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Thessaloniki: Meteora Full-Day Private or Shared Bus Tour

1. Thessaloniki: Meteora Full-Day Private or Shared Bus Tour

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.

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Panoramic Meteora and Monasteries Tour from Kalampaka

2. Panoramic Meteora and Monasteries Tour from Kalampaka

After a pick-up at your hotel in Kalabaka or Kastraki you’ll travel a few miles northwest from Kalabaka, to Meteora. The impressive rocks of Meteora rise from the plains of Thessaly, and are one of the most amazing sites in Greece. Many centuries ago, on these gigantic rocks reaching heights of close to 2,000 feet, one of the most important monastic communities of Greece was formed. During this 4-hour tour you’ll experience spectacular landscapes and marvel at the Byzantine monasteries perched atop the steep rocks. Today only 6 monasteries are still active, operated by a small number of monks and nuns who reside in Meteora. You’ll be able to see all 6 monasteries and have the chance to visit inside 3 of them and admire their priceless artifacts. There will be numerous photo stops along the way, so you'll be able to record your memories. Enjoy short walks during the excursion as well.

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Meteora: Daily 5-Hour Highlights Tour in English or Spanish

3. Meteora: Daily 5-Hour Highlights Tour in English or Spanish

Spend a few hours in Meteora and fully experience the magnificence of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about its history, architecture, and the spirituality of its monasteries.  This tour is specially designed for people coming from Athens or Thessaloniki to Meteora by train and departing the same day. At 11:30 AM, your train arrives at Kalabaka Train Station, where your tour leader will be waiting for you holding a sign with your name on it. After boarding a VIP limo mini-bus, make a short stop to have something to eat or snack. Then, begin your wonderful 5-hour tour to see Meteora and all six of its active monasteries.  Explore inside three of them, a unique opportunity exclusive to the local partner. Stop for plenty of photo opportunities and at many secret spots that only locals know. At the end of your tour, you will be transferred back to the train station before your train departs back to Athens or Thessaloniki at 5:15 PM.

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From Athens: Full-Day Rail Tour to Meteora

4. From Athens: Full-Day Rail Tour to Meteora

Catch the train to Kalambaka in the morning from the Athens railway station and enjoy a trip that will give you the chance to admire the beauty of the countryside. Arrive in Kalambaka, a small town built at the foot of the majestic grey rocks, and crowded by the Meteora monasteries. Your driver will be waiting for you holding a sign with your name, and you will board a 19-seater VIP Mercedes minibus that will transfer you to the Meteora monasteries (Meteora is included on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites). For 5 hours, you will have the time to explore three monasteries. Visit the thousand years old hermitages of Bandovas, learn the stories and the legends, and enjoy great views from the most panoramic spots. At the end of the day, your driver will transfer you back to Kalambaka, where you will have the time to stroll around and have a light lunch (not included). At 5:15 PM, the train will depart from Kalambaka and arrive back at 9:25 PM to Athens.

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Athens: Meteora Independent Train Trip and Monastery Tour

5. 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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Meteora: 2-Day and 1-Night Tour by Train from Athens

6. Meteora: 2-Day and 1-Night Tour by Train from Athens

You will independently take the train from Athens train station at 7:20 AM to Kalabaka and admire the beautiful Greek landscapes during your trip to Meteora. Arriving in Kalabaka at 11:30 AM, 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 5:15 PM and you will reach Athens at approximately 9:30 PM.

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Athens: Meteora Small-Group Day Trip & Visit to Thermopylae

7. Athens: Meteora Small-Group Day Trip & Visit to Thermopylae

Admire the authentic mainland of Greece, first visiting the historic Thermopylae, the original location of the famous battle between ancient Greeks and Persians in 480 B.C. See the battlefield, the statue of King Leonidas and visit the museum. The journey continues with beautiful views of the mountains and fields until you reach Meteora.  Visit two of the six remaining Byzantine monasteries, built back in the 14th and 16th centuries. Take photos and videos of the marvellous landscape while your guide shares the local history. Afterward, your driver will take you to Kalambaka, a scenic town below the rocks with many options for a delicious traditional Greek lunch.  Visit the oldest church in the area, where you see a Greek inscription on the wall which testifies to the existence of an ancient Greek temple at the same location. During your free time in Kalambaka you may also visit the Natural History Museum.

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Meteora Sunset Tour on E-bikes

8. Meteora Sunset Tour on E-bikes

Take part in this wonderful e-bike tour through the rocks and monasteries of Meteora. The excursion starts from the centre of Kalambaka, just below the rocks of Meteora. Your group will then head toward this UNESCO protected area, where you will see and learn everything about this amazing location. Using electric bikes makes this ride easy and gives the rider the chance to explore without worrying about the slope of the route. There will also be a number of stops allowing you to take in the beauty of the surroundings. The tour leader will give you a comprehensive explanation of the area, geological phenomena, culture and religion. The tour covers six functional monasteries and many of the old monasteries' remains and hermit caves. Unfortunately, you will not be able to go inside of the monasteries, as they are closed during this tour. After an amazing ride, you'll go to one of the most beautiful spots of the area to enjoy the majestic sunset over the cliffs. 

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From Athens: Delphi and Meteora 2-Day Tour with Hotel

9. From Athens: Delphi and Meteora 2-Day Tour with Hotel

Travel back in time on a 2-day tour to the archaeological site of Delphi and the historic Orthodox monasteries built on the rocks of Meteora. Day 1: Depart Athens for the ancient site of the Oracle of Delphi. Travel by air-conditioned coach through the pretty towns and villages of Thebes, Levadia and Arachova on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Explore the ruins of the ancient sanctuary of Pythia on arrival. Then, continue to Kalabaka for your overnight stay. Day 2: Marvel at the stunning rock formations of Meteora, and visit the monasteries built to serve the monks and nuns following the teachings of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Return to Athens via Trikala and Lamia. Stop at Thermopylae to look at the monument to the Greek warrior king Leonidas I before your arrival in Athens in the early evening.

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Meteora: Full Day Trip by Train from Thessaloniki

10. Meteora: Full Day Trip by Train from Thessaloniki

You will take the train from Thessaloniki Train Station departing at 8:18 AM towards Kalambaka (you change trains at Paliofarsalos) and admire the beautiful Greek landscapes during your trip. You will be greeted by the team upon arrival at the Kalambaka train station at 11:30 AM and then and then you will begin your customized special panoramic midday Meteora tour. Take an amazing 5-hour Meteora tour, see all 6 monasteries and take a visit inside three of them. Your tour guide will give you full attention and care as the group will be small. There will be plenty of photo opportunity stops at secret places, that only locals know, will make your tour a unique experience. At the end you will be transferred back to Kalambaka Train Station to catch the train back to Thessaloniki. The train departs at 5:15 PM (you change trains at Paliofarsalos) and you will arrive in Thessaloniki at 8:30 PM.

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What people are saying about Kalabaka

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 827 reviews

Excellent tour, our guide Krisi (hope I got it right) was so knowledgeable and as we are with 5 year old, she knew how to make whole experience easy and fun for everyone. Highly recommended

It was great - an easy comfortable tour in a pleasant company. Impressions from what he saw are only positive, from beauty "the spirit intercepts", there are simply no words

We had a great experience going to Meteora. The drive was long, but the experience of visiting the monasteries was worth it. Our driver was very helpful.

Jannis is a very good guide. He knows his history and is very patient. I highly recommend the trip, the scenery is breathtaking.

Once you booked your plan date you will receive the email for pick up points and it was great during our tour.