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Thessaloniki: Full-Day Bus Trip to Meteora

1. Thessaloniki: Full-Day Bus Trip to Meteora

Embark on a full-day bus trip to Meteora from Thessaloniki. Explore this UNESCO world heritage site and admire the unique landscape. Depart Thessaloniki in the morning and journey to the amazing monastery complex of Meteora to visit 2 of the 6 holy monasteries, depending on their operating schedule. Get access to holy sites such as the women's Monastery of Agios Stefanos with its impressive wood-carved iconostasis, or visit the Monastery of the Holy Trinity, perched on the top of a rocky precipice over 400 meters high. Alternatively, discover the tower of the old preserved net at the Monastery of Varlaam, or explore the largest of the monasteries at the Monastery of Great Meteoron. Take in panoramic views of these incredible structures and the stunning landscape. Enjoy a traditional Greek lunch in Kastraki, near the city of Kalampaka, before heading back to Thessaloniki.

Zakynthos Island: Navagio Shipwreck Beach & Blue Caves Tour

2. Zakynthos Island: Navagio Shipwreck Beach & Blue Caves Tour

Discover the beauty of Zakynthos island on a combined minibus and glass-bottom speedboat tour. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up at your accommodation. Swim in azure caves, visit Navagio Shipwreck beach, and see sights like a 2000-year-old olive tree and Kalamaki Beach. Be picked up from the comfort of your hotel or nearby accommodation in an air-conditioned bus and listen as your guide will share with you the day's tour plan. Explore the north-east of Zakynthos Island by, stop in Katastari to snap pictures of panoramic views of Alykes Beach. See a Xigia beach which has a natural spa with sulfur and collagen, and the rocky shore of Makris Gialos Beach. Hop aboard the glass-bottom speedboat and visit the stunning Navagio Shipwreck beach. Walk on the fine golden sands and take pictures with the boat. On the way back to the harbor, you'll get the chance to swim inside the beautiful blue caves of the area. Purchase lunch at the shipwreck panoramic viewpoint before hitting some more photo hotspots like the 2000-year-old olive tree in the charming town of Exo Chora. View the island of Agios Sostis, the 8-kilometer-long Kalamaki Beach before transferring back to your hotel.

Best of Athens Small-Group Segway Tour

3. Best of Athens Small-Group Segway Tour

Your tour leader will start with a 30-minute training session to help you get comfortable on your Segway. Within minutes you’ll realize just how easy and intuitive it is! The tour will start by visiting the area where, in antiquity, everything ended! Keramikos area was the ancient cemetery but also one of the entrances to Athens. Then follow almost the same path as the ancient Greeks to visit the Ancient Agora, the heart of ancient Athens and the Roman agora. Without breaking a sweat, drive over to the next stop, the most important one, Mars hill and the entrance to the Acropolis. Take in the sight of this majestic world icon from your unique viewpoint on a Segway as you visit from the outside. This is a perfect photo opportunity! But wait… there is more! From here, easily ride up the Pnyka Hill — no tired feet! — and discover its off-the-beaten track terraced area where democracy was born and follow the path that  leads on to Athens’(Acropolis) best panoramic view. Roll through the pedestrian street around the hill of Acropolis so as to meet the “Roman” part of the city, where the temple of Zeus and the gate of Andrian stands. Then visit the first modern Olympic “village”, the Zappion mansion and the Panathinaikon Stadium, to discover where the first modern Olympic Games took place andl glide on to the national gardens, to ease your mind like kings and queens used to do! A sure highlight of the day is the presidential guards, with their unique and meaningful uniform. Right before heading back, you will have the change to get a picture next to the guards, a must-do here in Athens! If you are looking for a fun, eco-friendly way to discover the best that Modern Athens has to offer in just a few hours – you’ll love this Modern Athens Segway Tour! You’ll cover more ground and see more without the effort it would take the cover the same route on foot.

From Athens: Meteora 2-Day Trip by Train with a Local Guide

4. From Athens: Meteora 2-Day Trip by Train with a Local Guide

You will independently take the train from Athens train station at 7:57 AM to Kalabaka and admire the beautiful Greek landscapes during your trip to Meteora. Arriving in Kalabaka at 12:05 PM, be picked up from the train station and transferred to check into your reserved hotel. After lunch, prepare yourself for the Meteora majestic sunset tour. You will be picked up from your hotel in the afternoon and after the tour be brought back to your hotel or to Kalabaka town for a short walk. The next morning at 09:00 AM, be picked up from your hotel and join a comprehensive Meteora morning tour or a Meteora hiking tour. For the next 4-hours, you have the chance to experience all the beauty of the unique phenomenon of Meteora and the holy monasteries on top of the rock giants. After the tour ends, transfer back to your hotel where you can get ready for your departure back to Athens. Your train will depart at 6:22 PM and you will reach Athens at approximately 10:30 PM.

Nea Makri: Marathon Cape & Bay of Schinias Snorkeling Trip

5. Nea Makri: Marathon Cape & Bay of Schinias Snorkeling Trip

Come on board a snorkeling trip to enjoy the warm and clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Delight in a 4.5-hour excursion of snorkeling and swimming on this excursion to Marathon Cape and Bay of Schinias. After a 20-minute speedboat ride from Marathon beach, you'll be exploring the beautiful, hidden bays of Marathon Cape. Let your guide show you how to use the snorkeling equipment, and then plunge into the gorgeous waters to see all the vibrant marine life of the region! Enjoy snacks and refreshments on board throughout the day.  Later, relax on the sandy beach or swim in the crystal clear waters of Schinias Bay.

Rhodes: Pirates' Route Sea Kayaking Tour

6. Rhodes: Pirates' Route Sea Kayaking Tour

Take half a day to explore the East Coast of Rhodes from the water, with a sea kayaking tour. Paddle along the coastline and discover 3 beaches up close. Take in the stunning colors of the Mediterranean sea and admire the interesting rock formations. Begin the Pirates' Route sea kayaking tour at Kathara Beach in Faliraki. Meet your guide and learn all you need to know about safety before climbing into your very own double kayak. As you glide over the Mediterranean waters, take opportunities to dive into the colorful sea directly from the kayak. Discover sea caves and local beaches, before enjoying a picnic lunch at a favorite local beach. Try out snorkeling and discover life below the water's surface. If you're feeling adventurous, get your adrenaline pumping by cliff-jumping off the surrounding rocks. Full of experience and a traditional Greek picnic, head back to Faliraki. As you go, listen to entertaining local myths, and facts about the geography, and enjoy some time to spot some wildlife in their natural habitat.

Thessaloniki: Meteora Day Tour by Train with Optional Lunch

7. Thessaloniki: Meteora Day Tour by Train with Optional Lunch

Discover the wonders of Meteora on a guided day trip from Thessaloniki. Enjoy a scenic train ride to Kalabaka with included round-trip tickets and taste local flavors during an optional lunch at a restaurant. Redeem your train e-ticket (received after booking) for the morning 8:56 AM train departure from Thessaloniki’s railway station to Kalabaka on your own. Embark on a train ride through the Greek countryside and admire the beautiful landscapes. At 12:03 PM, arrive at Kalabaka’s train station, where a tour guide will be waiting for you holding a signboard with your name on it. Board a minibus and officially begin your unforgettable journey to this true wonder called Meteora. During the guided tour, see all six of Meteora's monasteries and admire the interior of three of them. View some of Meteora’s most spectacular hidden gems like the ancient Chapel of Doupiani and the magnificent St. George “Mandilas” cave. Discover the “other side” of Meteora as you explore. Learn the truth about why the hermits settled in these imposing caves a thousand years ago and how the monks achieved the impossible. As the trip comes to a close, enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views and capture some amazing photos that you will cherish forever. At around 4:30 PM, enjoy transfer back to Kalabaka’s train station or at a nearby local restaurant if the optional lunch is selected. Enjoy approximately an hour of free time to explore Kalabaka on foot before taking the 6:22 PM train back to Thessaloniki.

Athens: Private 3-Hour City Tour on Eco-Friendly Tuk Tuk

8. Athens: Private 3-Hour City Tour on Eco-Friendly Tuk Tuk

Explore Athens on an eco-friendly, 100% electric tuk-tuk that’s perfect for getting around on the city’s narrow roads. Let your private driver take you to the must-see locations of the city on this 3-hour tour. Start by visiting the most emblematic monuments at the center of the city: see the Greek Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Academy of Athens, and the Agios Dionysios Areopagitis Church.   Then, climb up Mount Lycabettus, a hill located in the city, and take in gorgeous 360-degree views of Athens. Follow this with visits to the Ancient Olympic Stadium, the Temple of Zeus, and Hadrian’s Arch.   Continue on to the Plaka neighborhood with its charming streets, restaurants, bars, and shops. See Romain Agora, Hadrian's Library and the Ancient Agora. Finally, visit the Acropolis, a sight you simply can’t miss. Your driver will end your tour by passing through Thissio and Monastiraki’s flea market.

From Kalampaka: 5-Hour Hiking Tour of Meteora

9. From Kalampaka: 5-Hour Hiking Tour of Meteora

The ideal way to experience Meteora’s unique beauty and interesting rock formations is by walking, as it is the only way to really observe the impressive rock formations and strange patterns. On a half-day guided hike, you will be taken up close to these structures and led directly to the best vantage points in the area. After being transported from Kalampaka, the hiking tour begins from Kastraki Square, continuing to Dupiani Hermitage. Pass below the ruined Pantokratoros Monastery on the north side of Dupiani's rock, arriving at the Ypapanti Monastery and the ruins of St. Dimitrios, a monastery destroyed by the Ottomans in 1808 during a local uprising. From there, the trail leads all the way up to the impressive Great Meteoro and Varlaam monasteries, 2 of 6 total Eastern Orthodox monasteries in the area, all part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour the grounds, and afterward, go down from Varlaam to St. George the Madilas to see the place where the local children climb with only a rope to dedicate offerings to St. George.

Meteora Electric Bike Tour

10. Meteora Electric Bike Tour

Participate in a wonderful e-bike tour through the rocks and monasteries of Meteora. The excursion starts at approximately 9:00 am from the center of Kalambaka, just below the rocks of Meteora. The group heads to UNESCO's protected area, where the visitor will see and learn everything about this amazing location. Using electric bikes makes this ride easy and gives the rider the chance to explore and enjoy without worrying about the slope of the route. Your leader will give you a comprehensive explanation of the area, the geological phenomenon, culture, and religion, with many stops for sightseeing. The tour covers all six functional monasteries and many of the old monasteries' remains and hermit caves. The visitor can choose to visit three of the operating monasteries. You will have plenty of opportunities for amazing photos and for enjoying the beautiful views of the rock formations and the valley below. The tour will finish at approximately 1 pm at the point it started.

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Booked for my mum and her partner, they really enjoyed the experience and found it to be a good level of difficulty although being a little challenging at points. The other people booked on couldn’t make it so they had a private tour in the end which they really enjoyed!

Excellent trip!!! Wonderful guide Helen: thank you very much for your guidance and bringing us joy with the magnificent views of Meteora! The drive was comfortable, thanks to the driver. In overall one of the best trip we have taken!

This tour was incredible, you get to see and learn so much in just 3 hours. Our tour guide was the most knowledgeable and most friendly person we have met in Greece. I 1000% recommend this tour and will refer him to everyone I know.

This was a great hike getting to see the rocks of Meteora up close. It made the views at the end from Sunset Rock that much better!

excellent guide, great hike and beautiful tour of monestary.