One of the things that one spends a fair amount of time doing on a pre-planned tour is riding on a motor coach through the countryside.
These trips can vary. In Greece, we were "on the road" no more than 3 to 3.5 hours at a single take, as opposed to some trips The Ravishing Mrs. TB has taken, where they are on the road up to 8 hours between stops. In either case, you end spending more time than you like anticipate - which is not great if your not a person that enjoys riding, but can be great if you are the sort of person that enjoys scenery.
In this case, we were heading south after our visit to Aigae (modern Vergina) to the town of Kalambaka, which sits above the plains of Thessaly and is at the base of the region known as The Meteora, known for its monastaries.
I do not know that I have a lot of commentary on these, other than to say this sort of scenario would not be out of place in parts of the United States that also had a Mediterranean climate: