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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.

Thessaloniki: Meteora Day Tour by Train with Optional Lunch

3. 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 for the morning 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. 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 Madilas 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. Enjoy a transfer back to Kalabaka’s train station or 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 evening train back to Thessaloniki.

From Athens: Meteora 2-Day Trip by Train with a Local Guide

4. From Athens: Meteora 2-Day Trip by Train with a Local Guide

Explore the wonders of Meteora on an overnight trip from Athens including round-trip train tickets and your choice of accommodation. Discover the area with a local guide on the sunset tour, morning tour, and hiking tour. Visit historic monasteries and admire scenic Greek landscapes. After taking the train from Athens to Kalabaka, get picked up from the train station and transferred to check into your reserved hotel. After lunch (not included), enjoy a sunset tour of Meteora. Head back to your hotel or finish your day with a visit to Kalabaka town for a short walk. The next morning, join a comprehensive Meteora morning tour or a Meteora hiking tour. For the next 4-hours, experience all the beauty of the unique phenomenon of Meteora and the holy monasteries on top of the rock giants. After the tour ends, get transferred back to your hotel where you can get ready for your departure back to Athens in the evening.

Two Days Rail Tour to Meteora from Athens

5. 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 Thessaloniki: Private Day Trip to Meteora with Transfer

6. 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.

Kalambaka Train Station: Meteora Tour with Optional Lunch

7. Kalambaka Train Station: Meteora Tour with Optional Lunch

Discover Meteora with a daily tour departing from Kalabaka Train Station. Enjoy a guided experience that explores all six monasteries from the outside, and three from within. Discover hidden gems like the ancient Chapel of Doupiani and the St. George Mandilas cave with a passionate local. Catch the morning train to Kalabaka. After the scenic train ride through the beautiful Greek countryside, you will arrive at Kalabaka’s train station, where a tour guide will be waiting for you holding a signboard with your name. Jump into a comfortable Limo VIP minibus and begin an unforgettable tour in Meteora. Learn Meteora's other side, like the truth about why the hermits settled in these imposing caves over a thousand years ago. Then, find out just how the ancient monks achieved the impossible. Take every opportunity to see stunning panoramic views and capture amazing photos. Around 4:30 PM, head back to the train station (or at a nearby local restaurant if the optional lunch is selected), where you'll have some free time before the train's departure at 6:22 PM.

From Athens: 3-Days Meteora Rail Tour

8. 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.

Athens: 3-Day Trip to Meteora by Train with Hotel & Museums

9. Athens: 3-Day Trip to Meteora by Train with Hotel & Museums

On day one of your tour redeem your e-ticket for the 07:57 departure from Athens railway station to Kalambaka. Embark on a scenic train ride through the Greek countryside and admire the beautiful landscapes. Around 12:03 arrive at Kalambaka train station, where our guide will be waiting for you, holding a signboard with your name. You will get aboard our mini-bus and we will transfer you to your hotel for some relaxation before your afternoon tour. In the afternoon you will be picked up from your hotel for a Meteora sunset tour. During this tour you will have the opportunity to enjoy the panoramic views, admire the remarkable architecture and natural beauty of this unique landscape and witness one of the most breathtaking sunsets you will ever see. Then you have free time to explore the city of Kalambaka. At 9:00 AM on the second day you will be picked up from your hotel and taken you on a morning Meteora sightseeing tour. During this tour, admire how simply the hermits settled in the caves of the rocks a thousand years earlier and learn about the history, the myths and the secrets of Meteora that only your local guide knows. Then around 1:00 PM the minibus will drop you back to your hotel. In the afternoon you will have free time to explore the area on your own. Make the last day count in Meteora and take a morning walk on your own to the nearby Natural History Museum of Meteora and Mushrooms Museum. Explore a rich collection of birds and mammals as well as an integrated, one-of-a-kind, Mushroom collection. Afterward, head to the nearby Digital Projection Centre of Meteora’s History and Culture and enjoy a sensational 3D show-tour. Travel back millions of years and learn about the unique phenomenon of Meteora and wander through the monasteries and the surrounding area. Lastly, visit a local cafe or restaurant in Kalabaka before heading back to Athens with the 18:22 train departure.

Meteora: Sunset Hike to Secret Caves

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Kalabaka

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based on 644 reviews

Very good guide - very friendly and helpful. Full program - incredible sights and well worth the money - nicer going by train than spending 3.5 hours in mini bus drive from Thessaloniki.

Great trip made memorable by our guide Eleni,very helpful and informative. Gave us information all day long,the trip to Meteora I would definitely recommend,absolutely stunning.

The ideal way to see Meteora. Our guide was very helpful and down to earth, and the experience didn't feel too "tourist-y", which is a plus. Would recommend.

Excellent guide, Natalie gave us a lot of information and made the trip very enjoyable. Punctuality and plenty of time to visit monasteries

Guid was very knowledgeable. She made the trip a smooth one. Thank you.