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From Athens: Full-Day Meteora Trip by Train

1. From Athens: Full-Day Meteora Trip by Train

Redeem your e-ticket for the 7:20 AM departure from Athens and travel to Kalambaka on your own. Sit back and admire the beautiful landscapes along the way. The train ride takes about 4 hours and it is recommended that you bring your own food and drinks. Upon arrival in Kalambaka at approximately 11:30 AM, meet your guide at the train station and start your 5-hour, customized, panoramic Meteora tour. See all 6 monasteries of the stunning rock formation over 5 hours. Look inside 3 of the UNESCO World Heritage monuments for a glimpse behind their imposing walls. Stop to take photos from locations that only the locals know about. Get dropped off at Kalambaka Train Station, to make the 5:15 PM departure for Athens, scheduled to arrive at 9:30 PM.

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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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Majestic Sunset on Meteora Rocks Tour from Kalampaka

4. Majestic Sunset on Meteora Rocks Tour from Kalampaka

Your 4-hour sunset tour begins with a pick-up at your Kalambaka or Kastraki hotel, and a drive by VIP limo minibus to the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora. Travel in comfort and safety in a luxury air-conditioned VIP minibus to the unique and world-famous rock forest of Meteora. Enjoy a comprehensive tour that takes you to all 6 monasteries, with the opportunity to visit the interior of 1 or 2 of them. Your tour leader will remain with you throughout, providing information about the area in your language. At the end of the monastery tour you’ll be able to enjoy one of the best sunsets in Greece from the best vantage point in Meteora.

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

5. 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: Full Day Trip by Train from Thessaloniki

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

7. 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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Meteora: Sunset Tour from Kalambaka

8. Meteora: Sunset Tour from Kalambaka

When the tourists have returned to their hotels you’ll be heading out on this late afternoon tour of Meteora. Visit a monastery and see other places that only locals know. Marvel at the amazing views and hear about the history and traditions of this special place. On this unique 4-hour tour you’ll see the thousand-year-old Bandovas hermitages inside caves high up on the rocks and hear the amazing story of one of the most ancient churches in Greece, the Byzantine Church of the Virgin Mary in Kalambaka. The church building was once an ancient temple dedicated to the god Apollo. Enjoy panoramic views from the perfect spot in Meteora to see the sunset. As the sun slowly sinks below the horizon the magnificent rocky landscape of Meteora comes to life. It becomes easy to understand why the site was chosen for these monasteries.

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Meteora: Full-Day Private Trip from Athens or Piraeus

9. 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 Thessaloniki: Train Trip to Meteora & Monastery Tour

10. From Thessaloniki: Train Trip to Meteora & Monastery Tour

Departing at 8:00 AM, pass by the unique landscape as it alternates between mountains and sea. The route crosses by the foot of the mythical Mt Olympus, where in ancient times it was believed to be the residence of the 12 Gods. Next, it leads you to Palaeofarsalos train station. Here in the greater surrounding area, lies the home of the ancient tribe of Mirmidones, a group of legendary ancient warriors who had the mythical Achilles as their leader, who played an important role in the outcome of the Trojan War. In Kalambaka you will arrive at approximately 11:30 AM. A guide will be there holding a sign board to welcome you and start the tour. After which, you will on-board on a luxury mini-bus drive, sit, relax and enjoy the unique landscape. From here your tour to the Meteora Monasteries will begin. You can admire the amazing christian architecture, and discover how monasteries have been influenced over time, having existed for over 700 years. Grasp the opportunity and ask the specialized guide all the questions that you may have. Take photos at imposing places and capture sublime memories in this amazing experience.  After the tour ends you will be transferred to Kalabaka's city center where you will have over an hour to spend under the shadow of giant rocks either having lunch or a coffee or ehatever you want to. You will get all the necessary information on how to get to the train station, which is around 5 minutes walk from the city centre. You must be at the train station no later than 5:00 PM in order to catch the train back to Thessaloniki.

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What people are saying about Kalabaka

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 74 reviews

The scenery was beautiful! Tour guide was very knowledgeable and enjoyable. Please note: there are MANY stairs involved in reaching some of the monasteries, so if you have knee issues you will only be able to easily access one of the monasteries. It did not ruin the experience for me- it is still great! Also, I would recommend staying the night- the town looked adorable.

The journey is a bit tiring, more than 4 hours by train, but you can sleep along the way and the show is worth the trip. Well organized, the times for the visits are correct and the guide and the bus accompany you all the time. I recommend it

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

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.

An interesting excursion, optimally in time for 1 day from Athens! Great guide Christa, answered all questions and was very welcoming, thank you!