The Unesco Site of St Lucas Monastery & Arachova Village

Visit the Byzantine Monastery of St. Lucas and stroll around the picturesque village of Arachova. Itea is a wonderful port to dispatch the adventure to Delphi. With so many Club Members visiting this small town, we need another incredible option. Well here it is! From your SeaDream Yacht board your deluxe a/c motor coach at Itea port and after passing by Delphi & Arachova villages you will arrive at St Lucas monastery, an historic walled monastery and one of the most important monuments of Middle Byzantine architecture and art. The monastery has been listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites in Greece. It was founded in the early 10th century by the hermit St. Lucas, whose relics are kept in the monastery to this day. The main shrine of the monastery is the tomb of St. Lucas, originally situated in the vault, but later placed at the juncture of the two churches, the church of Theotokos and the Catholic Church which is the oldest in the complex tentatively dated to 1011-1012.

Notes: Following your visit to the monastery proceed to Arachova. Arachova is a mountain small town and its quaint houses are built up on the north slopes of Mount Parnassos, with 3300 inhabitants, 800 – 1100m (2600-3610 feet) altitude. In 2000 B.C. Homer mentioned in the Iliad two famous generals who took part in the Trojan War Epistrophos and Schedias from the old towns of Anemoria and Kiparissos. These old towns were situated around where Arachova stands today. Later, in about 334 B.C. Philip the 2nd king of Macedonia destroyed both towns and their populations dispersed over the hills until over the year’s one new town, Arachova, was built. Today the 'jewel' of Parnassos Arachova remains vital because it keeps its' traditions alive and the residents remain simple and hospitable. From the first moment you will feel a different wind blowing up here, and understand why the locals work so hard to keep up the areas' natural beauty! Browse through its narrows streets with the numerous souvenir and local products shops before your return to SeaDream. NOTES: The Monastery is not wheelchair accessible and the coaches do not have a wheelchair ramp Appropriate dressing is required inside the Monastery. Long trousers for men & women of long skirts for women. Tour minimum is 10 guests

Port: Itea (Delphi)

Duration: 4 hours

Price: 99

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