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Athens: Meteora Monasteries & Caves Day Trip & Lunch Option

1. Athens: Meteora Monasteries & Caves Day Trip & Lunch Option

Embark on a captivating journey from Athens to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora with our exclusive day tour. As the premier local operator, we specialize in intimate group experiences, offering unparalleled access to Meteora's hidden gems. Join us for an exceptional exploration of Meteora's secluded hermit caves in Badovas, guided by our expert local escorts. Travel in style aboard our luxurious VIP minibus, marveling at the majestic rock pillars and grand monasteries of Meteora. Experience the spiritual and architectural marvels by visiting the interiors of three historically significant monasteries. Each monastery offers a unique glimpse into the region's rich cultural and religious heritage. Our journey will also provide opportunities to view all of Meteora's monasteries from the most scenic vantage points, ensuring you capture the essence of this awe-inspiring landscape. Witness breathtaking views that offer perfect photo opportunities, creating memories to last a lifetime. Your adventure begins at 08:00 am from Athens' Larissis train station, where you'll board a comfortable bus due to a temporary train suspension. Enjoy a refreshing break for lunch in the picturesque village of Kastraki, before immersing yourself in the exploration of Meteora. Reflect on the day's wonders on your return journey, with an estimated arrival in Athens at approximately 22:20 pm. Option for a private tour with options for English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, or Romanian speaking guides. Book now for a unique and seamless experience, uncovering the secrets of Meteora. The tour concludes at Kalabaka train station, leaving you with the choice to either return to Athens or continue exploring the local area.

Thessaloniki: Full-Day Bus Trip to Meteora

2. Thessaloniki: Full-Day Bus Trip to Meteora

Embark on a full-day bus trip to Meteora from Thessaloniki. Explore this UNESCO world heritage site and admire the unique landscape. Depart Thessaloniki in the morning and journey to the amazing monastery complex of Meteora to visit 2 of the 6 holy monasteries, depending on their operating schedule. Get access to holy sites such as the women's Monastery of Agios Stefanos with its impressive wood-carved iconostasis, or visit the Monastery of the Holy Trinity, perched on the top of a rocky precipice over 400 meters high. Alternatively, discover the tower of the old preserved net at the Monastery of Varlaam, or explore the largest of the monasteries at the Monastery of Great Meteoron. Take in panoramic views of these incredible structures and the stunning landscape. Enjoy a traditional Greek lunch in Kastraki, near the city of Kalampaka, before heading back to Thessaloniki.

Athens: Meteora Day Trip in English/Spanish & Optional Lunch

3. Athens: Meteora Day Trip in English/Spanish & Optional Lunch

Take an once-in-a-lifetime trip to visit the majestic Meteora Unesco World Heritage Site on our exclusive 1 day tour from Athens in the mainland of Greece from the top rated local agency in the area. Learn about the geology and history of the magnificent location, and immerse yourself in the rich religious culture by visiting 3 of the 8 remaining monasteries that were built on the rocks of Meteora. Have an expert local guide in the minibus to learn more and get around hassle-free. Expertly Crafted Itinerary: Immerse yourself in a meticulously designed tour, curated by local experts deeply rooted in the Meteora region, ensuring an authentic and enriching experience. Stop at breathtaking viewpoints to take memorable photos and take some free time to enjoy authentic Greek food. You will also see the famous Hermit Caves and some other secret places that only locals know, about the majestic rocks of Meteora. Depart at 08:00 am from Larissa Station, Athens by a comfortable air-conditioned coach-bus that will take you to Kalabaka city in a bit less than 4 hours. You will have a short stop on the way. You will arrive at Kalabaka at approximately 13:00. The local guide will meet you there and board you in the minibus so that the Meteora Tour , exclusivily for you , begins. The Meteora tour takes you to see all the monasteries and visit 3 of them inside. The enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide accompanies you to the most awe-inspiring vistas and explains the geological phenomenon and rich history of Meteora in remarkable detail. No other Meteora tour from Athens gives you this level of immersion, meticulously organized into an all-inclusive package. Reserve your place today and admire the protected by Unesco monasteries , uncover mysterious treasures , and snap up Instagram- worthy photos at secret spots only known by a select few. Refreshing break stop will be on the way to Meteora and on the way back to Athens. If you book the option with Greek lunch included, you will have the chance, when you arrive at Meteora, to stop at an authentic restaurant – bus stop - where you will taste traditional Greek cuisine for free using our voucher. Choose one main dish out of 10 options and a Greek salad. Vegetarian – vegan options are included too. Enjoy your meal in a restaurant exclusively reserved for you at our cozy table under the trees, or take it with you. At the end of the Meteora minibus tour, at approximately 18:00 you board the bus that will drive you comfortably back to Athens, where you will arrive at approximately 10:30 p.m. Option for a private tour with options for English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, speaking guides.

From Athens: Full-Day Meteora Tour with Greek Lunch

4. From Athens: Full-Day Meteora Tour with Greek Lunch

Embark on an extraordinary day trip from Athens to the Unesco World Heritage Site of Meteora. Explore centuries-old monasteries, enjoy breathtaking panoramic views and uncover hidden gems of Meteora that most travelers won't know about. Your journey starts as you board our private, air-conditioned bus at 07:45 AM, conveniently departing from the area opposite the Central Railway Station of Athens (Stathmos Larisis). Sit back and enjoy a scenic bus ride through the enchanting countryside, offering picturesque glimpses of mainland Greece. By noon, you'll arrive at Meteora, where your friendly local tour guide will await you. Board our comfortable and luxurious minibus and prepare for an unforgettable adventure through this natural wonder called Meteora. During this guided tour, you'll be able to see all the majestic monasteries of Meteora and even step inside three of them to explore their captivating interiors. Also, discover the hidden treasures of Meteora, including the ancient hermit caves, the Chapel of Doupiani, and the magnificent St. George Mandilas cave. Uncover the 'secret' side of Meteora, learning about why hermits chose to settle in these imposing caves a thousand years ago and the remarkable achievements of the monks. And of course, during our multiple panoramic stops don't forget to capture breathtaking moments with your camera for lasting memories. Additionally (exclusive to this tour), discover the charming small town of Kalambaka located in the foothills of Meteora and enjoy a delightful, traditional Greek lunch at a local restaurant. Your meal will include a fresh salad, a choice of main dish (with multiple options to cater to your preferences), freshly baked bread, and refreshing water. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available. Come evening, we'll set off on our journey back to Athens, and you can expect to arrive there at approximately 11 PM.

From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Dion and Mount Olympus

5. From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Dion and Mount Olympus

Discover the archaeological park of Dion and Mount Olympus on this tour from Thessaloniki. Travel in an airconditioned bus and take a nature hike along the Enipeas river to admire views of the Enipeas gorge.  Depart from a centrally-located meeting point in Thessaloniki and head to the archaeological park of Dion. Take some free time to explore the exterior archaeological site.  Purchase a ticket to the site to see the Hellenistic-era theatre which was known for hosting plays by the ancient philosopher Euripides in the past and now hosts the Olympus Festival. Visit the museum of Dion to see statues and admire mosaic work in of the House of Dionysus. Stop to purchase lunch in one of the traditional restaurants in the village before continuing to Olympus. Uncover the secrets of the mythological house of the 12 Greek gods.  Take a short trek through the foothills of the mountain. Go along the Enipeas gorge and keep any eye out for local wildlife. Capture pictures of mountain views, before going back to Thessaloniki by bus in the afternoon. 

From Athens: Delphi and Meteora 2-Day Guided Tour

6. From Athens: Delphi and Meteora 2-Day Guided Tour

Embark on a 2-day tour that takes you to the ancient city of Delphi and across the scenic Plain of Thessaly to Kalambaka. Explore the picturesque small town located at the foot of Meteora, the site of one of the most important groups of Greek Orthodox monasteries, and minimize your environmental footprint with this gas emissions-neutral tour. Detailed Itinerary Day 1 Start the day with a relaxing drive through the beautiful Greek countryside, passing by the cities of Thebes, Levadia, and Arachova, before arriving in Delphi at around noon. At Delphi, you’ll have the opportunity to visit this important site that appears in Greek mythology. In ancient times, Delphi was considered to be the center of the universe and was guarded by a python dragon that was killed by Apollo. See the ruins of the Temple of Apollo, which was built in the 4th century B.C. and was destroyed by Emperor Theodosius I in 390 A.D. It was also here that the priestess Pythia would foretell the future from the famous Oracle of Delphi. Visit the theater that seated 5,000 spectators and hosted plays, poetry readings, and festivals. At the nearby stadium, the Pythian Games were held every 4 years. Athletes from all over the Greek world would come to compete, and these games would become the predecessor to the modern Olympics. At the end of the day, drive to Kalambaka, a lovely city with beautiful gardens and magnificent views of the Meteora rocks. Overnight in Kalambaka. Day 2 In the morning, head to Meteora for a tour of the fascinating cliff-top monasteries. Be amazed by the cliffs, which average a height of 1,000 feet, and were first inhabited in the 9th century by a group of hermit monks who lived on the rock towers Today 6 monasteries remain out of the original 20. Views of the entire valley from the magnificent rock towers, and the peace of the surroundings, make this a unique place to visit. On the way back to Athens you’ll make a short stop at the monument to Leonidas, the King of Sparta who died in 480 B.C. at the famous Battle of Thermopylae.

Skiathos: Mamma Mia Island and Beach Day Cruise

7. Skiathos: Mamma Mia Island and Beach Day Cruise

We set sail aboard our boat form Skiathos Port ,cruising on a north-easterly course for the neighboring island of Skopelos. During the sail you will have the chance to admire and take photos from this very green side of the island. Kastani is the beautiful sandy beach where 'Mamma Mia' was filmed in 2007and our first stop of the day. Here you will have the opportunity to swim and sunbath at the crystal clear waters. After sailing for about 25 minutes we will reach Panormos port, where you will have plenty of time to explore the place and eat lunch in one of the numerous taverns. Time to set sail for the last destination of the day and the maybe the most beautiful beach of the island Milia the ideal place to end the day. Extra tip: You can book a seat to visit Agios Ioannis Chapel (Mamma Mia Chapel) during our sail to Kastani.

Skopelos: The Mamma Mia Island Tour

8. Skopelos: The Mamma Mia Island Tour

Start your day as you hop into a comfortable van and head towards the West Coast of the island. Cross and visit the Chapel of St. John (Ioannis), also known as the Mamma Mia wedding church.  Once arrived enjoy some free time and walk up the 199 steps to the top and get into the movie feeling or simply enjoy the stunning views and the cooling sea breeze from the top of the rock. The second stop is at Kastani beach for more in-depth film information and some relaxation at the new Kastani beach bar. See the place where major filming took place for more than 10 days and admire this beautiful beach proved to be the perfect film location. Next, stop at Agnontas beach and swim in the crystal-clear waters or choose to enjoy lunch in one of the beaches tavernas.  Pass by another film location called “Three Trees” on your way back to Skopelos Town.

From Athens: Meteora Caves & Monasteries Day Trip by Train

9. From Athens: Meteora Caves & Monasteries Day Trip by Train

Discover the beauty and history of Meteora on a day trip from Athens. Take in stunning views of the Greek countryside on the comfortable train ride to the town of Kalambaka. Travel with a guide on a van or bus and stop to capture pictures at six historic monasteries. Begin from Stathmos Larissis, the central railway station of Athens, where you will get on the train that takes you to Kalambaka. 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 that will continue the trip to Kalambaka. Throughout your journey, indulge in the unique scenic the Greek countryside provides. Upon arrival, meet your guide, who will be holding a signboard with your name on it. Walk with your guide to the Hermit caves, explore the area and you'll have the opportunity to see fantastic viewpoints that only the locals know. Then you will visit Meteora or as the locals call it, the stone forest of Meteora. Discover the 6 active and accessible monasteries, visit 3 inside where you can admire the old frescoes and the Christian architecture. During the tour you will stop in many places with an indescribable view for some unforgettable photos. Please note that your transfer from Athens (Larissis railway station ) to Paleofarsalos railway station is by train, but from Paleofarsalos to Kalambaka the transport is temporarily done by an elevated air-conditioned bus by Hellenic Train.

From Athens: Delphi and Meteora 2-Day Tour with Hotel

10. From Athens: Delphi and Meteora 2-Day Tour with Hotel

Embark on a 2-day tour to the archaeological site of Delphi and the historic Orthodox monasteries built on the rocks of Meteora. Learn about the myths and history attached to these sites from your guide on this guided tour from Athens. Day 1: Depart Athens for the ancient site of the Oracle of Delphi. Travel by air-conditioned coach through the pretty towns and villages of Thebes, Levadia, and Arachova on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Arrive in Delphi and explore the ruins of the ancient sanctuary of Pythia, the high priestess of the Temple of Apollo. Explore the temple and learn about its significance from your guide. Then, continue to the beautiful town of Kalabaka for dinner and your overnight stay. Day 2: After breakfast, make your way to Meteora, famous for its stunning rock formations. Visit the monasteries built to serve the monks and nuns following the teachings of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Return to Athens via Trikala and Lamia. Stop at Thermopylae to admire the monument to the Greek warrior-king Leonidas I, who died there in 480 BC. Arrive back in Athens by the early evening.

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The guide Clement was really great. He's very informative and entertaining in his stories, and even helped us take pictures. Kosta the driver was also equally helpful, and even answered some queries. The transportation end of things (esp the bus back to Athens) was a bit confusing, but other than that, love this trip! Meteora looks amazing and you should see it once in your life!

The destinations are out of this world and definitely worth visiting. Marianna was an awesome tour guide and was always on top of things! The drives were very long, but in the end, the destinations made up for it 😍

Our tour was with Vasilis. Vasilis took us to many places and told us interesting stories about Meteora. We had a great time with Vasilis. We had wonderful pictures of sunset. Thanks

We are very pleased with our guide Nicolas. He took us to Monasteries and also to small hiking to more interesting spots. We made wonderful pictures. Thanks to Nikolas.

Awesome. !! Outstanding service and professional guide.