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Meteora Tours

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The towering vertical cliffs of Meteora have provided a protected place to pursue spiritual contemplation for centuries. The first hermit monks lived up in caves, but eventually 24 Byzantine monasteries were built (six function today) atop the imposing rock. Part natural wonder, part manmade marvel, the dramatic site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular attraction in Greece. 

The Basics
Travelers come to Meteora to visit the six operational monasteries and walk the many trails in the area. To get the most out of your visit, book a tour, which will offer historical context. Full-day tours depart from Athens or Thessaloniki to Meteora, or you can make your own way to Kalampaka to enjoy a half-day group, private, or sunset tour. Adventurous travelers can also embark on a hike or do a rafting trip down the River Ionas. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wear comfortable shoes, bring sunscreen and water, and prepare to walk—all but one of the monasteries is reached by steep steps. 
  • Visitors to the monasteries must have their shoulders and knees covered, and wraps are provided at the entrance.
  • The best options for restaurants and cafes are in Kalampaka, so bring a packed lunch if you plan to spend the day.
  • Be sure to check the opening days and times of the monasteries in advance as they vary.
  • Plan to visit two or three monasteries on a day tour—to visit all six, you will need a 2-day tour.
  • St. Stephen's Monastery (Agios Stephanos) is the only wheelchair-accessible monastery.

How to Get There
Meteora is located in Thessaly, about 220 miles (355 kilometers) northwest of Athens, and is accessible by road from the towns of Kalampaka and Kastraki, just to the south. Guided tours often start from Athens, while direct buses and trains run to Kalambaka from Athens, Thessaloniki, and Delphi. 

When to Get There
The monasteries are open year-round, but each is closed on a different day, so it’s important to plan ahead. July to October are most popular, and to avoid the crowds, opt for a morning tour. Out-of-season visitors encounter lower entrance fees and fewer crowds, while hikers might come in May or June, before the heat arrives.

Meteora’s Big Six
Meteora’s cliff-top monasteries were built by Eastern Orthodox hermit monks who settled in the area in the ninth century. Most visitors make a beeline for the Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron, the largest, oldest, and highest, located at around 2,000 feet (615 meters). There’s also Varlaam Monastery, founded in the 14th century by Hosios Varlaam; the dramatically situated Holy Trinity Monastery; Monastery of St. Nicholas Anapausas, renowned for its spectacular frescoes; 16th century Monastery of Rousanou; and the most easily accessible monastery, St. Stephen’s.
Address: Kalampaka, Greece
Hours: Open daily; some monasteries have restricted schedules
Admission: €3 per monastery
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2-Day Trip to Delphi and Meteora from AthensOvernight Tours

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2-Day Trip to Delphi and Meteora from Athens

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Get an up-close look at Ancient Greece on this 2-day tour of Delphi and Meteora. Departing from Athens, follow a knowledgeable guide through the UNESCO-listed site at Delphi, discovering the Sanctuary of Apollo and the rest of the area's rich history. Then pass through the scenic towns of Amphissa, Lamia and Trikala before relaxing in 3- or 4-star accommodations in Kalambaka for the night. Top off your trip on Day Two with a visit to the famous monasteries of Meteora, once a safe haven for monks fleeing the fall of the Roman Empire.
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Delve into Greece’s rich history on this 4-day tour from Athens. Discover the UNESCO-listed classical sites of Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, and Delphi; and pay a visit to Meteora to explore its spectacular rocktop monasteries. Take a guided walking tour at each site to learn about its past, and visit other top sights, such as the Corinth Canal. Overnight accommodation in 4-star hotels, breakfasts, dinners, and coach transport are included. Including a trip to medieval Meteora, this unique ancient Greece tour is great for all history buffs.
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Full-Day Meteora Tour from Athens by Train

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When visiting Athens, take a full-day detour to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Meteora. Ride a train through the Grecian countryside with included rail tickets and travel from the town of Kalambaka to the ancient clifftop monasteries in a luxury minibus with onboard Wi-Fi. View all six sky-high monastic retreats and visit three of them. You’ll discover hermit caves and enjoy lunch along the way.
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2-Day Delphi and Meteora Tour from AthensOvernight Tours

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Visit two of Greece’s UNESCO-listed attractions on this 2-day tour from Athens. Tour the classical ruins of the mountainside site of Delphi, once considered the center of the world, and then cross the Thessalian Plain to visit the medieval rock top monasteries of Meteora. Air-conditioned transport by bus, overnight accommodation in 3- or 4-star hotels, breakfast, dinner, entrance fees, and Athens’ hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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2-Day Meteora Tour by Train from Athens

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Two Days Rail Tour to Meteora from Athens

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Rail Tour from Athens to Meteora 3 Days - 2 NightsOvernight Tours

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Private Day Trip from Athens to Meteora Day Trips

Private Day Trip from Athens to Meteora

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Your day will begin with a pickup by your English-speaking driver from your hotel in Athens. After a quick introduction, you will board your private car and begin your fully customizable ride through the geological phenomenon of Meteora. Our drivers are not licensed to accompany you into the sights but are very knowledgeable of the places visited and will share all the necessary historical information and their local perspective. Please note that men are required to wear long pants and women long skirts to enter the monasteries. Once you arrive in Kalambaka you will be taken to the very top of the towering cliffs, to visit the monasteries that are perched high up on the steep rocks of Meteora. Varlaam Monastery, Holy Trinity, Monastery of Agios Nikolaos Anapafsas and Megalo Meteoro are all built in the 16th Century and offer stunning views. At the end of your exploration, your driver will drive you safely back to Athens.
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Meteora Private Full Day TourDay Trips

Meteora Private Full Day Tour

Our tours and services are flexible and can be adapted to the customer’s needs. All our professional drivers have the required certifications and are fluent in English. Their experience will help you feel safe and at easy in one of our well maintained, comfortable vehicles. You will have the added benefit of visiting archaeological sites at different times from the large tour buses and groups of visitors, thus enabling you to experience the wonderful monuments and learn their history at a time of the day when they are not overcrowded. The cost of hiring our services is smaller than purchasing individual tickets from large tour and excursion companies.
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Private Day Trip to Meteora-Thermopylae from Athens/Pireaus

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Contrary to popular wisdom, a day trip from Athens to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora can be an enjoyable experience, particularly with a private driver on hand to take care of the most tiring and stressful part of the journey. Even if you can only spare a single day out of your Athens itinerary, this private day trip lets you experience the unique vistas of the Meteora monasteries.
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3 Days Private Tour: Delphi & Meteora

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Wander in the ancient streets of Delphi and beyond with this tour which leads you out of Athens and into the Greek countryside, full of places that became legends. From Byzantine art to ancient oracles, living monasteries to the olive sea, this tour gives you a taste of all that the Greek countryside has to offer.
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Private Day Trip to Meteora and Thermopylae Day Trips

Private Day Trip to Meteora and Thermopylae

Meteora Day trip offers the visitor the irresistible combination of stunning natural scenery and the legacy of a fascinating and diverse cultural heritage. You will discover the fascinating historical, cultural and geographic landscape of the regions.
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We visit the famous Meteora monasteries from Athens. A great long trip and a long day but worth the visit! Meteora ("suspended in the air") was the hiding spot for the monks from the Romans. We explore two (or 3) amazing monasteries depending on your fitness and timing. We drive around the Meteora maze finding different spots to take photos and enjoy the amazing views. Then, you head for a great (included) lunch & drinks under the guidance of your tour leader. No fixed menu! Authentic Greek food, location, and people; away from the tourist traps. On the way back to Athens, we also stop to stretch at the battlefield of Thermopylae and the famous 300 of King Leonidas of Sparta. A totally private tour! No strangers in the same car, so totally flexible to your needs! It's a long long day starting from 7:30 am to be back at your hotel around 8:00 pm or even later. Any other way to visit Meteora, such as train or bus will simply mean a lot more traveling time and less amazing Meteora!
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Meteora hours of operation: Open daily; some monasteries have restricted schedules. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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