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Athens: Meteora Independent Train Trip and Monastery Tour

1. Athens: Meteora Independent Train Trip and Monastery Tour

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.

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4-Day Tour of Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi & Meteora

2. 4-Day Tour of Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi & Meteora

Day 1: Corinth Canal (short stop). Drive to Epidaurus, and pay a visit to the archaeological site and to the theatre, famous for its remarkable acoustics. Continue on to Nauplia for a short stop. Next, drive to Mycenae where you will visit the fascinating archaeological site. Depart for Olympia, passing through the central Peloponnese area and passing the cities of Megalopolis and Tripolis. Finally, arrive in Olympia for dinner and overnight stay. There is also a possibility of staying in Nauplia instead. (Dinner included). Day 2: In the morning visit the archaeological site and the museum of Olympia. Drive via Patras to Rion, cross the channel to Antirion on the state of the art suspension bridge, known as the longest and most modern in Europe. Arrive in Nafpaktos, then continue to Delphi. Enjoy dinner and overnight stay in Delphi. (Breakfast and dinner included). Day 3: First, visit the archaeological site and the museum of Delphi. Depart for Kalambaka, passing through Amphissa, Lamia and Trikala. Arrive in Kalambaka, and savor a dinner before your overnight stay. (Breakfast and dinner included). Day 4: In the morning, visit the breathtaking Meteora. In the early afternoon, start the drive back to Athens passing via Thermopylae and Kammena Vourla. (Breakfast included). This tour offers the opportunity to visit the most impressive historical Greek sites, giving you an insight into the glorious past of Greece.

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From Athens: Trip to Meteora by Train with Overnight Stay

3. From Athens: Trip to Meteora by Train with Overnight Stay

This is a 2-day tour from Athens to Meteora and includes an overnight stay at a hotel, train tickets, and tours on the Meteora Rocks and monasteries in a small group. Receive your tickets and go to the Central Railway Station of Athens (Stathmos Larissis) at 7 AM. Board the train to Kalampaka and arrive in Meteora at 11:30 AM. Pickup from the train station and drive to the hotel where you will be picked up again for the sunset tour. See all the six monasteries, a hermitage, and a Byzantine church so you will be immersed in the history of the area. Afterward, you will be transferred back to your hotel. Now you have free time to spend exploring Kalambaka. Find excellent museums including the National History Museum and Digital Projection Centre of Meteora. Wander every corner of the city and discover restaurants to taste the excellent local cuisine.  The next day, choose to take either the midday Monastery tour or the hiking in Meteora tour. After your activity, you will be driven back to the center of Kalabaka and you will have over an hour to spend under the shadow of the giant rocks either having lunch or a coffee or whatever you wish. You will then be given all the necessary information of how to catch the train back to Athens. The train journey is 4 hours long so please bring a book or be prepared to talk to other passengers.

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Thessaloniki: Private Day Trip to Meteora

4. Thessaloniki: Private Day Trip to Meteora

Enjoy a private tour to the stunning Meteora rocks from Thessaloniki. Discover magnificent monasteries built between the 14th-16th centuries, and marvel at how the monks even managed to construct them in the first place. After convenient pickup at your accommodation in Thessaloniki, make your way toward Meteora. As you arrive through narrow winding rows, catch an awe-inspiring first glimpse of the Great Monastery, as its known. Try to fathom the majesty and size of a building constructed atop a huge sandstone column. Upon arrival, hike up to the monasteries in the cooler morning hours, giving you time to see as much of the site as possible. Unfortunately, the monasteries do not open every day, so you will only be able to visit 2 or 3 of the 6 monasteries, depending on the day you go. As you climb up the hill toward the first monastery, wonder how on earth the monks managed to build this incredible place. Building materials could only be brought up by a system of ropes, baskets, and pulleys, and the same went for getting provisions in and out of the community. One of the monasteries you will visit is the Holy Trinity, which is the most isolated and most difficult to reach. For this reason, it makes sense to choose to tackle the 140 steps to reach it first. Revel in the reward of phenomenal panoramic views, and see why Holy Trinity was given a starring role in the James Bond film, “For Your Eyes Only.” St. Stephen's is probably the most accessible monastery as it's situated on the plain, rather than perched on a vertiginous clifftop. Join the friendly cats who love to bask on the sun-drenched walls outside this little monastery. Admire the carved door furniture and the way the sun hits the stone and casts long shadows, and get a glimpse into monastic life through the little, open monk's cell at St. Nicholas. On the way out of the Grand Meteoron Monastery (the largest of the 6), don’t forget to follow a time-honored tradition by slipping a little note into the crack in the rocks. Finally, end your tour in Kalampaka for lunch, and relish finger-licking meals fresh from the farms around. The tour concludes with drop-off back at your accommodation in Thessaloniki.

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From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Meteora

5. From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Meteora

Following early morning pick-up from Thessaloniki, journey by luxurious air-conditioned bus to Kalambaka for an estimated arrival time of 11:30. Upon arrival, go to the famous rock formations of Meteora and marvel at the enormous columns of rock that rise sharply from the ground. Settled in the 9th century by hermetic monks of the Eastern Orthodox Church, Meteora was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. Of the monasteries that were established in this implausible location, 6 remain well preserved and 4 are still inhabited. Spend approximately 2 hours visiting 2 of the monasteries, and see a vast array of frescoes and religious iconography. Then, enjoy around 1 hour of free time in Kalambaka for lunch (not included) before departing at 15:30. Stop for a coffee along the way, before your arrival in Thessaloniki at around 18:45.

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Meteora: Full-Day Private Trip from Athens or Piraeus

6. Meteora: Full-Day Private Trip from Athens or Piraeus

Set off on an exciting journey of discovery with this fantastic full-day trip to the beautiful Meteora caves. After being picked up by your driver/ guide from Athens or Piraeus, sit back and relax as you drive through the Greek mainland. Take in the stunning countryside as you travel and snap some photos. Have the chance to enjoy lunch at a nearby village on the way.  Reach the Meteora caves, where an unforgettable experience awaits you. Comprising of sandstone and conglomerate, the caves at Meteora are thought to have been inhabited as early as 50,000 years ago. In the 9th century, monks began inhabiting them again and in the 14th century the first monasteries were built. Nowadays, Meteora is home to one of the most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries. As you explore, see all six of these monasteries, built on large naturally-formed pillars. Close to the city of Kalambaka, Meteora is waiting to fascinate you with breathtaking views and unique natural beauty. After your day of exploration, relax once more as you're transferred back to Athens or Piraeus.    

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From Kalabaka: Morning Minibus Meteora Sightseeing Tour

7. From Kalabaka: Morning Minibus Meteora Sightseeing Tour

Take this morning tour and discover the breathtaking Meteora through the eyes of a local. Learn why the hermits settled in the rock caves a thousand years ago and formed an organized monastic community. Your tour leader, your hospitable, well-informed, local friend, will be happy to answer this and any other questions you may have about his culture and history. See all 6 monasteries and visit the three main ones. This is a classic tour, designed with first-time visitors to Meteora in mind, but it is open to everyone! Discover all these amazing highlights, with their remarkable architecture and natural beauty, and marvel at the priceless artistic and heirloom treasures along the way. Enjoy and take amazing photos between the rocks and over the plain of Thessaly.

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From Kalabaka: Half-Day Authentic Meteora Hiking Tour

8. From Kalabaka: Half-Day Authentic Meteora Hiking Tour

Go hiking in Meteora and you’ll experience a unique convergence of nature and spirituality unlike anyplace else in Greece. Discover the paths of the first monks and see this unique geological phenomenon of walking at its heart. Hiking in Meteora will give you the opportunity to see the monasteries and landscapes from a entirely new perspective. The views of Kalampaka and the Meteora Valley throughout the walk are simply stunning. Also have the chance to visit inside 1 monastery (Great Meteoron or Varlaam). Your professional hiking guide will be with you to give you all the information you need about the area. Transport in comfort and safety, by luxury air-conditioned limousine VIP minibus to the starting point.

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Private 2-Day Tour to Delphi & Meteora from Athens

9. Private 2-Day Tour to Delphi & Meteora from Athens

Travel from Athens to mystical Delphi and to the cliff-top monasteries of Meteora on this 2-day tour that’s priced for a group of up to 8 people. Day 1: Athens, Livadeia, Arachova, Delphi, Meteora The tour begins with a pick-up in Athens and a drive that passes by Livadeia and Thebes on the way to the picturesque village of Arachova. Take in breathtaking mountain landscapes en route. Continue on the drive to Delphi, where you'll visit the archaeological sites and ancient theater. You’ll also see the Oracle of Apollo, the Omfalos, the Temple of Athena Pronaia and the Kastaleia Spring. Stop for lunch to enjoy Greek cuisine at a traditional restaurant or tavern overlooking the mountains of Parnassus and Itea. After lunch you’ll continue on to Meteora, where you’ll have some leisure time before heading to your overnight accommodation in either Kalambaka or Kastraki. Day 2: Meteora, Thermopylae, Athens After breakfast, you’ll visit the monasteries of Meteora, built on high natural pillars at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly, near the Pineios River and Pindus Mountains. Monks and nuns still live in the monasteries to this day. After admiring the spectacular panoramic views, you’ll have a break for lunch. The next stop on the tour is at the Battlefield of Thermopylae, where King Leonidas and 300 brave Spartans gave their lives for the freedom of Greece. Honor and Glory was their motto and they achieved both, as the memory of their heroism endures. Following the Thermopylae visit, you will be transferred back to Athens.

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Meteora 2-Day Tour by Train from Thessaloniki

10. Meteora 2-Day Tour by Train from Thessaloniki

Start the tour at Central Railway station of Thessaloniki where the train departs. Pass by the foothills of the mythical Mt Olympus, which was the residence of 12 Olympian Gods. End at the Paleofarsalo train station near where the ancient Mirmidones tribe originated from, the legendary ancient warriors lead by Achileus who played an important role in the Trojan War.  Hop on another train to Kalambaka where you will be met by a guide to welcome you. Begin your breathtaking tour of Meteora rocks and marvel at the breathtaking geological formations at sunset. After this, you will be driven back to your hotel in Kalambaka for free time to explore the city and your overnight stay.  On the second day, choose between a midday tour or a hiking tour. After the tour, you will be driven back to Kalambaka where you will have free time to spend under the shadow of the giant rocks.

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What people are saying about Kalabaka

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 295 reviews

This was a well organized, informative and enjoyable trip. The guide was witty and very knowledgeable, as only someone who grew up there could be. This format is better suited to independently minded travelers: think of it as a minibus transfer between monasteries with live commentary. So nobody will shepherd you into a restaurant or toilet. If you need either, it's up to you within the time window allowed at each stop. Only one monastery had a small kiosk selling light snacks, so bringing sustenance is essential. The guide mentioned that the tour normally starts with a quick lunch, but because the train was delayed the group decided to skip that in favor of a snack on the go.

We had a fantastic hike with Chrisa. She has guided us through secret paths in the middle of nature. She has provided a great explanation about the history of area. The path was not difficult at all (but it is better wear hiking shose) and the views and sceneries were splendid. We highly recommend this tour if you would like to have the real experience of this place.

We were picked up at the hotel on time and our tour started. I was traveling with 2 children who also enjoyed it. The tour guide had a lot of knowledge and explained everything to us very precisely. Great tour, we would book again at any time.

Great guide. I can only recommend the trip to Meteora to everyone. Great setting, great landscape. My wife and I loved it. The guide had a great deal of expertise about the landscape! Clear recommendation !!!!

Tour was great. Weather was not cooperative but we did our best, guide and driver were so accommodating