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Athens: Meteora Small-Group Day Trip & Visit to Thermopylae

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Activity provider: SKYBLUE One Day Tours

Athens: Meteora Small-Group Day Trip & Visit to Thermopylae

Activity provider: SKYBLUE One Day Tours

From US$ 652.51 per group up to 7

Enjoy a full-day trip to Meteora with a small group, visit majestic monasteries and explore the scenic Kalabaka town. Stop at the historic Thermopylae of Leonidas to see the battlefield and the museum.

About this activity

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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Greek
Pickup included
At your hotel or AirBnB or any other preferred location in downtown Athens. You will receive pickup details in a separate email from our local partner (check your spam folder too)
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit Meteora, the UNESCO-listed extraordinary geological formation
  • Visit two of the six remaining monasteries, the Great Meteoron or the Holy Monastery of Varlaam
  • Explore Kalambaka, eat traditional food and visit the Museum of Natural History and Mushrooms
  • See the Thermopylae battlefield, the statues of King Leonidas and the Archaeological Museum
  • Enjoy a comfortable trip in a modern minibus and in a small group of max 7 people
Full description

Admire the authentic mainland of Greece, first visiting the historic Thermopylae, the original location of the famous battle between ancient Greeks and Persians in 480 B.C. See the battlefield, the statue of King Leonidas and visit the museum.

The journey continues with beautiful views of the mountains and fields until you reach Meteora.  Visit 2 of the 6 remaining Byzantine monasteries, built back in the 14th and 16th centuries. Take photos and videos of the marvelous landscape while your guide shares the local history.

Afterward, your driver will take you to Kalambaka, a scenic town below the rocks with many options for a delicious traditional Greek lunch.  Visit the oldest church in the area, where you can see a Greek inscription on the wall which testifies to the existence of an ancient Greek temple at the same location. During your free time in Kalambaka, you may also visit the Natural History Museum.

Includes
  • Visit to Thermopylae
  • Visit to 2 of the 6 Meteora monasteries
  • Photo stops at the UNESCO Meteora rocks
  • Free time in Kalambaka
  • Pickup and drop-off from/to downtown Athens
  • Air-conditioned Mercedes Minivan
  • WiFi in the minivan
  • English-speaking driver
  • Bottled water
  • Taxes and toll fees
  • Admission ticket to the monasteries and museums (2€)
  • Guided tour
  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
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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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Snacks
  • Jacket

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • The road trip has a duration of almost 4 hours each way (drive time is subject to traffic conditions), but it still is faster than taking the train and you'll get to visit the famous Thermopylae too
  • This activity is not suitable for infants or late-pregnant women because of the long trip
  • The driver is a local host and will give you details and orientation but is not allowed to escort you inside the museum and the monasteries
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 19 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.2/5
  • Transportation
    4.2/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5

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Really good experience glad we went for this over the train. It's quite a long journey but well worth it. Pick up was prompt, in a nice MPV. We even managed to get some sleep on the journey and we had a rest stop about half way there. We were dropped off as close to the entrance as possible at 3 of the monasteries with no time limits, enabling us to spend more time at Varlaam and less time at the Holy Trinity. Our driver also stopped off at a few viewing spots. Return journey was also good with the stop at Thermopylae and another rest stop.

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July 3, 2022

this tour was great the scenery seemed like it was something out of a movie and our guide Antony was the best he made sure we didn't want for anything. From food runs to bathroom breaks and even the perfect photo, Antony was right there making sure we got the best of our experience. I would definitely recommend

May 31, 2022

We had the best experience! Our driver, Antoni, was patient, accommodating, flexible, and showed us the best of Meteora! He stopped at all the great viewpoints and gave us the option to visit more than one monastery. The drive is so challenging but our ride was comfortable and we didn't even notice. We had so much fun and we slept the entire way back.

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May 14, 2022

Product ID: 367105