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From Kalampaka: 5-Hour Hiking Tour of Meteora

Activity provider: Visit Meteora

From Kalampaka: 5-Hour Hiking Tour of Meteora

Activity provider: Visit Meteora

From € 35 per person

Take a guided morning hike in Meteora to see the best views of the area's 6 Eastern Orthodox monasteries made of sandstone rock. On this 5-hour tour, enjoy fresh air and marvel at the jaw-dropping panoramic views from this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
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Experience

Highlights
  • Go on a guided hike through the rocks and hills of Meteora
  • Take in amazing panoramic views of the surrounding sandstone pillars
  • Visit 1 of the 6 Eastern Orthodox monasteries located in the area
  • Discover the Monastery of Great Meteoron or the Varlaam Monastery
  • Learn about the local fauna, history, and myths of the area
Full description
The ideal way to experience Meteora’s unique beauty and interesting rock formations is by walking, as it is the only way to really observe the impressive rock formations and strange patterns. On a half-day guided hike, you will be taken up close to these structures and led directly to the best vantage points in the area. After being transported from Kalampaka, the hiking tour begins from Kastraki Square, continuing to Dupiani Hermitage. Pass below the ruined Pantokratoros Monastery on the north side of Dupiani's rock, arriving at the Ypapanti Monastery and the ruins of St. Dimitrios, a monastery destroyed by the Ottomans in 1808 during a local uprising. From there, the trail leads all the way up to the impressive Great Meteoro and Varlaam monasteries, 2 of 6 total Eastern Orthodox monasteries in the area, all part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour the grounds, and afterward, go down from Varlaam to St. George the Madilas to see the place where the local children climb with only a rope to dedicate offerings to St. George.
Includes
  • Pickup and drop-off
  • Mountain guide
  • Map
  • Bottle of water
  • Great Meteoron and Varlaam Monastery entry fees (€3 per person per monastery)
  • Food and drinks not specified
  • Guide inside the monasteries
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Children under 7 years
  • People with heart problems
  • Visually impaired people
  • People with low level of fitness
  • 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

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Hat
  • Snacks
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Sandals or flip flops
  • Pets
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • Suitable walking shoes are required, which means no flip-flops. Suggestions: walking boots or sneakers, or closed-toe shoes with non-slip soles.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 105 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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Excellent hiking tour! Our guide, Christos, was very knowledgeable about everything from the monasteries to the geology to the plants, and also shared many fun stories about climbing in the area. I wouldn't call this an easy hike - a bit over 5 hours and very steep steps/trail coming down from the monastery - but perfectly doable for anyone with some hiking experience. The route was mostly shaded, which was wonderful.

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September 18, 2022

Passionate guide, beautiful hike with controlled elevation and superb viewpoints. Plenty of information on the history and geology of the places but also on activities throughout the year. I do not regret the choice to have spent a night in Kastraki to be able to do this activity in the morning.

September 15, 2022

A scenic uphill walk, mostly shaded, that anyone with good mobility can easily accomplish. Lots of stops for photos and information (from a knowledgable guide) that made the walk very enjoyable. Allowed time for entrance to one monastery (3 euro entrance fee not included) but be sure to bring a skirt (ladies) or you will be required to purchase one for 3.50 euro.

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July 24, 2022

Product ID: 34413