Athens: Meteora Independent Train Trip and Monastery Tour

Athens: Meteora Independent Train Trip and Monastery Tour

From $124.61 per person

A full-day tour in which you will catch the train from Athens to discover the fabulous Meteora. You will travel through the countryside, seeing the biodiversity and the enormous ecological value of Greek nature.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 14 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Greek

Experience

Highlights
  • See all six monasteries in one day
  • Explore the interiors of 3 of the monasteries
  • Admire the beauty of the Greek countryside
  • Let the skilled guide enlighten you about the culture and history of the area
  • Enjoy amazing photo stops and some of the best views
Full description
Your tour will begin from "Stathmos Larissis", the fabulous central railway station of Athens where you will depart to Kalambaka from. Throughout your train journey, indulge in the unique scenic routes that the Greek countryside provides. You can discover a mosaic of unique beauty, biodiversity and enormous ecological value. At about 11:30 AM, you will arrive at your destination, the railway station of Kalambaka. Once having arrived, you will meet with your guide who will be holding a signboard with your name on it. From here your tour to the Meteora Monasteries is going to begin. You can admire the amazing christian architecture, and discover how monasteries have been influenced over time, having existed for over 700 years. After 4 hours of exploration, your tour will come to an end and you will be driven back to Kalabaka where you will have free time to spend under the shadow of giant rocks. You will arrive back in Athens at 9:25PM after a full-day exploring.
Includes
  • Round-trip ticket from Athens-Kalambaka
  • English-speaking tour leader
  • Bottle of water
  • Wifi on board
  • Photo stop at the significant points of Meteora
  • Taxes and services
  • Pick-up and drop off service in Kalabaka
  • Luxury mini-bus transportation
  • Pickup or drop-off
  • Monasteries entrance fees at 3€ per person
  • Dormition of the Mother of God church entrance fee at 2€ per person
  • Guided tour inside the monasteries
  • Option for another tour language (to be arranged at an extra cost)
  • Gratuities (optional)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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    Meeting point

    Important: you must take the train yourself from the Central Railway Station of Athens (Stathmos Larissis) at 7:00 AM, departing for Kalambaka. Your guide will meet you holding a sign with your name on at the main entrance of Kalambaka Train Station, Kondili 59, Lárisa 412 22.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Snacks

    Not allowed

    • Pets
    • Shorts
    • Smoking
    • Sleeveless shirts
    • Alcohol and drugs

    Know before you go

    • Due to the monasteries' strict dress code, men must wear trousers and a t-shirt or shirt with sleeves and women must wear a long skirt
    • At the monasteries, there are usually trousers and skirts provided
    • The tour is done in a small group of maximum of 13 people
    • Babies up to 3 years old are free to join if they can share the seat with their parent
    • This tour is semi-independent, which means your guide will provide you with all necessary information about monasteries on the bus, but will not escort you into them
    • Please wear comfortable shoes for walking on uneven surfaces. For some monasteries, walking up stairs is necessary.
    • Bring a snack as the tour is around 13 hours long
    • Credit cards are not accepted for paying the monastery's entrance fees
    • Animals are not allowed to enter the monasteries
    • You will receive the train tickets by email. Please be at the train station in Athens 30-minutes before the train departure time (7:00 AM is the ideal time to be at train station)
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 120 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.6/5
    • Transportation
      4.6/5
    • Value for money
      4.4/5
    • Safety
      4.9/5
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    We were met by the guide immediately after exiting the train, starting the trip of on an excellent foot. The guide, Dino, was extremely knowledgeable and very friendly, answering all of our questions. The minibus we used as transportation was very comfortable and they were equipped with a cooler and water for all the passengers. The organization of the trip was also perfect. There were stops for food, stops for pictures and of course the stops for the monasteries. Overall the trip was very enjoyable and an opportunity to learn and explore a lot.

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    July 18, 2021

    We had an absolute blast. After booking, we got an email from the company telling us we would get the railway tickets. They communicated with us quickly and sent us our tickets as soon as they were available. They were waiting for us with signs of our names in Kalabama. We learned alot and they got us back to the train station just in time. Meteora was definitely worth the 4 hour train ride. This was a sight of a lifetime. Make sure you bring a scarf to wrap your shoulders so they aren't exposed.

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    June 21, 2021

    I found the train ride annoying: 4 hours 20 minutes through a bland landscape. But then alone with a guide to the monasteries. Unfortunately, my English is so bad that I didn't really understand many things very well. The monasteries are very impressive. The museums are worth seeing, although I think that one museum is enough. Things repeat themselves. The location of the monasteries is unique for everyone, I can imagine staying there for some time. The churches are also impressive. For that I would have needed more time to watch.

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    September 6, 2020

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