Day trip

From Athens: Full-Day Rail Tour to Meteora w/ Hermit Caves

Activity provider: Visit Meteora

From Athens: Full-Day Rail Tour to Meteora w/ Hermit Caves

Activity provider: Visit Meteora
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Visit the breathtaking Meteora Monasteries on a full-day guided tour from Athens by minibus and train. Explore the caves of Bandovas and make plenty of stops to capture videos and photos along the way.

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Duration 14 hours - 1 day
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Live tour guide
English
Private or small groups available

Experience

Itinerary
6 - 16 hours
  • Athens

  • 4 hours
  • Kalabaka

  • Meteora (guided tour)

  • Kalabaka (free time)

  • 4 hours
  • Athens

Meeting point
Main stop
Other stop
Highlights
  • Visit 3 monasteries inside and the hidden hermit caves
  • Admire the beauty of the countryside
  • See all 6 monasteries and take photos at several breathtaking vistas
  • Enjoy a top quality tour with a first-class train ticket option and luxury bus
  • Learn about the legends of the old hermitages of Bandovas
Full description

Travel by train through the countryside on a day trip from Athens to the Meteora monasteries and Hermit caves, with the option to upgrade to first-class tickets. Take a scenic drive from Kalambaka and visit 3 of the monasteries atop their rock pinnacles along with the caves of Badovas with a guide.

Catch the train to Kalambaka in the morning from the Athens railway station and enjoy a trip that will give you the chance to admire the beauty of the countryside. Arrive in Kalambaka by noon, a small town built at the foot of the majestic grey rocks, and crowded by the Meteora monasteries.

Meet your driver and board a VIP Mercedes minibus to transfer to the UNESCO-listed clifftop monasteries of Meteora. Travel through a landscape of green valleys until you reach the rock formations. Visit 3 active monasteries over the next 5 hours (entrance fees not included).

Next, discover the caves of Badovas, where the last of the hermit monks of Meteora lived more than 2 centuries ago. Stop for frame-worthy photos at each site, learn the stories and legends, and enjoy great views from the most panoramic spots.

At the end of the day, be driven back to Kalambaka. Enjoy an hour of free time to walk in the town’s center or to have a light lunch (at your expense) before hopping on the return train to Athens.

Includes
  • Round-trip train tickets from Athens to Kalambaka
  • Tour guide
  • Tour of Meteora by Mercedes luxury minibus
  • Map of Meteora
  • Photo stops in panoramic viewpoints
  • Visit 3 monasteries inside and the hidden Hermit caves of Badovas
  • See all 6 monasteries
  • Free bottle of water
  • Free Wi-Fi onboard the bus
  • Free time in Kalambaka town
  • First-class train ticket (if option selected)
  • Entrance fees to the monasteries (€3 per person for each monastery)
  • Transfer to Athens railway station
  • Guide inside the monasteries
  • Meals
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • To enter the monasteries, women must wear long pants/skirts and long-sleeved clothing. Shorts are not allowed. Both men and women must cover their knees and shoulders. You may risk being refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • You will board the train from Athens on your own, using the tickets sent to you via email, 1 month before your trip date. Your guide will meet you at Kalambaka train station
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 275 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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Don’t be discouraged by the 4h train ride, it is well worth it. The Meteora site is breathtaking and our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and loved to share the history of each site with personal stories, she was lovely and brought out a lot of emotion especially at the hermit caves. If you’re a woman, wear a long skirt or a dress covering both knees and shoulders, as women shouldn’t wear men’s attire (aka pants). The monasteries are beautiful and really worth seeing. I loved that the tour managed to bring us to different view points in order to take pictures, even though it was relatively quick. Would definitely recommend!!

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September 28, 2022

To me it seemed like the best way to get a sense of Meteora within a day. Our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable and friendly. So was our bus driver. If you have never been to Meteora before and are looking for insider insights into its various amazing monasteries, this is the tour for you!

September 28, 2022

The tour was perfect EXCEPT this site needs to change the description for what to bring. VERY IMPORTANT! You need a skirt if you are female. Pants covering the knees will not work. Regardless it's like 2,5/$2.50 euros to buy a scarf that you can fashion around your waste but do not expect buddhist attire will suffice here - has to be a skirt. The activities were not strenuous at all and we walked up the hardest "hill" right off the bat to get it out of the way. The lunch was buffet style which I'm not into but who cares, it was 10 euros and fast.

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September 27, 2022

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