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Thessaloniki: Full-Day Bus Trip to Meteora

1. 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.

Meteora: Daily 5-Hour Highlights Tour in English or Spanish

2. Meteora: Daily 5-Hour Highlights Tour in English or Spanish

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora on a half-day tour that is designed for people coming from Athens or Thessaloniki by train. Stay connected in a vehicle with WIFI. Learn about its history, architecture, and the spirituality of Meteora's monasteries. Meet your guide at the Kalabaka Train Station in the afternoon. Find your guide easily as they will be waiting for you with a sign bearing your name. Hop aboard a spacious and comfortable vehicle and make a short snack stop. Begin your tour to see Meteora and all six of its active monasteries. Explore inside three of them with this unique opportunity that is exclusive to the local partner. Stop for plenty of photo opportunities and at many secret spots that only locals know. At the end of your tour, you be transferred back to the train station before your train departs back to Athens or Thessaloniki in the evening. 

Athens: Full-Day Meteora Tour by Train with Lunch

3. Athens: Full-Day Meteora Tour by Train with Lunch

Embark on a trip to Meteora from Athens, including round-trip train tickets. View all six monasteries and enter inside three of them. Learn all about the area's history and myths from your own local guide. Enjoy free time to explore and snap photos in Kalabaka before returning to Athens at the end of the day. Your trip starts by redeeming your train e-ticket (received via email shortly after your booking) for the morning 07:57 train departure from the Central Railway Station of Athens to Kalabaka. After the scenic train ride through the beautiful Greek countryside, you will arrive at Kalabaka’s train station at 12:03. Meet your tour guide who will be waiting for you holding a signboard with your name. You will then board in a comfortable VIP minibus in order to begin an unforgettable journey to this true wonder called Meteora. During this guided tour you will have the opportunity to see all six magnificent monasteries and admire the interior of three of them. View some of Meteora’s most spectacular hidden gems like the ancient Chapel of Doupiani and the magnificent St. George “Mandilas” cave. You will also discover the “other side” of Meteora, like the truth about why the hermits settled in these imposing caves a thousand years ago and how the monks achieved the “impossible”. Last but not least, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views and capture some amazing photos that you will cherish forever. At around 16:45, return to the town of Kalabaka, where you will eat at a local restaurant near the train station. Enjoy 1.5 hours of free time to enjoy your lunch and explore the center of Kalabaka on foot before the train back to Athens departs at 18:22. The train arrives in Athens at 22:26.

Kalabaka: Meteora Private Day Tour

4. Kalabaka: Meteora Private Day Tour

Experience the unique Unesco World Heritage site of Meteora. Take in the stunning views from the hill-like rounded boulders. Discover the 6 Holy monasteries with the chance to visit inside 2-3 of your choice. Visualize how the first monks established one of the biggest monastic communities in Greece on top of these unique rocks. Walk around the special site, which is still home to several monks in residence. Start your tour in the morning and be picked up from your hotel in Kalabaka or Kastraka. Travel towards the cliff-top monasteries comfortably and safely in a luxurious mini-bus or car. See the best viewpoints and make plenty of stops on your short walks. Learn about the geological phenomenon that occurred to form these impressive rocks.

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

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

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 2 of the 6 remaining Byzantine monasteries, built back in the 14th and 16th centuries. Take photos and videos of the marvelous 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 can 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.

Kalabaka: Meteora Hiking Photography Tour

6. Kalabaka: Meteora Hiking Photography Tour

After being collected from your accommodation, your experience will begin from the top of the rocks. It will be from there that you will walk through the paths to photograph the terrain and accompanying monasteries from the best angles and with the best light. You will get to visit one monastery, but will photograph most of them from the outside. Your local guide is a professional experienced photographer, who is ready to help you and answer any question you may have. Throughout the tour your guide will also tell you some lesser-known stories about this area, as well as the history of the monasteries and the monastic life. You will later finish after about traveling for 4 hours to the bottom of the rocks, at which point you will be dropped off back to your hotel.

Meteora: Private Photo Shoot with Professional Photographer

7. Meteora: Private Photo Shoot with Professional Photographer

Hire a professional photographer to take pictures of you and your friends or your family and anjoy a lifetime experience at Meteora. Your team will be ready to help you and provide you with some good tips that you can always use when wanting to take better pictures. Simply inform your guides about your special requests and they will arrange everything for you. Your guides will pick you up from your hotel at a pre-determined time, and will take you to the best locations for photographs. You will be presented with various spectacular backdrops consisting of rocks and monasteries, and depending on the session that you choose you will stop at between 3-6 spots. After about 2-4 days you will be sent 40 edited photos for the 1 hour option, or 80 edited photos for the 2 hour option.

From Athens: Meteora Private Day Trip & Monasteries

8. From Athens: Meteora Private Day Trip & Monasteries

Meteora is a small peninsula in northern Greece. It is one of the most important tourist destinations in the country, and it has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988. The site consists of six monasteries with built-in rock churches and their surrounding walls. The peninsula is a popular destination for Greek and international tourists, because of the natural beauty and the rich cultural heritage of the site. The Meteora complex consists of six monasteries at different elevations, with built-in rock churches, that are experienced as a whole: Agios Stefanos or Deftistrias Monastery, the largest, highest and most visited; Balarikas Monastery also known as St. John the Theologian; Kalampaka Monastery, which is dedicated to Saint Nicholas; Roussanou Monastery or Panagia Kalanias (Church of the Virgin); Dicte Monastery or Agios Athanasios (Holy Trinity), and Psych as Monastery or Agia Psychas (Holy Cross). Transportation and navigation are taken care of by your private guide and driver, for a seamless experience.

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What people are saying about Great Meteor Monastery, Meteora

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 750 reviews

Great excursion, although the journey from Thessaloniki is quite long at 3 hours. The guide Rita shared a lot of interesting information during the trip. The monasteries and rocks are very impressive and definitely worth seeing. It's a pity that you only visit 2. Please note: access for women only with long skirts or dresses (if you wear trousers, a (wrap) skirt must be worn over them.

One of the most impressive experiences... Despite the long journey there and back... Perfect chauffeur... Perfect guide... And the rest at the tavern... A top restaurant with a perfect T-bone steak... I can only say... A perfect day that leaves nothing to be desired... I've booked several times through this platform and have never been disappointed... Thanks to the entire team...

This was an excellent trip. Scenery was amazing. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Our bus driver was excellent and we travelled comfortably. Trip was perfectly organised and timed. My family and I very much enjoyed this tour and would sincerely recommend it.

I’d recommend at least 1 night stay in the region since the 1 day trip from Athens is really tiring.

Very attentive guide who thought about everything ( water, skirts, grest spots for photos).