Monastery of St. Nicholas Anapavsa, Meteora

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Athens: Full-Day Meteora Tour by Train with Optional Lunch

1. Athens: Full-Day Meteora Tour by Train with Optional Lunch

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 get taken back to Kalabaka’s train station (or at a nearby local restaurant if the optional lunch is selected). Before the train back to Athens departs at 18:22, enjoy an hour and a half of free time to explore the nearby center of Kalabaka on foot. The train arrives in Athens at 22:26

Meteora: Daily 5-Hour Highlights Tour in English or Spanish

2. Meteora: Daily 5-Hour Highlights Tour in English or Spanish

Spend a few hours in Meteora and fully experience the magnificence of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about its history, architecture, and the spirituality of its monasteries.  This tour is specially designed for people coming from Athens or Thessaloniki to Meteora by train and departing the same day. At 12:05 PM, your train arrives at Kalabaka Train Station, where your tour leader will be waiting for you holding a sign with your name on it. After boarding a VIP limo mini-bus, make a short stop to have something to eat or snack. Then, begin your wonderful 5-hour tour to see Meteora and all six of its active monasteries.  Explore inside three of them, a unique opportunity exclusive to the local partner. Stop for plenty of photo opportunities and at many secret spots that only locals know. At the end of your tour, you will be transferred back to the train station before your train departs back to Athens or Thessaloniki at 6:22 PM.

Athens: Meteora Small-Group Day Trip & Visit to Thermopylae

3. Athens: Meteora Small-Group Day Trip & Visit to Thermopylae

Admire the authentic mainland of Greece, first visiting the historic Thermopylae, the original location of the famous battle between ancient Greeks and Persians in 480 B.C. See the battlefield, the statue of King Leonidas and visit the museum. The journey continues with beautiful views of the mountains and fields until you reach Meteora.  Visit 2 of the 6 remaining Byzantine monasteries, built back in the 14th and 16th centuries. Take photos and videos of the marvelous landscape while your guide shares the local history. Afterward, your driver will take you to Kalambaka, a scenic town below the rocks with many options for a delicious traditional Greek lunch.  Visit the oldest church in the area, where you can see a Greek inscription on the wall which testifies to the existence of an ancient Greek temple at the same location. During your free time in Kalambaka, you may also visit the Natural History Museum.

Kalabaka: Meteora Private Day Tour

4. 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.

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What people are saying about Monastery of St. Nicholas Anapavsa, Meteora

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 112 reviews

This tour was amazing! Very easy pickup straight from the train station. Amazing to have local friendly faces greet you as soon as you arrive in Kalambaka holding signs with your name only 10 meters from the station. The bus is very nice and air conditioned for hot days, and the tour gives you the feeling that you've seen all the best parts of Meteora with plenty of time to explore and take photos. Our tour guide Maria was incredible, extremely knowledgeable and friendly and happy to answer any and all questions about the history and culture of the local area. Could not recommend this tour more for anyone visiting the area!

Our tour guide Maria was phenomenal, we had an excellent driver and before the start of our train ride we have an agent Dimitrius who was exceptional. He went above and beyond is call of duty to ensure that the entire group would be on the same tour and even at the end he checked to ensure that we had arrived safely back into Athens. It was great but the staff was more amazing!

I loved the day! We were accompanied by a great guide and a great driver. On the other hand, the train is indeed very long, especially when it is late along the way... You have to plan something to take care of!

Superb day with truly breathtaking landscapes! The only downside is the 4 hour train journey to get there.

Excellent experience, amazing guide and driver! Always with a very nice attitude