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Meteora Monasteries and Hermit Caves Day Trip with optional lunch
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Meteora Monasteries and Hermit Caves Day Trip with optional lunch

By Visit Meteora Travel
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Duration: 14h
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  • Bottled water
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle with wifi
  • Local English speaking tour leader
  • Visit inside 3 monasteries and the hidden hermit caves
  • USB chargers at the bus
  • Free WIFI on board
  • Lunch in a local restaurant (if option selected)
What's not included
  • Entrance fees (3 euros per person at each monastery)
  • State Licensed guide, inside the monasteries
  • Entry/Admission - Meteora
  • Entry/Admission - Agios Stefanos
  • Entry/Admission - Varlaam Monastery


Start:
  • St. Larissis, Athens 104 37, Greece
    The bus will depart from Larissis train station in Athens at 08:00am. We request you to be present at the exit of the Larissa metro/subway station on Deligianni str, directly opposite the Athens train station Everest cafe, by 07:45am. Here is the location: https://goo.gl/maps/16AcMUsyJNSoFF698
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6575P10

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travellers can participate
    • Dress Code for Monastery Visits: Please note that a modest dress code is enforced to enter the monasteries. For women, skirts below the knee or longer are required. Pants, shorts, or sleeveless shirts are not allowed. For men, sleeveless clothing and shorts above the knee are also prohibited.
    • Rain or Shine: This tour will take place regardless of the weather conditions. Please come prepared with appropriate clothing and accessories to ensure a comfortable experience.
    • Climbing Steps to Monastery Tops: Please be aware that reaching the top of the monasteries involves climbing steps. There are no elevators available, so please consider this if you have any mobility concerns.
    • Pick-up and Drop-off at Kalambaka Train Station: Your tour guide will be waiting for you at Kalambaka Train Station, regardless of any train delays. Please be aware that the activity provider is not responsible for any train delays that may affect the duration of the tour.
    • Please make sure you have cash for the monasteries 3 euro each entrance. There is no ATM machine in the area.
    • Supplier is not responsible if you miss the bus please be there on time (15 minutes before the departure)
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travellers

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    • Visit Meteora Travel
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    • cas6179
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      What a fantastic tour! Our guide Katerina and our driver made this an interesting and fun tour. Katerina provided historical information on Meterora and the area. I particularly enjoyed the hermit caves and their history. I highly recommend this tour.
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      We took the Meteora day trip from Athens. It was supposed to be by train, but flooding forced a change to the bus. The ride was 5 hours long but manageable with a rest and snack stop halfway. Just manage your water consumption timing accordingly! We split into smaller buses when we got there. Our guide, Katerina, was exceptional. She was very highly educated on the history of the area. She grew up there and was able to share personal experiences, which greatly enhanced the tour. She stood at the counter and helped everyone choose and order lunch. And when it poured rain the last hour of our tour, she still made sure we saw every photo stop. She even went out with those of us crazy enough to, and got soaking wet helping us take photos with no umbrella! Now that's dedication. She was genuinely invested in making sure we had the best possible experience. The only advice I would give on this tour is to be prepared to eat lunch fast, and try to get first in line. Otherwise, you may feel a bit rushed. But you can't really complain about that when the result is more time at the monasteries. The monasteries were stunning and did not disappoint. The longest climb was 147 steps, and it wasn't too bad if you go slowly. Read about the dress code. This tour included a visit to the hermits cave, which was a bonus and very interesting.
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    • annasX2577QT
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      Best experience!
      Amazing experience! I would recommend it to anyone! I was feeling all the time safe and secured. Mr Costas was very friendly und such a cool person!
      Written 20 April 2024
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      From cataclysm to miracle
      Th skies opened and what could have been a disaster was turned into a unique and marvellous experience as our guide Jim knows everything and share his knowledge with love of his job and country - he was so kind even lending me his mother’s anorak- The following day a lady guide was equally delightful and proud of the monasteries in a way that was heartfelt and authentic
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      Geology, nature, history - this tour has it all
      Wonderful! Initially I wasn't sure about signing up for the 3 day Meteora and Delphi 3 day tour. After spending time on a family holiday in Crete I had sent my husband and daughter back home as I had more time off work. It was a chunk of money to spend out of my holiday budget, but was worth every penny. After arriving from Athens into Kalambaka and being dropped off at Hotel Kaikis (really friendly staff) I had enough time for an impromptu visit to the Natural history and mushroom museum. This is an old school museum with lots of stuffed animals, but it was excellently done with grouping representative of the local ecology. Worth checking out the videos of the local birds of prey. Upstairs are models of all the mushrooms found locally, again grouped by ecosystem. Also includes info about uses and mythology. Really enjoyable and a good set up for the hiking option I chose for day 2 of the tour. I got back in time for the sunset tour. We were in a small group which was good. The sunset tour included far more than I'd expected, with views of most of the monasteries, a history of the use of the unique geology by hermits leading eventually to the monasteries, a visit to one monastery, and an old church partially built out of a preexisting temple of Apollo (fascinating). The monasteries provide a wrap around skirt if it is needed (no charge). Sunset was partially obscured by a cloud, but the colours were lovely. Apostoles our tour guide was very knowledgeable, funny, and patient with me getting far too excited and wanting to ask all the questions in one go. Ares was our driver and I thought is was very nice that the god of battles took time out of his busy schedule to get us around safely. And I saw a tortoise! The next day in a different small group we had our hiking tour. I was a bit worried that my fitness wouldn't be good enough, but for the most part the walking was not too challenging although the temperature was on my side in April. The steps down later in the walk was the worst bit for me. Ares the driver got us to our location and Evan was our tour guide. He was very friendly and he was very knowledgeable about the geology and nature of the area. We saw many different orchids (April seems to be a good time for flowers). We also saw wild boar wallow (the stuffed boar in the museum was a good reference). This was a highlight. The area is truly beautiful and this is a great way to see it. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. We also saw the inside of another monastery. After being dropped off in Kalambaka I had lunch with one of my fellow trekkers and then back to my hotel for a well deserved rest that afternoon. The next day it was time for my transfer to Delphi via Thermopylae. Imagine my surprise when it was just me and my lovely driver Stolos. We chatted about families, life in Greece, and the botany and wildlife of the area. All whole driving through some of the most stunning mountain scenery I have ever seen. The trip was worth it just for this. Stolos told me there is a mushroom festival in September which is a great reason for me to plan a repeat trip! At Delphi I was given my instructions to get the KTel bus. I went to the museum, saw the main site and the temple of Athena at the bottom. I rushed a bit, but in reality I had plenty of time. The ruins and museum were beautiful, but I have to say the mountains are still my highlight of the day. Getting the bus was easy and it didn't take long to get back to Athens. Apologies to everyone's name that I've got wrong.
      Written 19 April 2024
    • paulinehW4927SB
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      Excellent tour with great stops, views and historical information
      This was an excellent tour with very comprehensive information, views and stops. We had a very knowledgeable guide and good driver. Highly recommended.
      Written 18 April 2024
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      We took the two-day/one-night tour from Athens which included the 4-hour sunset tour and the small group hiking tour the next morning. I most highly recommend spending at least one night as the stunning scenery is well worth an extra day (vs. the one-day round trip from Athens). Transport was great and on-time, the tour company took excellent care of us throughout the entire two days. The tour guides were both outstanding and most highly recommended (Maria on Sunset Tour and Evan on Hiking Tour). We upgraded hotel to 4-star Meteora Grand which was nice but rather unimpressive and far out of town. I would definately save money and stay with the standard hotels which are in the local town. Hiking tour requires a reasonable level of fitness. I am 69 and had no problem as the pace is leisurely. This tour company and overnight tour are wonderful and well worth including on your Greece itenary.
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    • Natty0701
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      It was a great way to visit the monasteries and see the landscape and hear the geological history, which was fascinating.
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    • Laura W
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      Use this tour!
      Dimitri and Aris were excellent guides. Well informed, best stops for photos. Everything was well timed. We got lost trying to get to our meeting place and called. They were super helpful getting us to the right place.
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      Great experience
      Amazing views and excellent, knowledgable and friedly guides. I did the sunset tour one afternoon/evening and a hiking tour the next morning. Very different tours where we saw very different views and visited different monasteries. Well worth it.
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    • fofia198
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      Amazing hiking experience
      We arrived in meteora with our own car from Athens and the first day we were very disapointed by the lack of parking and crowding on the monasteries . We searched and found an alternative way to experience Meteora by hiking . We loved it ! It takes you to a side of Meteora that is inaccesible by car . Thanks a lot Visit Meteora and many thanks to our guide Chris who was very helpfull and full of knowledge !
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    Jade Leow
    3 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2022 • Couples
    We were brought to a restaurant for lunch after our 4hr train journey to kalambaka. We felt it was quite commercialised and quite rushed and there was inadequate sitting. The food was buffet style probably to cater to the large numbers in a short time. The food was tasty but on the expensive side.
    The air conditioning in the bus was severely inadequate. With the numerous stops and the hot weather, it was suffocating esp with a full bus load of tourists. In my opinion, there were too many monasteries visited. Fewer stops with more indepth explanation about the insides of the monasteries would have been more informative.
    The trip ended with only abt 35 min for us to grab dinner before the 4hr journey back and we had to rush to locate a place to get food as the supermarket we were
    dropped at was closed.
    The train carriage we were seated in had almost no air flow and we had to move to the cafeteria for the whole 4hr journey back
    Advise is buy the first class train tickets.
    All in all, not an enjoyable day despite the nice scenery
    Written 16 September 2022
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    Nydia H
    Glendale, AZ73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2022
    I had a great time on the trip and the monasteries were amazing. Our guide told us the history of the sites we visited, and she was friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable. Our bus driver was skilled and helpful, even assisting with photographs. It is a beautiful place that should not be missed. The train ride is very long, if I visit again, I may stay overnight.
    My tip for visiting: Please, please respect the requests to dress appropriately. It was disappointing to see my fellow tourmates in sports bras and shorts. The tour information stressed it multiple times and people just ignored. Bring cash, some areas had a 3 euro entrance fee. Also, I went in August - very hot, drink lots of water and wear clothing that can be removed when not on site.
    Overall, a breathtaking experience!!
    Written 19 August 2022
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    Lorenzobrn81
    Milan, Italy123 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2020
    The trip for Meteora is quite long, we left Athens at 7:20 am and we arrived at Kalabaka at 11:40. Our tour guide and driver were there waiting for us. After a stop near Badovas caves, we had a fast lunch; the tour guide was great, with a big knowledge of all Meteora attractions and the driver was very kind always taking pictures of us. Meteora and all the monasteries are very beautiful and interesting and panorama is really unique.
    After visiting 3 monasteries and many photo stops, we went back to the train station around 16:45 and took the train at 17:15.
    Written 13 September 2020
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    cheyebar
    Seattle, WA5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2021
    This was a cool tour! The train ride from Athens to Meteora is beautiful but is 4 hours one way so be sure to factor that in to your plans. Definitely recommend getting the first class ticket so you can have a private cabin (unless you're with only 2 people then you may have to share). The tour and guide was knowledgable and we saw so many spectacular sights. There is a lot of steps and a lot of walking though which was fine for me but I saw many older people who had a tough time.
    Written 28 November 2021
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    mikelizzy
    Brampton, Canada15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2021
    Excellent blend of learning about the history of the area (the arrival of the monks and eventual building of the monasteries), visiting 3 of the monasteries and breath taking scenery.
    Our guide, Maria, is a local and was able to share a lot of stories - both factual and some fable - about the history of the area. Maria was very knowledgeable and added a good balance of humour to the narrative.
    The train ride is long - highly recommend taking advantage of the first class upgrade.
    Written 13 October 2021
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    Ed C
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2020 • Solo
    *dudes cant wear shorts*
    (So I wore shorts and put on thin trousers over the top when I went into the monasteries)

    Started the day at 6.20, walked to the station (about a 40 minute walk from Athens Studios). I had emailed the tour providers asking about the train ticket so they told me what platform to get on and when. Very helpful! I would have found myself in Turkey for all I know. 4 hour train up.
    But when we got there there was only 3 of us and we all became very chatty as the day went on and made the experience very fun!

    The views were just something else. So unbelievable, such an amazing day. Our tour guide was very open and talkative, so the time we had together flew.

    (Not entirely my opinion but..) The Slovenian man who was part of our 3 said he would have preferred to have done it by himself. I understand, as some of the information given about the priests was uninteresting, to me at least. The other person in the group, a young aussie girl, came to athens especially for this trip so take that as you will.
    Highly recommend Meteora.

    Tour Guide 9/10
    Minibus 10/10
    Train journey (depends on you entirely)
    Views 9/10
    Written 14 August 2020
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    Linda L
    Winnipeg, Canada32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2021 • Friends
    This was a fascinating tour of a really stunning area of Greece. The train ride was long--4 hours each way, so it was worth paying a little extra for a first class carriage. Our guide, Vasili, and our driver were locals and extremely knowledgeable of the area and the 3 monasteries we visited, as well as the history of the monastic movement there. For anyone interested in the history of Christianity, this is a must-see; it's also worthwhile for anyone interested in the history of the area in general.

    My major caveat is that this is super demanding physically. I damaged my Achilles tendon shortly before this trip and simply could not manage the stairs at the first two, and while I was able to visit the third, I wasn't able to manage the flight to the WC. That being said, Vasili and our driver were really amazing, giving me the time I needed without pressuring me to hurry up, letting me stay comfortably in the bus, and taking gorgeous photos for me. I can't say enough great things about them!
    Written 17 November 2021
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    Emily B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Katarina and our driver were both wonderful! They stopped at every view, offered to take our pictures, and directed us to good food after the tour. Katarina shared her personal stories since she grew up in the area which added so much to the experience! It was amazing seeing the monasteries and hearing about the lives of the monks & nuns.

    A few things to note:
    •The train ride is not guided- you have to get to the train station and ride the train alone
    •bring cash- the monasteries are €3 each, and the train only takes cash in the cafe car
    •there are bathrooms at the monasteries, but they’re basically holes in the ground, plan accordingly
    •women either wear a long skirt covering the knees and shirt covering the shoulders, or bring a long scarf that you can wrap around you to cover your knees. Our guide had some we could borrow, otherwise you had to buy one at the monasteries to cover yourself.

    Highly recommend this trip! Also we appreciated the upgrade to first class on the train, comfortable and clean, assigned seats, separate bathroom (if it works)
    Written 12 November 2021
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    Artorias Wolf
    Elmhurst, NY4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We took 4 hours to Meteora, tour guild will pick up us at station of Kalambaka. First they will take to the restaurant to lunch, this is optional (better to bring food by yourself coz it is little expensive).
    After that tour guild will take you the viewpiont to take pic, the view point is very beautiful. The monasteries admission is $3 euro. The instruction said lady wear long pant is OK, but it is not, if you don't have long skirts, the admission area will ask you to buy, $3.50 euro for scarf for skirt, and it not really petty (better wear long skirt). There have few hiking road, wear comfortable sneaker or hiking shoe.

    Meteora is very beautiful place, you must join this tour.
    Written 28 October 2022
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    Korky62
    Gloucester, VA273 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My young adult daughter and I took this tour and were very pleasantly surprised. Our tour guide, Jimmy was very knowledgeable and so funny. We learned so much about the Meteora monasteries, it was very educational. We were greeted at the train station by Jimmy and escorted to our very comfortable bus. From there we drove just down the street where we had lunch. You had your choice of several dishes, beverages and desserts. The view of the mountains was breathtaking as we enjoyed our lunch. After lunch we started our tour to the monasteries.

    We visited three monasteries and stopped several times to exit the bus for photo opportunities.

    There is quite a bit of stair climbing, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes. If you plan to go into the monasteries, women need to have a long dress or skirt and shoulders need to be covered. Men need to have long pants. They sell shalls/scarves for $3 if you don’t have a dress or skirt on.

    After the tour, we were dropped off about a block from the train station to grab a snack before boarding our train.

    I’m so glad we took this tour, and we are looking forward to doing it again with other family members.
    Written 26 September 2022
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