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Engage in a day-trip to Meteora, a spectacular natural landmark that will properly introduce you to the sanctity and religiosity of this pivotal monastic community.

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Duration
Full day
Availability
Daily
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Group Type
Private
PRIVATE ONLY TOUR

Tour Highlights

Meteora is a natural landmark nowhere to be found around the world. The imposing vertical rocks standing as pillars reaching the sky, host on their plateaus ancient monasteries with a vast cultural significance not only for the region but for the whole of Christianity’s history as well. Therefore, while in Greece you should definitely invest a day in visiting this place of splendour. Hop on a train from Athens and enjoy the historical route full of spectacular images of natural beauty as you will pass through national parks, stone arched bridges. Let the landscapes follow one another and reach Meteora, spend your day there and return in Athens late that day.

  • Pick up/Drop off from/to Kalambaka Train Station with a luxury vehicle
  • Immerse into the religiosity of the site through the vivid narration of your engaging, expert tour guide.
  • Engage in a 3.5-hour tour at Meteora, visit all six monasteries of the monastic community and have the chance to enter 2 of them to experience the everyday life of the monks.
  • Possibility to extend your stay in Meteora for another day and explore the area a bit more.

What you can expect?

Start your day early and head to the main Railway Station of Athens (Larissis station) to catch your train to Kalambaka, the main city close to the rocks of Meteora. Your journey will take approximately 5 hours as you are following the historical route of the railway through national parks, historical cities such as Thebes and the forests of the foothills of mountain Oeta, from where Herakles ascended to Olympus according to ancient Greek mythology. Continue your trip through the Plain of Thessaly, having as destination the city of Kalambaka. Enjoy as the different landscapes alternate in front of your eyes and without noticing find yourselves in the mountainous Kalambaka.

As you are exiting the train station, a luxury vehicle is going to wait for you to pick you up. Your expert, fluent in English, tour guide will welcome you at the station and take you to an unforgettable experience. Ascend to the imposing rocks of Meteora and realise why these first monks of Christianity, hundreds of years ago, chose this location to create their monastic community and seek real communication with God. Visit all 6 ancient monasteries and nunneries of Meteora, and have the chance to enter two of them in order to taste the everyday life of the monks, admire their architecture and gaze at the priceless relics and treasures of the monasteries, a cultural heritage to all Christianity.

Optional Upgrade:

After your visit to Meteora, hop back on your limo minivan and head to the Kalambaka station to return to Athens. For those though that want to spend more time in this beautiful corner of Greece, there is the possibility of extending your stay and elongating your programme there. During the next day, set on a Hiking Tour and explore the natural beauty of the region in first hand. Follow the lead of your hiking guide and discover the ancient trails that the first monks used centuries ago. Discover the particular geology of the region and admire the Meteora valley in its full splendour. Hike up to one of the medieval monasteries (the monastery of Grand Meteoron or Varlaam) and have the chance to find yourselves at some of the most majestic view spots of the valley.

Alternatively, a morning private tour will introduce you even further to the spirituality of Meteora and sink you into its religiosity by visiting three monasteries located on top of the impressive Meteora pillars. Discover their cultural wealth through the eyes of your expert licensed guide and have a personally customised experience to the second most sacred place in Greece.

After your scheduled activity, your limo minivan will take you to the Kalambaka station for you to catch the train back to Athens.

Inclusions

Inclusions:

  • Round Trip Train ticket costs (1st class tickets also available on request).
  • Pick up/drop off from/to the train stations.
  • Transfers in a luxury limo minibus
  • A fun insightful and expert tour guide
  • Free Wifi on the bus
  • All taxes and VAT

Exclusions

  • Pick up/drop off from/to your hotel in Athens (on request these transfers can be included)
  • Entrance fees to the monasteries
  • Meals, soft drinks and any other personal purchases

Optional Upgrade:

Extend your visit to Meteora for one more day and experience a hiking tour at the region or a private guided tour at the monasteries of Meteora. 

FAQs

What is the language of this tour?

This tour is offered in English. In case you want it delivered in a different language, please send us an email and we will reply to you shortly.  

 

Reviews

  • We traveled to Kalambaka by morning train from Athens. The same day we had to come back. So we arrived aprox at 2 pm and had only 4 hours to see as much as possible. We were lucky as we were assigned an excellent guide. He tried to show us as much as possible. We have got a lot of interesting information during the tour in a comfortable mini-bus. Amazing experience!

    - SethC

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