From Athens: Full-Day Rail Tour to Meteora
- Small group
- Duration: 1 day
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The visit was very entertaining and fun! When I came to Meteora as a child, I remember visiting monastery after monastery, which was fascinating but also a bit boring and repetitive, especially for a child. Now that I came back (20 years later) I was so excited to find such a great way to explore the area. This tour brings you to secret spots that you would never find on your own. Tells you stories that you would not find anywhere else. And takes you around Meteora on a bus, freeing you of the hassle of driving around and probably get lost. The guide was very knowledgeable and kind, and answered all of our silly questions about this marvelous place. I recommend the sunset tour, since (especially in august) can be very exhausting and unpleasant to spend so much time under the hot summer sun. The journey ends on a wonderful panoramic rock on top of the mountain, from where you can admire the lone monasteries, lost in the mist during the sundown. Stunning! That's a 5 stars from me! :)
It’s a long trip from Athens. But well worth it if you have an extra day. Everything worked smoothly. The e ticket for the train came by email with good instructions. At the station look for the train number and then the coach number. The guide was waiting for the train when it arrived. A very nice driver and guide in a very clean, new looking vehicle. The trip visited 3 monasteries inside at an extra 3 Euros each, with plenty of stops for photos and views. Take snacks as places to buy them are limited and there’s no real meal opportunity until maybe 45 minutes before catching the train back to Athens.
Excellent! Great explanation of the variety of monasteries and more specially of the frescoes and imaging you can find inside. Apart from that everything was carefully explained how Meteora got its current shape. To top this off with plenty of time during all this to take pictures during riding and at the sunset place in the end. Very modern bus to drive us around and excellent driving.
Getting to the monasteries can be long and difficult. The tour bus picked me up from my accommodation and we visited 2 of the monasteries which were still open. We saw all the rest and had time to take photos which was perfectly adequate. The day I did the tor the weather was appalling heavy mist and rain but the driver and guide did their very best in the trying circumstances.
Meteora itself is jaw-dropping, the sunset is there to whoever wants to watch it. However, the history behind those rocks and the community that’s surrounded by must be told by who knows it better. Cristina and the driver - the best photographer ever!! - were just perfect! I would give them hundreds of stars if I could :).