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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.

From Thessaloniki: Private Day Trip to Meteora with Transfer

2. From Thessaloniki: Private Day Trip to Meteora with Transfer

Enjoy a private tour to the stunning Meteora rocks from Thessaloniki. Discover magnificent monasteries built between the 14th-16th centuries, and marvel at how the monks even managed to construct them in the first place. After convenient pickup at your accommodation in Thessaloniki, make your way toward Meteora. As you arrive through narrow winding rows, catch an awe-inspiring first glimpse of the Great Monastery, as it is commonly known. Try to fathom the majesty and size of a building constructed atop a huge sandstone column. Upon arrival, drive up to the monasteries in the cooler morning hours, giving you time to see as much of the site as possible. As you climb up the hill toward the first monastery, wonder how on earth the monks managed to build this incredible place. Building materials could only be brought up by a system of ropes, baskets, and pulleys, and the same went for getting provisions in and out of the community. One of the monasteries you will visit is the Holy Trinity, which is the most isolated and most difficult to reach. For this reason, it makes sense to choose to tackle the 140 steps to reach it first. Revel in the reward of phenomenal panoramic views, and see why Holy Trinity was given a starring role in the James Bond film, “For Your Eyes Only.” St. Stephen's is probably the most accessible monastery as it's situated on the plain, rather than perched on a vertiginous clifftop. Join the friendly cats who love to bask on the sun-drenched walls outside this little monastery. Admire the carved door furniture and the way the sun hits the stone and casts long shadows, and get a glimpse into monastic life through the little, open monk's cell at St. Nicholas. On the way out of the Grand Meteoron Monastery (the largest of the 6), don’t forget to follow a time-honored tradition by slipping a little note into the crack in the rocks. Finally, end your tour in Kalampaka for lunch, and relish finger-licking meals fresh from the farms around. The tour concludes with drop-off back at your accommodation in Thessaloniki.

Meteora: 2-Days Train Tour from Thessaloniki - Local Agency

3. Meteora: 2-Days Train Tour from Thessaloniki - Local Agency

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.

Halkidiki Hidden Gems Private Tour

4. Halkidiki Hidden Gems Private Tour

Halkidiki, a gem nestled in northern Greece, offers a mesmerizing tapestry of natural wonders beyond its renowned beaches. It unveils a captivating realm for mountain enthusiasts, where earthly paradises await to be discovered. As you venture into its lush embrace, prepare to be enchanted by a world of hidden waterfalls, secreted within enchanting woods that echo with the soothing symphony of flowing waters. Meandering through the winding trails, you'll stumble upon traditional villages adorned with exquisite Macedonian architecture. These charming settlements, frozen in time, beckon you to immerse yourself in their rustic charm. Whitewashed houses adorned with colorful shutters, cobblestone streets lined with vibrant flowers, and cozy squares alive with the laughter of locals create an idyllic backdrop for an unforgettable journey. Tantalizing your taste buds, folkloric restaurants dot the landscape, offering an authentic Greek dining experience. Here, ancient recipes are lovingly prepared, showcasing the rich culinary heritage of the region. Indulge in delectable flavors, from tenderly roasted lamb to freshly caught seafood, complemented by a medley of fragrant herbs and locally sourced ingredients. As you savor each mouthful, you'll find yourself immersed in a symphony of tastes and aromas that pay homage to Halkidiki's gastronomic traditions. For those with an adventurous spirit, Halkidiki unfolds a vast playground of walking paths that wind their way through the peninsula's diverse landscapes. Along woodland tracks, you'll meander through dense forests, their ancient trees whispering tales of bygone eras. Traverse coastal pathways that unveil breathtaking panoramas, where the azure waters of the Aegean Sea dance harmoniously with the rugged cliffs. As you wander these trails, you'll witness nature's artistry unfolding before your eyes—vibrant wildflowers swaying in the gentle breeze, birdsong filling the air, and the invigorating scent of pine mingling with the salty sea breeze. In Halkidiki, the beauty of its mountains holds a captivating allure that transcends the boundaries of the familiar. It invites you to embark on an extraordinary journey, where hidden waterfalls, traditional villages, folkloric restaurants, and winding paths converge to create an unforgettable tapestry of experiences. As you explore this earthly paradise, be prepared to unravel the secrets of a land that intertwines natural splendor with a rich cultural heritage, leaving an indelible mark on your soul.

Meteora 2-Day Tour by Train from Thessaloniki

5. Meteora 2-Day Tour by Train from Thessaloniki

Start the tour at Central Railway station of Thessaloniki where the train departs at 8.00 AM. Pass by the foothills of the mythical Mt Olympus, which was the residence of 12 Olympian Gods. End at the Paleofarsalo train station where you will have to change train and wait 1 hour, until you board the train that leads to Kalampaka. Palaiofarsalos is near where the ancient Mirmidones tribe originated from, the legendary ancient warriors lead by Achileus who played an important role in the Trojan War.  Hop on another train to Kalambaka No 882 where you will be met by a guide to welcome you. Begin your breathtaking tour of Meteora rocks and marvel at the breathtaking geological formations at sunset. After this, you will be driven back to your hotel in Kalambaka for free time to explore the city and your overnight stay.  On the second day, choose between a midday tour or a hiking tour. After the tour, you will be driven back to Kalambaka where you will have free time to spend under the shadow of the giant rocks.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 194 reviews

The trip was great because you get to see something different but also unique. The natural beauty is out of this world. The story of the monks & monasteries very interesting. Our guide, George, was great in giving information & telling the story of the area & monasteries. He was polite & very professional. I definitely recommend this tour

Very good transportation, if I had booked an earlier time, I would have probably seen all 6 monasteries, but even with a later start time my guide was able to get me to see most of the Monasteries, which was really awesome.

It was a great trip to Meteora. There were only two of us and our guide Georg responded to our wishes. He explained a lot about the history of the monasteries and was extremely friendly.

George was prompt, full of information, engaged. We had a wonderful day. Highly recommend.