The towering vertical cliffs of Meteora have offered a protected place to pursue spiritual contemplation for centuries. The first hermit monks lived up in caves, but eventually 24 Byzantine monasteries were built (including six still functioning today) atop the imposing rock. Part natural wonder, part man-made marvel, the dramatic locale is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular attraction in Greece.
Open daily; some monasteries have restricted schedules
Incredible experience with a phenomenal tour guide
Amazing experience! Our tour guide, Nicholas, went above and beyond to provide my wife and I with a phenomenal tour of the Meteora monasteries and landscape. His knowledge of the area, the history, and the culture was excellent. He thoroughly answered all of the questions we had. Overall, the entire tour was a splendid experience. Very glad we went on it!
Hello everybody. Meteora was amazing place. It is far away from Athens, so the way took aproximately 8-9 hours for two way. The trip in this place was so funny and so instructive. Espacially our guide who name is Clementin(hope I spelled correct) from Canada was great guide for us. He knew about Metora’s history very well and told us very clearly in English. I want to thank to him from here too. Finally I can say it was tiring but worth it.
Worth every penny! Our guide Theo was wonderful. He picked us up and n time from our hotel. The van was comfortable and he made the king day enjoyable. Meteora is a site I will never forget. It is spectacular and well worth the drive. We stopped at Thermopylae on the way back which my husband really wanted to see. Highly recommend.
Hike on the second day was excellent. Christos from Meteora Trip guided our small group. He was the best guide one can wish for: very nice, attentive, deeply knowledgeable about the history and geology of this place. He did a great job making the group feel at ease. I'd recommend this hike!
The other half days was mainly.on the bus and visiting a monastery. It was good too, but the hike was definitely the highlight for me.
Nancy, our private guide, was very knowledgeable about the Greek Orthodox Monasteries at Meteora. She was both charming and highly educated as she shared historical information with us. We thoroughly enjoyed spending time at the Monasteries and marveled at their construction atop the sandstone mountains.
Our driver was very courteous and offered to stop for a late lunch which we enjoyed with local Greek wine!
The only drawback to this tour was the four hour drive from Athens.
Meteora hours of operation: Open daily; some monasteries have restricted schedules. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
People Also AskQ:Is Meteora worth the trip?
A:Yes, if you have time. Meteora is about a 5-hour journey from Athens, so it’s a long day trip, but the atmosphere, geology, and views are exceptional. Staying one or more nights in Kalambaka or Kastraki allows you to explore and enjoy the monasteries before the day-trippers arrive.
Q:Do I need a tour guide in Meteora?
A:No, you don’t need a tour guide in Meteora. A guide can be beneficial for arranging transportation, planning the most efficient routes, visiting off-the-path attractions such as caves, and explaining the history. But, provided you comply with Meteora’s modest dress code, you can explore independently at your own pace.
Q:What is the best way to explore Meteora and how much time do I need?
A:Hiking is the best way to discover Meteora’s magical landscapes. While it’s theoretically possible to whizz round all six monasteries in a day, it’s better to allow two—and enjoy both sunset and sunrise. The monasteries follow different schedules and can close without warning, but usually, all are open on Saturday and Sunday.
Q:What is the best time of year to go to Meteora?
A:As often in Greece, shoulder seasons are the best times to visit Meteora. Late spring (April–May) and early fall (September–October) bring mellower temperatures and fewer crowds than the summer peak (June–August)—perfect for hiking. Ceremonies around Greek Orthodox Easter in March or April draw hordes of pilgrims, so check the calendar.
Q:What are the rules for visiting Meteora?
A:Meteora has a strict dress code: sleeveless shirts are a no, while men should wear long pants, and women's skirts should be at least knee-length. Don’t use drones, photograph monks or nuns, or take photos inside the churches. You should generally behave quietly and respectfully. Note that alcohol is also banned in the valley.
Q:Is Meteora walkable?
A:Yes. You’ll need decent shoes, a water bottle, and a hat, but Meteora has a wealth of hiking trails, and exploring on foot is more fun than sitting in high-season traffic—and most monasteries have enough steps to provide a decent workout. Staying in Kastraki is better than starting from Kalambaka.