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

1. 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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Thessaloniki: Private Day Trip to Meteora

2. 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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Meteora Monasteries Tour from Athens

3. Meteora Monasteries Tour from Athens

Your private tour will start from your hotel in Athens and head to the central mainland of Greece. The first stop is the battlefield of Thermopylae and the "Hot Gates" named after the hot springs there. Here is where King Leonidas and 300 brave Spartans gave their lives for the freedom of Greece.  Pass by Trikala, Karditsa, Kalambaka and Kastraki, before finally reaching the Meteora monasteries. They come second in religious importance and size after Mount Athos in orthodox Christianity. Meteora means "middle of the sky", and the monasteries are built on high pillars at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly, near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains. There are still monks and nuns inhabiting them today. You will visit up to 3 monasteries, depending on what time allows before having a memorable Greek lunch. You'll eat at a traditional tavern in Kalambaka or Kastraki where you'll have plenty of choice of Greek dishes to choose from.

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From Athens: Mainland Greece 4-Day Private Tour with Hotel

4. From Athens: Mainland Greece 4-Day Private Tour with Hotel

Day 1: Athens, Canal, ancient Corinth, Mycenae, Nafplion, Olympia Your private four-day tour starts from Athens early in the morning. Drive towards the scenic coastal road of Athens to the magnificent structure of the Corinth Canal, which is in the Peloponnese, the southern peninsula of Greece. The Canal connects the Saronic with the Corinthian Gulf in the Aegean Sea. A dream of the ancients, that came true in 1893. Time for a rest and some amazing photos above the canal. Leave Isthmos and driving to ancient Corinth (the city of Apollo and Aphrodite, plus one of the most important places of St. Paul who lived here for almost two years doing missionary work). Ancient Corinth was an important state city during the ancient years, the richest and most famous port of the ancient Greece. Make a short stop for some great photos. Here you will visit the archaeological site and museum, plus the church that has the 1st Letter to the Corinthians written in four languages: Greek, Arabic, French and English. Then, the driver will take you to Mycenae, the golden city of king Agamemnon, the one who united all the Greek cities to fight for a common purpose against Troy. Mycenae was the city from where the Mycenaean civilization started and has an archaeological site to visit. There you will see the burial Royal Tombs of the kings and queens, the cyclopian walls, the Lion Gate and the treasury of Atreas, the Cyclopean Walls. There is an option to visit Epidaurus where you will be able to see the ancient theater of Epidaurus with its fantastic acoustics that is even used nowadays mostly in the summer for festivals, theatrical plays and music concerts. A must-see is also the sanctuary of Asklipeios, who was the son of the god Apollo. On to Nafplion, the first modern capital of Greece from 1821 till 1834. You will see the castle of the city, the Palamidi that's above the town as well as Mpourtzi the island fortress, the first defence line of the port. This is a wonderful seaside place, ideal to walk around and taste the famous Greek cuisine and have a memorable lunch in a traditional restaurant or tavern. There you can see the old houses of the Nafplion, as well as the local shops that sell handmade objects and jewelry for all tastes and wallets.  After your lunch, you will be driven to Olympia and overnight there. Free leisure time. Day 2: Olympia, Rio Antirio Bridge, Nafpaktos, Itea, Delphi Ancient Olympia is the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games in classical times. There you will visit both the archaeological site and choose between Archaeological Museum of Olympia with a great amount of artifacts and statues, and the Museum of the Olympic Games. The Games were held every four years from the 8th century BC until the 4th century AD. Visit the Temple of Zeus, Pelopion, the stadium, the Temple of Hera, the Phillipeion, the Phidias workshop and many other structures that are worth your attention. You can feel the aura of the Olympic Games, of fighting on the Pallestra or running around the stadium and understand why ancients took the cultivation of body, mind and soul so seriously. After lunch at your choice of restaurant in Olympia, you will drive to Delphi, through the largest cable bridge in Europe, Rio Antirio, and see the magnificent town of Nafpaktos and Itea. Overnight and free time in Delphi. Day 3: Delphi, Amfissa, Lamia, Trikala, Kalambaka, Meteora Delphi was the first touristic attraction of antiquity. It was the place the god Apollo had his sanctuary, were the propheses were given to every man, prince, general and king by the Pythia High Priestess. It was the center of the universe, according to Zeus, king of the gods. You will visit the Oracle of Apollo, the Omfalos, the temple of Athena Pronaia, Kastaleia Spring and see some magnificent artifacts and statues, such as Eniochos the charioteer, the twin Brothers and Sphynx of Naxos. Have lunch in Delphi with a great view of Parnassus and Itea and then you'll head to Meteora, passing by many towns like Amfissa, Lamia (the capital city of the Thessaly Plain), Trikala, Kalambaka. Overnight and free leisure time in Kalambaka or Kastraki. Day 4: Meteora, Thermopylae, Athens After your breakfast you will visit the monasteries of Meteora. They come second in religious importance and size after mount Athos in orthodox christianity. Meteora means "middle of the sky", "suspended in the air" or "in the heavens above" and the monasteries are built on high pillars at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains. Since the 11th century monks and nuns have lived here. The monasteries are: St. Nicolas, Grande Meteoro, Varlaam, Rousannou, Holy Trinity and St. Stephen. You will visit up to three monasteries, depending on the day. Admire the wonderful, panoramic views. After lunch, drive back to Athens with a short stop at the battlefield of Thermopylae or Hotgates and the Hot Springs, where King Leonidas and the 300 brave Spartans gave their lives for the freedom of Greece.

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Meteora: Full-Day Private Trip from Athens or Piraeus

5. 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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Meteora: Private Photography Tour at Sunrise

6. Meteora: Private Photography Tour at Sunrise

The tour begins in the early morning, almost an hour before dawn, with pickup from your hotel in Kalabaka or Kastraki. Drive around the rocks of Meteora and then enjoy a short walk through the woodland in order to find the perfect viewpoint for capturing unforgettable photos of the landscape. As the sun rises, admire the Meteora at it basks in the glow and various shades of the morning sky. Listen to tips and tricks from your expert guide on how to capture the perfect photo at this most advantageous time of day. Once the sun has risen, visit a selection of the monasteries of Meteora which were built several centuries ago by Christians seeking refuge from Ottomon rule. Learn about how these monks believed the higher the monastery was placed, the closer they would be to God. After 4 hours of exploration and photography, the tour concludes and your guide will drop you off at your hotel, or somewhere in Kalabaka if you wish to continue your day with a coffee or brunch in the town.

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Meteora Mountains Private Half-Day Tour from Kalabaka

7. Meteora Mountains Private Half-Day Tour from Kalabaka

Explore the magnificent mountains of Meteora on a tailored-made 4-hour private tour, and see the most important complex of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece after Mount Athos. Your private guide will provide personalized attention throughout your tour, which can be taken in the morning or afternoon. You can customize your own itinerary, or let your local guide lead the way. The 12-seat Mercedes Benz Sprinter minibus offers full leather interiors and wood finishing, climate control, LCD monitors with TV, DVD, USB and memory card slots. Refreshments will also be served on board, and public address systems enable close communication with your guide. During the tour, you will visit the prehistoric cave of Theopetra, said to have been inhabited over 50 millenia ago. Go to 2 of the monasteries of your choice, including the Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron, the largest of the complex. Perched on high cliffs, and accessible by rock-cut stairs, all of the monasteries will allow you to experience close-up the hermetic life of the monks and nuns among weathered peaks and pinnacles.

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Private 2-Day Tour to Delphi & Meteora from Athens

8. 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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Private Meteora Tour from Athens

9. Private Meteora Tour from Athens

Your wonderful trip will start with a pick-up from your hotel in Athens around 9:00 in the morning. On the way to Meteora, enjoy a trip that will give you the chance to admire the beauty of the countryside with comfort and safety. Upon arriving at Kalabaka at approx 12:30 pm make a short stop to relax and enjoy a coffee overviewing Meteora. For the next 4 hours you will have the chance to see all the monasteries and the amazing phenomenon of Meteora while an expert local guide who will give you all the information and the historical background of the area. You will also have the chance to visit inside 2 -3 popular monasteries and take photos from the best panoramic spots. This wonderful tour will be completed at the picturesque villages of Kalabaka or Kastraki, where you will have a traditional Greek lunch before heading back to Athens.

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From Corfu: Meteora Full Day Private Tour

10. From Corfu: Meteora Full Day Private Tour

You will be picked up early in the morning from your hotel, cruise port or other preferred location on Corfu island. Then, you will board the ferry to Igoumenitsa and on arrival, drive to Meteora. After almost 2 hours, you arrive at Meteora. A trip to Meteora offers the unique experience of nature’s grandeur in conjunction with history, architecture and man’s everlasting desire to connect with the divine. Meteora is a truly inspiring and sensational setting of overwhelming rock formations, but one must also be prepared to expect that this trip is much more than merely visiting an exquisite landscape. It is a pilgrimage to a holy place for all Christians around the world. Meteora has become a preservation ark for the 2000-year-old Christian Orthodox creed. The gigantic rocks of Meteora are perched above the town of Kalambaka, at a maximum height of 400 m. Only 6 monasteries have made it through the centuries, from an initial estimated number of 24. Mostly dating from the 14th to the 16th century, these monasteries were built by monks who were previously hermits in the area, living in individual caves. Once united, these monks took months and years to carry the construction material to the top of the rocks, using ropes, folding ladders, nets, baskets and much determination. After a long worthwhile experience exploring Meteora, you will make the journey back to Corfu and to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Kalabaka

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 195 reviews

This is an absolute must if you have the time and are willing to drive out of Athens. We went on a Thursday and got to see 3 monasteries. This is such an amazing and spiritual experience. We got to stop by and see the sulfur springs and Thermopylae along the way. We also stopped at a restaurant for lunch after the monasteries and had the most amazing Greek beef stew of my life. You must go! Please note you do need to dress conservatively. It is best to wear a long dress or skirt for women, but if you forget they have wraps for sale you can wear to enter the monastery.

Wonderful time with Dimitiri (Jim)! He gave us a lot of historical/political/economic information about Greece. We stopped at the site of the "300" battle between the Greeks and the Persians and then went to the monasteries. Unfortunately it was raining pretty hard and there was fog but the monasteries were very beautiful and by the time we made it to the 3rd monastery the fog had lifted some and we were able to see the amazing rock formations - really cool! Definitely better to go by private car than the train. Long day but worth it.

Punctual pick-up and long but comfortable drive with a Mercedes van to the monasteries. Was able to visit 4 monasteries on site (practically never all of them are open at the same time) and see all the monasteries from the outside. A decent ascent in a monastery, otherwise everything is relatively easy with normal fitness (done in autumn when it's not so hot). Guide also told interesting things. Before the return trip we ate delicious Greek together in a traditional village restaurant.

It was a great experience and highlight of our holiday. The driver was very good came on time and gave us useful information and tips. A highly recommended day trip.

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.