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Thessaloniki: Full-Day Bus Trip to Meteora

1. 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.

Enipeas: Mount Olympus Half-Day Hiking Tour with A Guide

2. Enipeas: Mount Olympus Half-Day Hiking Tour with A Guide

Embark on a 12-kilometer hike from Prionia through the gorge of Enipeas all the way to the village of Litochoro. Immerse in the mystical wonders of Mount Olympus with its entrancing waterfalls, dense nature and time-honored wooden bridges. Encounter the bathtub of Zeus, the Old Monastery of Agios Dionysios, and a hidden cave. Benefit from pickups from convenient meeting points in the Dion-Olympos area. Begin your tour at the parking lot of Prionia where your private minibus will drop you off. From there, enter the gorge of Enipeas and hike to the first point of interest, the bathtub of Zeus and its small waterfall. Continue your guided hike through the gorge of Enipeas, crossing over wooden bridges. Spot several small waterfalls on the way. Follow the trail all the way to the monastery of Agios Dionysios, the most important monastery in all of Pieria. Carry on your Enipeas tour with a visit to a set of twin waterfalls and a cave, found within the rock formations of Mount Olympus. This hike from has several ups and downs but is an easy trail to follow. Conclude the hike upon reaching Myloi in Litochoro.

Thessaloniki: Meteora Day Tour by Train with Optional Lunch

3. Thessaloniki: Meteora Day Tour by Train with Optional Lunch

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 (received after booking) for the morning 8:56 AM 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. At 12:03 PM, 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 “Mandilas” 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. At around 4:30 PM, enjoy transfer back to Kalabaka’s train station or at 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 6:22 PM train back to Thessaloniki.

Thessaloniki: Private Guided Tour to Meteora

4. Thessaloniki: Private Guided Tour to Meteora

Enjoy a private tour to the stunning Meteora rocks from Thessaloniki. Discover magnificent monasteries built between the 14th-16th centuries, and marvel at how the monks even managed to construct them in the first place. After convenient pickup at your accommodation in Thessaloniki, make your way toward Meteora. As you arrive through narrow winding rows, catch an awe-inspiring first glimpse of the Great Monastery, as it is commonly known. Try to fathom the majesty and size of a building constructed atop a huge sandstone column. Upon arrival, drive up to the monasteries in the cooler morning hours, giving you time to see as much of the site as possible. As you climb up the hill toward the first monastery, wonder how on earth the monks managed to build this incredible place. Building materials could only be brought up by a system of ropes, baskets, and pulleys, and the same went for getting provisions in and out of the community. One of the monasteries you will visit is the Holy Trinity, which is the most isolated and most difficult to reach. For this reason, it makes sense to choose to tackle the 140 steps to reach it first. Revel in the reward of phenomenal panoramic views, and see why Holy Trinity was given a starring role in the James Bond film, “For Your Eyes Only.” St. Stephen's is probably the most accessible monastery as it's situated on the plain, rather than perched on a vertiginous clifftop. Join the friendly cats who love to bask on the sun-drenched walls outside this little monastery. Admire the carved door furniture and the way the sun hits the stone and casts long shadows, and get a glimpse into monastic life through the little, open monk's cell at St. Nicholas. On the way out of the Grand Meteoron Monastery (the largest of the 6), don’t forget to follow a time-honored tradition by slipping a little note into the crack in the rocks. Finally, end your tour in Kalampaka for lunch, and relish finger-licking meals fresh from the farms around. The tour concludes with drop-off back at your accommodation in Thessaloniki.

Two Day Train Journey from Thessaloniki to Meteora

5. Two Day Train Journey from Thessaloniki to Meteora

On the morning of day 1, you will travel independently by train from Thessaloniki Train Station at 8:18 AM to Kalabaka. Along the way admire the beautiful Greek landscapes. Choose to travel with first or standard class train tickets and whether to stay in a 3-star or 4-star hotel. You will be picked up from Kalabaka train station at 11:30 AM and be transferred to your hotel. You will have time to have lunch and prepare yourself for the majestic Meteora Rocks sunset tour. You will be picked you up for the tour and returned to Kalabaka town for a short walk. On day 2, you will be picked up from your hotel and join a comprehensive Panoramic Meteora tour or a Meteora Hike. For the next four hours, experience the beauty of the unique phenomenon of Meteora and the holy monasteries on top of the rock giants. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel where you can get ready for your departure back to Thessaloniki. Your train departs at 5:15 PM and arrives back in Thessaloniki at approximately 8:30 PM. There is a change at Palaiofarsala Train Station with a waiting time of approximately 1 hour.

Meteora 2-Day Tour by Train from Thessaloniki

6. Meteora 2-Day Tour by Train from Thessaloniki

Start the tour at Central Railway station of Thessaloniki where the train departs at 8.00 AM. Pass by the foothills of the mythical Mt Olympus, which was the residence of 12 Olympian Gods. End at the Paleofarsalo train station where you will have to change train and wait 1 hour, until you board the train that leads to Kalampaka. Palaiofarsalos is near where the ancient Mirmidones tribe originated from, the legendary ancient warriors lead by Achileus who played an important role in the Trojan War.  Hop on another train to Kalambaka No 882 where you will be met by a guide to welcome you. Begin your breathtaking tour of Meteora rocks and marvel at the breathtaking geological formations at sunset. After this, you will be driven back to your hotel in Kalambaka for free time to explore the city and your overnight stay.  On the second day, choose between a midday tour or a hiking tour. After the tour, you will be driven back to Kalambaka where you will have free time to spend under the shadow of the giant rocks.

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4.6 / 5

based on 194 reviews

Great excursion, although the journey from Thessaloniki is quite long at 3 hours. The guide Rita shared a lot of interesting information during the trip. The monasteries and rocks are very impressive and definitely worth seeing. It's a pity that you only visit 2. Please note: access for women only with long skirts or dresses (if you wear trousers, a (wrap) skirt must be worn over them.

Absolutely wonderful trip with breathtaking views, worth every penny. Nepheli was a fantastic tour guide - she gave great explanations throughout the trip, and even helped with taking photos! Bus ride is a bit long but we slept most of the way there. Re: dress code - there were tie on skirts available at the monasteries, so don't worry about being turned away! So glad we did this trip.

One of the most impressive experiences... Despite the long journey there and back... Perfect chauffeur... Perfect guide... And the rest at the tavern... A top restaurant with a perfect T-bone steak... I can only say... A perfect day that leaves nothing to be desired... I've booked several times through this platform and have never been disappointed... Thanks to the entire team...

This was an excellent trip. Scenery was amazing. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Our bus driver was excellent and we travelled comfortably. Trip was perfectly organised and timed. My family and I very much enjoyed this tour and would sincerely recommend it.

Very attentive guide who thought about everything ( water, skirts, grest spots for photos).