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Thessaloniki: Full-Day Bus Trip to Meteora

1. Thessaloniki: Full-Day Bus Trip to Meteora

Embark on a full-day bus trip to Meteora from Thessaloniki. Explore this UNESCO world heritage site and admire the unique landscape. 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.

Meteora: River Rafting with Swimming & Greek Food Picnic

2. Meteora: River Rafting with Swimming & Greek Food Picnic

Get picked up from your hotel in Meteora, in Kastraki, Kalabaka or Trikala. Enjoy a scenic drive through beautiful landscapes until you reach the river bed, where the group will gear up and wear rafting suits. The experienced crew will give you an introductory lesson and go over safety rules and techniques. Then you are ready to begin with the adventure in this unique natural environment: Imposing rock formations, beautiful river waters with great rapids will make the experience unforgettable. Jump from cliffs to the cold water, swim, and have fun as the boat takes you safely along the river. At the end of the rafting cruise, you will be offered a nutritious picnic with traditional Greek pies. After changing back to your dry clothes, relax with your return in the minivan to your hotel.

Kalabaka: Meteora Private Day Tour

3. Kalabaka: Meteora Private Day Tour

Experience the unique Unesco World Heritage site of Meteora. Take in the stunning views from the hill-like rounded boulders. Discover the 6 Holy monasteries with the chance to visit inside 2-3 of your choice. Visualize how the first monks established one of the biggest monastic communities in Greece on top of these unique rocks. Walk around the special site, which is still home to several monks in residence. Start your tour in the morning and be picked up from your hotel in Kalabaka or Kastraka. Travel towards the cliff-top monasteries comfortably and safely in a luxurious mini-bus or car. See the best viewpoints and make plenty of stops on your short walks. Learn about the geological phenomenon that occurred to form these impressive rocks.

Meteora full day private tour from Athens

4. Meteora full day private tour from Athens

We start our tour early in the morning from Athens till Meteora. Our driver will pick you up from your hotel/ apartment or the airport/ port. The travel time is about 4,5 hours. The first stop is at Kalabaka, a town of the municipality of Meteora in the Trikala regional unit, part of Thessaly in Greece. The population was 12,000 at the 2011 census, of which 8,330 in the town proper. The Meteora monasteries are located near the town. We arrive at Meteora and visit up to three Monasteries. Breathtaking at first site, the Monasteries are of great cultural and natural importance. Split from earthquakes, weathered from the wind and the water over millions of millions of years, these immense rocks are an authentic masterpiece of mother nature. The Meteora is a rock formation in central Greece hosting one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Eastern Orthodox Monasteries. The six (of an original 24) monasteries are built on immense natural pillars and hill-like rounded boulders that dominate the local area. Meteora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List and the name means "lofty", "elevated", and is etymologically related to meteor. Please be modestly dressed. Women are suggested to wear long skirts & long sleeves. If you do not have, you will be given a skirt on your way in. Next stop is at Kastraki, a picturesque village near Meteora, where we have free time for lunch at a traditional Greek tavern with your friends and family or shopping. As we leave the magnificent Meteora behind us, let us not overlook the Battle of Thermopylae of 480 BCE, which has long been the topic of cultural motivation, as it is perhaps the most famous military last stand of all time. The monument of the Great Leonidas, King of Sparta, in Thermopylae, will grace our path on our way back to Athens in the late afternoon. The drive is about 4,5 hours.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 567 reviews

Wow what a fabulous place. Breath taking! It is well worth the three and a half trip from Thessaloniki. The journey to and from Meteora was a bit dull as very little of interest to see along the way. Take a book. We visited two monasteries of the six available. They were beautiful. We stopped to take photos of Meteora but because there was a whole bus full there it was a bit rushed. I would have liked longer or another stop as well. In hind sight I would recommend staying there a couple of days but if like us you only had time for a day trip then it is still a fabulous day out. We stopped for lunch at a Taverna, which was satisfactory but not exciting.

The tour was well organised. Just one thing to suggest is that there’s should be a charging facility on the coach as it’s a whole day trip. It could be helpful for some people to charge their phones. The restaurant that we stopped at to have lunch was ok. It would be better if we could pay separately as we did but we had to pay for starters for our group table that we didn’t really eat

The trip was great, the bus travel is a bit long but it's worth it and on the way Nepheli our guide gave us interesting information on what we were seeing from the bus, she was a great guide and very friendly. Everything ran smoothly and on time, for me two monasteries are perfect, more than that would be too much in one day. Lovely trip, I would do it again.

Beautiful location with a fascinating history. Both the guide and the driver were great and very friendly. Tons of useful information. Also, the restaurant where we stopped was fantastic. Great choice. Just mind the trip from Thessaloniki takes a while (~4 hours), so come prepared. Bus is comfortable.

Deserving tour! The three hours of travel are definitely worth it to visit a beautiful place