you to the car.
|Itinerary [total duration 11 ½ hours approx.]|
Car Type: For your chauffeured transportation, we provide fully air-conditioned vehicles that meet all technical and security standards. Depending on the number of participants, you can choose:
a/ Sedan- type vehicle, new Octavia 7 or Mercedes, capacity 1 to 4 pax (depending on availability)
b/ Mini Van, capacity 1 to 8 pax (depending on availability)
c/ SUV- type vehicle, capacity 1 to 5 pax (depending on availability)
Notes: 1) Child safety seats available upon request 2) Luggage restrictions may apply
|Activity level: Moderate to hard|
|Dress Code: Visitors at the Monasteries and the museum must be decently dressed, as there is a strict dress code. Pants, mini-skirts, skin-tight clothing, short sleeves and low-cut blouses are unacceptable. Women must wear long skirts and long-sleeved blouses and in some cases, may be asked to cover their head with a scarf. Men must wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts. During the summer months, a hat and light colored garments are required for this tour.|
|Max Group Size: 12-14 persons|