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Athens: Meteora Small-Group Day Trip & Visit to Thermopylae

Athens: Meteora Small-Group Day Trip & Visit to Thermopylae

From US$ 134.64 per person

Enjoy a full-day trip to Meteora with a small group, visit majestic monasteries and explore the scenic Kalabaka town. Stop at the historic Thermopylae of Leonidas to see the battlefield and the museum.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Greek
Pickup optional
At your hotel or AirBnB or any other preferred location in downtown Athens. You will receive pickup details in a separate email from our local partner (check your spam folder too)
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit Meteora, the UNESCO-listed extraordinary geological formation
  • Visit two of the six remaining monasteries, the Great Meteoron or the Holy Monastery of Varlaam
  • Explore Kalambaka, eat traditional food and visit the Museum of Natural History and Mushrooms
  • See the Thermopylae battlefield, the statues of King Leonidas and the Archaeological Museum
  • Enjoy a comfortable trip in a modern minibus and in a small group of max 7 people
Full description
Admire the authentic mainland of Greece, first visiting the historic Thermopylae, the original location of the famous battle between ancient Greeks and Persians in 480 B.C. See the battlefield, the statue of King Leonidas and visit the museum. The journey continues with beautiful views of the mountains and fields until you reach Meteora.  Visit two of the six remaining Byzantine monasteries, built back in the 14th and 16th centuries. Take photos and videos of the marvellous landscape while your guide shares the local history. Afterward, your driver will take you to Kalambaka, a scenic town below the rocks with many options for a delicious traditional Greek lunch.  Visit the oldest church in the area, where you see a Greek inscription on the wall which testifies to the existence of an ancient Greek temple at the same location. During your free time in Kalambaka you may also visit the Natural History Museum.
Includes
  • Visit to Thermopylae
  • Visit to 2 of the 6 Meteora monasteries
  • Photo stops at the UNESCO Meteora rocks
  • Free time in Kalambaka
  • Pickup and drop-off from/to downtown Athens
  • Air-conditioned Mercedes Minivan
  • WiFi in the minivan
  • English-speaking driver
  • Bottled water
  • Taxes and toll fees
  • Admission ticket to the monasteries and museums (2€)
  • Guided tour
  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
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
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

In front of the McDonald's store right opposite the Syntagma square. You can reach there either by metro, bus, taxi or by foot from the old town.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Snacks
  • Jacket

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • The road trip has a duration of almost 4 hours each way but still is faster than taking the train and you'll get to visit the famous Thermopylae too
  • This activity is not suitable for infants or late-pregnant women because of the long trip
  • The driver is a local host and will give you details and orientation but is not allowed to escort you inside the museum and the monasteries
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 /5

based on 5 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4/5
  • Transportation
    4/5
  • Value for money
    4/5

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Wonderful day with amazinggg views! Our guide, Costas, communicated promptly and was very pleasant throughout. This tour was definitely worth paying a little extra, as we had the convenience of a private Mercedes van versus dealing with catching a public train. The drive each way is long, but totally worth it. You won’t be disappointed!

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August 24, 2021

I also considered a train tour, but I was physically worried about the short trip schedule because it was early in the morning and late at night, so it was the correct answer for a car. It was a family of four, including two elementary school students, with a driver in a seven-seater car, and the price was the same as for four train tours. Instead of going to Thermopylae, I went around three monasteries in Meteora. I'm glad I went. Thank you very much.

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August 13, 2021

Meteora itself was absolutely breathtaking - the cliffs and the beautiful terrain. We only got to see 2 monasteries since the others were closed, so if the monasteries are a priority for you, make sure to go early and perhaps visit those that close early first (our driver took us to the one closing late first, which wasn the ideal). The driver did however offer to take us to a third monastery, where we could wait until it opened, but we wanted lunch instead. The driver was very friendly and nice. Also we did not stop at Thermopylae (it was a long day, I do not think we had time for that) or got a water bottle, so make sure to bring some water with you.

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July 17, 2021

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