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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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Majestic Sunset on Meteora Rocks Tour from Kalampaka

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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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Two Day Train Journey from Thessaloniki to Meteora

6. Two Day Train Journey from Thessaloniki to Meteora

On the morning of day 1, you will travel independently by train from Thessaloniki Train Station at 8:18 AM to Kalabaka. Along the way admire the beautiful Greek landscapes. You will be picked up from Kalabaka train station at 11:30 AM and be transferred to your hotel. You will have time to have lunch and prepare yourself for the majestic Meteora Rocks sunset tour. You will be picked you up for the tour and returned to Kalabaka town for a short walk. On day 2, you will be picked up from your hotel and join a comprehensive Panoramic Meteora tour or a Meteora Hike. For the next four hours, experience the beauty of the unique phenomenon of Meteora and the holy monasteries on top of the rock giants. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel where you can get ready for your departure back to Thessaloniki. Your train departs at 17:15 and arrives in Thessaloniki at approximately 20:30. There is a change at Palaiofarsala Train Station with a waiting time of approximately 1 hour.

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From Kalabaka: Private Half-Day Meteora Tour

7. From Kalabaka: Private Half-Day Meteora Tour

Meet your guide and air-conditioned minibus outside your hotel in Kalampaka or Kastraki to begin your private 4-hour tour of the UNESCO-listed Meteora. Board your comfortable minibus and sit back and relax on the scenic journey. As you travel, chat about the region with your guide and take the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Then, head to the first of the two monasteries that you will visit during your trip. Your guide will help you choose between the monasteries that you would like to visit based on your interests. You will also have plenty of stops for amazing photos to the best panoramic spots. At the end of your tour board your private minibus and relax on the journey back to your hotel.

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From Thessaloniki: Meteora Small Group Day Trip

8. From Thessaloniki: Meteora Small Group Day Trip

The trip will start from Thessaloniki early in the morning. After a 2.5 to 3-hour drive, your group will reach the little town of Kalambaka right under the Meteora cliffs. From there, you will head to Kastraki, the closest village to the monasteries. You will visit Gran Meteoro which is the largest of all the monasteries and then a second monastery depending on your liking. See the life of the monks and their cells, the magnificent views from the peaks of these cliffs and the great panorama that the area offers. After your visit, the driver will take you to Kalampaka, where you can have a rest and enjoy a coffee, drink or snack. Later, start your return drive to Thessaloniki and if you wish, there can be another stop along the way so that you can have lunch in the traditional town of Grevena.

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What people are saying about Kalabaka

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!