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Thessaloniki: Meteora Day Tour by Train with Optional Lunch

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Activity provider: Meteora Trip
Day trip

Thessaloniki: Meteora Day Tour by Train with Optional Lunch

Activity provider: Meteora Trip
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Discover one of the most spectacular Unesco sites on a day trip to Meteora from Thessaloniki. Explore ancient monasteries, enjoy panoramic views and learn about the history and myths of the area.

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Duration 12 hours
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  • Discover the beauty of the countryside on a scenic train ride to Meteora
  • Skip the line with pre-arranged round-trip train e-tickets
  • See all six monasteries and admire the interior of three of them
  • Learn the history and legends of the area directly from a local
  • Experience panoramic views and capture memorable photos
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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.

  • Roundtrip train tickets from Thessaloniki to Kalabaka
  • Meteora minibus sightseeing tour
  • Visits to all 6 of the monasteries (with enough time to see the interior of 3)
  • Pickup and drop-off at Kalabaka’s train station
  • Local guide
  • Bottle of water
  • Free time in the town of Kalabaka
  • Transfer to and from Thessaloniki’s railway station
  • Entrance fees of each monastery (3 euros per person)
  • Guided tour inside the monasteries (available upon request)
  • Meal (unless the lunch option is selected)

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Meeting point

Make your way to Thessaloniki’s railway station and take the morning 08:56 AM train to Kalambaka on your own using the train e-tickets. Your guide will welcome you at Kalambaka's train station holding a signboard with your name on it.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Snacks
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • It is highly recommended to have some light snacks with you so you can enjoy them during the train ride
  • Lunchtime will be after the Meteora tour because it requires some physical effort to visit the monasteries. It is not recommended to do it after lunch
  • The monasteries of Meteora impose a dress code in order to enter inside. Men must wear long trousers and women must wear long skirts and cover their shoulders. (Skirts are also available for purchase at the entrance of the monasteries. A long scarf wrapped around the waist is also sufficient to enter the monasteries)
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4.9 /5

based on 30 reviews

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Meteora was such an interesting place and I recommend you take a day trip if you have the time. It is a series of monasteries that were built on some crazy rock formations & kudos to the monks back then who built these extraordinary buildings without modern machinery. The train ride was pretty easy for the most part from Thessaloniki train station but there was a transfer and the ticket is only written in Greek so my suggestion is you ask how many stops it is to the station where you will have to transfer and if they can write the name of the station in Roman letters. Bring some snacks, water or a sandwich for the ride because the offerings at the transfer station are very bleh. Once you get up to Meteora the guide met me at the station with my name written on a sign. He took us in the minivan to a snack shop before the tour but once again not the best selection of food. The guide was informed and spoke good English. His name was Bill so if you're lucky you will get him as a guide.

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March 24, 2023

Everything went really well. The instructions were clear and easy to follow. The guide Nikolas was superb, very friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable. The drizzle and mist made the atmosphere magical and mystical, there were hardly any tourists, so the access was easy without any waiting. The food provided by a local tavern was very tasty and filling. Now must return to Kalabaka when it's warmer for the stunning views.

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March 24, 2023

It was a really magical trip to Meteora! Thanks to our guide Maria (who responded to all of my 1038482 questions), it became even more interesting and fascinating. She was funny and easy to understand! That is very important when it comes to such a serious place with looooong history! Highly recommend this trip even if it takes you away the whole day :) Thanks again!!!

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March 24, 2023

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