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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

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Duration: 14h
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  • Bottled water
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle with free WiFi & USB chargers
  • Local English speaking tour leader
  • Visit inside 3 monasteries and the hidden hermit caves
  • Lunch in a local restaurant (if option selected)
  • Smart audio guide with 19 points of interest in English, Spanish and German, French
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


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  • 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

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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    Jade Leow
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    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, AZ72 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, Italy140 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
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    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, Canada31 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
    9 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, NY13 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, VA338 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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