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Monastery of Rousanou, Meteora

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From Athens: Full-Day Meteora Tour by Train with Greek Lunch

1. From Athens: Full-Day Meteora Tour by Train with Greek Lunch

Redeem your train e-tickets (they will be delivered to you via email after your booking) for the 7:57 AM morning train departure from the Central Railway Station of Athens (Stathmos Larisis) to Kalambaka and travel on your own. Embark on a scenic train ride through the Greek countryside and admire the beautiful landscapes. You will arrive at 12:03 PM at Kalambaka’s train station, where your tour guide will be waiting for you holding a signboard with your name. You will then board a comfortable minibus to begin an unforgettable journey to this true wonder called Meteora. During this guided tour you will have the opportunity to see all six magnificent monasteries and admire the interior of three of them. See some of Meteora’s most spectacular hidden gems like the ancient hermit caves, the Chapel of Doupiani, and the magnificent St. George Mandilas cave. You will also discover the other side of Meteora, like the truth about why the hermits settled in these imposing caves a thousand years ago and how the monks achieved the impossible. Last but not least, you will have the opportunity to enjoy breathtaking panoramic views and capture some amazing photos that you will cherish forever. At around 4:45 PM, transfer back to Kalambaka’s train station. The train back to Athens departs at 6:22 PM so you will have approximately an hour and a half of free time in order for you to explore (on foot) the nearby center of Kalambaka, visit one of the many cafes or restaurants, have lunch, and relax.

Athens: Meteora DayTrip Train to Train in English or Spanish

2. 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.

Kalabaka: Meteora Private Day Tour with a Local Guide

3. Kalabaka: Meteora Private Day Tour with a Local Guide

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.

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 2 of the 6 remaining Byzantine monasteries, built back in the 14th and 16th centuries. Take photos and videos of the marvelous 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 can 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.

Meteora: Private Photo Shoot with Professional Photographer

5. Meteora: Private Photo Shoot with Professional Photographer

Hire a professional photographer to take pictures of you and your friends or your family and anjoy a lifetime experience at Meteora. Your team will be ready to help you and provide you with some good tips that you can always use when wanting to take better pictures. Simply inform your guides about your special requests and they will arrange everything for you. Your guides will pick you up from your hotel at a pre-determined time, and will take you to the best locations for photographs. You will be presented with various spectacular backdrops consisting of rocks and monasteries, and depending on the session that you choose you will stop at between 3-6 spots. After about 2-4 days you will be sent 40 edited photos for the 1 hour option, or 80 edited photos for the 2 hour option.

Kalabaka: Meteora Hiking Photography Tour

6. Kalabaka: Meteora Hiking Photography Tour

After being collected from your accommodation, your experience will begin from the top of the rocks. It will be from there that you will walk through the paths to photograph the terrain and accompanying monasteries from the best angles and with the best light. You will get to visit one monastery, but will photograph most of them from the outside. Your local guide is a professional experienced photographer, who is ready to help you and answer any question you may have. Throughout the tour your guide will also tell you some lesser-known stories about this area, as well as the history of the monasteries and the monastic life. You will later finish after about traveling for 4 hours to the bottom of the rocks, at which point you will be dropped off back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Monastery of Rousanou, Meteora

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 315 reviews

Other than me could not come in a hurry, so I had a guide exclusively for me. Our guide, Nicholas, was very kind, answered all our questions politely, showed us the highlights of the monastery, and even took some pictures for us. The train from Athens is a little long, but it was a satisfying day trip. I realized that it would be impossible to visit the 6 monasteries over the mountains without joining the tour, so I was right to join this tour! Also, after the tour, lunch (although it was in the evening) was included, and at a proper restaurant, a large salad and meat stew? was eaten. I thought it was a good deal.

Great value for the money. Everyone was prompt and professional, and the guide was enjoyable to listen to. She made sure to give us ample time to visit and take pictures while also giving us good background info

Definitely worth taking the day out to see. Not only is the scenery captivating the monasteries with their history are fascinating.

Excellent experience, everything perfect and the lunch at the end very complete.

very interesting visit in the company of a kind and prepared guide.