Private tour

Thessaloniki: Private Guided Tour to Meteora

4.9 / 5

21 reviews

Activity provider: De Tour Transfers

Thessaloniki: Private Guided Tour to Meteora

Activity provider: De Tour Transfers

From US$ 427.47 per group up to 3

Discover one of the most beautiful places in Greece, the imposing rocks of Meteora, on a private small group tour from Thessaloniki. Marvel at spectacular landscapes and explore unique monasteries.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Greek
Pickup included
Your driver will meet you at your hotel lobby or at the address of your alternative accommodation. Please inform the local partner of your hotel name or accommodation address to arrange pickup.
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Get immersed into the beauty of the landscapes of the great rocks of Meteora
  • Learn about Greek history and religion on a guided tour
  • Discover architectural miracles by visiting the skites area and a monastery
  • Savor a delicious lunch prepared with fresh ingredients from local farms
Full description

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.

Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Bottled mineral water
  • Entrance fees
  • Food
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Face mask or protective covering

Not allowed

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  •  To access some monasteries you will need to climb a lot of stairs
  • Women should preferably wear a skirt
  • On occasions, an umbrella might be needed
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 21 reviews

Review summary

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

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The trip was great because you get to see something different but also unique. The natural beauty is out of this world. The story of the monks & monasteries very interesting. Our guide, George, was great in giving information & telling the story of the area & monasteries. He was polite & very professional. I definitely recommend this tour

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June 4, 2022

Excellent guide well paced comfortable van

May 16, 2022

It was a great trip to Meteora. There were only two of us and our guide Georg responded to our wishes. He explained a lot about the history of the monasteries and was extremely friendly.

May 2, 2022

Product ID: 243452