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Full Day Sailing Trip around Skiathos Island

1. Full Day Sailing Trip around Skiathos Island

Depart from the new port of Skiathos at 10:00 am and make a first stop at the small island of Arkos. There you enjoy local snacks and cool juice before the first morning swim on a unique beach. Leaving the island of Arkos, the captain sets sail and you will have the opportunity to learn about sailing, try to navigate the boat or simply sunbathe on the deck. Sometimes you can admire the friendly dolphins which  accompany the boat! Next stop is the isle of Dasia with its blue cave, where you will dive and swim like never before! Afterwards will be the perfect time for local snacks on board, accompanied by an ouzu. Sail to the west side of Skopelos island, full of beaches with clear blue waters and pine trees next to the sea and an ideal spot for yet more diving and swimming. The captain will then take you to the beach of Panormos, which is difficult to find and thus very quiet. Swim and sunbathe almost by yourself before a lunch menu consisting of Greek homemade food is served. Plenty of wine and some fruit is offered as a dessert. Later the captain sets sail towards the island of Tsougrias where you can see a spectacular sunset. There you can swim one last time and taste a sweet delight offered by the crew. Then the trip comes to an end as the boat returns to the port of Skiathos.

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

2. 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.

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.

Skopelos: The Mamma Mia Island Tour

4. Skopelos: The Mamma Mia Island Tour

Start off your day in the morning and head towards the West Coast of the island before crossing to visit the Chapel of St. John (Ioannis), also known as the Mamma Mia wedding church.  Once arrived enjoy some free time and walk up the 199 steps to the top and get into the movie feeling or simply enjoy the stunning views and the cooling sea breeze from the top of the rock. The second stop is at Kastani beach for more in-depth film information and some relaxation at the new Kastani beach bar. See the place where major filming took place for more than 10 days and admire this beautiful beach proved to be the perfect film location. Next, stop at Panormos beach and swim in the crystal-clear waters or choose to enjoy lunch in one of the beaches tavernas.  Pass by another film location called “Three Trees” on your way back to Skopelos Town.

Meteora: Daily 5-Hour Highlights Tour in English or Spanish

5. Meteora: Daily 5-Hour Highlights Tour in English or Spanish

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora on a half-day tour. Stay connected along the way in a vehicle with WIFI. Learn about its history, architecture, and the spirituality of Meteora's monasteries. Enjoy a tour designed for people coming from Athens or Thessaloniki by train. Meet your guide at the Kalabaka Train Station in the afternoon. Find your guide easily as they will be waiting for you with a sign bearing your name. Hop aboard a spacious and comfortable vehicle and make a short snack stop. Begin your tour to see Meteora and all six of its active monasteries. Explore 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, you be transferred back to the train station before your train departs back to Athens or Thessaloniki at 6:22 PM.

From Athens: Meteora Full-Day Trip by Train

6. From Athens: Meteora Full-Day Trip by Train

Explore the UNESCO-listed Meteora monasteries on a full-day guided trip from Athens. Take the train to Kalambaka and ascend to the clifftop to admire the monasteries and hermit caves of Badovas. Catch the train for Kalambaka from Athens railway station. Admire the beauty of the countryside along the way before arriving in Kalambaka, a small town built at the foot of rocky grey cliffs crowned by the monasteries of Meteora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spot your driver upon arrival in Kalambaka, holding a signboard with your name on it. Be shown to the vehicle that’ll take you to the monasteries, where you'll have time to visit 3 of them, as well as the hermit caves of Badovas. At the end of the day, be transferred back to Kalambaka. Enjoy some time to explore the town and enjoy a light lunch (not included in the tour price). Afterward, the train departs Kalambaka, arriving in Athens in the evening.

Epirus: Easy Rafting Experience on the Voidomatis River

7. Epirus: Easy Rafting Experience on the Voidomatis River

Drive to the rafting base in Klidonia, on the main road from Aristi village to Papingo village. There the rafting team will welcome at 10:30 AM and provide you with the necessary safety equipment. When ready, a minibus will transfer you to the starting location, the bridge of Aristi-Papigo. During the transfer you will have impressive views of Mt. Tymphi, Astraka towers and Papigo villages. A safety briefing will follow, some river practice and off you go! During the descent, the group will stop for an optional refreshing dive in Voidomati’s crystal clear waters and visit the deserted 16th-century Agioi Anargyroi monastery. On the final stage of the trip, the boat groups paddle under Klidonia’s stone bridge artificial waterfalls. The descent finishes shortly after Klidonia’s bridge just outside the rafting base. One thing is certain; by the time you reach the end, at approximately 1:30 PM, you’ll wish you could start all over again!

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

8. 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.

Thessaloniki: Full-Day Bus Trip to Meteora

9. 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 Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Dion and Mount Olympus

10. From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Dion and Mount Olympus

Discover the archaeological park of Dion and Mount Olympus on this tour from Thessaloniki. Travel in an airconditioned bus and take a nature hike along the Enipeas river to admire views of the Enipeas gorge.  Depart from a centrally-located meeting point in Thessaloniki and head to the archaeological park of Dion. Take some free time to explore the exterior archaeological site.  Purchase a ticket to the site to see the Hellenistic-era theatre which was known for hosting plays by the ancient philosopher Euripides in the past and now hosts the Olympus Festival. Visit the museum of Dion to see statues and admire mosaic work in of the House of Dionysus. Stop to purchase lunch in one of the traditional restaurants in the village before continuing to Olympus. Uncover the secrets of the mythological house of the 12 Greek gods.  Take a short trek through the foothills of the mountain. Go along the Enipeas gorge and keep any eye out for local wildlife. Capture pictures of mountain views, before going back to Thessaloniki by bus in the afternoon. 

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What people are saying about Thessaly

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,087 reviews

Wow what a fabulous place. Breath taking! It is well worth the three and a half trip from Thessaloniki. The journey to and from Meteora was a bit dull as very little of interest to see along the way. Take a book. We visited two monasteries of the six available. They were beautiful. We stopped to take photos of Meteora but because there was a whole bus full there it was a bit rushed. I would have liked longer or another stop as well. In hind sight I would recommend staying there a couple of days but if like us you only had time for a day trip then it is still a fabulous day out. We stopped for lunch at a Taverna, which was satisfactory but not exciting.

It was tiring oneday trip, but we enjoyed a lot. We covered almost everything in Meteora. Make sure you have your snacks and food with you, because we got down the train was delayed whereas they took us some restaurant that they tied up with and not much of time to eat food. Also you do your own souvenir shopping in the monastery itself, because they take you to one place where they are partner with wifi is very expensive. Overall the trip was amazing, tiring and informative

The trip was great, the bus travel is a bit long but it's worth it and on the way Nepheli our guide gave us interesting information on what we were seeing from the bus, she was a great guide and very friendly. Everything ran smoothly and on time, for me two monasteries are perfect, more than that would be too much in one day. Lovely trip, I would do it again.

The train ride was nice and comfortable. The tour was good. There are a lot of stairs. We enjoyed this tour and would go again.

Guide was excellent, knowledge and personality top class. Walk was easy, access to great views of monasteries.