1. Greece
  2. Attica
  3. Athens
  4. Meteora

Athens: Meteora Independent Train Trip and Monastery Tour

Product ID: 193883
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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
Duration: 14 hours
Starting time 7:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Greek
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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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
What’s Not Included
  • 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)

Prepare for the activity

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 104 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.9 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.9 / 5
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As a solo traveler this was the most easy,safe,comfortable & informative tour I’ve had. Upon researching this was the one that gave me precise details of how to get where & what to expect. The subway & train is easy to navigate. Much faster then driving from Athens. I wanted first class in the train but no seats. Didn’t matter coz found out the train was clean&seats properly numbered, people also just fine. There were a few child beggars going up & down the aisles but the conductor sent them away. 4 hours went by fast w/lovely scenery to look at outside. The tour guide was waiting as promised & was easy to find. He was a big Greek guy, very funny,friendly w/lots of info. We first stopped for a quick breakfast. Meteora is absolute breathtaking. The landscape is like none in the world. It’s one of the places to see before you die! The monasteries are incredible. How they were made on top of cliffs is mind boggling. Weather in end oct was beautiful. I would love to visit again.

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March 6, 2020

Meteora ROCKS.  I found the company name to to be an appropriate play on words.  If you ever have the privilege to visit Meteora; I would highly recommend this tour company.  Our guide Dinos was exceptional; his vast historical knowledge, gifted intellectual capacity and ability to relay this knowledge in an entertaining format was refreshing.  Meteora is a very spiritually uplifting location with an incredible history and "Meteora Rocks" is a tour company worthy of presenting the story.  Thank you for a memorable experience

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February 8, 2020

It is a totally worthwhile tour. The trip is long, it is 4 hours by train from Athens (and around the same), but again, it is worth it. The place is exceptional. The guide was very kind, but he does not enter the monasteries with you, but he explains to you while he takes you and then you have free time to tour them. The monasteries and landscapes are impressive. Each monastery you must pay, it is not included (3 euros approx each). Free time to explore them is not abundant but enough.

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January 8, 2020

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Product ID: 193883