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Thessaloniki: Full-Day Bus Trip to Meteora

1. Thessaloniki: Full-Day Bus Trip to Meteora

Depart Thessaloniki in the morning and journey to the amazing monastery complex of Meteora to visit 2 of the 6 holy monasteries, depending on their operating schedule. Get access to holy sites such as the women's Monastery of Agios Stefanos with its impressive wood-carved iconostasis, or visit the Monastery of the Holy Trinity, perched on the top of a rocky precipice over 400 meters high. Alternatively, discover the tower of the old preserved net at the Monastery of Varlaam, or explore the largest of the monasteries at the Monastery of Great Meteoron. Take in panoramic views of these incredible structures and the stunning landscape. Enjoy a traditional Greek lunch in Kastraki, near the city of Kalampaka, before heading back to Thessaloniki.

From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Dion and Mount Olympus

2. From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Dion and Mount Olympus

Depart from Thessaloniki and head to the archaeological park of Dion. Take some free time to explore the exterior archaeological site, enjoying a trip back in history. Admire the ancient theater of Dion, known for hosting the plays of the ancient philosopher Euripides, now host to the Olympus Festival. Next, visit the unique museum of Dion to see statues of the ancient city, and move on to admire the magnificent mosaic of the House of Dionysus in a chamber next to the museum. Enjoy lunch in one of the traditional restaurants of the village, and continue to Olympus, the house of the 12 Gods, known worldwide for its mythological background. Take a short trek on the foothills of the mountain following the Enipeas gorge. Admire the wild nature and the river, and stop to capture the view of the astonishing mountain. Head back to Thessaloniki at around 3:30 PM. 

Meteora: Full Day Trip by Train from Thessaloniki

3. Meteora: Full Day Trip by Train from Thessaloniki

You will take the train from Thessaloniki Train Station departing at 8:18 AM towards Kalambaka (you change trains at Paliofarsalos) and admire the beautiful Greek landscapes during your trip. You will be greeted by the team upon arrival at the Kalambaka train station at 11:30 AM and then and then you will begin your customized special panoramic midday Meteora tour. Take an amazing 5-hour Meteora tour, see all 6 monasteries and take a visit inside three of them. Your tour guide will give you full attention and care as the group will be small. There will be plenty of photo opportunity stops at secret places, that only locals know, will make your tour a unique experience. At the end you will be transferred back to Kalambaka Train Station to catch the train back to Thessaloniki. The train departs at 5:15 PM (you change trains at Paliofarsalos) and you will arrive in Thessaloniki at 8:30 PM.

Thessaloniki: Meteora Day Tour by Train with Optional Lunch

4. Thessaloniki: Meteora Day Tour by Train with Optional Lunch

Discover the wonders of Meteora on a guided day trip from Thessaloniki. Enjoy a scenic train ride to Kalabaka with included round-trip tickets and taste local flavors during an optional lunch at a restaurant. Redeem your train e-ticket (received after booking) for the morning 08:56 train departure from Thessaloniki’s railway station to Kalabaka on your own. Embark on a train ride through the Greek countryside and admire the beautiful landscapes. At 12:03 arrive at Kalabaka’s train station, where a tour guide will be waiting for you holding a signboard with your name on it. Board a minibus and officially begin your unforgettable journey to this true wonder called Meteora. During the guided tour, see all six of Meteora's 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. Discover the “other side” of Meteora as you explore. Learn the truth about why the hermits settled in these imposing caves a thousand years ago and how the monks achieved the impossible. As the trip comes to a close, enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views and capture some amazing photos that you will cherish forever. At around 16:30 get transferred back to Kalabaka’s train station or at a nearby local restaurant if the optional lunch is selected. Enjoy approximately an hour of free time to explore Kalabaka on foot before taking the 18:22 train back to Thessaloniki.

From Thessaloniki: Train Trip to Meteora & Monastery Tour

5. From Thessaloniki: Train Trip to Meteora & Monastery Tour

Departing at 8:30 AM, pass by the unique landscape as it alternates between mountains and sea. The route crosses by the foot of the mythical Mt Olympus, where in ancient times it was believed to be the residence of the 12 Gods. Next, it leads you to Palaeofarsalos train station. There you have to change train and wait for 1 hour until you board on the train that leads to Kalampaka (#882). Here in the greater surrounding area, lies the home of the ancient tribe of Mirmidones, a group of legendary ancient warriors who had the mythical Achilles as their leader, who played an important role in the outcome of the Trojan War. In Kalambaka you will arrive at approximately 12:05 PM. A guide will be there holding a sign board to welcome you and start the tour. After which, you will on-board on a luxury mini-bus drive, sit, relax and enjoy the unique landscape. From here your tour to the Meteora Monasteries will begin. You can admire the amazing christian architecture, and discover how monasteries have been influenced over time, having existed for over 700 years. Grasp the opportunity and ask the specialized guide all the questions that you may have. Take photos at imposing places and capture sublime memories in this amazing experience.  After the tour ends you will be transferred to Kalabaka's city center where you will have over an hour to spend under the shadow of giant rocks either having lunch or a coffee or whatever you want to. You will get all the necessary information on how to get to the train station, which is around 5 minutes walk from the city centre. You must be at the train station no later than 6:10 PM in order to catch the train back to Thessaloniki.

From Katerini or Platamonas: Meteora Day Trip by Train

6. From Katerini or Platamonas: Meteora Day Trip by Train

Board a train in Katerini at 8.45 AM. Pass by the unique landscape as it alternates between mountains and sea. The route crosses by the foot of the mythical Mt Olympus, where in ancient times it was believed to be the residence of the 12 Gods. Next, it leads you to Palaeofarsalos train station. There you will have to change train and wait 1 hour till you board the train that leads to Kalampaka(#882). Here in the greater surrounding area, lies the home of the ancient tribe of Mirmidones, a group of legendary ancient warriors who had the mythical Achilles as their leader, who played an important role in the outcome of the Trojan War. Arrive by approximately 12:05 PM in Kalambaka where a guide will be holding a signboard to welcome you and start the tour. Climb aboard a luxury minibus then sit, relax and enjoy the unique landscape as you set off to explore the Meteora Monasteries. Admire the amazing Christian architecture, and discover how monasteries have been influenced over time, having existed for over 700 years. Grasp the opportunity and ask the specialized guide all the questions that you may have. Take photos at imposing places and capture sublime memories in this amazing experience. At the end of the tour, transfer to Kalambaka's city center where you will have over 1 hour to spend under the shadow of giant rocks. Either enjoy lunch or a coffee or explore at your own pace. Receive all the necessary information on how to get to the train station, which is around 5 minutes walk from the city center. You must be at the train station no later than 6.10 PM in order to catch the return train back to Katerini.

Two Day Train Journey from Thessaloniki to Meteora

7. Two Day Train Journey from Thessaloniki to Meteora

On the morning of day 1, you will travel independently by train from Thessaloniki Train Station at 8:18 AM to Kalabaka. Along the way admire the beautiful Greek landscapes. Choose to travel with first or standard class train tickets and whether to stay in a 3-star or 4-star hotel. You will be picked up from Kalabaka train station at 11:30 AM and be transferred to your hotel. You will have time to have lunch and prepare yourself for the majestic Meteora Rocks sunset tour. You will be picked you up for the tour and returned to Kalabaka town for a short walk. On day 2, you will be picked up from your hotel and join a comprehensive Panoramic Meteora tour or a Meteora Hike. For the next four hours, experience the beauty of the unique phenomenon of Meteora and the holy monasteries on top of the rock giants. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel where you can get ready for your departure back to Thessaloniki. Your train departs at 5:15 PM and arrives back in Thessaloniki at approximately 8:30 PM. There is a change at Palaiofarsala Train Station with a waiting time of approximately 1 hour.

Meteora: Full-Day Rail Tour From Thessaloniki

8. Meteora: Full-Day Rail Tour From Thessaloniki

Journey from Thessaloniki Railway Station to Kalambaka where your English-speaking driver will be waiting for you holding a signboard with your name on it and will transfer you to the Meteora monasteries via minibus.  Visit three monasteries and the hermit caves of Badovas on a 5-hour tour.  At the end of the day, your driver will transfer you back to Kalambaka, where you will have the time to stroll around and have a light lunch (not included). Arrive back in Thessaloniki at 8:31 PM.

Meteora and Kalambaka Day Trip from Thessaloniki

9. Meteora and Kalambaka Day Trip from Thessaloniki

Meteora is an area in Thessaly (Central Greece) under the rock towers of Meteora (258 kilometers distance from Thessaloniki) and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The route from the Thessaloniki to Meteora takes about 3-hours. Visit 2 main monasteries of Meteora and discover the natural beauty and the cultural heritage of this area. This tour will take you back to the dark ages and the story of the first hermits and monks who laid the foundations of what later became the monastic community of Meteora. Learn which monastery was the first to be established and the true motivations behind the monks’ decision to try to climb the steep rocks of Meteora and build the monasteries there. To end your trip, you can have a meal to Meteora or to Kalampaka. The Metéora literally means "middle of the sky," "suspended in the air" or "in the heavens above" — etymologically related to meteorology and is a formation of immense monolithic pillars and hill-like huge rounded boulders which dominate the local area. It is also associated with one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second in importance only to Mount Athos. The six monasteries are built on natural conglomerate pillars, at the northwestern edge of the plain of Thessaly near the Pineios River and Pindus Mountains in central Greece. 

From Thessaloniki: 2 Days in Meteora with Overnight Stay

10. From Thessaloniki: 2 Days in Meteora with Overnight Stay

To begin your journey you will need to first redeem your e-ticket for the 08:56 departure from Thessaloniki railway station to Kalambaka. Embark on a scenic train ride through the Greek countryside and admire the beautiful landscapes. At 12:03 arrive at Kalambaka train station, where your guide will be waiting for you, holding a signboard with your name and will transfer you to your hotel. In the evening you will be picked up from your hotel for the Meteora tour, which will provide you with an absolutely amazing experience. Then you will have free time to explore the area.  The next morning at 09:00 you will be picked up from your hotel and be taken on your selected tour. During this tour, admire how simply the hermits settled in the caves of the rocks a thousand years earlier and you will learn about the history, the myths and the secrets of Meteora that only your local guides knows. At 18:00 the minibus will transfer you back to Kalambaka train station for your trip back to Thessaloniki. The train departs at 18:22 and arrives in Thessaloniki later in the evening.

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Great trip if you want to go to Meteora for a day! I had only one day left on my trip to Thessaloniki and wanted to visit Meteora without the hassle of public transportation. This was a great option. The bus is very comfortable and you're able to charge your phones on it. The tour guide was also very informative. She told us many interesting facts throughout the ride to Meteora, often pointing out sights to see. While we only saw 2 monasteries, I personally think it is the perfect amount to see. (Of course, that depends on the person) This is an amazing trip if you want to spend just one day in Meteora and see a few of the monasteries. If you want to see all 6 monasteries and have lots of time to explore the town, I'd recommend looking for a different tour. Overall, great option if you want to do a day trip without the stress of any planning!!

It was a great trip overall (so much so that I booked to go to Olympus and Meteora a few days later). The trip and the guides/driver were all great and very professional. The journey was long (3-3.5 hours each way), but the mini-bus was comfortable with USB plugs, aircon, etc. The monasteries are accessible by vehicle and so there wasn't much walking to do. The restaurant was nice for lunch, but you can wander around the village instead (there is a museum of natural history and mushrooms which was unexpected!). Overall, a really good trip!

Wonderful trip, stunning views and sights. Our guide helen was fantastic, very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful.

It was a beautifully planned trip. Departure and arrival were on time. Dion and Enipeas canyon were beautiful!

We had a very nice guide Maria, she was very nice and knew a lot of things.