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Athens: Full-Day Meteora Trip by Train in English or Spanish

1. Athens: Full-Day Meteora Trip by Train in English or Spanish

Take a day trip from Athens to Meteora with a guide, with round-trip train tickets to Kalambaka and onward transportation included. Get a panoramic view of all 6 holy monasteries and enter 3 of the most popular ones. While exploring the region’s hidden gems, visit the hermit caves of Badovas. Redeem your e-ticket for the early morning departure from Athens at and travel to Kalambaka using the train tickets sent to you in advance. 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, meet your guide at the train station and start your customized 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 taking photos of locations that only the locals know about. Have the chance after the tour for a nice walk in the city of Kalabaka and be prepared for the departure of the train. Be dropped off at Kalambaka Train Station to make the late afternoon departure for Athens.

Thessaloniki: Full-Day Bus Trip to Meteora

2. Thessaloniki: Full-Day Bus Trip to Meteora

Embark on a full-day bus trip to Meteora from Thessaloniki. Explore this UNESCO world heritage site and admire the unique landscape. 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.

From Athens: Full-Day Rail Tour to Meteora w/ Hermit Caves

3. From Athens: Full-Day Rail Tour to Meteora w/ Hermit Caves

Travel by train through the countryside on a day trip from Athens to the Meteora monasteries and Hermit caves, with the option to upgrade to first-class tickets. Take a scenic drive from Kalambaka and visit 3 of the monasteries atop their rock pinnacles along with the caves of Badovas with a guide. 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 by noon, a small town built at the foot of the majestic grey rocks, and crowded by the Meteora monasteries. Meet your driver and board a VIP Mercedes minibus to transfer to the UNESCO-listed clifftop monasteries of Meteora. Travel through a landscape of green valleys until you reach the rock formations. Visit 3 active monasteries over the next 5 hours (entrance fees not included). Next, discover the caves of Badovas, where the last of the hermit monks of Meteora lived more than 2 centuries ago. Stop for frame-worthy photos at each site, learn the stories and legends, and enjoy great views from the most panoramic spots. At the end of the day, be driven back to Kalambaka. Enjoy an hour of free time to walk in the town’s center or to have a light lunch (at your expense) before hopping on the return train to Athens.

From Athens: Delphi and Meteora 2-Day Guided Tour

4. From Athens: Delphi and Meteora 2-Day Guided Tour

Embark on a 2-day tour that takes you to the ancient city of Delphi and across the scenic Plain of Thessaly to Kalambaka. Explore the picturesque small town located at the foot of Meteora, the site of one of the most important groups of Greek Orthodox monasteries. Detailed Itinerary Day 1 Start the day with a relaxing drive through the beautiful Greek countryside, passing by the cities of Thebes, Levadia, and Arachova, before arriving in Delphi at around noon. At Delphi, you’ll have the opportunity to visit this important site that appears in Greek mythology. In ancient times, Delphi was considered to be the center of the universe and was guarded by a python dragon that was killed by Apollo. See the ruins of the Temple of Apollo, which was built in the 4th century B.C. and was destroyed by Emperor Theodosius I in 390 A.D. It was also here that the priestess Pythia would foretell the future from the famous Oracle of Delphi. Visit the theater that seated 5,000 spectators and hosted plays, poetry readings, and festivals. At the nearby stadium, the Pythian Games were held every 4 years. Athletes from all over the Greek world would come to compete, and these games would become the predecessor to the modern Olympics. At the end of the day, drive to Kalambaka, a lovely city with beautiful gardens and magnificent views of the Meteora rocks. Overnight in Kalambaka. Day 2 In the morning, head to Meteora for a tour of the fascinating cliff-top monasteries. Be amazed by the cliffs, which average a height of 1,000 feet, and were first inhabited in the 9th century by a group of hermit monks who lived on the rock towers Today 6 monasteries remain out of the original 20. Views of the entire valley from the magnificent rock towers, and the peace of the surroundings, make this a unique place to visit. On the way back to Athens you’ll make a short stop at the monument to Leonidas, the King of Sparta who died in 480 B.C. at the famous Battle of Thermopylae.

From Athens: Meteora 2-Day Trip by Train with a Local Guide

5. From Athens: Meteora 2-Day Trip by Train with a Local Guide

You will independently take the train from Athens train station at 7:57 AM to Kalabaka and admire the beautiful Greek landscapes during your trip to Meteora. Arriving in Kalabaka at 12:05 PM, 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 6:22 PM and you will reach Athens at approximately 10:30 PM.

Thessaloniki: Meteora Day Tour by Train with Optional Lunch

6. Thessaloniki: Meteora Day Tour by Train with Optional Lunch

Discover the wonders of Meteora on a guided day trip from Thessaloniki. Enjoy a scenic train ride to Kalabaka with included round-trip tickets and taste local flavors during an optional lunch at a restaurant. Redeem your train e-ticket for the morning train departure from Thessaloniki’s railway station to Kalabaka on your own. Embark on a train ride through the Greek countryside and admire the beautiful landscapes. Arrive at Kalabaka’s train station, where a tour guide will be waiting for you holding a signboard with your name on it. Board a minibus and officially begin your unforgettable journey to this true wonder called Meteora. During the guided tour, see all six of Meteora's monasteries and admire the interior of three of them. View some of Meteora’s most spectacular hidden gems like the ancient Chapel of Doupiani and the magnificent St. George Madilas cave. Discover the “other side” of Meteora as you explore. Learn the truth about why the hermits settled in these imposing caves a thousand years ago and how the monks achieved the impossible. As the trip comes to a close, enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views and capture some amazing photos that you will cherish forever. Enjoy a transfer back to Kalabaka’s train station or a nearby local restaurant if the optional lunch is selected. Enjoy approximately an hour of free time to explore Kalabaka on foot before taking the evening train back to Thessaloniki.

Athens: Meteora DayTrip Train to Train in English or Spanish

7. Athens: Meteora DayTrip Train to Train in English or Spanish

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora on a half-day tour that is designed for people coming from Athens or Thessaloniki by train. Stay connected in a vehicle with Wi-Fi. Learn about the history, architecture, and spirituality of Meteora's monasteries from your guide. Meet your local guide at the Kalabaka Train Station upon your arrival. Find your guide easily as they will be waiting for you with a sign bearing your name, Then, hop aboard a comfortable vehicle and make a short snack stop before the tour starts. Begin your tour to see Meteora and all six of its active monasteries. Explore on your own inside three of them with this unique opportunity that is 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, relax on your transfer back to the train station before your train departs back to Athens or Thessaloniki.

From Athens: 3 Days in Meteora & Delphi with Tours & Hotel

8. From Athens: 3 Days in Meteora & Delphi with Tours & Hotel

Day 1 Catch the morning train to Kalambaka at 7:20 from Athens Larissa railway station. Upon your arrival in Kalambaka at around 11:30, your English-speaking driver will be waiting for you at the train station holding a signboard with your name on it to transfer you to your hotel. In the late afternoon, the VIP minibus will pick you up from your hotel to join the Meteora Sunset Tour. Admire breathtaking views of Meteora and discover the hidden gems of this place on one of the best tours of mainland Greece. Day 2 For the next morning, you may choose the activity you wish to participate in such as the Half-Day Morning Tour of Meteora to see the main attractions, the monasteries of Meteora with a VIP minibus or the Hiking Tour of Meteora. Experience amazing sceneries and visit monuments of the Byzantine period. After this morning tour at around 13:00, the bus will drop you back to your hotel. Have the evening free to explore the area on your own. Day 3 Early in the morning, a taxi will pick up from your hotel to take you to the train station. At 9:15, the train will depart and arrive in Livadia station at around 12:05. There, an English-speaking taxi driver will be waiting holding a signboard with your name on it to transfer you to Delphi. Delphi is roughly an hour drive away from Livadia, so you will arrive at the archeological site at around 12:35, where you will be able to spend many hours exploring the ancient oracle, the museum and the small town. At 16:00, take the bus back to Athens. It will take around 2-hours to reach the capital of Greece from Delphi.

Meteora: Half-Day Morning Tour from Kalampaka

9. Meteora: Half-Day Morning Tour from Kalampaka

Visit 3 main monasteries of Meteora and discover the natural beauty and the cultural heritage of this area. Travel back to the dark ages on this morning tour and hear the story of the first hermits and monks who laid the foundations of what later on became the monastic community of Meteora. Learn which monastery was the first to be established and the true motivations behind the monks’ decision to try to climb the steep rocks of Meteora and build the monasteries there. Learn everything, see everything, then take some incredible photos from the best spots for amazing views.

Kalabaka: Majestic Sunset Meteora Tour with a Local Guide

10. Kalabaka: Majestic Sunset Meteora Tour with a Local Guide

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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What people are saying about Kalabaka

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 519 reviews

Vassilis was our guide, and he was wonderful!! He speaks English in a clear way, he knows a lot more than just the basics, he treats the customers respectfully and he is helpful and has a good sense of humour. The tour is very interesting and the views at Meteora are magical! Taking a tour in Meteora is so much wiser than driving on your own - not only because driving at Meteora isn’t that easy, but also as you get to hear all the facts while admiring the breathtaking scenery :)!

An amazing trip! Efi, our guide, was very knowledgeable about every stop and spot and we got to see so so much. The only downside is that the lunch stops, while nice, were at one specific spot picked out instead of free time to find a place in the towns, and that these stops were more tourist priced than most of Greece. Otherwise a truly amazing tour that goves you so much value, history, and appreciation of Greek history.

Very informative tour, the guide was so much fun and managed our stops in the smartest way. Didn't get bored, wasn't disappointed. The landscapes were simply breathtaking. The driver succeeded in the almost impossible mission of not getting me car sick, kudos.

Pickup location in the city centre was convenient. Trip to Meteora took 3 hours drive and the tour guide explained about the history along the way.

Amazing trip to see two incredible sites. Our guide was very informative and had a great sense of humor.