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From Athens: Trip to Meteora by Train with Overnight Stay

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Activity provider: Meteora Rocks

From Athens: Trip to Meteora by Train with Overnight Stay

Activity provider: Meteora Rocks

From US$ 184.49 per person

Join this two-day tour and travel from Athens, the mother of western civilization, to one of the most significant Monastic communes in Greece, the world heritage monument of UNESCO Meteora.

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Duration 2 days
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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 15 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Take a train through the mainland of Greece and reach Meteora
  • Admire a unique in the world geological formation, which also belongs to UNESCO's world heritage sites
  • Discover the beauty and the biodiversity of Greek countryside
  • Enjoy two guided tours on the Meteora rocks and see all six unique monasteries
  • Explore the town of Kalambaka and pay a visit to area's museums
Full description
This is a 2-day tour from Athens to Meteora and includes an overnight stay at a hotel, train tickets, and tours on the Meteora Rocks and monasteries in a small group. Receive your tickets and go to the Central Railway Station of Athens (Stathmos Larissis) at 7:30 AM. Board the train to Kalampaka and arrive in Meteora at 12:05 PM. Pickup from the train station and drive to the hotel where you will be picked up again for the sunset tour. See all the six monasteries, a hermitage, and a Byzantine church so you will be immersed in the history of the area. Afterward, you will be transferred back to your hotel. Now you have free time to spend exploring Kalambaka. Find excellent museums including the National History Museum and Digital Projection Centre of Meteora. Wander every corner of the city and discover restaurants to taste the excellent local cuisine.  The next day, choose to take either the midday Monastery tour or the hiking in Meteora tour. After your activity, you will be driven back to the center of Kalabaka and you will have over an hour to spend under the shadow of the giant rocks either having lunch or a coffee or whatever you wish. You will then be given all the necessary information of how to catch the train back to Athens. The train journey is 4 hours long so please bring a book or be prepared to talk to other passengers.
Includes
  • Round trip economy train ticket between Athens and Kalampaka, which can be upgraded on request
  • Accommodation in a 3-star hotel with breakfast, which can be upgraded to 4-star on request
  • Local Engish-speaking tour leader
  • Bottle of water
  • Wi-Fi on board
  • All taxes and services
  • Pick up or drop-off in Athens
  • Entrance fees to the monasteries, which are €3 per person
  • Entrance fee to the Byzantine Church, which is €2 per person
  • Lunch or dinner
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel tax (between 1,5 and 4 €, to be paid on site)
  • Travel insurance
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

Important: you must take the train yourself from the Central Railway Station of Athens (Stathmos Larissis) at 7:30 AM, departing for Kalambaka. Your guide will meet you holding a sign with your name on at the main entrance of Kalambaka Train Station.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • You will receive the train tickets by email. Please be at the train station in Athens 30-minutes before the train departure time
  • You will travel by train on your own and will meet the group at the Kalabaka train station; the guide will help you check in at the hotel
  • There is a maximum of 13 people for the tour on Meteora. Children under 3 years old go free if they share a seat with their parent on the minibus.
  • The guide will give you information about the monasteries but will not escort you into them
  • Due to local regulations, you must pay a hotel tax (between €1.50 and €4) at the hotel
  • At the monasteries men must wear trousers and a t-shirt or a shirt with sleeves and women must wear a long skirt
  • Please be ready and wait at the reception area at least 10 minutes before the appointment time
  • Credit cards are not accepted for paying the monastery's entrance fees
  • Animals are not allowed to enter the monasteries.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 9 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Safety
    4.5/5

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Knowledgeable tour guides and Meteora was absolutely beautiful! We loved the view, got to visit 4/6 of the monasteries, and learned about the history of the area. I would have given 5/5 for the experience, but only gave 4 stars because: - I had asked for more information beforehand (which hotel, train tickets, schedule etc) but never got information about the hotel (or whether we’d be staying in Kalambaka or Kastraki) or the schedule beforehand - The listing said that we would be booked a 3-star hotel, but when we got there we found out that it was a 2-star hotel. Had I known this, I would have booked our own hotel separately and just booked the tours. It was convenient getting a ride to/from the train station as part of the 2 day tour, but not sure if it was worth the extra cost. - The second day, tour ended ~1pm. The train isn’t until ~5pm, so we were just waiting around at a cafe in town. I wish we could have seen another one of the monasteries in that time instead.

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October 10, 2022

I loved my stay in Kalambaka and tours of Meteora! I arrived in Kalambaka via train from Athens at 12:30pm, was picked up by the tour guide and driver from the station, and escorted to my hotel where I checked in. I had a few hours to explore Kalambaka on my own before being picked up by guide Dino and driver. I was the only person on the evening tour; Dino was a fantastic guide and showed me around 1 monastery in Meteora, a Byzantine chapel, as well as sunset tour viewing the rocks from above. The next day two other ladies joined the tour and I was able to see Meteora during midday, exploring 3 more monasteries and additional photo ops of the beautiful Meteora views. I chose the 2 day overnight tour instead of the 1 day tour because I felt riding the train for 4 hours each way on the same day wouldn't be fun. So glad I made this choice! The hotel was perfect, comfortable private room and included breakfast. The hotel employees were so friendly and accomodating.

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June 28, 2021

It has been an unforgettable experience. I would definitely recommend it to anyone. The landscapes and views are incredible. Our guide was wonderful, telling us all the details and history about the landscapes we saw and the monasteries. In addition, everything was done in a very pleasant and participatory way. I was very attentive at all times. When it comes to accommodation, I really liked the hotel. The staff was also very attentive and friendly at all times, giving advice on what to see in the town.

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January 9, 2020

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