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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.

Kalabaka: Panoramic Morning Meteora Tour with a Local Guide

2. Kalabaka: Panoramic Morning Meteora Tour with a Local Guide

After a pick-up at your hotel in Kalabaka or Kastraki you’ll travel a few miles northwest from Kalabaka, to Meteora. The impressive rocks of Meteora rise from the plains of Thessaly, and are one of the most amazing sites in Greece. Many centuries ago, on these gigantic rocks reaching heights of close to 2,000 feet, one of the most important monastic communities of Greece was formed. During this 4-hour tour you’ll experience spectacular landscapes and marvel at the Byzantine monasteries perched atop the steep rocks. Today only 6 monasteries are still active, operated by a small number of monks and nuns who reside in Meteora. You’ll be able to see all 6 monasteries and have the chance to visit inside 3 of them and admire their priceless artifacts. There will be numerous photo stops along the way, so you'll be able to record your memories. Enjoy short walks during the excursion as well.

Athens: Full-Day Meteora Trip by Train in English or Spanish

3. Athens: Full-Day Meteora Trip by Train in English or Spanish

Take a day trip from Athens to Meteora with a guide, with round-trip train tickets to Kalambaka and onward transportation included. Get a panoramic view of all 6 holy monasteries and enter 3 of the most popular ones. While exploring the region’s hidden gems, visit the hermit caves of Badovas. Redeem your e-ticket for the early morning departure from Athens at and travel to Kalambaka using the train tickets sent to you in advance. Sit back and admire the beautiful landscapes along the way.  The train ride takes about 4 hours and it is recommended that you bring your own food and drinks. Upon arrival in Kalambaka, meet your guide at the train station and start your customized Meteora tour. See all 6 monasteries of the stunning rock formation over 5 hours. Look inside 3 of the UNESCO World Heritage monuments for a glimpse behind their imposing walls. Stop taking photos of locations that only the locals know about. Have the chance after the tour for a nice walk in the city of Kalabaka and be prepared for the departure of the train. Be dropped off at Kalambaka Train Station to make the late afternoon departure for Athens.

From Athens: Meteora Day Trip by Train with Hotel Pickup

4. From Athens: Meteora Day Trip by Train with Hotel Pickup

Explore the UNESCO-listed Meteora monasteries on a full-day guided trip from Athens. Take the train to Kalambaka and ascend to the clifftop to admire the monasteries and hermit caves of Badovas. Enjoy your morning wake-up, avoiding any stress regarding your transfer to the rail station with our free-of-charge pick-up service. Arrive at the Athens railway station and catch the train for Kalambaka. Admire the beauty of the countryside along the way before arriving in Kalambaka, a small town built at the foot of rocky grey cliffs crowned by the monasteries of Meteora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spot your driver upon arrival in Kalambaka, holding a signboard with your name on it. Be shown to the vehicle that’ll take you to the monasteries, where you'll have time to visit 3 of them, as well as the hermit caves of Badovas. At the end of the day, be transferred back to Kalambaka. Enjoy some time to explore the town and enjoy a light lunch (not included in the tour price). Afterward, the train departs Kalambaka, arriving in Athens in the evening.

From Athens: Delphi and Meteora 2-Day Tour with Hotel

5. From Athens: Delphi and Meteora 2-Day Tour with Hotel

Embark on a 2-day tour to the archaeological site of Delphi and the historic Orthodox monasteries built on the rocks of Meteora. Learn about the myths and history attached to these sites from your guide on this guided tour from Athens. Day 1: Depart Athens for the ancient site of the Oracle of Delphi. Travel by air-conditioned coach through the pretty towns and villages of Thebes, Levadia, and Arachova on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Arrive in Delphi and explore the ruins of the ancient sanctuary of Pythia, the high priestess of the Temple of Apollo. Explore the temple and learn about its significance from your guide. Then, continue to the beautiful town of Kalabaka for dinner and your overnight stay. Day 2: After breakfast, make your way to Meteora, famous for its stunning rock formations. Visit the monasteries built to serve the monks and nuns following the teachings of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Return to Athens via Trikala and Lamia. Stop at Thermopylae to admire the monument to the Greek warrior-king Leonidas I, who died there in 480 BC. Arrive back in Athens by the early evening.

Kalabaka: Majestic Sunset Meteora Tour with a Local Guide

6. Kalabaka: Majestic Sunset Meteora Tour with a Local Guide

Your 4-hour sunset tour begins with a pick-up at your Kalambaka or Kastraki hotel, and a drive by VIP limo minibus to the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora. Travel in comfort and safety in a luxury air-conditioned VIP minibus to the unique and world-famous rock forest of Meteora. Enjoy a comprehensive tour that takes you to all 6 monasteries, with the opportunity to visit the interior of 1 or 2 of them. Your tour leader will remain with you throughout, providing information about the area in your language. At the end of the monastery tour you’ll be able to enjoy one of the best sunsets in Greece from the best vantage point in Meteora.

Two Days Rail Tour to Meteora from Athens

7. 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.

Meteora: Highlights Tour in English or Spanish - Local Guide

8. Meteora: Highlights Tour in English or Spanish - Local Guide

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora on a half-day tour that is designed for people coming from Athens or Thessaloniki by train. Stay connected in a vehicle with WIFI. Learn about its history, architecture, and the spirituality of Meteora's monasteries. Meet your guide at the Kalabaka Train Station in the afternoon. Find your guide easily as they will be waiting for you with a sign bearing your name. Hop aboard a spacious and comfortable vehicle and make a short snack stop. Begin your tour to see Meteora and all six of its active monasteries. Explore inside three of them with this unique opportunity that is 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 be transferred back to the train station before your train departs back to Athens or Thessaloniki in the evening. 

From Kalampaka: 5-Hour Hiking Tour of Meteora

9. 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.

From Athens: 3 Days in Meteora & Delphi with Tours & Hotel

10. From Athens: 3 Days in Meteora & Delphi with Tours & Hotel

Day 1 Catch the morning train to Kalambaka at 7:20 from Athens Larissa railway station. Upon your arrival in Kalambaka at around 11:30, 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. In the late afternoon, the VIP minibus will pick you up from your hotel to join the Meteora Sunset Tour. Admire breathtaking views of Meteora and discover the hidden gems of this place on one of the best tours of mainland Greece. Day 2 For the next morning, you may choose the activity you wish to participate in such as 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. Experience amazing sceneries and visit monuments of the Byzantine period. After this morning tour at around 13:00, the bus will drop you back to your hotel. Have the evening free to explore the area on your own. Day 3 Early in the morning, a taxi will pick up from your hotel to take you to the train station. At 9:15, the train will depart and arrive in Livadia station at around 12:05. There, an English-speaking taxi driver will be waiting holding a signboard with your name on it to transfer you to Delphi. Delphi is roughly an hour drive away from Livadia, so you will arrive at the archeological site at around 12:35, where you will be able to spend many hours exploring the ancient oracle, the museum and the small town. At 16:00, take the bus back to Athens. It will take around 2-hours to reach the capital of Greece from Delphi.

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Everything was perfect. Pick up at the meeting point. train tickets received in advance. Ask for your boarding platform directly from the station staff (platform 8 in general). Once in Kalambaka break for lunch. Bus guide and driver (and extra photographer) at the top. Stops at many viewpoints, we had time to visit 3 monasteries (entrance 3 euros each). lots of cats taking a break here and there. Return to Kalambaka after a wonderful day, enough time to pick up dinner. Attention the return by train is long, it took 1 hour more. But that's not the agency's fault.

Great tour, exhilarating views, good info, but I am writing this solely to thank our guide, Elena, for helping us out. Before you go, make sure you know that the monasteries will NOT accept cards, so you must bring cash. The tour guide may make a stop at an ATM like Elena did for us, but if you cannot get cash you are out of luck. But we did have luck, and it was Elena, who let us borrow 20 euro so that we were able to enter all the available monasteries. Elena, if you are able to read this, a huge THANK YOU to you once again, you really made our trip a wonderful one!

Our guide was very nice and also the driver. The trip started at 8 am and ends at 7 pm. Meteora is beautiful , and the restaurant was very good. I highly recommend about this tour

A truly magnificent excursion. Unique landscapes to see absolutely. The visits to the 3 monasteries make us discover not only an ancient history, but it is a

Great tour across Meteora. You’ll get to see a few monasteries along the way and breathtaking views.