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

Activity provider: Visit Meteora

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

Activity provider: Visit Meteora
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Visit the breathtaking Meteora Monasteries on a full-day guided tour from Athens by minibus and train. Explore the caves of Bandovas and make plenty of stops to capture videos and photos along the way.

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Duration 14 hours - 1 day
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Live tour guide
English, French, Russian, Greek, Romanian, Spanish
Private group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the hidden hermit caves and monasteries
  • Admire the beauty of the countryside
  • Take photos at several breathtaking vistas
  • Enjoy a top quality tour with a first-class train ticket option
  • Learn about the legends of the old hermitages of Bandovas
Full description

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.

Includes
  • Tour guide
  • Tour of Meteora by Mercedes minibus
  • Map
  • Photo stops
  • Visit to 3 monasteries and hidden Hermit caves
  • Bottle of water
  • Wi-Fi onboard the bus
  • Free time in Kalambaka town
  • First-class train ticket (if option selected)
  • Entrance fees to the monasteries (€3 per person for each monastery)
  • Transfer to Athens railway station
  • Guide inside the monasteries
  • Meals
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
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

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Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • To enter the monasteries, women must wear long pants/skirts and long-sleeved clothing. Shorts are not allowed. Both men and women must cover their knees and shoulders. You may risk being refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • You will board the train from Athens on your own, using the tickets sent to you via email, 1 month before your trip date. Your guide will meet you at Kalambaka train station
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 195 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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Great tour. Well organized and interesting facts about the place. The palce it self is cool and have a nice vibe and feel surreal, but not a lot to do there. Overall long and exhausting to get there but that is noting organizers can do. Please be aware that the mobile coverage is bad for 4hour train ride so come prepared - Download Netflix shows, be ready to sleep or take some book with you.

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June 20, 2022

This tour was a highlight of my vacation. Its a MUST DO!!! The place is so different, unique, picturesque, refreshing and the views are just breathtaking. The weather was cloudy, nice breeze with a little drizzle of rain. Just perfect! The driver: i forgot his name but he was excellent with a great driving experience. He drove carefully on the roads up the mountains. I cant emphasize more on how amazing this trip was. We were on schedule and we visited everything the tour mentioned. Our guide katarina (kate) was sweet and humble and answered all our questions. She had a good track of time and made sure we visited all the sites.

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June 14, 2022

Our train was at least 40 mins late, so schedule was already behind the allocated times that did not help. We did not go into the hermit caves but we where shown them and discussed them by our guide Maria. The scenery was amazing in meteora. Please factor in you could be travelling up to 8 hours of your day by train but it’s the deal if you want to do this as a day trip from Athens.

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June 10, 2022

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