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From Thessaloniki: Train Trip to Meteora & Monastery Tour

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16 reviews

Activity provider: Meteora Rocks

From Thessaloniki: Train Trip to Meteora & Monastery Tour

Activity provider: Meteora Rocks

From US$ 87.15 per person

Catch a morning train from Thessaloniki railway station and enjoy the ride which passes beneath mythical Mt Olympus, home to the 12 ancient olympian gods, through the homeland of legendary warrior Achileus and ending in lovely Meteora.

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Duration 14 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Greek
Small group
Limited to 15 participants


  • See all six monasteries
  • Head into 3 of the monasteries to explore them
  • Admire the Greek countryside
  • See the mythical Mount Olympus
Full description

Departing at 8:00AM, pass by the unique landscape as it alternates between mountains and sea. The route crosses by the foot of the mythical Mt Olympus, where in ancient times it was believed to be the residence of the 12 Gods.

Next, it leads you to Palaeofarsalos train station. There you have to change trains and wait for 1 hour until you board the train that leads to Kalampaka. Here in the greater surrounding area, lies the home of the ancient tribe of Mirmidones, a group of legendary ancient warriors who had the mythical Achilles as their leader, who played an important role in the outcome of the Trojan War. In Kalambaka, arrive at approximately 12:05 PM. A guide will be there holding a signboard to welcome you and start the tour. After which, you will on-board on a luxury mini-bus drive, sit, relax and enjoy the unique landscape.

Begin your tour of the Meteora monasteries. Admire the amazing Christian architecture, and discover how monasteries have been influenced over time, having existed for over 700 years. Ask the specialized guide plenty of questions and take photos at fantastic viewpoints.

After the tour ends you will be transferred to Kalabaka's city center where you will have over an hour to spend under the shadow of giant rocks either having lunch or a coffee. You will get all the necessary information on how to get to the train station, which is around 5 minutes walk from the city centre. You must be at the train station no later than 6:10 PM in order to catch the train back to Thessaloniki.

  • Roundtrip ticket Thessaloniki - Kalambaka
  • Local English-speaking tour leader
  • Wi-Fi on board
  • Photo stop in Meteora
  • Taxes and services
  • Luxury mini-bus transportation
  • Bottle of water
  • ª Pickup and drop-off service from and to Kalambaka's train station
  • Monasteries entrance fees (€3 per person)
  • Dormition of the Mother of God church entrance fees
  • Guided tour inside the monasteries
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Travel insurance
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
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

Kalambaka's Train Station. At the main entrance.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • You will travel by train on your own and will meet the group at Kalabaka train station
  • Due to the monasteries' strict dress code, men must wear trousers and t-shirt or shirt with sleeves and women must wear a long skirt
  • Please wear comfortable shoes for walking on uneven surfaces; for some monasteries walking up stairs is needed
  • Please bring cash for the entry fees for each monastery (3€ per person) and the Byzantine church (2€ per person)
  • The tour is conducted in a small group of maximum 13 persons; babies up to 3 years old join for free if they can share the seat with their parent
  • This tour is semi-independent, so your tour leader will provide you with all necessary information about monasteries during the drive, but will not accompany you into the sites
  • As this tour lasts for 13 hours please be prepared and take some snacks with you
  • Credit cards are not accepted for paying the monastery entrance fees
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 16 reviews

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We had an amazing trip with Chris and Dinos. They were extremely knowledgeabble, helpful and made sure we were able yo see all of the monasteries. I also liked being able to go by train from Thessaloniki so we could relax and have space to move around rather than being cooped up in a bus for hours straight.

February 20, 2020

The organization of the train journey is a disaster. There is no help from the organizer and at the train stations in Thessaloniki and Palaeofarsalos there are no indications of which platform the trains are leaving from. When I arrived in Kalabaka it was a big surprise that the tour was not carried out by the booked tour operator but by another company that I had deliberately not booked. I would have expected information about this. Accordingly, there was a different program than the booked (no visit to the Dormition of the Blessed Mother) and booked services (WiFi on board, water bottle, panoramic map) were missing. The biggest surprise, however, was that it was a Spanish-speaking tour (which was not a problem in that I understand Spanish, but was never asked in advance). The tour itself and the Spanish-speaking guide were nevertheless impressive.

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January 20, 2020

Wonderful time in an extrordinary place.

An amusing and knowledgable courier who guided us smoothly throught the major sights. The order of the visits was sensible, with the most strenuous first. Each of the abbeys was special in its own way: whether it was the remarkable frescoes of the Great Meteora, the more intimate Varlaam abbey or the lovely formal gardens of St. Stephens. Varlaam paid somewhat more attention to the visitor experience with, for instance, appropriate music playing in the antechurch and clear walkways to help visitors move around smoothly. Our courier was careful to make sure that the group were briefed on eating and drinking needs. The supply of water bottles were very welcome.

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August 24, 2019

Product ID: 193955