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Athens: Full-Day Meteora Tour by Train with Lunch

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Activity provider: Meteora Trip

Athens: Full-Day Meteora Tour by Train with Lunch

Activity provider: Meteora Trip
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Discover one of the world’s most popular UNESCO sites on this Athens to Meteora day trip. Explore ancient monasteries, enjoy panoramic views and taste a delicious traditional Greek lunch.

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Duration 14 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Greek


  • Experience the amazing scenery of Meteora and its local cuisine
  • See all 6 monasteries and admire the interior of 3 of them
  • Enjoy panoramic views and capture breathtaking photos
  • Learn local history and legends directly from a local guide
  • Benefit from pre-arranged roundtrip train tickets
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Embark on a trip to Meteora from Athens, including round-trip train tickets. View all six monasteries and enter inside three of them. Learn all about the area's history and myths from your own local guide.

Enjoy free time to explore and snap photos in Kalabaka before returning to Athens at the end of the day.

Your trip starts by redeeming your train e-ticket (received via email shortly after your booking) for the morning 07:57 train departure from the Central Railway Station of Athens to Kalabaka.

After the scenic train ride through the beautiful Greek countryside, you will arrive at Kalabaka’s train station at 12:03.

Meet your tour guide who will be waiting for you holding a signboard with your name. You will then board in a comfortable VIP minibus in order to begin an unforgettable journey to this true wonder called Meteora. During this guided tour you will have the opportunity to see all six magnificent monasteries and admire the interior of three of them. View some of Meteora’s most spectacular hidden gems like the ancient Chapel of Doupiani and the magnificent St. George “Mandilas” cave. You will also discover the “other side” of Meteora, like the truth about why the hermits settled in these imposing caves a thousand years ago and how the monks achieved the “impossible”. Last but not least, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views and capture some amazing photos that you will cherish forever. At around 16:45, return to the town of Kalabaka, where you will eat at a local restaurant near the train station. Enjoy 1.5 hours of free time to enjoy your lunch and explore the center of Kalabaka on foot before the train back to Athens departs at 18:22. The train arrives in Athens at 22:26.

  • Roundtrip train tickets (Athens to Kalabaka)
  • Pickup and drop-off at Kalabaka Railway Station
  • Transfer via minibus with Wi-Fi
  • Meteora guided tour
  • Traditional Greek lunch (salad, main dish, bread, and water)
  • Local guide
  • Transfer to/from the Central Railway Station of Athens
  • Entry fees to each monastery (3€ per person)
  • Guided tour inside the monasteries (available upon request)
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

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Meeting point

Make your way to the Central Railway Station in Athens (Stathmos Larisis). Take the 7:20 AM train to Kalambaka on your own using the e-tickets that will be sent to you via email shortly after your booking. Your guide will welcome you at Kalambaka train station and with be holding a sign with your name on it.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Snacks
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • It is highly recommended to have some light snacks with you so you can enjoy them during the train ride or/and your Meteora tour.
  • Lunch time will be after the Meteora tour because it requires some physical effort to visit the monasteries and it is not recommended to do it after eating
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 81 reviews

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Meteora is amazing and it's a must when you're in athens. Train's tickets arrived on time and despite the huge amount of people that took our same train your places are booked, so no worries. The bus waiting for us at the station was bigger and more comfortable than the one in the pictures and all the monasteries we visited were beautiful (and the views were truly breathtaking). The guide, Maria, was the "perfect guide" in my opinion but the only problem was the train we took to come back to athens. Despite the schedule, the train arrived with nearly 1 hour delay and we arrived in athens at 23:30 pm (however, it has to be said that it is not their fault!). Overall, I'd definitely still advice this experience to everyone who stays in athens!

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July 19, 2022

Pros: the tour guide, driver and car were excellent. they did their best. scenery was amaaaaazing and view was very nice. everything was well organized and they deserve full rate Cons: the train part was HORRIBLE...very long journey without any internet connection along the road or wifi. like prison. you showld download stuff to watch in train or sleep. I don't recommend this trip if you stay less than 4 days in athens due to the long train journey.

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July 13, 2022

Amazing experience! Definitely recommend!! The guide Nikolas (Nicholas) was very knowledgeable with his explanations throughout the tour. Although he did not follow us into the monasteries, he explained what we should expect to see just before we entered! The train ride from Athens to Kalampaka is really long (4 hours+ each way), but I think it’s worth it as the vibes are totally different from Athens. Our tour group had 2 pairs meaning there are 4 people in the group, which meant that we got a lot attention. We visited 3 monasteries (€3 ea.) each of them had their own unique charm, which was really eye opening. Note: ladies remember to wear long skirts because otherwise you have to buy a scarf for €3.5 to wrap like a skirt. (Even for long pants)

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July 6, 2022

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