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Full-Day Meteora Tour from Athens by Train

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Overview

When visiting Athens, take a full-day detour to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Meteora. Ride a train through the Grecian countryside with included rail tickets and travel from the town of Kalambaka to the ancient clifftop monasteries in a luxury minibus with onboard Wi-Fi. View all six sky-high monastic retreats and visit three of them. You’ll discover hermit caves and enjoy lunch along the way.
  • Full-day train tour to Meteora from Athens includes round-trip fare and lunch
  • Visit the spectacular UNESCO-listed clifftop monasteries
  • Travel from Kalambaka to Meteora in a luxury 19-seater minibus with onboard Wi-Fi
  • Tour three monasteries and see the others from the outside
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Tour escort/host
Bottled water
Transport by air-conditioned vehicle with wifi
Round trip train tickets
Small size groups up to 15 people.
Gratuities
Entrance fees (3 euros per person at each monastery)
State Licensed guide
Lunch

Departure Point

Athens 104 37, Greece

This tour starts at 07:20 from Athens Larissis train station.

Departure Time

7:15 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
The journey begins at the Athens Railway Station in the morning, where you’ll catch the train on your own with provided tickets. Relax and take in the diverse scenery of the Grecian countryside on the roughly 4-hour journey to reach Kalambaka, the town closest to Meteora. When you arrive, an English-speaking driver awaits you in a Mercedes Sprinter minivan equipped with air conditioning and onboard Wi-Fi.

Travel through a landscape of green valleys dotted with dramatic grey cliffs to reach Meteora, a World Heritage site built by Greek Orthodox monks who inhabited these incredible hard-to-reach sanctuaries high above ground. Visit three active monasteries, spending about 45 minutes inside each one (entrance fees not included). See the others from the outside on a van tour and discover the hermit caves of Badovas, stopping for frame-worthy photos at each site. A take-away lunch of sandwiches is provided.

After touring, return to Kalambaka and say goodbye to your driver back at the train station. You will have about an hour of free time to walk in the town’s center before hopping on the return train to Athens, where you'll arrive in the late evening.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Meteora
Learn which monastery was the first to be established and the true motivations behind the monks’ decision to try to climb the steep rocks of Meteora and build the monasteries there.You will visit inside two out of the six active monasteries, we will take you to the most beautiful spots to enjoy amazing views and take photos of all the Meteora monasteries. With this comprehensive half-day morning Tour of Meteora, you’ll discover this astonishing site through the eyes and the narrative of the locals!
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Varlaam Monastery
The Holy Monastery of Varlaam is the second biggest monastery. It is located opposite of the Great Meteoro Monastery and it was founded in the mid 14th century by the exercitant Hosios Varlaam. The elegant monastery Catholicon was built in the honour of Agioi Pantes in 1541-42, by two brothers from Ioannina, the priest-monks Hosioi Theophanes and Nectarios the Apsarades. The main church was decorated in 1548. Based on stylistic criteria, this magnificent wall-painting is attributed to the famous hagiographer from Thebes, Frago Catelano.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Agios Stefanos
This is the most accessible monastery, where instead of steps you simply cross a small bridge to reach the entrance. It is ideal for visitors who cannot use the steps and yet they wish to have a real experience of a Meteora monastery. The beginning of monastic life on the rock of Agios Stephanos dates back to early in the 12th century. Hosios Antonios, in the first half of the 15th century, and Hosios Philotheos, who renovated or rather rebuilt from its foundations the old small and elegant Catholicon, the present church of Agios Stephanos, in 1545 are mentioned as its founders. St. Stephen’s Monastery includes two cathedrals; the old 16th century chapel which was severely damaged during WWII and the consequent Greek Civil War, and the 18th century main cathedral that is dedicated to Saint Charalambos and includes his holy relics.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Great Meteoron Monastery
The Great Meteoron Monastery is the biggest and oldest one of all. It was called the monastery that was “suspended in the air” (meteoro), because of the formation of the gigantic rock on top of which it was built.The Great Meteoro Monastery was founded by Saint Athanasios the Meteorite who was the first founder of the monastery and the organizer of the systematic koenovion.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Agios Nikolaos Anapaphsas
The Holy Monastery of Saint Nicholas of Anapafsas is the first Monastery that we encounter on our way to the Holy Meteora and was founded at the end of the 14th century.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada)
The Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) is the most difficult to reach, but once you get to the very top the panoramic view of the surroundings is simply captivating! This Monastery is very close to the Saint Stephen’s Nunnery and it is perched on a steep and magnificent rock. It had already been organized Monastery since the year 1362 as indicated in a document by Symeon Uressis Palaeologos. Visitors have to follow a pathway that directs them initially to the foot of the rock, before they start walking up about 140 steps.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Roussanou Monastery
The Holy Monastery of Roussanou has received the name of the first probable hermit who settled on the rock. The main cathedral was founded at the end of the 16th century and was decorated thirty years later. Compared to other rocks where monasteries were built, the one of Roussanou has a lower elevation, which makes it more accessible. The monastery was initially founded by monks and it suffered severe damage during World War II. It became a convent in 1988.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A small amount of walking is involved, but in the monasteries there are stairs to climb
  • To enter the monasteries, appropriate clothing is required; Ladies should not wear short skirts and must have long sleeves; Men are not allowed to wear shorts
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Visit Meteora

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Full-Day Meteora Tour from Athens by Train?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Full-Day Meteora Tour from Athens by Train?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Full-Day Meteora Tour from Athens by Train?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Full-Day Meteora Tour from Athens by Train?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Full-Day Meteora Tour from Athens by Train?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Meteora Tour from Athens by Train.

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  • "Only thing to note is the weather, try to go when it is not that hot so you can better enjoy the trip." See review
  • "Meteora is quite far from Athens (4 hours ride with a train), but the tour is definitely worth it." See review
  • "So easy going from Athens, it was a long day but well worth it." See review

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Amazing
Gevik_M
, Sep 2021
Amazing place to visit, a MUST. The trip is a bit long from Athens by train, but you get your first class tickets you can relax have a drink (or 2) and enjoy the ride.
star-5
I've been to Meteora 3...
Cherri_C
, Sep 2021
I've been to Meteora 3 times so expected the same amazing visit as I went with someone who had never been. I was pleasantly surprised when our guide showed aspects I'd never seen. Very friendly and knowledgeable.
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Tour guide, Kate and...
Anonymous
, Sep 2021
Tour guide, Kate and driver were very good. Kept us on schedule. Kate even arranged excellent weather for us. The 4 hour train ride each way to do in one day may not be for every one A great experience for us.
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Amazing tour👍👌
meena2266
, Sep 2021
We had wonderful trip. It’s well worth 8 hours long round trip from Athens. Absolutely must do, Very well organized tours from Viator 👍👌👍
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Stunning Meteora tour
David_C
, Sep 2021
All the travel arrangements were excellent and our tour guide, Katerina, was knowledgeable, informative and helpful, as well as being a lovely person. The views were breathtaking and the monasteries on top of the outcrops of rock were incredible.
star-5
Amazing trip well worth...
Paul_K
, Sep 2021
Amazing trip well worth doing the scenery was breathtaking and our guide really brought it to life! Highly recommended
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An experience to live
Jorge_P
, Sep 2021
It has been an amazing experience. The guide provided us with all the details regarding to the zone and specifically related to each visited monasteries. This is a special place were nature, art, geology, theology, architecture converge.
star-5
An experience to live
Jorge_P
, Sep 2021
Amazing experience where nature ,geology, theology, architecture, spirituality and art converge. Our guide was very attentive and provided us with each detail of the history of this sacred place.
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Must See
Yuliia
, Sep 2021
A definite must see. The tour was very interesting. The food was excellent. The tour guide was very nice. She provided a skirt to wear in the monasteries.
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Breathtaking
Christof_Y
, Sep 2021
Amazing, mystical historic place. Amazing views…breathtaking, once in a life time experience. Our tour guide was so nice and knowledgeable. Highly recommend!!!

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