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

Meteora: Easy Hiking Adventure

Product ID: 193718
Hike through ancient paths among the giant rocks, discover historical places and enjoy a hike suitable for the whole family. Discover sights which are hidden away from the public eye, and admire the church of Ypapanti.
About this activity
Duration: 4.5 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Greek

Pickup included

From your accommodation in Kalambaka or Kastraki.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Hike in a beautiful landscape filled with history
  • View impressive monastries hidden in the mountains
  • Learn local history from your certified mountain guide
Full description
An ideal activity for the whole family, this is an alternative way for you to discover Meteora. This tour is the only way is for travellers who want to immerse themselves in area's history and get a closer look at this bizarre and amazing geological formation. The footpaths have a long tradition as for many hundreds of years they were the only form of roads leading to the monasteries. You can find different forms of human modifications along the paths either with carved stairs or wooden stairs helping the transportation of equipment and everyday needs.

Your tour starts from Kalambaka, where you board a luxury mini-bus and head to Kastraki, where the hiking-path begins. The route takes you to the heart of the green forest and leads you to the abandoned and restored Monastery of Visitation of Jesus and to the statue of Papathymios Vlahavas (a fighter during the rebellion against the Turks). Also, you will see St Dimitrios church which was used as headquarters by the rebels during the Greek-Turkish war and which was destroyed by Ottomans in the early 18th century.

From there, your path leads you to the top of the rocks until you will reach the impressive monasteries of “Great Meteoron” and “Varlaam”. Then descend through a path to Kastraki, where you pass near the cave of St George Mandilas. Here, every year people climb to hang their handkerchiefs, as tradition dictates.
Includes
  • Round trip from your accommodation either Kalambaka or Kastraki
  • Certified English-speaking mountain guide
  • Bottled water
  • Entry to 1 monastery
  • Wifi on-board
  • Taxes and services
What’s Not Included
  • Entrance to other monasteries (€3)
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes
Know before you go
• Wear comfortable shoes and clothes
• Raincoat and a hat recommended
• A second change of clothes recommended in case that you get sweaty
• Bring a backpack with bottled water
• A hat or a skullcap.
• Distance about 8 km
• Difficulty level easy
• Please be ready and wait at the reception area at least 10 minutes before the meeting time
• Credit cards are not accepted for paying the monasteries entrance fees
• Animals are not allowed to enter the monasteries.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 / 5

based on 6 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    5 / 5
  • Organization
    5 / 5
  • Value for money
    5 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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We had a wonderful time with Maria, Chris and Zoe. We were the only ones to book that morning hike, so it was a private guided hike. I would say it is medium to moderate as the first part is definitely steep getting to the Great Meteora Monastery - it was well worth it!

31 March 2019

It is the best way to discover everything without missing anything. Easy, distractive, interesting, highly recomended to enjoy !! We had a wonderful time

15 September 2019

We had a wonderful time with Maria, Chris and Zoe. We were the only ones to book that morning hike, so it was a private guided hike. I would say it is medium to moderate as the first part is definitely steep getting to the Great Meteora Monastery - it was well worth it!

31 March 2019

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Meteora Rocks

Product ID: 193718