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Thessaloniki: Full-Day Bus Trip to Meteora

1. 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.

Meteora: River Rafting with Swimming & Greek Food Picnic

2. Meteora: River Rafting with Swimming & Greek Food Picnic

Get picked up from your hotel in Meteora, in Kastraki, Kalabaka or Trikala. Enjoy a scenic drive through beautiful landscapes until you reach the river bed, where the group will gear up and wear rafting suits. The experienced crew will give you an introductory lesson and go over safety rules and techniques. Then you are ready to begin with the adventure in this unique natural environment: Imposing rock formations, beautiful river waters with great rapids will make the experience unforgettable. Jump from cliffs to the cold water, swim, and have fun as the boat takes you safely along the river. At the end of the rafting cruise, you will be offered a nutritious picnic with traditional Greek pies. After changing back to your dry clothes, relax with your return in the minivan to your hotel.

Kalabaka: Meteora Private Day Tour

3. Kalabaka: Meteora Private Day Tour

Experience the unique Unesco World Heritage site of Meteora. Take in the stunning views from the hill-like rounded boulders. Discover the 6 Holy monasteries with the chance to visit inside 2-3 of your choice. Visualize how the first monks established one of the biggest monastic communities in Greece on top of these unique rocks. Walk around the special site, which is still home to several monks in residence. Start your tour in the morning and be picked up from your hotel in Kalabaka or Kastraka. Travel towards the cliff-top monasteries comfortably and safely in a luxurious mini-bus or car. See the best viewpoints and make plenty of stops on your short walks. Learn about the geological phenomenon that occurred to form these impressive rocks.

Meteora full day private tour from Athens

4. Meteora full day private tour from Athens

We start our tour early in the morning from Athens till Meteora. Our driver will pick you up from your hotel/ apartment or the airport/ port. The travel time is about 4,5 hours. The first stop is at Kalabaka, a town of the municipality of Meteora in the Trikala regional unit, part of Thessaly in Greece. The population was 12,000 at the 2011 census, of which 8,330 in the town proper. The Meteora monasteries are located near the town. We arrive at Meteora and visit up to three Monasteries. Breathtaking at first site, the Monasteries are of great cultural and natural importance. Split from earthquakes, weathered from the wind and the water over millions of millions of years, these immense rocks are an authentic masterpiece of mother nature. The Meteora is a rock formation in central Greece hosting one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Eastern Orthodox Monasteries. The six (of an original 24) monasteries are built on immense natural pillars and hill-like rounded boulders that dominate the local area. Meteora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List and the name means "lofty", "elevated", and is etymologically related to meteor. Please be modestly dressed. Women are suggested to wear long skirts & long sleeves. If you do not have, you will be given a skirt on your way in. Next stop is at Kastraki, a picturesque village near Meteora, where we have free time for lunch at a traditional Greek tavern with your friends and family or shopping. As we leave the magnificent Meteora behind us, let us not overlook the Battle of Thermopylae of 480 BCE, which has long been the topic of cultural motivation, as it is perhaps the most famous military last stand of all time. The monument of the Great Leonidas, King of Sparta, in Thermopylae, will grace our path on our way back to Athens in the late afternoon. The drive is about 4,5 hours.

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What people are saying about Kastraki, Greece

This is a long trip, but Meteora should be seen. No photo can replace an experience. It would be good to spend more time there, but the trip from/to Thessaloniki takes some time with one stop each way. Bus drive was ok, the restaurant where the lunch is organized was also very good.

My girlfriend and I went with the company for the 1st time, everything was fine, meeting point well described, nice reception. Punctual departure. Bus not outdated, good bus driver. Would do something with it again at any time. Price performance is also ok.

Lots of time on the bus, luckily with 50% of the seats free, an excursion that deserves it, a visit to at least 3 meteors would have been excellent. Attentive driver and trained guide.

Our guide, Eleni/Helen, was very knowledgeable and gracious. Everything exceeded expectations.

Perfect. The tour guide was amazing. There was enough time for everything.