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Overview

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.
  • Full-day train tour to Meteora from Athens includes round-trip fare and lunch
  • Visit the spectacular UNESCO-listed clifftop monasteries
  • Travel from Kalambaka to Meteora in a luxury 19-seater minibus with onboard Wi-Fi
  • Tour three monasteries and see the others from the outside
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Tour escort/host
Bottled water
Transport by air-conditioned vehicle with wifi
Round trip train tickets
Small size groups up to 15 people.
Gratuities
Entrance fees (3 euros per person at each monastery)
State Licensed guide
Lunch
St. Larissis , Athens 104 37, Greece

This tour starts at 07:20 from Athens Larissis train station.

7:15 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
The journey begins at the Athens Railway Station in the morning, where you’ll catch the train on your own with provided tickets. Relax and take in the diverse scenery of the Grecian countryside on the roughly 4-hour journey to reach Kalambaka, the town closest to Meteora. When you arrive, an English-speaking driver awaits you in a Mercedes Sprinter minivan equipped with air conditioning and onboard Wi-Fi.

Travel through a landscape of green valleys dotted with dramatic grey cliffs to reach Meteora, a World Heritage site built by Greek Orthodox monks who inhabited these incredible hard-to-reach sanctuaries high above ground. Visit three active monasteries, spending about 45 minutes inside each one (entrance fees not included). See the others from the outside on a van tour and discover the hermit caves of Badovas, stopping for frame-worthy photos at each site. A take-away lunch of sandwiches is provided.

After touring, return to Kalambaka and say goodbye to your driver back at the train station. You will have about an hour of free time to walk in the town’s center before hopping on the return train to Athens, where you'll arrive in the late evening.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Meteora
Learn which monastery was the first to be established and the true motivations behind the monks’ decision to try to climb the steep rocks of Meteora and build the monasteries there.You will visit inside two out of the six active monasteries, we will take you to the most beautiful spots to enjoy amazing views and take photos of all the Meteora monasteries. With this comprehensive half-day morning Tour of Meteora, you’ll discover this astonishing site through the eyes and the narrative of the locals!
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Varlaam Monastery
The Holy Monastery of Varlaam is the second biggest monastery. It is located opposite of the Great Meteoro Monastery and it was founded in the mid 14th century by the exercitant Hosios Varlaam. The elegant monastery Catholicon was built in the honour of Agioi Pantes in 1541-42, by two brothers from Ioannina, the priest-monks Hosioi Theophanes and Nectarios the Apsarades. The main church was decorated in 1548. Based on stylistic criteria, this magnificent wall-painting is attributed to the famous hagiographer from Thebes, Frago Catelano.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Agios Stefanos
This is the most accessible monastery, where instead of steps you simply cross a small bridge to reach the entrance. It is ideal for visitors who cannot use the steps and yet they wish to have a real experience of a Meteora monastery. The beginning of monastic life on the rock of Agios Stephanos dates back to early in the 12th century. Hosios Antonios, in the first half of the 15th century, and Hosios Philotheos, who renovated or rather rebuilt from its foundations the old small and elegant Catholicon, the present church of Agios Stephanos, in 1545 are mentioned as its founders. St. Stephen’s Monastery includes two cathedrals; the old 16th century chapel which was severely damaged during WWII and the consequent Greek Civil War, and the 18th century main cathedral that is dedicated to Saint Charalambos and includes his holy relics.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Great Meteoron Monastery
The Great Meteoron Monastery is the biggest and oldest one of all. It was called the monastery that was “suspended in the air” (meteoro), because of the formation of the gigantic rock on top of which it was built.The Great Meteoro Monastery was founded by Saint Athanasios the Meteorite who was the first founder of the monastery and the organizer of the systematic koenovion.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Agios Nikolaos Anapaphsas
The Holy Monastery of Saint Nicholas of Anapafsas is the first Monastery that we encounter on our way to the Holy Meteora and was founded at the end of the 14th century.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada)
The Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) is the most difficult to reach, but once you get to the very top the panoramic view of the surroundings is simply captivating! This Monastery is very close to the Saint Stephen’s Nunnery and it is perched on a steep and magnificent rock. It had already been organized Monastery since the year 1362 as indicated in a document by Symeon Uressis Palaeologos. Visitors have to follow a pathway that directs them initially to the foot of the rock, before they start walking up about 140 steps.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Roussanou Monastery
The Holy Monastery of Roussanou has received the name of the first probable hermit who settled on the rock. The main cathedral was founded at the end of the 16th century and was decorated thirty years later. Compared to other rocks where monasteries were built, the one of Roussanou has a lower elevation, which makes it more accessible. The monastery was initially founded by monks and it suffered severe damage during World War II. It became a convent in 1988.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A small amount of walking is involved, but in the monasteries there are stairs to climb
  • To enter the monasteries, appropriate clothing is required; Ladies should not wear short skirts and must have long sleeves; Men are not allowed to wear shorts
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Visit Meteora
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Full-Day Meteora Tour from Athens by Train?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Full-Day Meteora Tour from Athens by Train?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Meteora Tour from Athens by Train.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Full-Day Meteora Tour from Athens by Train?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Full-Day Meteora Tour from Athens by Train?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Meteora Tour from Athens by Train.

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  • "Only thing to note is the weather, try to go when it is not that hot so you can better enjoy the trip." See review
  • "Meteora is quite far from Athens (4 hours ride with a train), but the tour is definitely worth it." See review
  • "So easy going from Athens, it was a long day but well worth it." See review

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Breathtaking
Deborah_N
, Dec 2021
Our tour guide, Jim, and our driver were awesome! So informative and knowledgable of area, including flora and fauna. We loved the views and the monasteries we visited were breathtaking. The train ride was beautiful as well with snow covered mountains and gorgeous landscapes. Highly this tour especially in off season.
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Breathtaking scenery
Diego_M
, Nov 2021
This have been the most beautiful place I have ever seen in my life. It’s just breathtaking. You won’t regret it. Remember to bring your own snacks for the way there as the trip is 4 hour long. I also suggest to get first class train ticket. Don’t forget to bring cash to pay the entrance and tip the tour guides.
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star-5
A fantastical landscape brought down to Earth by well chosen stories.
Michael_F
, Nov 2021
I will so fondly remember those personal anecdotes of our guide Katerina, who took the history and traditions of the monastic experience out of the abstract and into ongoing Greek life. Even more spectacular than the photo opportunitues was that little touch. Good guides never earn enough for their efforts, so I hope a few words helps.
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star-5
Worth It!!
Charles_G
, Nov 2021
Meteora is well worth the time and money. Both the driver and guide were outstanding! I had lost my phone just before the train ride back to Athens. I had written it off but the driver found it, tracked me down and returned my phone! That was above and beyond!
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star-5
Wonderful late November weather visit.
Ioason_B
, Nov 2021
It was a day pack of monasteries visit but it was worth it. The local guide is very knowledgeable about the history of the the each sitea which is an added bonus.
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star-4
Breathtaking views!
CINDY_M
, Oct 2021
I gave this a four out of 5 because of the poor communication. The trip itself was amazing. Be prepared for the 4.5 hour train ride there and back with no WiFi. (Not even In first class on the train). Once you get there you realize it was all worth it! The views and history were breathtaking! The tour guide was amazing. I forgot her name but she is from the Town of Meteora and was extremely knowledgeable!
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star-5
Breathtaking Meteora~
samer00
, Oct 2021
Had an awesome and memorable trip! The guide leader Maria is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable! Not related with the tour but please make sure you get to the train station on time as they leave exactly what the schedule is. (I almost missed mine)
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Foggy day in meteora
MaCecile_C
, Oct 2021
The trip was good it’s just that the weather was not cooperative enough because of the rain and thick fogs surrounding the monasteries. Our guide Maryam was very informative and the driver was a good photographer. Going in Meteora is better during summer as it will be more visible. But, we enjoyed though the trip and took some pictures.
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TRAIN MISHAP
Erlinda_C
, Oct 2021
The entire experience would have been fine if not for mishap with train tickets. We printed 1 barcode that states is to present at train station. Barcode declined. We were taken to station manager's office. She read through all my emails > she emailed Viator on the spot > waited > Viator sent actual train tickets (problem solved?) > printed tickets present to train conductor > she said only 3 are paid/need to buy 1 ticket or get off the train at next stop > we paid 2X price for 1 ticket > we have no clue how to get money back for that 1 ticket.
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star-2
Very disappointed in initial directions given to coordinate train tickets.
Doris_Y
, Oct 2021
The price of the ticket was supposed to include round trip train tickets from Athens to Meteora. My friend and I did not get train tickets. I got an email saying to email or call if we did not get tickets. I clicked the link for email emailed and the email was returned to me (wrong address). While I was at the train station I called the number listed. I was told the Viator office did not open until 8:00 am. My friend and I both bought our one way train ticket for 30 E and used the ticket given to us to get back to Athens. The tour guide said this happens often, that the link to get the train ticket on the tour ticket is difficult to find. Other people have had this problem. I don’t know if this is a tour company issue or a Viator issue. I have used Viator many times and have never had a problem. I believe a refund of the 30E train ticket is a reasonable request. Please respond to this message.
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