1. Greece
  2. Epirus
  3. Kalabaka
  4. Meteora

Ioannina: Meteora Full-Day Private Tour

Product ID: 148526
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Take a private tour to visit one of the most spectacular sights in Greece, Meteora. An incredible rock formation that is home to the largest Eastern Orthodox monastery in the region. There are six monasteries that make up this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
About this activity
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Duration: 8.5 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
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Live tour guide
English

Pickup included

Your hotel or other point in the city of Ioannina. Pick-up is 10 - 30 minutes before tour departure time.

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the incredible Meteora rocks, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Feel the monastic spirit and admire the rich tradition that has gone on for more than 800 years
  • Enjoy the astonishing view of the valley and the river Pineios from the balconies of the monasteries
  • Admire the fresco mural paintings which date back to 16th century
  • Take a short stop at Metsovo, one of the most picturesque and traditional villages of Epirus
Full description
This memorable tour starts from your hotel. From there, it will take nearly 2 hours to reach the giant volumes of the rocky forest of Meteora. This incredible rock formation faces the city of Kalambaka and the Pineios River that flows slowly along the plain of Thessaly. The origins of the monastic communities are lost in time. It seems however, the first monks settled on the top of the rocks and established the first monasteries in the 12th century. At its peak, this monastic community consisted of almost 20 monasteries. Nowadays, only 6 of them are still active. They are not open all week long as once a week each of them remains closed.

Depending on the day of your tour, you may visit either the Grand Meteoron or Varlaam Monastery, and perhaps the nunnery of St. Stephen, which provides full access through a bridge, for those who are not able to climb up the high staircase of the other monasteries. 

The visit in Meteora will last almost 2 hours. After, there is an option for lunch in Kalambaka before you begin the return trip. On the way, you may be able to take a short stop in Metsovo, a small mountainous village which is the birthplace of the famous Vlach community. It is home to the descendants of the old Roman guards, that still speak their own peculiar dialect. Here, don't miss the chance to take a photo with one of the old ladies that stay close to tradition wearing their traditional handmade costumes on a day-to-day basis. You can also enjoy a Greek coffee at the traditional kafenion.
Includes
  • Private guided tour
  • Visit to one or two monasteries
  • Private transport with a professional driver
  • Transport insurance
  • Fuel cost, toll fees and taxes
What’s Not Included
  • Entrance fees to the monasteries
  • Food
  • Beverages and personal expenses
  • Travel tour insurance

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Know before you go
• At the time of booking, please provide your hotel name and location and you will be notified by email about the pick-up details
• Pick-up will occur before the tour departure time
• It is recommended you wear comfortable shoes
• Please bring sunscreen and a light jacket for the air breeze
• To enter the monasteries you must wear a long-sleeve top and long-pants, otherwise you will be denied entry

From £229.92 Per group up to 6