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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 Kalampaka: 5-Hour Hiking Tour of Meteora

2. From Kalampaka: 5-Hour Hiking Tour of Meteora

The ideal way to experience Meteora’s unique beauty and interesting rock formations is by walking, as it is the only way to really observe the impressive rock formations and strange patterns. On a half-day guided hike, you will be taken up close to these structures and led directly to the best vantage points in the area. After being transported from Kalampaka, the hiking tour begins from Kastraki Square, continuing to Dupiani Hermitage. Pass below the ruined Pantokratoros Monastery on the north side of Dupiani's rock, arriving at the Ypapanti Monastery and the ruins of St. Dimitrios, a monastery destroyed by the Ottomans in 1808 during a local uprising. From there, the trail leads all the way up to the impressive Great Meteoro and Varlaam monasteries, 2 of 6 total Eastern Orthodox monasteries in the area, all part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour the grounds, and afterward, go down from Varlaam to St. George the Madilas to see the place where the local children climb with only a rope to dedicate offerings to St. George.

Two Days Rail Tour to Meteora from Athens

3. Two Days Rail Tour to Meteora from Athens

Day 1 Catch the train to Kalambaka from Athens Railway Station, and enjoy a trip that will give you the chance to admire the beauty of the Greek countryside. Upon your arrival in Kalambaka, the English speaking driver will be waiting for you at the train station, holding a signboard with your name on it to transfer you to your hotel. In the evening you will join the Meteora Sunset Tour to admire breathtaking views of Meteora, and discover all the hidden gems of this place. Day 2 Next morning, you will have the opportunity to choose the activity you prefer, the Meteora Hiking Tour or the Half-day Morning Tour. The guide will meet you in the lobby to explore together Meteora, and discover the natural beauty and cultural heritage of this area. Enjoy a journey back in time, and learn the stories of the first hermits and monks who laid the foundations of the monastic community of Meteora. At around 5 PM, the driver will pick you up to transfer you to the train station. At 5:22 PM the train departs from Kalambaka and arrives back to Athens at around 9:30 PM.

From Athens: Meteora 2-Day and 1-Night Tour by Train

4. From Athens: Meteora 2-Day and 1-Night Tour by Train

You will independently take the train from Athens train station at 7:57 AM to Kalabaka and admire the beautiful Greek landscapes during your trip to Meteora. Arriving in Kalabaka at 12:05 PM, be picked up from the train station and transferred to check into your reserved hotel. After lunch, prepare yourself for the Meteora majestic sunset tour. You will be picked up from your hotel in the afternoon and after the tour be brought back to your hotel or to Kalabaka town for a short walk. The next morning at 09:00 AM, be picked up from your hotel and join a comprehensive Meteora morning tour or a Meteora hiking tour. For the next 4-hours, you have the chance to experience all the beauty of the unique phenomenon of Meteora and the holy monasteries on top of the rock giants. After the tour ends, transfer back to your hotel where you can get ready for your departure back to Athens. Your train will depart at 6:22 PM and you will reach Athens at approximately 10:30 PM.

Enipeas: Mount Olympus Half-Day Hiking Tour with A Guide

5. Enipeas: Mount Olympus Half-Day Hiking Tour with A Guide

Embark on a 12-kilometer hike from Prionia through the gorge of Enipeas all the way to the village of Litochoro. Immerse in the mystical wonders of Mount Olympus with its entrancing waterfalls, dense nature and time-honored wooden bridges. Encounter the bathtub of Zeus, the Old Monastery of Agios Dionysios, and a hidden cave. Benefit from pickups from convenient meeting points in the Dion-Olympos area. Begin your tour at the parking lot of Prionia where your private minibus will drop you off. From there, enter the gorge of Enipeas and hike to the first point of interest, the bathtub of Zeus and its small waterfall. Continue your guided hike through the gorge of Enipeas, crossing over wooden bridges. Spot several small waterfalls on the way. Follow the trail all the way to the monastery of Agios Dionysios, the most important monastery in all of Pieria. Carry on your Enipeas tour with a visit to a set of twin waterfalls and a cave, found within the rock formations of Mount Olympus. This hike from has several ups and downs but is an easy trail to follow. Conclude the hike upon reaching Myloi in Litochoro.

Meteora Rocks: Cliff Scramble Experience

6. Meteora Rocks: Cliff Scramble Experience

Get ready for an exciting and breathtaking experience as you prepare to scramble up one of the tallest rocks of the Meteora. After meeting your instructor/guide, you will set off to explore the secret paths to the top of the rocks.  A great ascent awaits you, as you hike up the ancient path of the Great Saint Rock, paved on the edge of the cliffs. As you climb, you can enjoy the astonishing views between the rocks and Kalampaka. You can learn about the history of these secret paths, which were used in the middle ages by the monks who lived in the ruined small monastery of Twelve Apostles.  Follow your climbing instructor in this amazing tour, learn the ways of scrambling, and create the most amazing memories of your time in Meteora!

Thessaloniki: Meteora Day Tour by Train with Optional Lunch

7. 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 8:56 AM 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 PM, 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 4:30 PM, enjoy transfer 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 6:22 PM train back to Thessaloniki.

Meteora: Sunset Hike to Secret Caves

8. Meteora: Sunset Hike to Secret Caves

Join an afternoon sunset hike to Meteora’s secret caves accompanied by a knowledgeable local mountain guide. Discover some jaw-dropping hidden gems that only locals know about such as the hermit caves and the ancient monk's prison on this adventurous trip. Be picked up from your hotel in Kalabaka or Kastraki and make your way to the foothills of Meteora. Walk along winding trails and visit the magnificent hermitages of Bandovas, hike to secret caves and explore the ancient monk’s prison on this scenic trip. Learn all about the history and legends of Meteora from your local guide and enjoy the panoramic views. Finally, gaze at Meteora’s breathtaking sunset from an ideal viewpoint and have the opportunity to capture some incredible photos.

From Kalabaka: Half-Day Authentic Meteora Hiking Tour

9. From Kalabaka: Half-Day Authentic Meteora Hiking Tour

Go hiking in Meteora and you’ll experience a unique convergence of nature and spirituality unlike anyplace else in Greece. Discover the paths of the first monks and see this unique geological phenomenon of walking at its heart. Hiking in Meteora will give you the opportunity to see the monasteries and landscapes from a entirely new perspective. The views of Kalampaka and the Meteora Valley throughout the walk are simply stunning. Also have the chance to visit inside 1 monastery (Great Meteoron or Varlaam). Your professional hiking guide will be with you to give you all the information you need about the area. Transport in comfort and safety, by luxury air-conditioned limousine VIP minibus to the starting point.

From Athens: 3-Days Meteora Rail Tour

10. From Athens: 3-Days Meteora Rail Tour

Day 1 Trains are the most spacious and comfortable way of travel in Greece. Catch the morning train to Kalambaka from Athens Larissa railway station, and enjoy a trip that will give you the chance to admire the beauty of the Greek countryside. Upon your arrival in Kalambaka your English-speaking driver will be waiting for you at the train station holding a signboard with your name on it to transfer you to your hotel. Late in the afternoon, a VIP minibus will pick you up from the hotel to join the Meteora Sunset Tour to admire breathtaking views of Meteora and to discover the hidden gems of this place. Day 2 For the next morning, have the chance to choose the activity you wish: the Half-Day Morning Tour of Meteora to see the main attractions, the monasteries of Meteora with a VIP minibus or the Hiking Tour of Meteora to walk among the rock giants. Visit 2 monasteries of Meteora, the secluded hermit caves of Badovas and enjoy the best panoramic viewpoints of the 6 monasteries. After this morning tour, the bus will drop you back to your hotel. The evening is free for you to explore the area on your own. Day 3 The morning is free. In the evening, a taxi transfer will be arranged for you from your hotel to the local train station at Kalambaka. At 5:15 PM, the train departs from Kalambaka and arrives at 9:25 PM to Athens.

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4.7 / 5

based on 644 reviews

Great excursion, although the journey from Thessaloniki is quite long at 3 hours. The guide Rita shared a lot of interesting information during the trip. The monasteries and rocks are very impressive and definitely worth seeing. It's a pity that you only visit 2. Please note: access for women only with long skirts or dresses (if you wear trousers, a (wrap) skirt must be worn over them.

One of the most impressive experiences... Despite the long journey there and back... Perfect chauffeur... Perfect guide... And the rest at the tavern... A top restaurant with a perfect T-bone steak... I can only say... A perfect day that leaves nothing to be desired... I've booked several times through this platform and have never been disappointed... Thanks to the entire team...

This was an excellent trip. Scenery was amazing. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Our bus driver was excellent and we travelled comfortably. Trip was perfectly organised and timed. My family and I very much enjoyed this tour and would sincerely recommend it.

Both guides were very nice and made the excursion very fun and exciting! Would absolutely recommend this activity and the activity provider.

Very attentive guide who thought about everything ( water, skirts, grest spots for photos).