• Location: Athens, Greece
  • Duration: 2 days (approx.)
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Marvel at the rocktop monasteries of Meteora on a 2-day rail trip from Athens. Travel north by train to Kalambaka and after free time to explore and relax, stay overnight in a 3- or 4-star hotel. The next day, enjoy a guided morning tour of the UNESCO-listed medieval monasteries, built atop giant sandstone pillars. Your trip includes return rail tickets, overnight accommodation, the morning Meteora tour, and breakfast and dinner at your hotel.

Highlights

  • Excellent value for money
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Round-trip train fares

What You Can Expect

2-Day Meteora Tour by Train from Athens

The train to Kalambaka

Catch the 8.27am train to Kalambaka from Athens Railway Station and enjoy a relaxed journey that gives you the chance to admire the beauty of the Greek countryside.

On arrival at Kalambaka station at around 1:30pm, meet your English-speaking driver who will be holding a sign with your name on it and who will transfer you to your hotel.

You will have the whole afternoon at leisure to discover this picturesque small town, built at the foot of the majestic grey rocks crowned by the Meteora monasteries. Perhaps pay a visit to the Natural History Museum of Meteora and Mushroom Museum. Explore the museum’s collections, and view the mushrooms, notable for their wide variety of shapes and colors, as you find out about the species that thrive in Greece.

Tonight, dinner is included at the restaurant of your hotel.

The next morning, meet your local guide in the hotel lobby and set off to visit two of the main monasteries of Meteora and discover the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the area.

Your morning tour will transport you back to the dark ages and the story of the first hermits and monks who laid the foundations of what would later become the monastic community of Meteora. Learn which monastery was the first to be established and the true motivations behind the monks’ decision to try to climb the steep rock pinnacles and build the monasteries at their tops.

After your morning tour, your driver will transfer you back to Kalambaka, where you will have time for lunch (own expense). Catch the 5:22pm train back to Athens from Kalambaka, arriving back in the city at 10:15pm.

Customer Reviews

Jan M USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Get to Meteora any way you can. It is well worth any inconvenience. The train is slow, makes a bunch of stops, and of course, full of locals and fellow travellers. I was a solo traveller in second class and met a young German couple also going to Meteora to experience its majesty. The train is comfortable with overhead racks for carryon -- travel light -- and there is a food car with decent and reasonably priced sandwiches and drinks. Most people carry on their own food which is a pretty good idea. If you are travelling with others, then the trip will go faster but 5 hours is a very long time on this multi-stop train. It took less time to travel from Newark to Phoenix than Athens to Meteora although the food was better on the train. Kalambaka was charming, the hotel ok but I wouldn't want to stay there again Hotel Orpheus, and dinner and breakfast in this tour included which was ok. Despite the rain and fog February is NOT a prime month to visit, but better than not visiting, Meteora was one of the most jaw-dropping experiences ever. Do what you can to see it!

m.f.williams

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

The trip to Meteora was one of the most wonderful tours I have taken in any country and is highly recommended. We were issued first class train tickets and picked up at the train station by a taxi and driven to our hotel. The hotel was nice especially the staff and the dinner and breakfast buffet were good. But what made the tour really special was our guide James who was born in the area and our driver. We saw five monasteries visually and visited three. All three monasteries we visited were really interesting. We met other people on the train who were doing an independent visit and they saw only one monastery while we saw three in one morning! The information and commentary provided by James throughout the trip was interesting and entertaining.

Susan W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We took the train into Kalambaka and stayed at the Divani Hotel. The train ride lasts about 5 hours, but the time is well-worth the trip. Meteora is simply amazing in history and for touring the monasteries. The overnight trip is important to be able to see the monasteries in the morning, as most of them are closed in the afternoon. Everything is taken care of on this trip - train tickets, taxi to hotel, and knowledgeable tour guide thank you Dimitrius!

annaragnars

4 star rating: Recommended November 2017

Everything met with our expectations, this is an incredible place and totally unique. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Unfortunately the 4 star hotel was sold out and our 3 star hotel was nice in many ways. The included dinner was not especially good though.
October is absolutely the perfect time for visiting Greece, the temperature is just right and there are fewer tourists.

Laura N

4 star rating: Recommended June 2016

While once in the town of Kalabaka everything went smoothly, getting there was not so easy. We missed our train and had to buy bus tickets to get to Kalabaka. They only phone# we had was for our taxi driver who helped.
The tour of the monasteries was great and our guide was friendly, andl informed.

Karen C

3 star rating: Worth doing April 2018

The four hour tour through Meteora was amazing! The process to get there -- not so much! I booked the trip over the phone, then got an email saying first class was no longer available. So we agreed to second class. I then got a second email telling me we do not have hotel transfers in Athens, which was weird since the gentleman I booked with had asked for our pick up and drop off hotels. So we found our own transfers. Then I got and email saying I did not have to print my voucher. So we did not print them.

When we arrived at the Athens train station there was no one there to give us our tickets. We got on the train and had to turn on our international phone plans in order to call Key Tours to find out how we were going to show the conductor our tickets. Apparently, at the bottom of one of the many emails we had received was one line with my name and .pdf and that is where the tickets were located.

When we got off the train in Kalambaka, there was no one there to meet us. Again, we had to call Key Tours and have them arrange for us to be taken to our hotel. A taxi driver arrived and took us there. The next morning, we went on a great tour to see three of the monasteries. That was the best part of the two days. Meteora is an excellent destination. Just be prepared for a few setbacks along the way.

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