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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

Departure Point

Athens 104 44, Greece

Departure Time

7:15 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Visit Meteora

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  • 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
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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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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
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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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star-5
Absolutely Fantastic Tour
Brian
, Jul 2021
Like the title says, this tour was great. Whole experience was very smooth. Driver and tour guide were waiting outside their van at the train station with a sign that had everyone's names that booked the tour with them. From there we drove a couple minutes up to a part of town to get snacks and use the restrooms before we got to the bulk of the tour. Once done with that we commenced with the rest of the tour. The views from above were just breathtaking. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I thought it was also really cool that he grew up here. After seeing everything that was promised in the itinerary, we ended in the town center where we had plenty of options to choose for lunch/dinner before heading back on the train. I recommend ELYSEE Restaurant Cafe Pizza despite what the Google reviews say. One thing to note, the train ride is pretty brutal and there are stretches where you see nothing but grass or farmland. Bring stuff to keep you entertained to pass the time. Also, avoid the little cafe that's on the train. Prices are high and the particular server on our train was a little rude/disinterested. You're better off bringing your own food and drinks.
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star-4
Very nice and soulful area!
Tala_A
, Jul 2021
Very nice stories/anecdotes by the tour guide Katarina. Loved her personal touch and the interactions, the driving was also great by Yurgin (I hope the name is correct)! Overall would recommend this tour guide combination. However, the train ride was a loooong 4 hours going and coming back, and the hours there were not enough for a proper meal. I was also surprised that entrances to the monasteries were not included in the amount we paid..
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Great experience and Guides!
Roberto
, Jul 2021
Amazing experience with an incredible guide! The train ride was a bit long but that cannot be helped. So glad they booked that for us and told us where to be. The one complaint is that although the advertise wifi there is no WIFI on the train, nor on the bus, but you should have plenty to see anyhow!
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star-5
Must do Day Trip from Athens
Anonymous
, Jul 2021
Must do while in Greece.. Katerina was an excellent guide! They schedule train tickets for you and e-delivery to scan/show with your phone at the station in Athens. train ride is 4 hours long but not too bad as seats are Ok and cafeteria on board. Comfortable tour van and very informative team, locals that group up in the area. Appreciated the rest stop between arriving at the station and starting the tour so everyone can eat something and go to the bathroom. Only thing to note is the weather, try to go when it is not that hot so you can better enjoy the trip.
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Amazing!
Ciaran_M
, Jul 2021
Although the train was long, it was definitely worth the trip! Maria was a wonderful guide and went in depth with her explanations. We would do it again :)
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Soectacular Meteora
Liviu_D
, Jul 2021
Impressive views. Interesting history. Confortable minivan (air-conditioned, bottled water). Excellent guide.
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Unbelievable experience!
Joe
, Jul 2021
Maria and our driver were excellent. The monasteries and sites were beyond anything you can imagine. The history of how they were built and used over the centuries is amazing.
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Amazing tour!
Tami_K
, Jun 2021
We loved the tour! Our driver Aris did a great job and our tour guide katarina was amazing. I loved that she was from the area and added so much personal information about the tour. She knows so much and was able to answer all questions. My teens even loved this tour.
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Great way to see Meteora
Elizabeth_G
, Sep 2020
This was a great way to see Meteora! (especially if you dont have heaps of time). The instructions for catching the train were clear and easy to follow and our guide gave excellent information about the monasteries. Covid regulations were well done on this trip also. Highly reccomend!
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Amazing
Bostjan_G
, Aug 2020
Meteora is quite far from Athens (4 hours ride with a train), but the tour is definitely worth it. The scenery is unique, monasteries are really interesting and we also had a great guide. Highly recommended!
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