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Thessaloniki: Full-Day Bus Trip to Meteora

Activity provider: Ammon Express

Thessaloniki: Full-Day Bus Trip to Meteora

Activity provider: Ammon Express

From US$ 63.25 per person

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora on a full-day bus trip from Thessaloniki. Enter 2 of the 6 holy monasteries and get panoramic views of the giant rocks.

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Duration 11 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • See 2 of the 6 holy monasteries of Meteora
  • Get panoramic views of the buildings perched on near-vertical rocks
  • Enjoy a traditional Greek lunch in Kastraki
Full description

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.

Includes
  • Round-trip transportation
  • Bilingual escort
  • Basic travel insurance
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if private option is selected)
  • Entrance fees (€3 per monastery – cash only)
  • Cost of lunch at the restaurant
  • Guided tour inside the monasteries and museums
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Meet your guide on Aristotelous Square and Egnatia Street, in front of the Venizelos Statue.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Cash

Know before you go

  •  The coach journey from Thessaloniki to Meteora is 3.5 hours each way, including a short stop along the way to use the restroom and buy snacks.
  • The monasteries have strict dress rules prohibiting entry to male visitors wearing shorts and female visitors with sleeveless sweatshirts
  •  Women need a long skirt/ dress to enter the monasteries. Women cannot enter the monasteries wearing trousers or jeans.
  • To reach the monasteries, you will be required to climb stairs
  • The €3 entrance fee to each monastery is not included in the ticket price, this must be paid in cash
  •  You will stop for a traditional Greek lunch in Kastraki, this is not included in the ticket price
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 757 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Safety
    4.6/5

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Meteora is an amazing place. The natural beauty is stunning. We visited 2 monastaries and got a bit of insight into the history of their founding and the faith of the residents. The logistics of the trip went smoothely and everything was on time. The guide was not a registered tour guide, as far as I know, but she gave good and clear explanations, pointing out places and facts on the bus. The visit to the monastaries was on our own. The lunch break was rather long, and no provisions were made for anyone who did not wish to eat at the restaurant where we stopped. We ate the lunch that we brought with us on the wall outdside in the company of cats and had to cross the road to order a cup of coffee. I don't know if there is any alternative.

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November 15, 2022

Really well organized. At the beginning of the trip our guide, Eleni, gave us an overview of the plan for the day. She was also sharing information about the places we were passing by on the way - as well as commentary about the monasteries we were about to visit. The guide does not come with you inside, you have time to visit and explore each place by yourself. Monasteries can get overwhelmingly crowded, which in my opinion kills the charm of those beautiful places. The views around are simply magnificent so I opted for less time inside monasteries to admire the views instead. If your clothes are not compliant to the dress code, your guide might have (Eleni did) extra skirts or long trousers to borrow - otherwise you can also borrow some at the monasteries (for a small fee). The lunch place serves really delicious food. There are 2 extra stops on the way to and from Meteoras for bathroom and getting some snacks. I'd suggest to bring enough water and some snacks with you

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November 7, 2022

Well organized. Friendly guide and driver. Long bus ride but Eleni, our guide, offered interesting commentary along the way, so that helped. Not a lot to see along the way, but Meteora is simply awesome! On the day we went, we saw Varlaam and Rousanou monasteries. Enjoyed both but Rousanou is very small and not as impressive as Varlaam. Disappointed to only have about 15 minutes at the viewpoint. There are so many tour buses and people trying to get photos, it's hard to get a chance to take it all in.

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October 18, 2022

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