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I would definitely recommend this tour, and if you only have one spare day for a trip while you're in Athens, I would make it this tour :-) It was a holiday highlight. Meteora was amazing and the views were awesome. Our tour guides, George and Jannis were lovely. The commentary was really informative and they were more than happy to take photos while you were there. I was really happy with the stop offs that we did on the tour - the hermit caves, followed by multiple stops for photos and two monasteries. We had a lovely day! It is a long day, but well worth it, and the tour wasn't as physically tiring as I expecting, due to the bus / group being fairly small and not having to walk for hours, which is a bonus. Thank you to George and Janni for a lovely time!
Great organization by travel company, train tickets received electronically a few days before trip and tour bus was waiting for us upon arrival to Meteora. Long day but well worth it for the spectacular views (plus the town was a little sleepy not sure if it would be worth staying overnight). The guide was informative and funny while he provided commentary on the bus between picture spots and monasteries. Tips: there are dress codes (not explicitly mentioned) girls needed to wear skirts and cover shoulders (shawls and sarongs were provided at entrances for free) while guys had to have pants that went below the knee where the nuns were, they would not let them use sarongs & were quite strict - would pack a pair of jeans to be able to go in.
An amusing and knowledgable courier who guided us smoothly throught the major sights. The order of the visits was sensible, with the most strenuous first. Each of the abbeys was special in its own way: whether it was the remarkable frescoes of the Great Meteora, the more intimate Varlaam abbey or the lovely formal gardens of St. Stephens. Varlaam paid somewhat more attention to the visitor experience with, for instance, appropriate music playing in the antechurch and clear walkways to help visitors move around smoothly. Our courier was careful to make sure that the group were briefed on eating and drinking needs. The supply of water bottles were very welcome.
This is a great tour. We did it the first day we arrived to learn more about the area and the monasteries then spent the next 2 days hiking. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. The monasteries and views are amazing and the sunset was breathtaking. The only downfall was that there was a Spanish speaking family who had an interpreter with them. I’m not sure if this was supplied by the tour company or if he was a personal friend, but he had to repeat everything the guide said and as it was a small bus, and he was rather loud, this was quite distracting.
If you are visiting Greece, you HAVE to visit Meteora. One of the best days of our trip to Greece, the organization was perfect, we got everything on time (train tickets, reminders of the departure time, gathering point...etc). The bus was very comfortable. The guide and the driver were perfect and very nice, they provide us with all the information we needed, they were great photographers too ;) . This place is amazing. Do not hesitate and book your trip, you won't regret it!!