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CLICK AND SEE ALL THE TOURS AND OPTIONS to visit Meteora by shared bus guided tours or independent trips by train.

A well marked path in the rocks of Meteora

For real pleasure, combine walking and touring. The sight of the Meteora is a unique spectacle and experience, but walking on the well marked paths, is breathtaking. Experience and observe the local flora and fauna.

Step off the tourist trail and discover the little-known routes that most visitors do not get to see. On this half-day hiking trip, you follow the guide on a leisurely hike to the Grand Meteora Monastery. Along the way, you pass from the Ypapanti monastery and some of the smaller rock monasteries, and listen to fascinating commentary about the formation and history of this unique site.

When the leader calls: “let’s go hiking in Meteora” you follow him in the narrow path that leads into the valleys set on the foothill of the great rocks.
There are numerous hiking paths in the area, some are more difficult than others. The routes that we have chosen are not too difficult. You must wear the proper shoes and be careful where you step, other than that it is a great experience to become one with the nature.

“Go hiking in Meteora” then, and see this unique geological phenomenon walking. Experience a unique convergence of nature and spirituality unlike any other place in Greece. Discover and follow the paths of the monks. Hiking in Meteora gives you the opportunity to see the monasteries and landscape from a different perspective.
The views of the town of Kalampaka at the base of the rocks and the valley of Pineios river are stunning. Plus a visit to a monastery (Great Meteoron or Varlaam) is included.
The Professional Hiking Guide will be with you to give you all the information you need about the area and wherever is needed, transport is organized on a modern minibus.

Distance : +/- 8 km | Duration : 4 hours | Difficulty level : Easy

INCLUDED
Visit One monastery, Certified Hiking Guide, Hotel Pick up / Drop off, Free Meteora Map

EXCLUDED
Entrance fees to the Monastery (3.00 €), Meals and soft drinks.

Useful advice!

The best season for walking at Meteora is Spring and Autumn. If you are walking in the Summer, you will need to have a lot of water with you. You should avoid walking in the heat of the day (11.00 – 4.00 pm).
In the Winter you should also avoid areas that are very wet and slippery.
You should wear shoes that are correct for such sports.
Please respect the holiness of the site and maintain the proper behaviour.
Please keep the area clean of all forms of thrash.

Hiking Tour of Meteora
Witness nature at its best and admire the historic monasteries on this morning escapade. The views are majestic and our tour guides will make sure you enjoy them through the most efficient paths, all while informing you about the history and tales of the area.

The hiking tour of Meteora is best possible way to experience this historic site and geological mystery. On this tour you will walk through paths less traveled by the masses, which only locals are able to guide you through. Follow the trails taken by the first hermits and monks to settle in Meteora in the 9th Century AD, enjoy views which most visitors do not get the opportunity to see!

We begin our trek at Doupiani rock, right under the remains of Pantokrator monastery. We continue through the imposing sandstone mountains and move to the north side of Meteora. There we visit the concealed monastery of Ypapanti and the remains of St. Dimitrious Monastery. While visiting these landmarks, you will hear the history, legends and dark tales associated with the area and each site as told by the locals.

Visit the Ypapanti monastery from the inside (it is open until October), and then the monasteries of Great Meteoron or Varlaam. After filling your soul and absorbing history, we begin the last leg of this one of a kind tour by taking the original paths monks used before more modern road construction began.

Difficulty level: Easy. We do suggest, though, that you are a generally active person to participate in this tour.

cave monastery in meteopra

CLICK AND SEE ALL THE TOURS AND OPTIONS to visit Meteora by shared bus guided tours or independent trips by train.

Tour itinerary

Travelling by train is the most comfortable and efficient way to travel. It’s a smooth and scenic ride through the fertile plain of Thessaly.

First day:
* Be at the Railway Station of Athens (Larissa station) before 07:00 and get on the train that departs for Kalambaka at 07:20 am.
Arrive in kalambaka at +/- 11:30 and an unforgetable experience starts. Enjoy every minute of it.
* 11:30 – Upon arrival in Kalambaka meet our driver outside the train station. Transfer to the hotel. Check in and have lunch in a nearby restaurant.
* Return to the hotel and at 15:30 be ready in the lobby of the hotel for the “afternoon sunset tour”. (READ details of the tour).
(The pick up time for the “sunset tour” varies, following the time that the sun sets).
* Return to Kalambaka after the sunset, have dinner and spend the night in the hotel KOSTA FAMISSI.

Second day:

* 08.00 – Have an early breakfast, take a walk, enjoy the local fauna & flora and at 09.00 you are picked up for the morning tour of Meteora. You drive up the rocks, stop in a couple of openings for beautiful photos, visit at least 2 monasteries that are open on the day that you visit the area, and
* 13.00 – Return to Kalampaka. Have lunch, pick your luggage from the hotel and walk 600 m. to the train station.
* 17.00 – Board the train and depart for Athens. Arrival at Larissa Rail station at 21:30.

On day 2 you may choose to take the hiking tour to Meteora instead of the morning tour. The decision is yours.
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PRICE with breakfast: 134.00 € in single room, 115.00 € p.p. in double room, 110.00 € p.p. in triple room. Child pays 80% of adult fare.

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INCLUDED: (You travel on your own, not as a group)

  • B class train ticket from Athens to Kalambaka with return,
  • accommodation with breakfast in the 3* hotel Kosta Famissi,
  • the arrival transfer from the train station to the hotel
  • the afternoon “Sunset” tour, and
  • the 2nd day, the morning or, the hiking tour.
  • The local tours are organised by our partner in Kalambaka.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • 3.00 € p.p., the entrance fee to every monastery
  • Your meals and drinks in the train & in Kalampaka, and
  • The 1.50 € per room, per night “city tax”

EXTRA night in single room = 38.00 €, in double = 24.00 € pp, in triple = 20.00 € pp,
Upgrading the train ticket from B class to A class = 12.00 € extra p.p.

To secure your booking, read the terms and conditions and deposit 40.00 euro per person

USEFUL INFO
Railway station in Athens = Athens Train Station called Larissa train Station
Arrival station = Kalambaka Train Station (last stop)
Theoriginal train tickets will be handed overto you when we meet in Athens.
We suggest that you print a copy of your tickets

* Child price applies to children aged between 4 – 12 years old

All the options to visit Meteora in guided and independent trips.

Description

This is your chance to explore a unique natural phenomenon in Greece listed as a UNESCO monument. Meteora is a natural landmark nowhere to be found around the world. The imposing vertical rocks host on their plateaus ancient monasteries with a vast cultural significance for the whole Christianity.
The 2 Days package to Meteora by train is organised daily as an independent trip, meaning that you travel on the train on your own. No tour leader with you. Arriving in Kalambaka you are met by our local partner who organises the local tours to Meteora.

Meteora is a rocky forest with huge Byzantine Monasteries built at the top of the rocks.
The tour includes the train tickets, 1 night stay, and a Sunset, Morning, or Hiking Tour!

Join a 3.30 hrs tour of Meteora, see all 6 monasteries of the monastic community and visit 2 of them to experience the life of the monks and nuns.

You deposit 40.00 € to help us buy your train tickets and you collect tickets and vouchers in Athens.

Sunset/Morning/Hiking-local tours

SEE ALL THE TOURS AND OPTIONS to visit Meteora in guided tours or independent train trips.

Prices

PRICES: 87.00 € in single, 73.00 € p.p. in double room, 70.00 p.p. in triple room

INCLUDED: B class return train ticket and hotel stay with breakfast.

EXTRAS:
Extra night in Double room with breakfast: 24.00 € p.p. | in Single room: 35.00 €
Upgrade your train ticket to A class: 12.00 euro p.p.

OPTIONAL:
– 4 hours morning tour of Meteora: 25.00 €, per person,
– 3.30 hours Sunset tour of Meteora: 25.00 €, per person,
– 4.30 hours hiking tour of Meteora: 25.00 €, per person,
– 4.30 hours midday tour of Meteora: 25.00 €, per person.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Transfers to / from the Athens railway station upon departue / arrival
  • The 3.00 € p.p., entrance fee to every monastery,
  • Your meals and drinks in the train & in Kalampaka, and
  • The 1.50 € per room, per night “city tax”

See our “meteora special” tour. Includes SUNSET and another tour for 115.00 €

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CLICK and see all the options to visit Meteora, guided tours and independent trips.

Description

Daily departures travelling on your own or in a small group.

The 2 Days package to Meteora by train is your chance to discover the unique phenomenon.
The rocky forest with the Monasteries, built for protection at the top of the rocks, are UNESCO monuments.
The tour includes train tickets and 1 night stay with breakfast in the 3 * hotel Kosta Famissi.
You can add to it the local tours organized by our local partner, at special prices.
Select between the Sunset Tour, the morning tour or the Hiking Tour!
On the arrival day, you can explore Kalampaka. Don’t miss the 9th c church 15 min. walk from the hotel.

The Byzantine CHURCH ASSUMPTION OF MOTHER MARY
An important monument in Kalambaka is the church of Assumption, Basilica style.
It is located at the base of the Meteora rocks in the old city of Kalambaka.
The unique feature of the church is the large pulpit found in the middle of the church.

The CAVE OF THEOPETRA.
The Prehistorical Cave of Theopetra is located 5km from Kalambaka.
The 23.000 years old site is one of the most interesting Archaeological sites in the area.
It is of world-wide interest due to the unique findings for two changes in human prehistory:
– the replacement of Neaderdal from the contempory human, and
– the transition of the human hunter in the agricultural revolution.
Near the cave you can find the Documentation center of Theopetra cave.

TO SECURE A BOOKING You deposit 40.00 € to help us buy your train tickets.
You collect tickets and vouchers, any day before your departure for Kalambaka.

Tour itinerary

Day 1: Travel by train to Kalampaka, and visit Meteora in the afternoon.
* Be at LARISA railway station 07:50.
* 08:20 – The train departs from Athens straight to Kalampaka.
* 13:40 – Arrive in Kalambaka and check in the hotel KOSTA FAMISSI.
* 14:30 – Optional “sunset tour”of the Meteora (25.00 euro p.p.)
* 18:00 – Return to Kalampaka. Evening free.

Day 2: A day to explore Meteora.
* 09:00 – Take the bus or our taxi from Kalambaka and visit the highest monastery.
* 13:00 – After you finish your visit, walk on the paved paths, or, take the bus back.
Explore the old town of Kalampaka. Visit the church of the dormition of Mother Mary.
Find a restaurant for lunch. Return to the hotel, take your luggage and
walk to the train station.
* 17.20 – Board the train and depart for Athens at 17:30. Arrival +/- 22.40.

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