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From Athens:Meteora Caves & Monasteries History Day Trip by Train
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From Athens:Meteora Caves & Monasteries History Day Trip by Train

By Meteora Rocks Travel
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Ages 0-99, max of 15 per group
Duration: 14h
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Live guide: English
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  • Bottled water
  • WiFi on board
  • Round-trip ticket from Athens-Kalambaka-You will receive an e-mail with the train e-tickets
  • Luxury mini-bus transportation by Mercedes
  • Local English-speaking tour leader
  • See all six the remainig monasteries and visit 3 of them and wander at their interior
  • Visit the Hermit Caves
What's not included
  • Monasteries entrance fees which are 3€
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Credit cards are not accepted for paying the monasteries entrance fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Option for another tour language (to be arranged at an extra cost)
  • Pickup / Drop off from Hotel in Athens to railway station
  • Licensed guide, inside the monasteries
  • Entry/Admission - Meteora


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  • Stathmos Larisis, Athina 104 39, Greece
    Head to Athens railway station by your own and you must be there at 07.30 am in order to complete the boarding procedure on time.The train departs at 07:58 AM.At approximately 10:45 AM, the train will make a stop at Paleofarsalos, where you should exit and catch the connecting bus to Kalampaka.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Pushchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • 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: 112958P4

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Most travellers can participate
    • You will receive an e-mail with the train e-tickets a few days before the tour.
    • Please make sure you have cash for the monasteries 3 euro each entrance
    • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers

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

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 112958P4

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    • Stathmos Larisis, Athina 104 39, Greece
      Head to Athens railway station by your own and you must be there at 07.30 am in order to complete the boarding procedure on time.The train departs at 07:58 AM.At approximately 10:45 AM, the train will make a stop at Paleofarsalos, where you should exit and catch the connecting bus to Kalampaka.
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    • EchoZhang5488
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A MUST DO in Greece
      It is a MustDo in Greece, very different from Athens or any islands, an amazing rock city with medieval monasteries!! For fans of Game of thrones there are multiple surprises! Our guide and driver are the most nice one and from local, They have good knowledge of everything you can ask, the history, culture and geography of this area. Definitely recommend it!
      Written 22 June 2024
    • markandangiec
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      5 Stars is not enough
      We were fortunate to be the only guests for these two days. We had a total of 9 hours of guided tour and visited a total of 4 monasteries, the hermit caves and the spectacular sunset rock over the 2 days. We had sufficient free time to enjoy the town as well. The local knowledge from Antonios and Joanna was so interesting and made this trip an experience we will remember for a lifetime. This is a MUST do if you are thinking about visiting Meteora.
      Written 22 May 2024
    • Tgb57
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Very good private tour of Météores by minibus
      Antonio pick up, for a private tour, at our hotel in kalambaka. He gives us lot of information about the meteores and the monasteries, until he didn't go with us into the 3 monasteries, we visit. He was very pleasant and attentive.
      Written 17 May 2024
    • Jean T
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Small group, great company
      The best way to enjoy the sites is to do a tour and we enjoyed this trip. The driver was excellent and brought cherries from his own orchard. Johanna our guide was very knowledgeable and good company. We felt very lucky to have booked with this operator and the small group made it feel special.
      Written 15 May 2024
    • Lisa_Vollmer
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Worth the visit!
      The train ride to the meeting point was really beautiful one of the highlights of my trip actually. The tour guides were very kind! and ready to answer any question you might have. The visit to the monasteries started around noon - 1pm and The views are incredible. If there is an afternoon- evening tour I recommend this instead.
      Written 21 April 2024
    • colemanm765
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great hike for the whole family
      An excellent hike to the monastery with beautiful views. Our guide calibrated it well for the whole family, including young children, and provided lots of interesting details along the way. Highly recommended!
      Written 2 April 2024
    • 533arpitm
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Experience
      Visited them recently and had a great time. Stacy (our guide) and Steve (our driver) met us at the Kalambaka bus stop, and made sure we had a very good trip. We managed to stop for a quick, but very good lunch at a local restaurant. We got sufficient time to see 3 monasteries, all with very different stories and characters of their own. Stacy told us a bunch of stuff, and answered our many questions, and also took some very nice photos for us. Would highly recommend these guys!
      Written 5 January 2024
    • Irrussia
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Thanks for the tour! Can recommend this tour organiser!
      Thanks for the tour! Even though the weather conditions were not perfect the tour definitely worth it! We have visited 3 of monasteries = for the others we have to come back))) Off-season has own privileges: places are not crowded, you can enjoy sightseeing in quiet. Thanking our team for being supportive and friendly. I can recommend "Meteora Rocks Travel" to other travellers. Enjoy your time in Meteora & Kalabaka!
      Written 28 November 2023
    • Vacationer616373
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Monasteries in Meteora trip
      We had a great time. Booked this tour just the day before and everything was organised perfectly. There were 8 of us and the tour started at 10am to fit our schedule. Stacy, the guide is young, energetic and informative. We saw 3 of the monasteries from the outside and went into the other 3 monasteries. You can choose the monasteries to enter. Although we drove to Meteora and could have driven to the monasteries, taking this tour is highly recommended as we were able to understand and get the picture of what Meteora and the monasteries is about with the info from Stacy. Thank you for the great experience.
      Written 11 November 2023
    • caromarkcorfu
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Splendid hiking tour
      We had an amazing hike guided by the very knowledgeable and delightful Christos who is clearly passionate about Meteora and sharing his extensive knowledge. The pace set was perfect for our group and we saw much much more than we had the previous day in our minibus. Breathtaking. Would highly recommend.
      Written 2 November 2023
    • sarahhD3902VZ
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      Awe inspiring experience
      Stacy’s commentary was clear and informative as she took us on a journey from the first cave hermits to the majestic monasteries built with stone and faith on top of the rocks. The tour at midday was for four people and we saw all 6 active monasteries visiting the interior of 3. Highly recommended
      Written 20 October 2023
    • Freedom09814166372
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Beautiful views and organized operator!
      The operator informed me that rail was unavailable and asked if I was still keen to proceed traveling via intercity bus. He gave very clear instructions and the pickup at Kalambaka was prompt. I like how the guide and driver were very experienced and took many wonderful photos for me which is rare particularly when I am traveling solo. The bus from Kalambaka to Thessaloniki was the same vehicle even though two separate tickets were issued and made it easy for me not to have to change bus at Trikala station. I recommend visiting Meteora during autumn as it is offpeak (lesser visitors) and and the weather is cooler. The whole tour takes a very long time and be sure to stay hydrated and keep some snacks with you when you are planning to join this tour.
      Written 10 October 2023
    • whaddayasay
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Oh the mighty Rocks!!
      Our tour leader Christina and driver were delightful, friendly and informative. We had to wait for other guests to arrive on a bus from Athens, which delayed the start of the trip, but we were not rushed as a consequence. We saw everything the tour advertised, and traveled in a comfortable air-conditioned van. The monasteries and scenery surrounding was phenomenal. I would highly recommend this tour. Be prepared to climb steps to monasteries!
      Written 2 October 2023
    • Bm3825
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Very knowledgeable guide
      It was a very informative tour. I learned a lot about the area. The guide was very knowledgeable. It was a small tour and we had many photo opportunities
      Written 22 September 2023
    • Guide621414
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A wonderful day
      A wonderful day. Stathis and Stephany ( if I remember her name correctly) made sure we were happy and safe though out the day. I recommend this trip as the views are amazing. They really made sure we enjoyed our trip. Carolina Keast. (UK)
      Written 17 September 2023
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    Sacha S
    1 contribution
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2023 • Friends
    The scenery was beautiful, but too long of a ride. They should have people working on the train check the bathrooms to see if things needed to be replenish. No toilet paper when I had to use the restroom. They also said there would be WiFi but no one could log on.
    Written 15 May 2023
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    Jamesie111
    Toronto, Canada62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    June 2022
    We just returned from Greece and this was truly one of our highlights of our 12 days of vacation. Celia was our guide, and she and the driver were excellent. She had so much information, and was pleasant, funny and so informative. The driver took extra care as I am prone to car sickness, and he was careful and slow on the turns of the mountains. We were truly amazed at how fabulous these monasteries are. Our tour was just our family, Celia and the driver, and it was SOOO much better than the packed tourbuses that were also visiting the sites. While a long trip from Athens there and back in one day, the train was very relaxing and the town was so charming. Next time we would stay a night as we loved the countryside more than Athens. Wow. Book this immediately, you won't regret it.
    Written 16 June 2022
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    You can't imagine what your words mean to us..! Thank you so much for your kind review! Hope to see you again soon!
    Written 17 June 2022
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    Karen W
    High Point, NC11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing private tour. Celia and her driver were amazing. Very knowledgeable about the monasteries and surrounding area. Took the time to explain details in both Greek and English. Highly recommend Meteora Rocks and Celia
    Written 14 May 2022
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    Thank you for recommending us! It was nice meeting you and guiding you around! Wishing the best!
    Written 16 May 2022
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    Savvas K
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was an excellent tour. We had a great time. The guide was very talented and showed he knows the subject very well.
    The route we followed and the places we stopped to enjoy the view and take some photographs were amazing and to the point.
    Highly recommended tour and guide
    Written 27 September 2022
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    Rosie C
    24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2024 • Friends
    I would highly recommend this amazing tour. The only drawback is it's a long day, starting about 7am and not getting home until 10.45pm. But it's worth it to be able to fit so much into a one-day tour from Athens. Going part way by train is excellent - it's more comfortable and you get some amazing views of the plateaus and mountains you travel through. The public bus is only perhaps 1.75 hours of the journey. The lovely Penny and Mr Stathis met us in a mini bus at Kalabaka station and from that point, we spent 5 hours without wasting a moment.

    We stopped at many amazing viewpoints during the day to really see the monasteries and photograph the stunning landscape. We also went inside 3 monasteries (St Stephen, Varlaam and Roussanou, but this is variable as different monasteries are closed on different days), and we saw all the other monasteries from a distance, and in between we had a quick but delicious lunch (not included in price). Admission to the monasteries is also extra, but it's only about 3 Euro each. Ladies do literally have to wear a skirt (not long pants) but the tour company provided those to put over our clothes.

    Varlaam and Roussanou had 100 - 150 steps each, but they were neat and not hard to climb. St Stephen is the only monastery with no steps to get up (there are small staircases inside). Great Meteoron and Aghia Triada have 300 steps. If you have very limited mobility, you can't 100% guarantee you will be able to see inside one, but your chances are good, and if the weather is ok you will definitely get to see them from the outside.

    Meteora is not like any other sight I have seen and this tour was the best way to see them - I can't imagine how it could have been better.
    Written 24 May 2024
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    NorthStar47628315943
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2024 • Family
    Tough trip by train. Had problems both ways. Would consider bus the whole way. Having said that guide and driver were wonderful. Helpful and informative. Amazing views and great day.
    Written 5 April 2024
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    Josey C
    Naples, FL4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    July 2023 • Couples
    We had an amazing tour guide Athina. She spoke English well and clearly. She also had a great personality and tons of information about the area and it’s history. The beauty of the rocks was amazing. There’s a lot of climbing to get into the monasteries. The train ride was super long, but the seats were pretty comfortable. The mini bus that picked us up from Kalabaka was also pretty comfortable. I would recommend the tour.
    Written 12 July 2023
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    Stina T
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing views, such a beautiful place, lots of steps, but soo worth it. Train doesn't have wifi, charging docs or eftpos and will not take large notes.
    Written 23 June 2023
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    Elis_ontheroad
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    July 2019 • Couples
    This tour totally deserves 1 day! It has been the best organised tour we have ever been. Chris is not only kind and well prepared but a friend to share a trip with.
    Perfect organisation and time schedule. He has been also flexible to make the tour, our tour, responding to (all) our requests and never being tired for a pic stop or an explanation.
    Go with meteora rocks, it will be your best day ever close to heaven.
    Thanks Chris, thank you all guys for this wonderful day!
    Written 10 July 2019
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    Thank you for spending time to review us. You were an amazing companion for our tour also and that amazing positive energy pull out our best selves. Our best regards.
    Written 19 July 2019
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    Chris poulios
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    July 2019 • Friends
    Choosing this company for our meteora tour worth every penny....100% recommended and the next time I will be there I will definitely choose them
    Written 7 July 2019
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    Thank you for spending time review us. Happy clients means a lot to us that's why our policy is make you feel like be with friends. Thanks for recommending us. Hope to see you agan. Best regards.
    Written 19 July 2019
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