Day trip

Athens: Meteora Independent Train Trip and Monastery Tour

Activity provider: Meteora Rocks

Athens: Meteora Independent Train Trip and Monastery Tour

Activity provider: Meteora Rocks

From US$ 103.79 per person

A full-day tour in which you will catch the train from Athens to discover the fabulous Meteora. You will travel through the countryside, seeing the biodiversity and the enormous ecological value of Greek nature.

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Duration 14 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Greek
Small group
Limited to 15 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Experience a scenic train ride from Athens
  • Visit all six monasteries in one day
  • Explore the interiors of 3 of the monasteries
  • Hear about the culture, history, and influence of the area
  • Enjoy amazing photo stops and some of the best views
  • Admire the beauty of the Greek countryside
Full description

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 fabulous central railway station of Athens where you will depart to Kalambaka. Throughout your train journey, indulge in the unique scenic routes that 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 Meteora Monasteries where you can admire the amazing Christian architecture. Discover the over 700 years of history and influence of the monasteries. Next, drive back to Kalabaka where you will have free time to spend under the shadow of giant rocks and where you can contemplate a full day of experiences and exploration.

Includes
  • Transportation by mini-bus
  • Round-trip train ticket from Athens-Kalambaka
  • Tour guide
  • Bottle of water
  • Wifi on board
  • Photo stops in Meteora
  • Meteora Monasteries entrance fees (€3 per person to be paid in cash only)
  • Dormition of the Mother of God church entrance fee (€2 per person to be paid in cash only)
  • Guided tour inside the monasteries
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips (optional)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Date

Meeting point

You take the train yourself from the Central Railway Station of Athens (Stathmos Larissis) at 7:55 AM, departing for Kalambaka. Your guide will meet you holding a sign with your name on at the main entrance of Kalambaka Train Station. Please be at the train station in Athens 30 minutes before the train departure time (7:30AM is the ideal time to be at the train station).

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Snacks
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Long pants
  • Cash
  • Sarong

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Shorts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • Due to the monasteries' strict dress code, men must wear trousers and a t-shirt or shirt with sleeves and women must wear a long skirt
  • At the monasteries, there are usually trousers and skirts provided
  • Babies up to 3 years old are free to join if they can share the seat with their parent
  • The guide will not escort you into the monasteries
  • Food and drinks will not be provided
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 158 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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Meteora is amazing, so grateful we got to go and experience this unique place! Booking this tour took all of the planning and stress off of us so we could just enjoy the whole experience. We enjoyed our tour guide, Dimitri, very much and he was very professional, prompt, knowledgeable, and personable!! He made us laugh the moment the tour began. Would recommend to others and would do it again!

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September 9, 2022

The scenery is spectacular and the monasteries are a step back in time. A marvelous building feat and so tranquil, despite the many tourists. A challenge for those with a fear of heights, but doable. Our guide Harry was very personable and knowledgeable. Driver Costos was super helpful and took photos for me so that I could be in them. The train ride from Athens is very long (4 hours); the return train ride for me was an additional hour longer as we had a delayed stop at a station in between. So 9 hours on the train in all. Looking back, it was well worth it.

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August 28, 2022

One-day visit departing from Athens. We took the train in the morning from Athens central station (don't panic, it's a very small station) at 7:55 a.m. and we arrived at 12:05 p.m. Plan a snack for lunch or buy food on the train, We visited three monasteries, they are very well maintained. The sites are magnificent The visit ends around 4:30 p.m. and that leaves a little time to have a real meal in the city center of Kalambaka before taking the train at 6:03 p.m. Even if it's been a long day from Athens station, I recommend this activity ! The only downside the price of visiting the monasteries should be included in the initial price

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August 25, 2022

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