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Athens: Meteora Independent Train Trip and Monastery Tour

Athens: Meteora Independent Train Trip and Monastery Tour

From US$ 101.71 per person

A full-day tour in which you will catch the train from Athens to discover the fabulous Meteora. You will travel through the countryside, seeing the biodiversity and the enormous ecological value of Greek nature.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 14 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Greek

Experience

Highlights
  • See all six monasteries in one day
  • Explore the interiors of 3 of the monasteries
  • Admire the beauty of the Greek countryside
  • Let the skilled guide enlighten you about the culture and history of the area
  • Enjoy amazing photo stops and some of the best views
Full description

Your tour will begin from "Stathmos Larissis", the fabulous central railway station of Athens where you will depart to Kalambaka from. Throughout your train journey, indulge in the unique scenic routes that the Greek countryside provides.

You can discover a mosaic of unique beauty, biodiversity and enormous ecological value. At about 11:30 AM, you will arrive at your destination, the railway station of Kalambaka. Once having arrived, you will meet with your guide who will be holding a signboard with your name on it. From here your tour to the Meteora Monasteries is going to begin.

You can admire the amazing Christian architecture, and discover how monasteries have been influenced over time, having existed for over 700 years. After 4 hours of exploration, your tour will come to an end and you will be driven back to Kalabaka where you will have free time to spend under the shadow of giant rocks. You will arrive back in Athens at 9:25PM after a full-day exploring.

Includes
  • Round-trip ticket from Athens-Kalambaka
  • Local English-speaking tour leader
  • Bottle of water
  • Wifi on board
  • Photo stop at the significant points of Meteora
  • Taxes and services
  • Pick-up and drop off service in Kalabaka
  • Luxury mini-bus transportation
  • Pickup or drop-off in Athens
  • Monasteries entrance fees at 3€ per person
  • Dormition of the Mother of God church entrance fee at 2€ per person
  • Guided tour inside the monasteries
  • Option for another tour language (to be arranged at an extra cost)
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities (optional)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Important: you must take the train yourself from the Central Railway Station of Athens (Stathmos Larissis) at 7:00 AM, departing for Kalambaka. Your guide will meet you holding a sign with your name on at the main entrance of Kalambaka Train Station, Kondili 59, Lárisa 412 22.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Snacks

Not allowed

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Shorts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Pets

Know before you go

  • Due to the monasteries' strict dress code, men must wear trousers and a t-shirt or shirt with sleeves and women must wear a long skirt
  • At the monasteries, there are usually trousers and skirts provided
  • The tour is done in a small group of maximum of 13 people
  • Babies up to 3 years old are free to join if they can share the seat with their parent
  • This tour is semi-independent, which means your guide will provide you with all necessary information about monasteries on the bus, but will not escort you into them
  • Please wear comfortable shoes for walking on uneven surfaces. For some monasteries, walking up stairs is necessary.
  • Bring a snack as the tour is around 13 hours long
  • Credit cards are not accepted for paying the monastery's entrance fees
  • Animals are not allowed to enter the monasteries
  • You will receive the train tickets by email. Please be at the train station in Athens 30-minutes before the train departure time (7:00 AM is the ideal time to be at train station)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 132 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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This was a well organized, informative and enjoyable trip. The guide was witty and very knowledgeable, as only someone who grew up there could be. This format is better suited to independently minded travelers: think of it as a minibus transfer between monasteries with live commentary. So nobody will shepherd you into a restaurant or toilet. If you need either, it's up to you within the time window allowed at each stop. Only one monastery had a small kiosk selling light snacks, so bringing sustenance is essential. The guide mentioned that the tour normally starts with a quick lunch, but because the train was delayed the group decided to skip that in favor of a snack on the go.

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December 6, 2021

This was a great experience. Our travel guide did a great job, he spoke English clearly and was very knowledgeable about the monasteries..It was pretty chilly and rainy this day and I asked if he knew of a place on the way that I could pick up a jacket. They stopped at a place and I ran in for 3 mins to get a jacket. Thanks so much, enjoyed the tour.

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October 15, 2021

The guided trip was excellent! Our guide was very knowledgeable and could answer any question you asked him. Be prepared to walk up and down a lot of steps-not for the faint-of-heart. The train trip was very long but I was able to nap, and there's food and drink available. The toilets were not the best so try to relieve yourself before the train or right as you get on. I would recommend to anyone wanting to see the geological phenomena with a strong spiritual connection and beautiful architecture. It was my last day in Athens and I'm very glad that I went. The history is fascinating, a must-see if you do one thing outside of Athens.

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September 21, 2021

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