Visit Meteora by train, (Updated July 20, 2013)

Meteora, an impressive view of the towering rock pinacles, and Meteora, the monastic state. Together they comprise an indivisible unity, compelling one's respect not only for the forces of nature but for the strength of will which enables men to abandon earthly pleasures and seek union with God. Unique in its beauty and its sanctity. Meteora has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and since 1995 the Hellenic government declared it a " sacred area", belonging to everybody and protected from any change or interference".

Some 800 gigantic rocks, up to 400 m in height, scattered over an area of 20 square km. At night, artificially lighted, give the meteora rocks an other worldy appearance. The Meteora in all their grandeur.
Sit at the edge of one of the rocks, and let your mind travel million years back and imagine that you wet your foot in the water of a big lake. A lake covering the whole Thessalian valley. Look at the horizon and imagine the lake drying gradually, recovering all this natural beauty in front of you.
This is the most probable option of how all these were created. You are in front of a geological phenomenon universally unique, where words like admire, unexplainable, impressing which we usually find in many writings can describe it's size only to one point.

Concerning the monasteries, do not hurry. Spend as much time as you can and walk around the area. The slow pace of the walker makes it possible to experience what is around one. Walking on the same paths worn by the feet of holy men as far back as the 11th c will you be able to see a different aspect of the Meteora. Notice how they are built and how you can reach them by bridges or stairs in the rocks. Look at them from below. Look at the details on the rocks of Meteora, wonder how the first monks managed to scale such heights, and imagine the visitors' trepidation, as he was hauled up like a netted fish.
Today only 6 monasteries are open to the public, one better than the other with a lot of religious treasures. Visit them, enjoy the view and we hope that Meteora will be the highlight of your trip to Greece.

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The promotion of the natural phenomenon of the Meteora and the monasteries on the rocks of Meteora, a world heritage jewel, is our concern. Every year more than 1,000,000 people visit the Meteora and the monasteries. Our tour operates as supportive and not competitive to the organized guided tours. We consider ourselves very knowledgeable about the Meteora, the birth and history of the area. Let us book the hotel of your choice in Athens and take advantage of the information that we have prepared for you, about the Greek Orthodox church architecture and the history of the monasteries at Meteora.