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Meteora Monasteries Tour from Athens

4.9 / 5

14 reviews

Meteora Monasteries Tour from Athens

From US$ 791.98 per group up to 7

Enjoy a wonderful tour to the magnificent Meteora rocks and the monasteries that exist on them. Benefit from pickup and drop-off at your accommodation, travel in comfort in a private vehicle and admire this spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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
Pickup included
Pick-up from your hotel in Athens
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Take a scenic drive from Athens to the Meteora monastries
  • Visit up to 3 monastries and get amazing views
  • Enjoy a yummy Greek lunch
Full description
Your private tour will start from your hotel in Athens and head to the central mainland of Greece. The first stop is the battlefield of Thermopylae and the "Hot Gates" named after the hot springs there. Here is where King Leonidas and 300 brave Spartans gave their lives for the freedom of Greece.  Pass by Trikala, Karditsa, Kalambaka and Kastraki, before finally reaching the Meteora monasteries. They come second in religious importance and size after Mount Athos in orthodox Christianity. Meteora means "middle of the sky", and the monasteries are built on high pillars at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly, near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains. There are still monks and nuns inhabiting them today. You will visit up to 3 monasteries, depending on what time allows before having a memorable Greek lunch. You'll eat at a traditional tavern in Kalambaka or Kastraki where you'll have plenty of choice of Greek dishes to choose from.
Includes
  • Car expenses including tolls and parking fees
  • Driver expenses
  • Sightseeing tickets
  • Lunch
  • Licensed English-speaking tour guide
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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What to bring

  • Long-sleeved shirt

Not allowed

  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • Your guide is not legally allowed to escort you inside the sites and museums
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 14 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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Wonderful time with Dimitiri (Jim)! He gave us a lot of historical/political/economic information about Greece. We stopped at the site of the "300" battle between the Greeks and the Persians and then went to the monasteries. Unfortunately it was raining pretty hard and there was fog but the monasteries were very beautiful and by the time we made it to the 3rd monastery the fog had lifted some and we were able to see the amazing rock formations - really cool! Definitely better to go by private car than the train. Long day but worth it.

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October 17, 2021

This is an absolute must if you have the time and are willing to drive out of Athens. We went on a Thursday and got to see 3 monasteries. This is such an amazing and spiritual experience. We got to stop by and see the sulfur springs and Thermopylae along the way. We also stopped at a restaurant for lunch after the monasteries and had the most amazing Greek beef stew of my life. You must go! Please note you do need to dress conservatively. It is best to wear a long dress or skirt for women, but if you forget they have wraps for sale you can wear to enter the monastery.

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October 8, 2021

Great driver and he shared much about the areas we drove through from Athens to Meteora. The car was comfortable though the drive was 4 hours each way. The monasteries and authentic Greek restaurant where we stopped for an early dinner were worth the drive. We think this private car and driver was the best way for us to enjoy this tour. I would suggest, however, there be no vaping by the driver when confined in the car.

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August 2, 2019

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