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Full-Day Trip to Meteora from Thessaloniki

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icon11 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Making a day trip to the UNESCO-listed monasteries of Meteora from Thessaloniki can be difficult without a self-drive car. This full-day tour eliminates transport stresses: taking you direct to the medieval rock-pinnacle monasteries by comfortable air-conditioned minivan or coach, and with a guide to explain the monasteries’ construction, art, and history. On arrival, tour two of the six retreats and enjoy lunch (own expense) in nearby Kalampaka before your return.
  • Admire the UNESCO-listed Meteora monasteries on a day trip from Thessaloniki
  • Go direct to the monasteries with ease, without train or bus changes
  • Tour and hear tales about two of the rock retreats that you might miss alone
  • Includes return transport, with tickets and lunch in Kalampaka at your cost
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Transport to and from Meteora
English speaking excursion attendant
Basic travel insurance (during transport)
Entrance fees (€3 per monastery – cash only)
The tour of the Meteora monasteries.
The cost of the lunch at the restaurant
Statue of Eleftherios Venizelos , Egnatia 78, Thessaloniki 546 24, Greece

Aristotelous square and Egnatia square in front of Statue of Eleftherios Venizelos at 08:00

8:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Our trip attendant shall wear a clothing with the AMMON Express marking so that he will be recognisable easily.
  • You should be at the departure points 10' before the time indicated in the schedule. The bus cannot remain at designated stops, except for boarding.
  • The monasteries have strict dress rules prohibiting entry to male visitors wearing shorts and women visitors with sleeveless sweatshirts.
  • The approach to the monasteries is achieved through stairs and requires comfortable footwear.
  • Please be consistent with the exact appointment times specified by the Ammon Express escort, so that the excursion to Meteora will remain unforgettable to all participants.
  • Please bring cαsh with you for entrance fees (€3 per monastery)
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Ammon Express
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.

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

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Trip to Meteora from Thessaloniki.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Full-Day Trip to Meteora from Thessaloniki?
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 Trip to Meteora from Thessaloniki.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Full-Day Trip to Meteora from Thessaloniki?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Trip to Meteora from Thessaloniki.

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  • "Also bring snacks as the day is long and lunch was expensive." See review
  • "breathtaking views, a place worthwhile visiting, explanation of the guide was not very elaborate , could be better" See review

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star-5
Simply perfect
Syed_N
, May 2022
I have been travelling all over the Europe for last 6 year and I never took a single guided tour. But as I was in Thessaloniki and I had only one day to cover Meteora and traveling to and fro is really long via public transport. I was just googling around how to go to Meteora from Thessaloniki and suddenly this tour popup. Trust me , its end up so well that I can't even describe: firstly - it is on budget (if you take public transport it will cost you same or maybe little bit more) , secondly - if you don't have enough time (time friendly) , thirdly - our guide (Nepheli) is amazing , she is very professionally- during the entire trip she explained each and everything that comes on the way , starting from Mount Olympus to Meteora. Because of her I learnt many things, she also gave many tips about Thessaloniki ( what you can do and all ) Big thanks to our guide (Nepheli)
star-5
Well-paced & profound
Tan_Y
, May 2022
The tour is relaxed & well-paced! Eleni is very nice, takes good photos for all of us! Meteora is amazing & profound!
star-3
Despite the guide telling...
Eliot_S
, May 2022
Despite the guide telling everyone on the bus to wear masks, a number of people apparently felt that this did not apply to them. In order to protect the others, they should not have been allowed on the tour. The view of and from the monasteries was great, however there was not much to see in monasteries themselves; it was not worth the administration price. There were no explanations given inside the monasteries, and very little explanation of any kind was offered on the trip at all.
star-5
Amazing landscape
LeSuong_H
, Apr 2022
Totally worth a trip. The tourguide was so sweet and explained many things on the way to Meteora. She definitely did a great job!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you very much for taking the time to rate your experience with Ammon Express, we are glad to know that you have had an amazing trip to Meteora. We are looking forward to welcoming you back for more experiences. Best regards, Mary Polatidou
star-5
Definitely worth it!
NICOLO_F
, Apr 2022
Everything was excellent, we can summarize this review with this sentence: it was a very well-organized and interesting trip, the Meteoras are indeed a gem in Greek History and the both the destination chosen for the trip were astonishing in cultural and religious richness. I should mention that it wouldn't have been the same trip during Easter without Eleni (the tour guide) and Apostolis (the bus driver) that both did an excellent job in making the tour entertaining! An experience I'll surely recommend to my friends!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Nicole, Let us thank you for choosing Ammon Express for your trip to Meteora and we are glad we were able to meet your expectations. We are also delighted to hear that you enjoyed our excellent guide Eleni and driver Apostolis. We would love to welcome you back in the nearest future for more great experiences. With Kind Regards, Mary Polatidou
star-5
Great Day trip
Robert_L
, Apr 2022
Can’t really fault this trip. Everything went like clock work from pick up to drop off. Helene the guide was very friendly and helpful. The monasteries are beautiful. Also enjoyed the restaurant for lunch!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Robert_L, Thank you very much for your 5 star review. We are very glad that you enjoyed your trip to Meteora. We really hope to see you again in the future for more trips with Ammon Express! Best regards, Mary Polatidou
star-5
Unmissable trip
Ash_R
, Apr 2022
Well organized day trip to a mind-blowing location. Our guide, Nepheli, took really good care of us and ensured the trip went smoothly. While the journey took 7 hours overall, it was worth every second as Meteora is amazing beyond words.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Ash_R, Thank you very much for your beautiful review. We are glad that you had a wonderful time on your day trip to Meteora. As for Nepheri, she is an excelent guide that gives 100% on every journey. We hope to see you again in the future. Best regards, Mary Polatidou
star-3
Some views thats about it
Alyson_T
, Apr 2022
Overall the tour was okay, the people in charge were friendly and helpful. There were random facts thrown in here and there on the bus ride. The tour bus was clean and neat, so it was worth the price. We basically went into each monastery on our own. However, we only got to see two monasteries and I think if we shorten the time we could've seen more? Also, didn't get to stop by the iconic james bond movie scene to take a pic.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Alyson, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us. We take your comments into consideration. Best regards, Mary Polatidou
star-5
Stunning excursion very well organized
BERNARD_K
, Apr 2022
As good as it gets. Between Eleni our guide and Tolis our driver they took excellent care of us. As for Meteora, words fail to describe how stunning this experience was! I wouldn't have wanted to miss it for any reason.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you very much for your beautiful review. We are so happy that you had a wonderful time on your day trip to Meteora. We hope to see you again in the future for more unforgetable experiences. Best regards, Mary Polatidou
star-5
A really nice day trip !
Julie_N
, Apr 2022
An excursion with breathtaking view everywhere ! It wasn’t too much either since we only visit 2 monasteries and have lunch in a really nice restaurant. The guides were really nice too and even us some restaurant to try in Thessaloniki.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Julie, Thank you very much for taking the time to review your trip to Meteora. We are glad that you had a wonderful time. We really hope to see you again in the future for more breathtaking views. Best regards, Mary Polatidou
star-5
Great views
Yoshibye_C
, Mar 2022
We had a whole day to spend in Thessaloniki before catching our plane back to the UK. This was a great way to spend our last day. The trip is exactly as promised. And the views were amazing. As a tourist, it's great to see two monasteries and the intricacies. The views from the hight were also spectacular. We'll paced and got back on time for our flight.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Dear Yoshidy, Thank you very much for your 5 star review. We are really glad you spend your last day in Thessaloniki by joining our trip to Meteora. We are happy it was a day well spend! We hope to see you again in the future. Best regards, Mary Polatidou
star-5
Beautiful places and a delightful guide
Alastair_H
, Feb 2022
Panoramas of meteora really make time stop. Beautiful and memorable. There is nothing like this where I live!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Thank you very much for taking the time to write your lovely review. We are happy that you had a wonderful time visitng Meteora. We wish to see you again in the future in one of our excursions. Best regards, Mary Polatidou
star-5
Picturesque places, perfect organization
IGOR_N
, Jan 2022
As soon as I posted my order via Viator, a representative of the Ammon Express company (Greek tour operator) contacted me to check some practical details. They confirmed the tour a day before its beginning. The tour itself was perfectly organized. Our guide Helen and driver Spartakus were real professionals. Thanks a lot to both of them! I do not event mention the monasteries themselves: they are fantastic by default, and moreover, it was the first sunny day after two cloudy and rainy days. So, I was fully satisfies with this tour.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Dear Guest, Thank you for sending us your review of our excursion to Meteora. We feel happy our tour met your expectations. As for Helen, indeed she is an excellent, very kind and knowledgeable guide. We will transfer your lovely comments to her as soon as possible. Hope to see you soon on one of our future tours. Kindest Regards, Mary Polatidou
star-5
Enchanting day
Jozy_S
, Jan 2022
The monastery and nunnery visits were an absolute delight. Out giude, Nepheli, was very patient and so knowledgeable
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for choosing Ammon Express for your trip to Meteora. We want you to know how much we appreciate your review. Our staff works hard every day to give you the best experience possible. I’ll make sure to share your feedback with Nepheli. She’ll be thrilled to know that her hard work has paid off. Hope to see you again in the future.
star-5
For Your Eyes Only
Darragh_O
, Nov 2021
I have been wanting to take this tour for years and Ammonn Tours did not let me down. Our tour guide (Helen) and our driver (Stavros) were courteous, professional and very knowledgeable. It was a little cloudy but the scenery was still amazing. I would gladly recommend this tour with this company without hesitation. 6 out of 5 stars!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thank you for choosing Ammon Express for your trip to Meteora. We want you to know how much we appreciate your review. Our staff works hard every day to give you the best experience possible. I’ll make sure to share your feedback with them. They’ll be thrilled to know their hard work has paid off.
star-5
Wonderful experience
Nickolas_G
, Oct 2021
Had an amazing day on the day trip to Meteora the driver Dimitris and the guide Eleni were brilliant very professional and ready to answer any question about the trip. Eleni very knowledgeable about the area was quick to pick up the mike and tell us a few points when the main road was closed and had to detour. The trip is long but we had a comfort stop halfway. The history and amazing beauty of Meteora makes the long journey an unforgettable experience and I definitely recommend it. The bus was very comfortable fairly new and USB ports at every seat The Monasteries absolutely wonderful and have been refreshed on the outside and preserve hundreds of years of struggle passion and faith. The restaurant we had our lunch served traditional Greek food with a twist. Overall it was a 12 hour day and only because of it's remote location on a beautiful clear day the journey is interesting as it passes just below the glorious mount Olympus.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Dear Nickola, Thank you for the fantastic review. Eleni and Dimitris will love to read the kind words you left about their service! We are thrilled you had a great experience with us and hope to see you again in the future. Best regards, Mary Polatidou
star-5
The monasteries were...
Nancy_H
, Oct 2021
The monasteries were amazing situated on those rock towers. The weather was warm and we were awed at the men who dedicated their lives to prayer and seeking God.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Dear Nancy, thank you very much for choosing to travel with Ammon Express Team. We are glad you had a great time on your trip to Meteora. Best regards, Mary Polatidou
star-4
Once in the lifetime
Marja_H
, Sep 2021
Fantastick experience for me and my friend. Suitable even flr older persons. This trip is absolutely better to do as organized tba by yourself.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Dear Marja, Thank you very much for your review. We are glad that you had a good time on your trip to Meteora. Thank you for recomending us for this trip! We hope to see you again in the future on our other excursions as well.
star-3
Beautiful Meteora worth visiting. Disappointed with lack of in-depth commentary.
Christopher_H
, Sep 2021
Guide was very personable/friendly; however, he did not provide in-depth commentary as expected on a full day tour. Inconsiderate passengers would not open the air conditioner vent making it extremely hot in the back. Passengers had no choice but to remove their masks making it unsafe for travel.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you very much for your review. We are sorry to hear that our escort did not meet your expectations on this tour as happened on Mt Olympus. We really care about the safety of our guests and we are taking better measures. Hope to see you again in the future.
star-4
Wonderful
Nicolas_S
, Aug 2021
The landscape what wonderful. The guide Nathalie was very nice, interesting and helpful. Thus we spend a very nice journey

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