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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.

From Athens: Delphi and Meteora 2-Day Tour with Hotel

2. From Athens: Delphi and Meteora 2-Day Tour with Hotel

Embark on a 2-day tour to the archaeological site of Delphi and the historic Orthodox monasteries built on the rocks of Meteora. Learn about the myths and history attached to these sites from your guide on this guided tour from Athens. Day 1: Depart Athens for the ancient site of the Oracle of Delphi. Travel by air-conditioned coach through the pretty towns and villages of Thebes, Levadia, and Arachova on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Arrive in Delphi and explore the ruins of the ancient sanctuary of Pythia, the high priestess of the Temple of Apollo. Explore the temple and learn about its significance from your guide. Then, continue to the beautiful town of Kalabaka for dinner and your overnight stay. Day 2: After breakfast, make your way to Meteora, famous for its stunning rock formations. Visit the monasteries built to serve the monks and nuns following the teachings of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Return to Athens via Trikala and Lamia. Stop at Thermopylae to admire the monument to the Greek warrior-king Leonidas I, who died there in 480 BC. Arrive back in Athens by the early evening.

From Athens: Meteora Day Trip by Train with Hotel Pickup

3. From Athens: Meteora Day Trip by Train with Hotel Pickup

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. Enjoy your morning wake-up, avoiding any stress regarding your transfer to the rail station with our free-of-charge pick-up service. Arrive at the Athens railway station and catch the train for Kalambaka. 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.

Kalabaka: Meteora Monasteries Minibus Tour with Photo Stops

4. Kalabaka: Meteora Monasteries Minibus Tour with Photo Stops

Explore Meteora's religious highlights on this guided minibus tour from Kalabaka. Stop at Saint Antonios where the first hermits arrived in Meteora and travel to the cave of St. George the Mandilas. Drive to three local monasteries where you can take photos and visit a Byzantine church.  Meet your guide at the Kalampaka Train Station and hop aboard a comfortable and air-conditioned mini-bus. Sit back and relax on the scenic drive to Saint Antonios, where the first hermits arrived in the area of Meteora. Listen as your guide tells you about this 10-century history. Discover how the first hermit monks sought isolation here and laid the foundations for Meteora's monastic life. Find out about how the caves of the area are filled with abandoned hermitages from that period. Continue to three Meteora Monasteries where the minibus will stop so you can take pictures of stunning views of these ancient religious sites. Go to a cave that is dedicated to the venerated Saint George the Mandilas. Head to a Byzantine church that was dedicated to the virgin Mary and was built 300 years before the first monks arrived in Meteora. Return to the train station in Kalampaka at the end of your tour.

Meteora Evening Tour with Breathtaking Sunset View

5. Meteora Evening Tour with Breathtaking Sunset View

The tour begins either from Kalabaka or from your accommodation in the area. Be driven up to Meteora in a luxurious mini-bus where an experienced and skilled tour leader will explain to you the history of Meteora and show you hidden places that only locals know about. See the 1000-year old hermitage of Bandovas, which was built like a cave system. You will also see the Byzantine Church located in a small neighborhood of Kalambaka, which was built over ancient ruins. Later, visit a monastery to admire the Christian architecture and see the frescoes in the churches. Just before sunset, the driver will take you on the peak of the rocks at a perfect spot for photographs. Admire the beautiful sunset view over the valley below. The tour ends afterward and you will be dropped off at your accommodation or in Kalabaka if you want to dine out. 

From Kalambaka: Afternoon Meteora Sightseeing & Sunset Tour

6. From Kalambaka: Afternoon Meteora Sightseeing & Sunset Tour

Join this extraordinary sunset tour to Meteora from Kalabaka or Kastraki and fully experience this true marvel. Take in characteristic monasteries and ancient rock formations. Accompanied by a local guide, you'll learn all about Meteora’s history and myths. The tour starts with a convenient pickup directly from your hotel via a VIP minibus. Then, your guided tour officially starts. Along the trip, you'll have the opportunity to see all 6 of the must-see monasteries and admire the interior of one of them. You'll also get to see some of Meteora’s most spectacular hidden gems, like the ancient hermitages of Bandovas, the Byzantine Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, and the picturesque old district of Kalabaka. Last but not least, you will enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views, capture some amazing photos and witness one of the most breathtaking sunsets you will ever see.

Meteora Electric Bike Tour

7. Meteora Electric Bike Tour

Participate in a wonderful e-bike tour through the rocks and monasteries of Meteora. The excursion starts at approximately 9:00 am from the center of Kalambaka, just below the rocks of Meteora. The group heads to UNESCO's protected area, where the visitor will see and learn everything about this amazing location. Using electric bikes makes this ride easy and gives the rider the chance to explore and enjoy without worrying about the slope of the route. Your leader will give you a comprehensive explanation of the area, the geological phenomenon, culture, and religion, with many stops for sightseeing. The tour covers all six functional monasteries and many of the old monasteries' remains and hermit caves. The visitor can choose to visit three of the operating monasteries. You will have plenty of opportunities for amazing photos and for enjoying the beautiful views of the rock formations and the valley below. The tour will finish at approximately 1 pm at the point it started.

Thessaloniki: Private Guided Tour to Meteora

8. 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.

Meteora: E-Bike Sunset Tour With Local Guide & Drink

9. Meteora: E-Bike Sunset Tour With Local Guide & Drink

Do a bike tour of the UNESCO-listed monasteries of Meteora. Bike among the giant rocks and learn about the history of the area from your guide. Visit the Church of the Virgin Mary, the Bandovas caves, and 6 of the monasteries that are still open. Finally, take in one of the best sunsets in Greece. Begin by meeting your guide at the bike rental facilities and being assigned an e-bike. Receive a brief introduction on how the bike works. Make your way to your first stop, the 1000-year-old Church of the Virgin Mary, which is the most important monument in Kalabaka. Next, cycle uphill towards the Meteora monasteries. Make a stop at the caves of Bandovas. Explore the caves with your guide and learn about the legends of the old hermitage monks of Bandovas. Enjoy a cold drink along the way. Continue cycling uphill, appreciating the effortless ride that an electronic bike offers you. See all six of the monasteries that are still open today, and view the others that have long ago been abandoned. Use the opportunity to take as many photos as you like. Just before sundown, cycle to an observation point in Meteora and take in panoramic views. Stay and watch the sun set over the valley below. Afterwards, experience the thrill of riding downhill through the nature of Meteora until you reach Kalabaka again, where the tour ends.

Meteora: Easy Hiking Adventure

10. Meteora: Easy Hiking Adventure

An ideal activity for the whole family, this is an alternative way for you to discover Meteora. This tour is the only way is for travellers who want to immerse themselves in area's history and get a closer look at this bizarre and amazing geological formation. The footpaths have a long tradition as for many hundreds of years they were the only form of roads leading to the monasteries. You can find different forms of human modifications along the paths either with carved stairs or wooden stairs helping the transportation of equipment and everyday needs. Your tour starts from Kalambaka, where you board a luxury mini-bus and head to Kastraki, where the hiking-path begins. The route takes you to the heart of the green forest and leads you to the abandoned and restored Monastery of Visitation of Jesus and to the statue of Papathymios Vlahavas (a fighter during the rebellion against the Turks). Also, you will see St Dimitrios church which was used as headquarters by the rebels during the Greek-Turkish war and which was destroyed by Ottomans in the early 18th century. From there, your path leads you to the top of the rocks until you will reach the impressive monasteries of “Great Meteoron” and “Varlaam”. Then descend through a path to Kastraki, where you pass near the cave of St George Mandilas. Here, every year people climb to hang their handkerchiefs, as tradition dictates.

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4.8 / 5

based on 324 reviews

This is absolutely an awesome experience. The incredible landscape and history of these monasteries will blow your mind. Our guide, Kate, gave us an enriching education about the area. This was definitely one of the highlights of our trip.

Unique experience!! It was really an amazing day !Really worth value of money Demetris is a very professional driver and you really feel very safe Thank you very much Eleni,you are the best guide i ever met!

Awesome tour. Beautiful place, clifftop monastery visits are very scenic. Highly recommended tour for a day, if u are in Athens. Tour is very well organized.

Pickup location in the city centre was convenient. Trip to Meteora took 3 hours drive and the tour guide explained about the history along the way.

Fairy place all beautiful organized well fantastic guide ... experience if possible to be repeated